The Young Diplomats of Canada (YDC) is pleased to announce that the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations at its April 2018 coordination and management meeting adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to grant Special consultative status to YDC.
Consultative status will enable YDC to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a number of ways. The Young Diplomats of Canada will now be able to participate in the work of the Council, including opportunities to consult with Member States and the United Nations system at large.
Engaging directly with the United Nations will help facilitate the further development of YDC’s programmatic offerings in diplomatic leadership and international advocacy, hands-on training programs and key partnerships to further allow young Canadian delegates exclusive access to high-level geopolitical events and global governance summits including the World Bank & IMF, OECD, UN, NKS, WTO, the Y7 (Youth 7), and the flagship Y20 (Youth 20).
“We’re proud to be recognized by ECOSOC as a youth-led organization whose ideas, insights and feedback are of value to the United Nations system,” commented Liz Aldous. “We look forward to a more robust presence at the United Nations, including at the upcoming General Assembly.”
A formalized consultative relationship will also enable the Council to seek information and strategic inputs from YDC, its members, delegates and alumni, while further enhancing collaboration between professionals working across diplomacy and global development and young Canadians.
“Consulting with Member States and the United Nations system will help us further improve the accessibility of opportunities we offer, while also providing a new outlet for the thought pieces and policy recommendations developed by YDC delegates,” said Max Seunik, Deputy Executive Director. “With consultative status, we’re better positioned than ever to continue encouraging debate on issues of key importance for young people in Canada and around the world. ”
With consultative status, YDC will be informed of the Economic and Social Council provisional agenda and empowered to request through the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations that the Secretary General add items of special interest.
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