The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations adopted the recommendation of UN’s Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations to grant special consultative status to Amity Foundation at its coordination and management meeting in July 2014.
Amity Foundation submitted the application for the consultative status with ECOSOC on May 31, 2013. After qualified through the screening and the review by the NGO Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN Secretariat) in September 2013 and May 2014, Amity Foundation was recommended special consultative status with ECOSOC by the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs. Finally the recommendation was adopted by Economic and Social Council at its substantive session in July 2014.
Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a number of ways. Special consultative status with ECOSOC is an important symbol of a non-governmental organization being internationally recognized. Obtaining special consultative status with ECOSOC in particular, means that Amity Foundation can communicate and interact with international non-governmental organizations on the bigger stage of the United Nations, so that the voice of civil society organizations in China spread farther.
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ forum for discussion, exchange and innovative thinking on sustainable development. Established in 1946, the ECOSOC is the principal UN body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.
ECOSOC engages a wide variety of stakeholders – policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, major groups, foundations, business sector representatives and more than 3,900 registered non-governmental organizations – in a productive dialogue on sustainable development through a programmatic cycle of meetings. The work of the Council is guided by an issue-based approach, and there is an annual theme that accompanies each programmatic cycle, ensuring a sustained and focused discussion among multiple stakeholders.