• Consultative status with ECOSOC, United Nations

    The Pio Manzù Centre wishes to thank the NGO Branch of teh United Nations in New York for the appreciation expressed for the contributions made by the Pio Manzù Centre, being regarded as “one of the most influential organisations of the global civil society” and is pelased to post on its website information about the benefits of consultative status with ECOSOC and how to apply for it.

    Last days to apply for ECOSOC consultative status in order to be considered by the 2015 NGO Committee (Deadline: 1 June 2014)

    1 June 2014 is the last day for non-governmental organizations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations. ECOSOC consultative status is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for the withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the UN Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship. Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States.

    Who is eligible for applying?

    Consultative relationships may be established with international, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organizations. NGOs affiliated to an international organization already in status may be admitted provided that they can demonstrate that their programme of work is of direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. In the case of national organizations consultation with the Member State concerned is required.

    To be eligible for consultative status, an NGO must have been in existence (officially registered with the appropriate government authorities as an NGO/non-profit) for at least two years, must have an established headquarters, a democratically adopted constitution, authority to speak for its members, a representative structure, appropriate mechanisms of accountability and democratic and transparent decision-making processes. The basic resources of the organization must be derived in the main part from contributions of the national affiliates or other components or from individual members.

    What is the benefit for NGOs?

    NGOs that are accredited with ECOSOC can participate in a number of events, including, but not limited to regular sessions of ECOSOC, its functional commissions and its other subsidiary bodies. NGOs may:

    Attend official meetings;

    Submit written statements prior to sessions;

    Make oral statements;

    Meet official government delegations and other NGO representatives;

    Organize and attend parallel events that take place during the session;

    Participate in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings.

    Organizations established by governments or intergovernmental agreements are not considered NGOs.

    For more information about ECOSOC Consultative status go to http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=17

    To apply please go to http://csonet.org/index.php?menu=34

  • For the first time in Italy, Daniel J. Isenberg at 2012 Pio Manzù Conference

    Daniel Isenberg will be in Rimini on the 12th of October to take part in the 2012 Pio Manzù Conference «Italy. International observatory on a country “too big to fail”? The testbench of a system crisis».

    The guru of the “Entrepreneurial Revolution” will participate in workshop 2 ““The backbone of the nation: the scenarios and destiny of Italian small and medium-sized businesses” on Friday 12 October.

    This will be an unique occasion to listen to and to speak to one of the most influent experts of business management and entrepreneurship of the world.

    Daniel Isenberg his a well-known Professor of “Management practice” at Babson Global, where he established the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project. He has also published several articles in the Harvard Business Review, including “How to start an Entrepreneurial Revolution”.

    The Pio Manzù Scientific Committee took the unanimous decision to award Daniel Isenberg the gold medal of the President of the Italian Republic for “having sowed the seed of rationality and hope into the arid furrow of the current crisis, in a historical period dominated by uncertainty”.

    The medal will be officially presented on Sunday 14th October during the plenary session of the 2012 Pio Manzù Conference, in the presence of a distinguished international audience and broadcast live on Italian Television (Raidue).