The handbook provides logistical information, strategic advice, and guidance to human rights organisations that wish to obtain UN consultative status as a means to engage effectively with its human rights system. The first chapter provides an overview of accreditation options with the UN, with a focus on obtaining consultative status with
ECOSOC. The second and third chapters provide information on the application and review process. Chapter 4 dives into the political dynamics in the Committee, while Chapter 5 provides advice for those NGOs whose applications are constantly deferred. Chapter 6 covers key obligations for NGOs once consultative status is received and highlights the disciplinary sanctions if requirements are contravened.