How do organizations and non-member states get observer status in the General Assembly?
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2016
The United Nations General Assembly may grant non-member states, international organizations and other entities "Permanent Observer Status".
The UN Charter and the General Assembly Rules of Procedure have no provisions related to granting permanent observer status.
The process is described in a legal opinion of 15 August 2008, published in the 2008 United Nations Juridical Yearbook, p. 438 (in English), part B, paragraphs 8-11.
Permanent Observers may participate in the sessions and workings of the General Assembly and maintain missions at the UN Headquarters.
To find General Assembly resolutions related to observer status, search the library catalogue UNBISnet for General Assembly resolutions on "observer status".
List of organizations or Non-Member States that have been granted observer status by the General Assembly (in the UN-I-QUE database)
List of organizations and Non-Member States currently holding the Status of Permanent Observer (United Nations website)
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