The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its 2018 Regular Session of Committee on NGOs endorsed the recommendation of the Committee on NGOs and granted special consultative status to Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA).
Consultative status provides NGOs with access to UN bodies that are open to NGOs, including ECOSOC and the Human Rights Council, and the various UN human rights mechanisms.
Commenting on the news, CDEA’s Executive Director Ayeta Anne Wangusa said: ‘We are delighted to be granted ECOSOC special consultative status. This is important for East Africa’s culture sector’s positioning within the development agenda, but mostly because it will allow CDEA to more easily access and engage with UN meetings and processes.’
CDEA looks forward to collaborating with cultural and creative civil society organizations in East Africa on agenda setting about issues related to creative economy, human rights and social justice within the UN meetings and processes.