Following a vigorous application process, Holt International is excited to announce that we’ve received special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations (UN), credentials that will allow us to both influence and advocate for improved social welfare practices, orphan care and treatment of orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children on a multinational platform.
While the United Nations is primarily a platform for nation states, international non-governmental organizations like Holt International provide critical civil society perspective and practice-based solutions. Holt International joins 3,800 non-governmental organizations from around the world on the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, organized by ECOSOC. We are recognized and accredited among the family of nations as a leader and expert in the field of child welfare, one of the UN’s top priorities.
Holt International’s senior executive of Africa and Haiti programs, Charles Abbey, who spearheaded the application process, says this accomplishment will open doors for Holt International to contribute to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Transforming the World — 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development), which collectively seek to address extreme poverty while promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability.
“As important as our work is, it must be linked to regional and global programs and international priorities,” Abbey says. “As an organization, we want to provide leadership in global child advocacy. The UN has accepted us as experts in our field, and now we will be able to share knowledge about some of our key findings related to topics like orphan-specific nutrition.”
Holt International will regularly attend UN ECOSOC meetings and events to connect with other organizations, development experts and philanthropists with similar objectives.
Holt International’s senior vice president of programs, Caryl García, says, “We recognize that the challenges facing children are greater than any one organization or nation can solve. Our membership to the UN puts us in a good position to advocate effectively for practices that we know improve the lives of children who have been orphaned, abandoned or are vulnerable to losing their families.”