21 November 2019

Special United Nations status awarded to Hope and Homes for Children

We’re delighted to announce that the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted Hope and Homes for Children Special Consultative Status.

 

Special Consultative Status to ECOSOC is granted by the United Nations to a select number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Being awarded this status enables Hope and Homes for Children to influence decision-makers at the highest international level by delivering statements, participating in negotiations and demonstrating our global expertise in child care reform. As one of only around 4,000 organisations with Special Consultative Status, we can now submit our own oral and written evidence at many different UN committee meetings and to the Human Rights Council, which would otherwise not happen. It also allows us to co-host side events at UN locations in Geneva and New York.

 

“As one of only around 4,000 organisations with Special Consultative Status, we can now submit our own oral and written evidence… which would otherwise not happen. It also allows us to co-host side events at UN locations in Geneva and New York.”

 

Having the ECOSOC Consultative Status means that the quality of our work is regularly reviewed by the UN, and will continually need to meet a specific standard in order to retain the status. It also reaffirms that our programme of work is of direct relevance to the aims and purpose of the United Nations, its entities and member states.

This demonstrates the strong relationships that we have built over 25 years with national governments, because it’s their representatives in Geneva and New York who supported the approval of our Special Consultative Status.

Ultimately, at a time when we are pushing for other multi-laterals to do the same—especially the Commonwealth and EU—this status shows that member states of the UN are elevating the importance of global childcare reform.

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