The General Consultative Status (formerly Consultative Status 1) of the United Nations, is the highest level, which may be granted to organizations that are concerned with most of the activities of the Council, that are making substantive and sustained contributions in many fields, with a considerable membership, and that are broadly representative of major segments of society in a large number of countries. There are only 140 NGo´s worldwide with this high status. These organizations are, amongts other things, entitled to deliver oral presentations during the Council’s Meetings. Such organizaions have seven named delegates in New York, Geneva and Vienna…. Thanks to his tireless support for the good of the International Lazarus Union our former General Plenipotentiary and Special Ambassador with the United Nations, Prof. Senator h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt, has managed that the United Nations now granted the General Consultative Status to our Lazarus Union. This is a big honour for the Lazarus Union and for those who were involved in the efforts concerning the international appreciation of the Union – especially our General Secretary and Deputy General Plenipotentiary Oliver Gruber-Lavin. Hardly anyone would have believed in 2006, when our former General Plenipotentiary founded the Lazarus Union after five years abroad, what a success his foundation would be. Over time, this foundation became an organisation with more than 22.000 members in more than 120 countries around the world. A first major success was reached in 2014 when the United Nations granted the „Special Consultative Status“ to the International Lazarus Union. The International Lazarus Union never intended to rest on this laurels.
The leadership of the Lazarus Union was constantly endeavoured that its humanitarian support would be appreciated at home and abroad.That this was indeed the case can be seen from the fact that the Lazarus Union was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Even if the current success, the granting of the “General Consultative Status”, no longer falls within the term of the office of the former General Plenipotentiary, we must never forget that it was HE who ensured that the Union has now achieved this Consultative status. For this, he and all those who have contributed to this deserve a great deal of thanks from all the members of the Union. At the same time, however, we are also pleased with all our critics, who have recently wanted to “sideline” us and have restricted or ended social contact with the Lazarus Union.To all these critics, we would like to consider whether the United Nations really would have granted our Union this honorable status (there are only 137 organisations with this status in the world), even if there was only a little truth in the accusations that were being made recently – either through one-sided press coverage or through unspoken suspicions by other institutions.The honor now granted by the United Nations shows that that we, as a Union, have never had anything to reproach for and this will be also the case in the future.I would therefore like to appeal to all our relatives who have been sceptical about the various allegations so far:
“Do not listen to the baseless accusations and work with us for the good of humanity in accordance with our slogan "VIRIBUS UNITIS“