The IADL was one of the original NGOs accredited in Consultative II Status with ECOSOC and is represented at UNESCO and UNICEF. Today, over 3,000 NGOs are accredited in consultative status to ECOSOC. In addition, IADL is a member of the Congress of Non-Government Organizations (CONGO) of the United Nations.
Article 71 of the UN Charter and ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31 provide the basis for the consultative relationship between IADL and other NGOs whose programme of work has direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. IADL’s ECOSOC status, based on its competency in international law, has enabled the organization to regularly participate in the U.N. human rights structures in Geneva, as well as at its centres in New York and Vienna, and in sub-commissions concerned with disarmament, development, women’s rights, the struggle against apartheid and colonialism, among others.IADL regularly attends activities at the three U.N. centres, and lobbies on issues of concern to its national associations.