School Sisters of Notre Dame
at the United Nations

The gift of our internationality sharpens our consciousness of universal needs and calls us to foster within ourselves and others a responsible concern for the people of the world.

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We educate, advocate, and act in collaboration with others for the dignity of life and the care of all creation.

Love Gives Everything

  • We are an international congregation committed to bringing the urgent needs of the global community to the attention of UN member states and to bring the gift of our charism and the values of the Gospel to bear on the deliberations and decisions of the United Nations.
  • We are a non-governmental organization (NGO) accredited since 1994 by the United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC) (previously called the Department of Public Information (DPI)) and accredited with special status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1998.
  • We focus our advocacy and educational efforts primarily on issues related to the rights of girls, women, and those who are poor — especially their right to education, economic justice, and sustainable development.
  •  We work in collaboration with the following non-governmental organizations affiliated with the United Nations.
    • Justice Coalition of Religious – JCoR
    • NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons –CSTIP
    • NGO Committee on Migration – CoM
    • NGO Committee on Social Development – CSocD
    • Working Group on Girls – WGG
    • Working Group to End Homelessness -WGEH

Learn more about the United Nations  

  • Through SSND participation in the following UN events

International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust    27 January
More Information go to Observance | United Nations

UN International Year 2022

International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.

  • Annual ECOSOC Functional Commissions 2022

60th Session of the Virtual Commission for Social Development (CSocD60) – February 8-17.
Theme: Inclusive and resilient recovery from COVID-19 for sustainable livelihoods, well-being and dignity for all:  eradicating poverty and hunger in all its forms and dimensions to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

More information: 60th Session of the Commission for Social Development – CSocD60 | DISD (un.org)

66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) – March 14-25, 2022
Theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.

More information:  CSW66 (2022) | Commission on the Status of Women | UN Women – Headquarters

21st Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII21) – April 25 to May 6

Theme: “Indigenous peoples, business, autonomy and the human rights principles of due diligence including free, prior and informed consent”.

More Information: UNPFII Twenty-First Session: 25 April-6 May 2022 | United Nations For Indigenous Peoples

The High-Level Political Forum – Date:  July (TBA)
Theme: Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SDGs under review: 4, 5, 14, 15 and 17.

More Information: High-level Political Forum .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (un.org)

Join SSNDs around the world as we observe these UN days in 2021,

Pray and invite others to pray for the United Nations

Prayer for the United Nations

O loving and gracious Creator,
Your love embraces all members of the human family,
Your care extends to the least of those among us,
to all our brothers and sisters in every part of the world.

You call us to a mature love and concern for the entire human community.
You call us as individuals, as a nation, as a united community of nations.
Let us hear this prayer in our hearts and respond with faith and good will.

Bless all efforts toward uniting peoples and nations.
Bless the United Nations
As it strives to be an authentic community,
As it witnesses to the needs of all, to the rights of all,
As it toils in the difficult work of peacemaking in all its aspects

Grant us the wisdom and the grace
To become a true global family
And witness your reign on this earth. Amen.

From the Center of Concern

UN 2021

Activities

CSW65 UPDATE

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no expectation of travel to UNHQ in New York.
All the United Nations, side and parallel events will take place fully virtually. More information

 Official announcement.  


Collaboration

For questions or comment, please contact Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia,
Director of the SSND UN-NGO Office, using the contact form below.