Okay, please follow this closely:
(1) The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has always been and will be (until its demise) and NGO. Since the organization first started, it has been an NGO. It is an organization that is non-governmental.
(2) By far, the majority of NGOs have never been Associate members of the UN/DPI or and other UN agency or department. Any organization which is non-governmental is AUTOMATICALLY an NGO, there is no way to become an NGO through UN involvement.
(3) There has never been an NGO member of the UN, the UN does not allow NGO members. The closest thing the UN allows is the Vatican, which holds observer status but no voting status because it is a nation/NGO.
(4) The UN/DPI does not equal the UN. Both are secular organizations that have objectives contrary to the Bible, both are "under judgement by Jehovah God."
(5) The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was an Associate member of the UN/DPI, NOT a member (of any kind) of the UN.
If we do not speak carefully about this issue it would be better not to speak about it at all, because we will be ripped to shreds over getting the details wrong. True, that won't change the facts at all. But if our objective is to wake someone up we will fail unless we are careful to be accurate with the terms and words we use.
The following statements preceded by the word "Wrong!" are misrepresentations of the facts:
(WRONG!) The WTS became an NGO in 1991.
No matter who said it or to whom they said it, they were mistaken. The WTS became an NGO when they incorporated under that name nearly 100 years ago, they incorporated as an "organization" that is "non-governmental." That is all "non-governmental organization (NGO)" means, nothing more.
(WRONG!) The WTS registered to become (an NGO, an Associate, a member, etc.) of the UN.
First, there is no registration process available. This may seem nitpicky to some, but the fact is there is no Criteria for Registration to violate WTS standards, such criteria doesn't exist. Also, registering doesn't violate a single principle of the WTS, while a membership does. There is however, Criteria for Association that violated WTS standards in 1991. And "Associate" is a classification of membership. They APPLIED to become an Associate member of the UN/DPI. As stated earlier in the post there is no such thing as a membership for NGOs to use to join the UN itself. They joined the UN/DPI, not the UN. The UN itself makes this distinction.
(WRONG!) The WTS withdrew their registration.
They couldn't withdraw a registration that never existed. What's more, they had to apply to terminate the membership they applied to create. The same Committee on DPI NGOs that decided to allow them to join the UN/DPI as an Associate member had to decide to allow them to dissolve the relationship.
Hopefully, these corrections will help us to speak with more forcefulness about the issue, since the facts as I have presented them hold up to very intense scrutiny.