CALGARY, August 30, 2022 – Operation Eyesight is pleased to announce that we have been granted Consultative Status with the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Operation Eyesight was granted special consultative status – a status granted to NGOs that have a special competence in a field – for our expertise in global eye health.
“It is humbling for our collective work and expertise in delivering eye health care to be recognized on the international stage. This would not be possible without our partners, donors and communities of work worldwide,” says Kashinath Bhoosnurmath, our President and CEO.
“This gives us the voice to influence the direction of public health policy and will also provide a platform to table issues related to eye health, education, clean water and infrastructure.”
ECOSOC is one of the six principal bodies of the UN which oversees the economic and social fields of the organization. With 54 elected members and 1,600 NGOs, the Council gathers every July in a central forum to curate policy suggestions based on current, international economic and social issues.
Along with ECOSOC, Operation Eyesight will have the opportunity to work with other UN bodies working with NGOs, such as the General Assembly and Human Rights Council.
“There is close alignment between our work and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As an international development organization, we are excited to collaborate with more partners globally, and ultimately impact more lives,” Bhoosnurmath adds.
UN officials will regularly review the actions of Operation Eyesight, which will encourage our organization to evolve and innovate, as we continue to establish high levels of accountability across all departments and programs.