The United Nations’ Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking

On Friday 23rd of June 2017, two representatives from the IBVM NGO the United Nations attended an informal interactive stakeholder hearing in New York, where speakers and in-room participates engaged in a dialogue centered on the practical steps which need to be taken to combat the issue of human trafficking. It was both a moving and informative hearing, with a wide range of voices being heard and celebrated to ensure the formulation of the Plan of Action encapsulates the vast nature of this international issue. Trafficking of persons is a gross human rights violation and a major barrier to sustainable development. This is why the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is … Read MoreThe United Nations’ Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking

2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda

“We know the power of people to be agents of change, to change themselves and change their communities”. The inspiring opening session of the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference held at UN Headquarters, New York from 27 – 29 august 2014  opened the way for thematic round tables on Poverty Eradication and Fighting Inequalities, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Climate Change, numerous workshops and side events. The three day event ended with an equally encouraging Closing Ceremony in which the NGO community present ratified the Conference Declaration. Our representatives joined the thousands of participants from around the world for the event.  Read their impressions in  Update September 2014. The Conference Declaration provides us with a … Read More2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda

The Commission on the Status of Women

The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held at United Nations Headquarters, New York from  10 – 21 March 2014. It will consider the “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls” as its priority theme. It will provide a critical opportunity for evaluating the current MDG framework from a gender perspective to better understand the achievements and challenges in implementing the MDGs for women and girls, accelerate the progress in achieving the MDGs and inform the ongoing debate on the post-2015 development framework and the 20 year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for … Read MoreThe Commission on the Status of Women

Strategies for Empowerment: Lessons from Grass-Roots

In 2013, non-governmental organizations ( NGOs) that participated in a 2009 survey on social integration were surveyed to investigate their progress since 2009.  The respondents, including Mary Ward Center, Chicago spanned six continents.  They serve a wide range of people.  Their responses shed light on effective practices to increase empowerment.   These results, along with the specific experience of a group in Zambia and another in the US, served as content for a side –event held during the Commission on Social Development.

The Department of Global Communications (DGC)

The Department of Global Communications (DGC): Did You Know? The DGC was established in 1946 by the General Assembly with hopes to promote global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations. Mission of DGC: communicate the work and ideals of the United Nations to the world, interact and partner up with a diverse audience; build a support for peace, development, and human rights. There are three divisions: Strategic Communications, News and Media, and Outreach. In 1968, the Economic and Social Council called on DPI to associate NGOs. About 1,400 NGOs are now associated with the DGC There are now about 350 NGO youth representatives.      


In our world the global dimension has been added to everyone´s life. We are part of the emerging world community with the ability to think and act as global citizens. Throughout the IBVM world- wide network we are engaged in formal and non formal education of girls and boys, young women and men as global citizens. It goes beyond simply knowing that we are citizens of the globe to an acknowledgement of our responsibilities both to each other and to the Earth itself. We recognize the need to tackle injustice and inequality, and we aim at working actively to do so. We value the Earth as precious and unique, and … Read MoreRelease

UN DPINGOs: partners4change

The Department of Public Information is dedicated to communicating the ideals and work of the United Nations to the world; to interacting and partnering with diverse audiences; and to building support for peace, development and human rights for all. The DPI fosters dialogue, facilitates the exchange of information and develops partnerships with civil society. Non-governmental Organizations (NGO) Relations reaches out to civil society around the world to enhance their interaction with and understanding of the work of the Organization. It currently collaborates with 1,500 NGOs associated with the Department of Public Information. The IBVM NGO is associated with the Department of Public Information and as such contributes to its efforts … Read MoreUN DPINGOs: partners4change

2013 UN Day, Secretary-General message

On October 24, 1945, the United Nations (UN) came into force when the five permanent members of the security council ratified the charter that had been drawn up earlier that year. These members were: France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. Since 1948, the event’s anniversary has been known as United Nations Day. It is an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of the United Nations and its family of specialized agencies. In 2013, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon reminds us of this Day.

The world is making big strides towards the MDGs

Several important targets of the Millennium Development Goals have or will be met by the 2015 deadline, but progress in many areas is far from sufficient, according to this year’s Millennium Development Goals Report launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. MDGs achieving but…. accelerated progress and bolder action is needed in many areas. Environmental sustainability is under severe threat, demanding a new level of global cooperation: More rapid progress is needed to meet the 2015 target of a two-thirds reduction in child deaths. Most maternal deaths are preventable, but progress in this area is falling short. Access to antiretroviral therapy and knowledge about HIV prevention must expand. More rapid progress … Read MoreThe world is making big strides towards the MDGs