Global Human Rights Defence is happy to announce that we have been granted the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).This is a great honor that marks many years of our and our partners’ hard work and dedication.
The ECOSOC is a platform central to the United Nations’ system of reflection, innovative thinking and debate on sustainable development. A variety of stakeholders, such as parliamentarians, policymakers, academics, foundations, business sector representatives, major groups, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participate in the Council. The status is only granted to NGOs with particular competence in the fields covered by the ECOSOC, thus providing added value to the Council’s decisions. As a result of the lengthy bureaucratic process of acquiring the ECOSOC status, GHRD and its local partners will have a better opportunity to contribute to the global debate and ensure that decisions are made based on reliable and objective information. We will do this by engaging in direct dialogue with the UN representatives during the intergovernmental meetings, submitting oral and written statements, providing expert analysis on the issues of vital importance, raising awareness among the global public through organising events at the UN Human Rights Council, and using various other tools provided by the ECOSOC status.
Thank you to all of our supporters whose enthusiasm has assisted GHRD in reaching this important milestone. Together, we will bring the voice of minorities and human rights defenders to the global decision-making stage!