This will enable the lobby to participate in the ongoing activity of the UN in advancing the status of women.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni yesterday (Tuesday, 16 May 2006) congratulated the Israel Women’s Lobby upon its receiving special consultative status on the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a position that will enable the lobby to participate in the ongoing international activity of the UN in the fields of advancing the status of women and to present reports to various UN committees on the issue.

The acceptance of the Israeli organization in the respected club of ECOSOC is a further stage in the Foreign Ministry’s efforts to integrate Israel in the important civil activity of the UN and as part of the normalization and upgrading of Israel’s status in the activities of the international community. It is felt that in this manner the civil achievements of Israeli society will also receive the recognition they deserve.

As part of this effort, Israel has been selected to serve, beginning on 1 January 2007, for a four-year period on the ECOSOC committee on non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Israel was chosen as a part of a group of Western countries including the United States, Britain, and Turkey.