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United Nations welcomes L’Arche

United Nations welcomes L’Arche

As of July 2015, L’Arche International has been granted Special Consultative status at ECOSOC, the branch of the UN that promotes Social and Economic development. One advantage is that from now on, L’Arche will be consulted on all issues to do with disability, a priority area for the UN since the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2006.
 
Official recognition by the UN opens other doors as well, and L’Arche is likely to seek new ways of collaborating more closely with other NGO’s working with disability issues: our specific role will be to raise the profile of people with an intellectual disability, whose exceptional, yet often hidden, talents L’Arche has been encouraging for the last 50+ years, through shared life in community.
 
L’Arche is very grateful to the UN for recognizing our rare expertise, and looks forward to a constructive working relationship to the benefit of many gifted people, who, in spite of great progress in many countries, are often counted among the most disadvantaged on the planet.