To hopefully clarify further (and I will start a separate thread on the topic), the term NGO describes any organization which is non-governmental in nature.
For instance, the KKK is an NGO, despite the fact that the UN would never permit the Ku Klux Klan to join their Department of Public Information.
Likewise, the NAACP is an NGO—it is an organization and it is non-governmental in nature.
I chose an extremist organization and a sharply contrasting organization on purpose. Neither of these organizations are associated to the UN/DPI as NGOs, although both are unquestionably non-governmental organizations (NGOs). "NGO" is not a status, anymore than "Caucasian," or "Asian," or "Hispanic," or "tall," or "skinny" is a status. NGO is a neutral descriptor of the nature of an organization. The term NGO has no connection whatsoever to the UN specifically.
The important point to focus on is that they became an Associate to the UN/DPI. They joined the UN/DPI as an Associate member and later claim they registered.
I am sure the WTS delights when we are distracted by the term NGO and try to make more of it than is present. That makes their job easy, they can make us out to be misrepresenters of facts which puts us on an equal footing with them, at best. And since they had "the best of intentions" and simply "made a mistake" they can make us out to be intentional slanderers and persecutors of Jehovah's organization.
Please get these definitions down well if you intend to speak to anyone about this issue:
NGO: non-governmental organization (which includes KKK and NAACP)
Associate: A membership type which always means a subordinate organization attaching itself in support of a superior organization. There is no way to semantically confuse an associate membership with a registrant/registrar relationship. They could not possibly register, there was no registrar.
They changed "applied to become an Associate" to "registered" to throw everyone off the scent and from the looks of things, it has largely worked. Most of the posts I see on this issue freely say they "...registered with the UN as an NGO..." or some variation. Anyone who believes that is what happened bought the WTS lie. Hook, line, and sinker. They became an Associate member of the UN/DPI and if there was no Criteria for Association that act would STILL be gross wrongdoing by their own published standards.