In 2010, Dr. James C. Johnston established the non-profit Global NeuroCare® to advance healthcare in developing regions. Global NeuroCare® was formally granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations as a Non-Government Organization in 2013 and this status has been continually renewed. It is the highest status granted by the United Nations to NGOs.
The UN ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 54 Member States, recommended Global NeuroCare® after a lengthy and laborious application process including a review of its statutes, objectives, past and present affiliation, and achievements. The UN ECOSOC grants Special Consultative Status to NGOs with programs of direct relevance to the aims and purpose of the United Nations.
This position allows Global NeuroCare to provide expert analysis on issues directly from its experience; help monitor and implement international agreements; take an active role in advancing United Nations goals and objectives; serve as an early warning agent; raise public awareness of relevant issues; provide essential information and analysis at organizational events; make written and oral statements at international conferences and events; and organize additional or side events. Global NeuroCare® members can serve as UN delegates at the UN sessions in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
In accordance with Article 71 of the UN Charter, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations has fully accepted Global NeuroCare in its circle of accredited non-governmental organisations.
This consultative relationship is governed by the UN ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status.
Based on his experience in Global Health, James C. Johnston, MD, JD has presented multiple statements to the UN with recommendations on improving healthcare in developing regions, and these have been accepted and published by the ECOSOC High Level Political Forum and the Commission for Social Development.