The IBVM plays an active role as part of civil society working with the United Nations in New York. As associates of the Department of Public Information we attend the Briefings held by the Department of Public Information (DPI) and take part in the Annual DPI Conferences. We conduct workshops during DPI Conferences where we bring together members, colleagues and persons with experience and expertise on specific areas of Social and Sustainable Development. In the same way, the voice and experience of persons living in marginalized situations contribute to our work for a just and sustainable world. We are in contact with the Mission of a number of Member States at the United Nations. Communication with our networks to promote the values and activities of the United Nations is a central part of our work as associates of the Department of Public Information.
We work with the following Committees and Working Groups from civil society:
The NGO Committee on Sustainable Development seeks to further the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development: – environmental, – economic, and – social. Within the Committee the Working Group on the Integrity of Earth works towards a harmonious integration of Earth Rights and Human Rights in the larger context of Sustainable Development.
The Working Group on Girls (WGG) is dedicated to promoting the human rights of the girl child in all areas and stages of her life, advancing the inclusion and status of girls and assisting them to develop their full potential as women.
The NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons addresses the eradication of human trafficking in all its forms. It monitors compliance with the United Nations treaties, protocols, laws and resolutions.
The NGO Committee on Sustainable Development. seeks to further the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development: – environmental, – economic, and – social.
The NGO Committee on Financing for Development at the United Nations advocates for a worldwide economy that is environmentally and socially sustainable, ethical, and people-centered.
The Committee of Religious NGOs composed of the representatives of national and international organizations which define their work as religious, spiritual or ethical in nature and are accredited to the UN. It serves as a forum for exchanging and promoting shared religious and ethical values in the deliberations of the United Nations.