BTF is now a UN-accredited NGO in Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC
In July 26th 2016, Bridge to Türkiye Fund (BTF) has been granted to the United Nation-accredited Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status to the United Nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Since its inception in 2003, BTF sponsored more than 875 students and has donated more than $2,000,000 to children in need in Turkey. BTF believes that education is the most effective tool which helps children build a strong foundation; enabling them to free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease.
What is the Special Consultative Status?
The ECOSOC grants Special Consultative Status to NGOs whose programs are of direct relevance to the aims and purpose of the United Nations. By having consultative status, BTF could: Provide expert analysis on issues directly from its experience in the field; Serve as an early warning agent; Help monitor and implement international agreements; Help raise public awareness of relevant issues; Play a major role in advancing United Nations goals and objectives; Contribute with essential information at organization events; Attend international conferences and events; Make written and oral statements at these events; Organize side events; Enter United Nations premises; Have opportunities to network and lobby.
Consultative Status to the United Nations ECOSOC is the highest status granted by the United Nations to NGOs and granted upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States. In 1945, 41 NGOs were granted consultative status by the council; by 1992 more than 700 NGOs had attained consultative status and the number has been steadily increasing ever since with more than 4,000 organizations today. This year the sessions were held in New York, 23 May-1 June and 10 June 2016, and BTF is privileged to be among 188 NGOs which were granted to Special Consultative Status.
BTF creates opportunities for financially challenged children and young adults, especially girls, to receive the benefits of higher education. Our dreams continue! And everyday we are pushing our boundaries to reach out to more children who are less fortunate but deserve a chance. Together we can deliver happiness.