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The AICESIS, International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions, is made up of consultative Assemblies set up by the Public Authorities to enable a genuine dialogue among the main economic and social actors of our countries and benefit from their mutual reflections. The mutual reflections and dialogue cover issues of general interest, either at the request of the Public Authorities or raised by the assemblies themselves but always to the benefit of our societies. AICESIS somewhat represent in its countries a major, if not a very important section of organized civil society.

 

 

The relationship between the ECOSOC and the AICESIS is always improving through the year. Thanks to several meaningful and powerful decisions, the partnership between AICESIS and ECOSOC has gradually evolved and matured, with the only aim to complete the government reflection with the valuable opinion of civil society. It was in 2001, with the decision 2001/318 that consisted to recognize the AICESIS as a permanent observer that the organization began to be a key partner.

At its 44th plenary meeting, on 10 October 2001, the Economic and Social Council, having considered the application of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions, decided, in accordance with rule 79 of the rules of procedure of the Council, that the organization might participate on a continuous basis, without the right to vote, in the deliberation of the Council on questions within the scope of its activities.”

In 1989, there were about fifteen Economic and Social Councils. Today, there are nearly sixty of which forty on all continents are part of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions. This growing number of member is one of the numerous proofs of the increasing necessity to give a voice, a forum, an organization to the civil society.

Moreover, each year, since 2003, the AICESIS adopts the theme retained by the ECOSOC high level segment and gives its point of view on this theme during the ECOSOC Plenary Assembly. Thanks to this initiative, the Economic and Social Councils of all the continents are observant of the work of the Committee in New York. In addition, it gives the opportunity to the civil society to disseminate the United Nations preoccupations, and also to share their analysis of the global situation.

Besides, the AICESIS has always showed a great support to the Millenium Development Goals. Since 2000 and the Millenium declaration, the AICESIS is engaged in the fulfillment of the MDGs. This commitment has been reaffirmed during the four regional Round table meetings held in Paris, Algiers, Brasilia and Beijing in 2006. Indeed, a concrete project has emerged from these round tables. The goal of this project would be to promote the MDGs through education that is better adapted to all the actors involved in civil society: the education and training sectors, education leaders, trainers in NGOs, and in particular targeting civil society in regions and countries considered to be a priority in the Millennium Declaration. The project consisted to establish a Centre of Excellence for MDGs trainers in Geneva, in partnership with the UN-NGO-IRENE/ECOSOC network. This international Centre of Excellence would co-operate closely with the Regional Centres of Excellence, which the AICESIS’s four Regional Round Tables have highlighted the usefulness of establishing in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. The experiment, which was conducted during 2006 by Ms Mezoui with the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris, shows that this liaison between universities, the business sector and NGOs fulfils both an expectation and a need, as was suggested by the Round Table meetings.

The AICESIS and the UN NGO IRENE have also promoted together the establishment of the “MDGs Awards” to pay tribute to civil society organizations and public institutions that have undertaken noteworthy initiatives for the achievement of one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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- United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) : décision 2001/ 318

At its 44th plenary meeting, on 10 october 2001, the Economic and Social Council, having considered the application of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions, decided, in accordance with rule 79 of the rules of procedure of the Council, that the organization might participate on a continuous basis, without the right to vote, in the deliberation of the Council on questions within the scope of its activities.

 

 
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