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A few years later, SSNDs received accreditation with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the organ of the UN that deals with humanitarian aspects of the global agenda. Throughout the years, SSNDs have been involved in issues of women, children, human rights, social development, and sustainable development.
Thursday Briefings provided by UN DPI offer updated information on different humanitarian and security issues throughout the year. You may download the current version of the newsletter DPI/NGO Link in PDF format (you need Adobe Reader, which you may download for free, to view this PDF file).
Commission on Social Development meets each February to review the goals set for eradicating poverty, obtaining social integration, and providing employment. Governments and NGOs dialogue together in order to bring the voices of the marginalized to the table. Visit the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Millennium Campaign's webpages to learn more about social development.
Commission on the Status of Women assembles each March to examine the world scene on the 12 critical areas raised at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 as well as current challenges and forward looking strategies for the advancement and empowerment of women and girls. These challenges are the world issues as seen through the eyes of women: economics, education, environment, girl child, health care, media, peace, poverty, and violence. Read about information and resources on gender equality and empowerment of women at the UN IANWGE website. Also visit Amnesty International's website to learn more about protecting human rights worldwide. Learn more about the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which is often described as an international bill of rights for women.
UNICEF is the UN agency that addresses the issues of children. Several NGO Committees function within the departments of UNICEF and meet regularly throughout the year. The Working Group on Girls, one of the NGO committees, has been a part of SSND involvement since its beginning. Visit the UN Girls' Education Initiative to learn more about its goal to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a universally agreed set of non-negotiable standards and obligations which spells out the basic human rights for children everywhere.
If you would like additional information about issues of women, children, human rights, social development, and sustainable development, or wish to organize a workshop or invite a speaker to address these topics, please contact Sister Ethel Howley at 410-377-2071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.