Washington, D.C. - October 18, 2021

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Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Announces its Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is pleased to announce that it has been granted special consultative status as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN). Special consultative status allows for an NGO to engage with the ECOSOC, the Human Rights Council, and, at times, the General Assembly and the United Nations Secretariat. As an NGO with special consultative status, CMEP will have the privilege of designating official representatives to the UN Headquarters in New York and UN Offices at Geneva and Vienna, as well as offering expert information, advice, and statements to the Council on topics related to faith, justice, and peace in the Middle East.

CMEP is grateful for the opportunity to continue its engagement in the important work of ECOSOC and offer critical resources to advance security, human rights, and a just peace in Israel, Palestine, and the broader Middle East. 

CMEP’s executive director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon said of the news of this status: “The receipt of our special consultative status with the United Nations is important news for CMEP. Our international advocacy efforts will be bolstered by our direct engagement with the United Nations, as they play such a critical role in international diplomacy; addressing economic and human rights concerns; and monitoring and holding countries accountable for human rights violations.” CMEP looks forward to expanding our engagement in New York City and is looking for increased opportunities to mobilize and empower our constituents to advocate with the US government in Washington, D.C., and to raise CMEP's priorities in the appropriate forums within the United Nations.


Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 30 national church communions and organizations, including Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Evangelical traditions that works to encourage US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. CMEP works to mobilize US Christians to embrace a holistic perspective and to be advocates of equality, human rights, security, and justice for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people of the Middle East.

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