We are thrilled to announce that Amizade has been granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) on July 27, 2012, making us the first nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh to receive the honor. Each year, approximately 400 nonprofit organizations around the world apply for UN Consultative Status on the basis of international presence and global-minded leadership. Through an extensive selection process, Amizade is now one of just 3600 organizations on the planet to hold the status since its establishment in 1946.

Amizade is an 18 year old organization that empowers individuals and communities through service and learning worldwide. They partner with communities in 11 different countries to develop service opportunities for universities, groups, and individuals. To date, over 5000 individuals (and over 1,000 from the Pittsburgh metro area) have participated in these programs which focus on mutually beneficial and community-driven service. Some of the current issues being addressed are youth development in Jamaica, clean water initiatives in Brazil and Tanzania, literacy in Ghana, and much more.

“It is truly an honor for Amizade to be the first organization in Pittsburgh to receive United Nations Consultative Status,” said Brandon Blache-Cohen, Executive Director of Amizade. “Our commitment to connecting Pittsburgh to the world has come a long way, and with this distinction, we will be even better able to serve this great city.”

Having been selected for UN Consultative Status, Amizade now enjoys the opportunity to participate in relevant international conferences convened by the United Nations as well as meetings of the preparatory bodies of the conferences. This provides access to nearly all intergovernmental processes at the UN dealing with economic and social development, gender issues, sustainable development, small arms, and human rights.