6 December 2010. Following the granting of “Special consultative status” to ESPI by UN ECOSOC, talks have been started to intensify cooperation and to raise ESPI’s visibility in other international policy areas.

ESPI’s Communications Manager, Blandina Baranes, met today during a visit in New York with Nahleen Ahmed, Project Coordinator, Division for Public Administration and Development Management at UNDESA, to discuss further cooperation of the Institute with ECOSOC. ESPI has received “Special consultative status” with ECOSOC in July 2009. This consultative status gives ESPI the opportunity to actively engage with ECOSOC, its subsidiary bodies, the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds, agencies and now is a precondition for participation at UNCOPUOS meetings.


ECOSOC is a central forum within the UN for discussion and policy recommendation on international economic and social issues. It is i.a. responsible for promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress. The objective of the format of the “Special consultative status”is to establish a formal relationship with Member States and the UN system. Through the CSO Net (the Civil Society Network), a platform for exchange of information, ESPI is given the opportunity to interact actively and to advance networking. Within its capacity UNDESA provides support to ECOSOC and connects between the UN and non-governmental organisations, civil society, the private sector, research and academic organisations and intergovernmental organisations, as well as partner organisations in the United Nations system.

The meeting of Blandina Baranes with Nahleen Ahmed will lead to joint activities in the foreseeable future and will raise the visibility of ESPI in the global NGO community, also in areas outside the space community. This responds to the mission of ESPI to bring space to a broad as possible spectrum of policy areas.



Nahleen Ahmed, Project Coordinator, Division for Public Administration and Development Management UNDESA (left) with ESPI Communications Manager Blandina Baranes




Related webnews:
- 4 August 2010. ESPI is granted consultative status in UN ECOSOC


- The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (UN ECOSOC)
- The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)



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