The group expected this since several years. It became a consulting for the United Nations Economic and Social Council by a vote of 30-16.
The co-secretary, the general Renato Sabbadini qualified this day as "historic" for the organization.
To give you an idea, here are the countries which were for, against or which abstained to vote:
FOR: India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary.
AGAINST: Iraq, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Ghana
ABSTENTIONS: Guatemala, Islands Maurice, Philippines, Rwanda, Bahamas, Ivory Coast