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UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) awards ‘Special Consultative Status’ to Beit Issie Shapiro.

Beit Issie Shapiro was granted ‘Special Consultative Status’ by the UN’s Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2012. This global recognition of course would not be possible without the ongoing significant investment from you, our overseas partners. This is true testimony that your donations not only make a difference in the lives of the children and families directly served by Beit Issie Shapiro, but is also leveraged to have impact throughout Israel and internationally on millions of children with disabilities and their families.

Why is this status important?

ECOSOC is the UN’s principle organ that coordinates the economic, social and other related work of the UN agencies and commissions. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to States and the UN system. ECOSOC is the main entry point for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) into the UN system, and has given Consultative Status to over 3400 organizations worldwide (12 of which are based in Israel). While ECOSOC has the opportunity to avail itself of valuable and expert advice from NGOs, the NGOs have the opportunity of expressing their views and influencing the work of the Council.

How does this status help increase our impact?
Being awarded this special status, not only puts Beit Issie Shapiro on the global map, as one of the top organizations in the field of disabilities worldwide, as well as a member of the exclusive group of Israeli NGOs with this status, but practically, it will assist us in our strategic professional global outreach. This status gives BIS international recognition and credentials to provide consultation abroad which will assist us in promoting our export models. In addition, we will have the opportunity to:

– Provide Israeli expertise in the field of disability rights and represent the innovations coming out of Israel and mainly BIS
– Keep abreast of world developments and trends in the field of disabilities
– Help monitor and implement international agreements such as the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities which is at the ratification stage in Israel
– Help raise public awareness of relevant issues
– Create opportunities to network with other leading disability organizations and lobby

Having the opportunity to attend UN conferences on relevant issues to Beit Issie Shapiro, as well as the opportunity to network with other organizations, will open new doors and create new opportunities for professional development, sharing of best practices, as well as resource development. For example, the UN will be holding its 5th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in September of this year. The Consultative Status will allow us to register and participate actively in this session, where our good friend and colleague, Professor Michael Stein, the Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, will assist me in networking with the other organizations and officials participating in the session.


Leading the way for Israel
We are aware that the ECOSOC Council is made up of State representatives, and therefore is a political platform. While there have been some troubling anti-Israel bias at the UN and at some of its agencies, we believe that BIS’ position as a worldwide leader in the field of disabilities has gotten Israel “to the table”. Not only is this great exposure for Beit Issie Shapiro, but we will also be representing the best of what Israel has to offer to the world – a real “light unto the nations” mission!

Thank you, our partners, for your ongoing support – we appreciate the impact you are making globally!