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The observer status grants to states and entities of international law which are not regular members of the United Nations (UN) the right to participate in the meetings of the General Assembly and other bodies of the UN, as participants without the right to vote. The legal status of observers in their relation with international organizations is regulated in the Vienna Convention on the Representation of States in their Relations with International Organizations of a Universal Character. The majority of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been so far only granted a minor kind of observer status within the UN with less status and fewer rights than the state and non-state participants with observer status. For the NGOs the most promising way of getting more information on the debates and decisions in the General Assembly will be have to be through making use of the informal means of participation.

Keywords: international law; non-governmental organizations ( NGOs); United Nations (UN); Vienna Convention



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