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.

March 2018 UN & You Domestic Workers are an integral part of the global workforce. They provide services that enable others to work and help keep the labor markets and economies working around the globe. Recognizing the significant contribution of domestic workers to the global economy and the discriminatory conditions of employment and denial of their human rights, the ILO passed the Domestic Workers Convention (C189) concerning decent work for domestic workers.

February 2018 NGO Newsletter Sisters of Charity Federation NGO Liaisons and members at the 56th Commission for Social Development, Thoughts from Melissa Gibilaro and Sr. Marion Sheridan CSM, Global Compact on Migration: Four Fundamental Considerations for Making Migration Work for All, Connecting Development and Human Rights, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Step Down, Flippin’ (Pancakes) for a Cause: Raising Funds to Assist in Building a Safe House for Trafficked Women.

January 2018 UN & You The United Nations launched a year-long campaign on December 10, 2017 to honor the foundational Universal Declaration of Human Rights document, which marks its 70th anniversary in 2018.

NGO Representative

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.

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