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27 July 2017

Simavi granted Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council

We are delighted to announce that Simavi has been granted the Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The ECOSOC grants consultative status to CSOs like Simavi whose programmes are of direct relevance to the aims and purpose of the United Nations. Our new status grants us access to UN bodies (including the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council) and will allow us to engage decision-makers at the highest global level.

Ariette Brouwer, Simavi’s managing director: “This is a great honor that marks many years of our and our partners’ hard work and dedication. Together, we will bring the voice for a healthy life for all to the global, regional and national (in-country) levels of decision-making. I look forward to the opportunities that our consultative status at the ECOSOC gives us, and we embrace the responsibility it places on us to empower and give disadvantaged people in low- and middle-income countries a voice as we work towards a healthy life for all.”

Thanks to our new ECOSOC consultative status Simavi can provide key international stakeholders with expert analysis on issues of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the field; help in the monitoring and implementation of international agreements; help raise public awareness of relevant issues; play a major role in advancing UN goals and objectives; contribute with essential information at organisation events; attend international conferences and events; make written and oral statements at these events; organise side events; enter UN premises for high level meetings; enjoy increased opportunities for networking and lobbying.

We are particularly excited about the increased potential for lobbying and advocacy. This is a cornerstone of Simavi’s work and an integral part of our Theory of Change. Influencing policy and implementing international obligations is an essential part of achieving permanent change in the structural improvement of a healthy life for all. Recently Simavi has engaged in lobbying and advocating in a number of global forums for strong political and sufficient financial support for SRHR and WASH to ensure a healthy life for all. These forums include the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), The United Nations Universal Period Review (UPR), and the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). We look forward to building on this work in the future with the newly acquired ECOSOC status.

Using Simavi’s ECOSOC status we will facilitate the active engagement of partners in the Global South to be able to voice issues from the ground on international level, and enable partners to take commitments made on global level back to the ground to start constructive dialogues with local and national governments. Bridging national policies with regional and global policy processes is key to bringing more visibility to SRHR and WASH policy influencing and the implementation of obligations.

“In this regard we should not forget the importance of review and follow-up processes such as the CPD, CSW, HLPF, UPR and all other instruments related to human rights and international law; the responsibility of all states to act in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations; and the obligations of governments to respect, protect and fulfil human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind as to race, colour, sex, language religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, disability or other status.” Morillio Williams, Simavi Public Affairs & Advocacy Officer SRHR.



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