VR Foundation at the UN ECOSOC

Breaking news update: our application for membership at United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) was unanimously approved on July 26, 2016. 

ECOSOC is the principal organ that coordinates the economic, social and related work of the 14 United Nations agencies. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system.

Our new status allows the voices from vitiligo community to be heard at the highest level in New York or Geneva, in a variety of ways. We can now start to actively engage in different activities with UN ECOSOC, its subsidiary bodies, and the UN Secretariat, such as:

  • Designate up to 5 members to attend UN events, conferences and activities, 
  • Submit written statements or make oral statements,
  • Meet official government and non-government delegations,
  • Organize parallel events that take place during the main session,
  • Participate in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings.

To be clear, 'full' status at ECOSOC is reserved only to 54 Member States. We have been approved for 'consultative' status, the highest status reserved to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like our non-profit VR Foundation.

Essentially, members in a consultative status can advocate for their cause with UN Member States and the UN at large. We will be are able to ask UN Secretary General to consider into the agenda of the Council meeting our topic of interest. Reciprocally, ECOSOC or one of its bodies may seek expert information or advice from VRF in the area of our expertise.

This new status also brings some responsibilities and obligations. One is that we need to engage actively with the work of ECOSOC and the UN and submit reports every four years. We are not allowed to use the UN logo on any of our communication materials. but permitted to use “ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL OF UNITED NATIONS Consultative Status” under our organization name.

It is exciting to have finally obtained consultative status at ECOSOC. After six years, our foundation has matured into full engagement with the UN and Member States to work in the best interest of the global vitiligo community. 

Official record, pdf

Vr Foundation At United Nations 1

The United Nations headquarters in New York city.

Vr Foundation At United Nations 2

Vr Foundation Yan Valle At United Nations 3

CEO Yan Valle presenting VR Foundation at the hearing session at the UN. 

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