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Momentous Day for FMSI

15/09/2011: Switzerland

On 6 September Brs Jim Jolley and Manel Mendoza presented themselves to the UN in Geneva to receive their Annual Grounds Pass under FMSI’s new Consultative Status with the UN.  This event marks the culmination of two year’s work in applying for formal recognition of FMSI by the United Nations.

Until now our representatives in Geneva have gained access to the UN grounds to attend meetings and conferences under the name of Franciscans International (FI), who have had Consultative Status for over twelve years.  Now our representatives are allowed access to the UN as FMSI representatives.  This Consultative Status permits us to apply for visitors to attend meetings, such as the Human Rights Council sessions, under the FMSI banner.

This Special Consultative status, granted by the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC), gives FMSI the opportunity toattend the relevant international conferences convened by the United Nations and the meetings of the preparatory bodies of the said conferences. It also gives us a voice at certain UN conferences and allows us to make written submissions on particular issues, as participants.

So we celebrate another step forward in our quest to promote the Rights of Children on the International stage on behalf of the Marist Institute - FMS.

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