Members of the Honorary Consular Corps Diplomatique (HCCD) India, a body formed out of the Vienna Convention, met here yesterday and pledged their support for the women and child development programmes of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the country.
To mark the beginning of this partnership, Mr. Vivek Burman, President HCCD and its board members presented a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to UNICEF India Representative Louis-Georges Arsenault at a launch organised in UNICEF House, New Delhi.
Consuls Sanjay Dewan, Purrshottam Bhaggeria, Janice Darbari, K L Ganju, Ashish Saraf, Kamal Kumar and Rajesh J Aeren were amongst those present on the occasion.
This is the first time that the 67 HCCD members, across 8 Indian cities, have got together to support a cause in India, a press release from UNICEF said.
The efforts to engage with UNICEF to support its programmes will also be made at state levels.
"UNICEF India acknowledged the support and sees a large potential in engaging with HCCD members to highlight issues related to children and garner support for its programmes," the release said.
In his message to World Federation of Consuls in April 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vienna Convention, the Secretary General of the United Nations appreciated the role and contribution of the consular relations in the promotion of harmony and cooperation among states.