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FSD Awarded Special Consultative Status by United Nations Economic and Social Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2016

Recently, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) recognized the Foundation for Sustainable Development’s service and commitment to long­ term sustainable development by granting special consultative status to the organization. With this honor, the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) will be able to amplify the voices of our partners and contribute to dialogue around sustainable development policy at the UN. Since the UN’s establishment in 1945, ECOSOC has worked toward economic and social equity. Its 54 members work closely with NGOs to effect change in developing countries.

Consultative status will allow FSD to attend and speak at assemblies dedicated to sustainable and equitable development as well as offer written statements on topics that impact its partners. For 20 years, FSD has worked with grassroots partners from communities around the world to create locally­ driven sustainable solutions to key development challenges. In 2015, the UN passed a resolution containing 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. These Sustainable Development Goals represent a united front for member nations, companies, NGOs, and other civil society actors to address these increasingly global challenges. FSD wholeheartedly embraces the adoption of these goals as global priorities. Together with more than 250 community partners, we’re already actively contributing toward the achievement of 16 of 17 of those goals — and we remain committed to them in all of our efforts. FSD is privileged to have received consultative status; we’re excited to use this engagement opportunity to strengthen community voices in this vital work.