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FAWCO News American Women’s Club of Hamburg FAWCO and the United Nations Our club is a proud member of FAWCO, and as a member of the American Women’s Club of Ham- burg, you are automatically a member of FAWCO! FAWCO is a United Nations accredited non- governmental organization (NGO) with special con- sultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). August 2017 marked 20 years since FAWCO was granted this status, which was a step towards strengthening FAWCO‘s position in the global community. It gave FAWCO members a voice at the global level with the UN and the com- munity of UN-accredited international NGOs. Ad- vocacy at the UN allows FAWCO the opportunity to influence global deci- sion-makers. Let‘s consider some fre- quently asked questions and the answers formulated by FAWCO UN Liai- son Laurie Richardson to understand in depth the role of FAWCO at the UN. If you are interested in learning more about FAW- CO at the UN, please visit https://www.fawco. org/un-issues, read the UN Liaison Bulletins, or contact Laurie Richardson at unliaison@fawco.org. (Carol Strametz) FAQs: FAWCO at the UN by Laurie Richardson, FAWCO UN Liaison What does the United Nations do? The United Nations was founded in 1945 in the after- math of World War II to take action on transnational problems: peace and security, climate change, sustai- nable development, human rights, disarmament, ter- rorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more. The UN provides a forum for its 193 Member States to ex- press their views in the General Assembly, the Secu- rity Council, the Economic and Social Council, and other bodies and committees. Through dialogue and negotiations among its members, the UN serves as a mechanism for governments to seek agreement and solve problems. Its main functions are to maintain in- ternational peace and security; protect human rights; deliver humanitarian aid; promote sustainable deve- lopment; and uphold international law. Learn more about the UN at www.un.org the Status of Women (CSW), the various human rights Read Fast Facts about the UN. mechanisms of the UN, as well as special events orga- What is ECOSOC Consultative Status and what does nized by the President of the General Assembly. it mean for FAWCO? FAWCO received special consultative status with ECO- The UN Charter established the Economic and So- SOC in 1997. To maintain consultative status, we are cial Council (ECOSOC) in 1945 to advance the three required to submit quadrennial reports to ECOSOC dimensions of sustainable development—economic, demonstrating our active involvement and ongoing social and environmental. ECOSOC is the principal commitment to the UN‘s development agenda. We organ that coordin ѕ́ѡݽɬЁUѕ9ѥ́ЁݥѠɥѼѡQɝЁAɽɅQ\)镐̰չѥͥ́ɕ <չѥٕЁɅ́́ɕɕ͕хѥٔ)̸ͥ%Ё͕ٕ́́ѡɅմȁ̴ѥѥ̸ٕ)ͥѕɹѥͽՕ̰]Ё́ѡ]