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FMSI was recommended for ECOSOC status

07/06/2011: General House

FMSI was recommended for the special consultative status on the 23rd May, almost at the end of the 2011 Resumed Session of the Economic and Social Council Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations. The Committee gathered in New York, USA, from the 16th to the 24th May to consider the applications for consultative status presented by the organizations of civil society that wish to develop a relationship with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, according to its resolution nr. 1996/31. The Committee is supposed to formulate a recommendation that the ECOSOC will then ratify.

In order to work at the UN, FMSI applied for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in May 2010 and was then notified that its request was going to be considered during the 2011 Resumed Session. Since the NGOs that undergo this process have an option to send up to two representatives, FMSI was present in the Committee when its application was considered.

src=http://www.fmsi-onlus.org/images/logo.gifThis happened the very first day. Following the common practice, one member of the Committee asked for more information about FMSI’s activity and more specifically requested that details on the projects carried out in Latin America and Haiti be provided in writing. The answer was transmitted by FMSI’s representatives shortly after receiving the official notification of the request. The Committee acknowledged the receipt of the information required but didn’t request to the FMSI’s representatives to participate in the interactive dialogue that would have allowed the Committee to formulate its decision immediately. This resulted in a delay in the process of FMSI’s application that was deferred to the end of the session for the final decision.

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