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February 6th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Home

Time sensitive: An important letter from Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. to all women around the world

Please read “Convening of a Fifth World Conference on Women” now on ECOSOC-CSW55 letterhead, available in the six languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian & Spanish. It is the UN edited version of the Written Statement that I submitted on behalf of Pathways to Peace, Women’s Intercultural Network and Women’s World Summit Foundation, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. (NGO #10) http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw55/documentation.htm

This document asks the UN Commission on the Status of Women to support the statement to convene a UN 5th World Conference on Women and advance it to ECOSOC and the General Assembly. I’m asking you to circulate this email because it prepares the ground, asks recipients to register their organization as supporters: http://www.5wwc.org/organizations/index.html and asks individuals to sign the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-a-un-5th-world-conference-on-women.html

I hope that you do what you can to help—once you read the reasoning and can whole-heartedly support the premise and vision. With Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile heading UN Women—the new super agency for women, the confluence and synergy of her leadership, UN Women and 5WCW holds great promise, not as an end in itself, but as a huge step toward a global women’s peace, justice and empowerment movement.

Commission on the Status of Women

Jean Shinoda Bolen


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  • 1 Bryan // Apr 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Last Month to Apply for ECOSOC Consultative Status for 2012

    NGOs wish to achieve ECOSOC consultative status need to apply before 1st of June. Completed applications must be received by the last day of May of the year before the year the NGO wants to be considered for recommendation by the Committee. For example, complete applications, (which include a completed questionnaire and all the required supporting documentation) received by the NGO Branch before 1st June 2011, will be taken up by the Committee on NGOs in the year 2012. Any NGOs who wish to achieve ECOSOC consultative status must meet specific eligibility mentioned as below.

    Consultative relationships may be established with international, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organizations. NGOs affiliated to an international organization already in status may be admitted provided that they can demonstrate that their programme of work is of direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. In the case of national organizations consultation with the Member State concerned is required.
    To be eligible for consultative status, an NGO must have been in existence (officially registered with the appropriate government authorities as an NGO/non-profit) for at least two years, must have an established headquarters, a democratically adopted constitution, authority to speak for its members, a representative structure, appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes. The basic resources of the organization must be derived in the main part from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members.
    Organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are not considered NGOs.

    For further information about application process, please refer to the website (http://esango.un.org/paperless/Web?page=static&content=apply)


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