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Press release ¤ Information de presse

Jul 26, 2010

World Corrosion Organization Granted NGO status by the United Nations

The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) has been granted Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status by the United Nations Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Section.

In selecting WCO for NGO status, the DPI/NGO recognizes that WCO has the unique capability to make a substantial contribution to the work of the DPI. By including WCO as a resource, the DPI acknowledges the need to provide greater corrosion prevention and mitigation guidance to the world.

The DPI/NGO Section is part of the department's Outreach Division and acts as its liaison between the United Nations and NGOs and other civil society organizations. It oversees partnerships with associated NGOs and provides a wide range of information services to them. These include weekly NGO briefings, communication workshops, an annual NGO conference and an annual orientation program for newly associated NGOs.

"This is an exciting step in the life of the WCO. Being granted NGO status will enable the WCO to reach a wider audience and impact policy makers about the impact of corrosion and what can be done to address this silent killer," said George Hays, WCO Director General.

Currently there are 1549 NGOs with strong information programs associated with DPI out of which 728 are also associated with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). While consultative status with ECOSOC may be obtained by NGOs whose work covers issues on the agenda of ECOSOC, association with DPI also requires having effective information programs in place and the ability and means to disseminate information about the work of the United Nations.

In a series of studies performed by the members of WCO, the global cost of corrosion was found to be $2.2 trillion USD per year. With as much as 30% of the cost ($600 billion USD) can be prevented today with no new research. For additional details on this and other facts about the impact of corrosion please visit the WCO site at

"The partnership between DPI and WCO will help focus the discussion on asset preservation and sustainability of critical infrastructure around the global. The number one challenge to the world's population is clean drinking water. Through the resources and expertise available as part of the WCO, we can ensure a 100 year life on many of these assets if they are designed, built, and maintained properly," Wayne Burns, WCO President.

The World Corrosion Organization, based in New York City, New York, is comprised of 27 of the largest corrosion societies with over 50,000 individual members worldwide. The mission of these organizations is encompassed in the work of the WCO: to promote education and best practices in corrosion prevention and mitigation for the socio-economic benefit of society, preservation of resources, and protection of the environment.

The DECHEMA (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) is a non-profit making scientific and technical society based in Frankfurt on Main. It was founded in 1926. Today, it has more than 5.500 private and institutional members. Our aim is to promote research and technological progress in the areas of chemical engineering, biotechnology and environmental protection. Our work is interdisciplinary, with scien-tists, engineers, and technologists working together under one roof. Experts from science, business, and government departments cooperate in working parties and subject divisions.

GfKORR - Society for Corrosion Protection Protection is a federation of corrosion experts from industry and academia working in all fields of corrosion science with the aim of avoiding corrosion and its negative consequences. The work of GfKORR is devoted to the support of corrosion research and the dissemination of knowledge of corrosion protection in all relevant fields.

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