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Major Jewish Organizations Given Consultative Status by U.N. Council

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the U.N. Economic and Social Council last night granted consultative status to a number of Jewish organizations at the conclusion of a two-day meeting to act on applications filed by 128 religious, social welfare, industrial and labour groups.

Those given official approval were: the Jewish Agency for Palestine, the World Jewish Congress and the Consultative Council of Jewish Organizations. The latter group consists of the American Jewish Committee, the Anglo-Jewish Association and the Alliance Israelite Universelle, as well as any other organizations that the three may invite to join.

The Jewish groups were placed in Category B, which is for organizations with “a special competence, but concerned specifically with only a few of the fields of activity covered by the Council.” The great bulk of consultative organizations are in that category, with relatively few being placed in Category A or Category C. Those in Category A “have a basic interest in most activities of the Council,” while those in C are primarily interested in development of public opinion.

Representatives of the organizations in any of the categories have the right to attend public meetings of the Council; those in category A have the right to circulate statements to Council meetings, those in categories B and C may submit statements, a list of which will be circulated to Council members and anyone of which may then be circulated in full at the request of any Council member.

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