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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 29:

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), credited as a reputable NGO with national, regional or international standing by UN, has been approved by United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) after scrutiny of its unparallel work for ‘Association’ with it.

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KISS, is among 1300 NGOs across world over to get this approval. KISS will disseminate information and raise public awareness about the purposes and activities of the United Nations and issues of global concern.

KISS will get and give support to UN at the international, regional, national and community levels. Few important services provided by UNDPI are the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference (NGO Relations’ premier event for civil society at the UN), the weekly Briefings, Communication Workshops, orientation programmes, the youth initiative, the Resource Centre and many other events. It also aims to facilitate an exchange of information and development of partnerships around issues relating to civil society. KISS representatives and two youth representatives (KISS tribal students) will have access to UN Headquarters. In all open meetings of the United Nations bodies, to which KISS can attend as an observer.

In 1968, and in accordance with Resolution 1297 (XLIV), adopted by the Economic and Social Council of UN, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has been associating NGOs that were then expected “to support the work of the United Nations and to promote knowledge of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the nature and scope of its competence and activities.” The association of NGOs is based on their commitment to uphold the principles of the UN support the UN’s activities and spread the word about issues on its agenda, while maintaining their independence and staying true to their own core values.