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.

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The United Nations is turning 75

“We the Peoples of the United Nations” are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020. At the end of World War II, 51 countries came together in San Francisco, USA, to adopt the UN Charter on June 26, 1945. Officially, the UN came into existence on October 24, 1945, and this day is celebrated as the UN Day by people everywhere. The UN serves as a global forum where countries come together to discuss issues, problems of war and peace, protect human rights, deliver humanitarian aid, promote sustainable development and uphold international law. The 193 Member States may be in the limelight at the UN, but the civil society members from around the world are integral to all the deliberations - the NGO networks provide ideas to shape policy decisions and resolutions through intense advocacy work. We are also partners who uphold the values of the UN and implement its policies and programs at the grassroots. Though flawed, the UN is essential for global governance today. We have the power to shape the UN we want! Join the conversation to make your voice heard.

The official celebration of UN75 is happening September 21, 2020 at the UN. You are invited as part of “We the Peoples of the United Nations” to use this prayer to envision a new, reformed and transformed UN. Download prayer (PDF)

September 2020 UN & You COVID-19 and Women

NGO News August 2020 The Road Ahead: COVID-19 and the 2030 Agenda; UN Response to COVID-19; Connecting Virtually During COVID; WHO Manifesto for a Healthy Recovery from COVID-19; Global Debt and COVID-19: Jubilee USA Debt Campaign

June 2020 UN & You The United Nations marks 75 years

May 2020 UN & You The United Nations' response to the COVID-19 pandemic

March 2020 NGO News Commission for Social Development side event on youth homelessness, CSocD58 photo gallery, Commission on the Status of Women 2020, International Population Development Conference, 75th anniversary of the UN, Generation Equality

March 2020 UN & You CSocD58: A roadmap for advocacy to end homelessness

January 2020 UN & You 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

December 2019 UN & You 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

November 2019 NGO News Highlights from the 74th UN General Assembly | Highlights from the World Bank/IMF Civil Society Meetings | Civil Society Conference focused on SDG11 | Sister Seonmi: Reflection on UN internship

October 2019 UN & You Youth raise voices at Climate Action Summit

September 2019 UN & You Civil Society Conference focuses on inclusivity

August 2019 NGO News High Level Political Forum 2019: Growing Inequalities Threaten Sustainable Development | UN Environment Programme welcomes new executive director | Human Trafficking discussion panel | Haiti Update: peacekeeping and development

June 2019 UN & You International Widows' Day is June 23

April 2019 NGO News 63rd Commission on the Status of Women and Children | Federation co-sponsors CSW parallel event | Federation participates in Commission for Social Development | Sister Romina Sapinoso: Connecting at the UN | Federation NGO in India | Vincentian Family Welcomes NGOs

February 2019 UN & You Working group aims to eliminate homelessness

January 2019 UN & You Care of the Earth: the role of faith-based groups. "Global organizations now realize that they need to work with faith-based organizations to integrate moral/ethical values and individual responsibility into social, economic and environmental issues."

December 2018 UN & You UN Conventions on Climate Change, Migration: "Climate change is a global problem, and it requires a global solution."

November 2018 NGO News 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, Summit on Tuberculosis and Non-communicable Diseases, Migrant Workers: An Asian-Pacific Experience in Delhi, India; UN Orientation for Sisters of St. Martha Justice Ministry, Vincentian Family Collaborative Action Program and Commission for the Promotion of Systemic Change Seminar in Pacet, Mojokerto, Indonesia

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.

September 2017 UN & You Heads of States and Ministers from all the Member States of the United Nations gathered in New York City for the week to participate in the 72nd UN General Assembly. The annual debate was on the theme: “Focusing on People – Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.”

August 2017 NGO Newsletter High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Giovanna Ortega Pinto’s internship with our NGO, annual Federation NGO Liaison meeting, United Nations negotiated Legally Binding Treaty Banning all Nuclear Weapons, Paris Climate Change Agreement and the USA, Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals.

June 2017 UN & You The number of children worldwide caught up in child labor is astounding - 168 million. What can we do to address child labor?

May 2017 UN & You Forced labor is another form of modern day slavery. Women, men and children trapped in forced labor are denied their human rights and deprived of their freedom – they live and work in the shadows, in inhuman conditions. Forced labor generates $150 billion illegal profits in the private economy every year. What role can we play to end forced labor?

March 2017 NGO Newsletter New Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Strategies for eradicating poverty: Achieving Sustainable Development for All, The Vincentian Family Side Event at the 55th Commission on Social Development, Interns with the Federation NGO, Participants of UN orientation sessions, Reflections on the Civil Society Forum.

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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    Lydia Luckenbill says

    Caring hearts for those in need !

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