United Nations

In 2015, Viridis Graduate Institute was granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations platform on economic and social issues.

ECOSOC is one of the 6 principal organs of the United Nations System established by the UN Charter in 1945. It consists of 54 Members of the United Nations elected by the General Assembly.

It is responsible for:

  • promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress;
  • identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems;
  • facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and
  • encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Functional commissions of ECOSOC which Viridis Graduate Institute participates in include:

  • Commission for Social Development,
  • Commission on the Status of Women,
  • Commission for Population and Development,
  • Commission on Sustainable Development,
  • UN Forum on Forests, and
  • Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


unesco-logo-150squareViridis Graduate Institute participates in the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which seeks to mobilize the educational resources of the world to help create a more sustainable future, education being the main focus for VGI. The ESD offers oversight, advice, and coordination support to Member States, National Commissions, stakeholders, and UNESCO programs.



ech-endorser-216wx150hVGI Endorses the Earth Charter



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