The ECOSOC Committee on NGOís has decided
to grant Hivos special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social
Council. Organizations enjoying this status can attend meetings of ECOSOC and
itís Functional Commissions and circulate statements.
The special consultative status offers
Hivos the opportunity to participate in public meetings of the United Nations.
Hivos staff members, partners or specialists from Hivosí network are now
welcome to attend these meetings.
ECOSOC is a platform that was set up in 1946 with the intention to give NGOís a
say in UN meetings. The platform consists of many different functional
commissions. Examples include the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on
the Status of Women. Other ECOSOC committees in which Hivos wants to contribute
are the Commission on Human Rights and the Commissions for Sustainable and
The accreditation is an important step
for Hivos and its partner organizations. It offers the opportunity to lobby the
UN official bodies for topics that are important for Hivos, such as women's and