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.

May 2024 UN & YouFrom the NGO Desk, Plastic, Vincentian Family and Homelessness

April 2024 UN & You From the NGO Desk, CSW68, Second World Summit, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

March 2024 UN & You From the NGO Desk, CSW68, April at the UN, Second World Summit

February 2024 UN & You From the NGO Desk, CSocD62, Vincentian Family at the UN

January 2024 UN & You From the NGO Desk, CSocD62, UN NGO Impact Justice Circle, Summit of the Future
December 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, COP 28, CSocD62

November 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, COP 28

October 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, Working Group to End Homelessness side event, Laudate Deum

September 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, Homelessness at the UN, Vincentian Family North American Gathering, NGO Working Group to End Homelessness

August 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, Right to a Healthy Environment, Pope Francis Addresses UN Security Council

May 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, G7 Summit, Laudato Si Week

April 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, Indigenous Peoples Forum, Committee Updates

March 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, NGO Liaisons, Meeting with SC Federation Board

February 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk: Connecting the Head and Heart; CSW67

January 2023 UN & You From the NGO Desk, 61st Commission on Social Development

NGO News December 2022 COP 27 outcomes, Security Council reform, Welcome new NGO Liaisons, Deep Sea Mining, Transforming Education Summit

November 2022 UN & You UN Convention on Biological Diversity

October 2022 UN & You COP27: UN Conference on Climate Change

September 2022 UN & You A historic win for people and planet: Resolution on human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment

NGO News August 2022 Stockholm +50, Global Debt Crisis and Climate Change, CSW66, Celebrating 25 Years at the UN, Durban Call to Action on the Elimination of Child Labor

June 2022 UN & You Save our ocean, protect our future

May 2022 UN & You CSW66: A Guide for Your Participation

March 2022 UN & You CSW66: A Guide for Your Participation

NGO News March 2022 Resolution on Homelessness, Presidency of Hope, Shrinking Civil Society Space at the UN, Federation Hosts CSocD Side Events, UN Secretary-General Priorities for 2022

January 2022 UN & You 60th Session of the Commission for Social Development

December 2021 UN & You Glasgow Climate Pact

September 2021 UN & You Our Common Agenda

NGO News August 2021 Uniting the World to Tackle Climate Change: COP26, Advocating for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World, Hearing Haiti, Generation Equality Forum

June 2021 UN & You The Doctrine of Discovery

April 2021 UN & You UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

March 2021 UN & You CSW65: Women in Public Life

NGO News February 2021 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development, The State of the Planet, UN Secretary General's Priorities for 2021, A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

January 2021 UN & You Human Development and the Anthropocene

NGO News November 2020 75th Anniversary of the UN; COVID-19 and Universal Health Coverage; 10th Anniversary of Recognition of Water and Sanitation as Human Right; UN Summit on Biodiversity; Vincentian Family NGOs Host Webinar on Homelessness

October 2020 UN & You The World of Ageing

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.

NGO Representative

Dr. James Walters, EdD, represents the Sisters of Charity Federation NGO at the United Nations. Jimmy 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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