Sisters of Charity at the United Nations
Our involvement in international affairs
The Federation NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) gives voice to those living in poverty and provides firsthand knowledge to decision makers in areas such as Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication, Human Rights, Trafficking, Migration, Climate Change, Financing for Development, Education for Global Citizenship, and Women & Children.
There are currently more than 4,000 NGOs accredited to the Economic Social Council of the United Nations. Twenty-nine of these NGOs represent nearly 100,000 religious serving in 177 countries on behalf of over 200 congregations. Weekly the NGOs are briefed on current issues. Based on their areas of interest and focus, NGOs network through various committees, for learning, research, and advocacy on specific issues. They also sponsor side events – best practices from the grassroots at the UN during major meetings, jointly with other NGOs and Member States. At the same time, each NGO is disseminating information to the sponsoring organization(s), raising awareness, increasing knowledge, and offering suggestions for advocacy.
Sisters and Associates can serve as an NGO liaison, interns, and participants in various UN meetings. They also have an opportunity to participate in a three day UN orientation. (Please contact the NGO Representative) Student groups are provided with a short orientation and student interns based in New York are welcome.
Peace & Disarmament
The NGO supports the UNESCO Culture of Peace and holds active membership in the Hague Appeal for Peace and lobbies on behalf of nuclear disarmament.
Economic DevelopmentHolds corporate stance on Third World debts; continues to provide funding and staffing for development and disaster relief projects in the Developing World; working to attain a more just economic and financial system.
Social DevelopmentSupports the work of UN agencies through establishment and administration of numerous, clinics, rehabilitation centers, mental health, drug treatment facilities, family, women and children’s centers; conducts outreach and centers for those in need.
Human RightsSupports a Radio Program for Human Rights in Haiti and administers a Holocaust Institute; offers workshops and courses on migrant rights, racism, ethnocentrism and multiculturalism.
Sustainable DevelopmentSupports and staffs several straw bale housing developments, a water and sewage project in Peru, education for environmental awareness and responsibility.
Women & ChildrenHelps to provide shelters, centers, training and education programs for abused women, victims of prostitution, single mothers, homeless women, unemployed and unskilled women. Supports UNICEF.
Teresa Kotturan, SCN represents the Sisters of Charity Federation NGO at the United Nations. Sister Teresa educates Federation members and the public on the services and activities of the United Nations.