Since 2016, the Global Millennium Development Foundation (GMDF) has had Special Consultative Status with the NGO Branch of the Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA) of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Consultative status enables GMDF to actively engage with the ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways which include:
- Participate in the work of the ECOSOC by placing items of interest on the provisional agenda of the Council and submitting statements;
- Designate official representatives to the United Nations, who can register for and participate in events, conferences, and activities;
- Consult with the ECOSOC and subsidiary bodies on matters of mutual interest or concern; and
- An ability to use UN facilities in matters related to the work of the ECOSOC.
In accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in General and Special consultative status shall submit to the Council Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations through the Secretary-General every fourth year a brief report of their activities, specifically as regards the support they have given to the work of the United Nations.
The quadrennial review exercise serves as an important management tool in monitoring the increasingly complex relationship between the United Nations and NGOs seeking and receiving consultative status with the ECOSOC.
“We look forward to forging new relationships with entities from the United Nations that share our common interest in pursuit of Public-Private Partnerships.” said David Mladjenovic and Michael Holewka, Special Advisors to GMDF and Co-Executive Directors of the Public Private Partnership Forum.
“Achieving this recognition is a major achievement for the Foundation, and allows us to expand our presence in the international arena,” said Slobodan Damiyano, Founder of GMDF.