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Strategies for Empowerment: Lessons from Grass-Roots

Side Event CSocD

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 Public Information (DPI)

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The Department of Public Information (DPI): Did You Know?

  • The DPI 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 DPI: 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.
  • Theme for 2014 UN DPI/NGO will be: The Role of Civil Society in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • In 1968, the Economic and Social Council called on DPI to associate NGOs.
  • About 1,400 NGOs are now associated with DPI
  • There are now about 350 NGO youth representatives.





OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 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 work to safeguard the future for those coming after us.


UN DPINGOs: partners4change

DPI NewsThe 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 to Inform. Engage. Act.

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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

cq5dam.web.540.390Several 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 is needed to meet the MDG sanitation target.