Katimavik is granted Special Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

    MONTREAL, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The United Nations Economic and Social
Council - ECOSOC (of the Division for Social Policy and Development), recently
granted Special Consultative Status to Katimavik- Opcan.
    The mission of ECOSOC, which consists of 54 member governments, is to
strengthen international cooperation for social development, with a special
focus on issues of poverty, employment and social integration. It is
particularly interested in how these issues relate to older persons, persons
with disabilities, families, persons in situations of conflict, indigenous and
other marginalized or vulnerable groups, and youth - this last group
representing Katimavik's primary area of interest and experience.
    The designation of Special Consultative status signifies for Katimavik an
acknowledgement of the organization's contributions, expertise and
international leadership in issues affecting youth in general, and in the area
of national youth service in particular. Over the past 30 years, Katimavik has
enabled thousands of Canadian youth to discover their country, while
simultaneously learning about the value of community, leadership and the
appreciation of their own capabilities. Each year, Katimavik partners with
over 700 non-profit community organizations across Canada, who benefit from
the volunteer services provided by more than 1,000 youth participating in the
    As an NGO with Special Consultative status, Katimavik will be entitled to
send representatives to attend the annual meeting of the Commission for Social
Development (and of its various subsidiary bodies) and provide written
statements to the assembly relating to the theme being discussed. In addition
to its contributions to such meetings, the organization may also be asked to
participate in, and be privy to findings of the most recent international
studies and research relating to youth issues. "It is our desire to serve as a
representative for our partners and other like-minded organizations in Canada,
and in so doing, fulfill our leadership role in the area of mentoring and
promoting solid values for the youth of today and tomorrow", stated Jean-Guy
Bigeau, Executive Director.
    "We intend to take this new responsibility seriously", he continued.
"Many countries around the world have looked to Katimavik as a model in
developing their own youth volunteer service programs over the years; with
this consultative status, we can now share our knowledge in a more concrete
manner, with potentially more far-reaching applications."
    ECOSOC was established under the UN Charter as the principal organ, under
the authority of the General Assembly, to coordinate economic, social and
related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, 10 functional commissions and
five regional commissions.
    The current formal meeting of the Commission for Social Development (the
forty-sixth session of the Commission), held in New York City, began on
February 6th and will end on the 15th. This year's priority theme will be Full
employment and decent work for all. The session also includes a review of
relevant United Nations plans and programs of action pertaining to previously
mentioned groups of interest, including youth.

    For more details concerning Katimavik's Special Consultative status with
ECOSOC, please refer to the <a href="http://file.katimavik.org/homes/root/File/Background%20document_ENG.pdf">background document</a>

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Geneviève D'Autray Tarte,
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, (514) 868-0898, ext. 2224,
gdautraytarte@katimavik.org; www.katimavik.org

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