External Relations

1) Council of Europe

DCI has Participative Status with the Council of Europe.  It is also among the smaller number of INGOs  entitled to lodge complaints of violations of the European Social Charter with the European Committee of Social Rights.


DCI has Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council). Special consultative status is granted to NGOs which have a special competence in, and are concerned specifically with, only a few of the fields of activity covered by the ECOSOC. These NGOs tend to be smaller and more recently established.

3) International Labour Organisation

DCI is on the ILO Special List of Non-Governmental International Organizations. The ILO Special List was set up in 1956 to establish working relations with international NGOs other than employers' and workers' organizations which also share the principles and objectives of the ILO Constitution and Declaration of Philadelphia. The participation of NGOs in this category depends on their demonstrated interest in the ILO's programme of meetings and activities.


DCI has Operational Relations with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).  Established in response to the need to extend cooperation between UNESCO and NGOs and to back up the Organization's efforts to achieve a more active presence in the field, operational relations are aimed at achieving a flexible and dynamic partnership in the implementation of UNESCO's programmes. NGOs maintaining operational relations with UNESCO are valued partners owing to their active presence and concrete action in the field, the expertise they represent, and their ability to channel the concerns of the people.


DCI is a Member of the NGO Committee for UNICEF.  The NGO Committee on UNICEF was established in 1952. Today it is a world wide network network of over 80 international NGOs working on behalf of children in more than 110 countries.The Committee engages in diverse activities that include advocacy campaigns, publications, consultation, and participation in international fora.