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KISS approved for ‘Association with UNDPI’

Bhubaneswar, Nov 29: The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), credited as a reputable NGO with national, regional or international standings by the UN, has been approved by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) after scrutiny of its unparalleled work for ‘Association’ with it.

The KISS, which is among 1,300 NGOs across world to get this approval, will disseminate information and raise public awareness about the purposes and activities of the UN and issues of global concern. It will get and give support to the UN at the international, regional, national and community levels.

Some of the important services provided by UNDPI are the Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, NGO Relations' premier event for civil society at UN), weekly briefings, communication workshops, orientation programmes, youth initiative, 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 the UN Headquarters. In all open meetings of the UN bodies, to which the KISS can attend as an observer.

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.

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