New York

As the United Nations headquarters and home to the General Assembly, all areas of the UN’s work is discussed in New York. The centre is also the headquarters of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women created in 2010. The team of four SI UN Representatives in New York cover gender equality, sustainable development, financing for development, trafficking, migration, education, ageing, and peace and security. This team of UN Representatives also cover UN processes and functional commissions such as the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and the Commission on Social Development, (CSD), which promote SI’s presence and enhance advocacy impact.

SI’s United Nations Representatives for New York are Bette Levy, Marie D’Amato-Rizzi (Centre Contact), Barbara T Rochman, Frances Zainoeddin, Vanesa Treers, Maria Fornella.

Don’t Talk About Us Without Us: Learning from the True Experts

A blog by SI UN Representative in New York, Maria Fornella-Oehninger, following her attendance at the 58th Session of UN Commission on Social Development: 'Affordable Housing and Social Protection systems for all to address homelessness'. "The United Nations Commission on Social Development has had a very noteworthy 58th session this

The fifty-eighth Session of the Commission for Social Development

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission for Social Development  (CSocD58) will take place from 10 to 19 February 2020 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development section of international development. This year, CSocD is celebrating the 75th anniversary of

Your Voice at the UN

2020: A New Decade Opens Before Us Blog of Evelyne Para, UN Representative of SI at UNESCO. "A hundred years after the "roaring twenties" that carried a creative euphoria and an almost fanatic belief in the industrial revolution, we are entering the "worrying twenties". On the menu for this new

The Presence of Women in UN Peacekeeping Operations

A blog by SI UN Representative in New York, Maria Fornella-Oehninger, “In no other area is our collective failure to ensure protection for civilians more apparent - and by its very nature more shameful – than in terms of the masses of women and girls, but also boys and men,

Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future

From Biarritz to Beijing 25: Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future, United Nations (UN) New York, 23, September 2019 A blog by Barbara Rochman, SI UN Representative, New York "I attended the programme, From Biarritz to Beijing 25 - Generation Equality sponsored by France and Mexico on

The Journey to Age Equality

International Day of Older Persons  A blog by Frances Zainoeddin, SI Representative to the United Nations, New York 'The Journey to Age Equality' was the theme for the 2019 celebration of International Day of Older Persons (1 October), held at the United Nations in New York, organised by the NGO

8th Annual Girls Speak Out

By SI UN Representative, New York, Vanesa Treers “To be a refugee girl means that we are always constantly on the edge of eviction because we cannot afford to pay the rent on our house. I am afraid of the moment that we become homeless....... then I might well accept

Part Two: UNGA 74 – Healthcare as a driver for inclusive development for all

by Maria-Laura Fornella SI Representative to the United Nations New York. "I attended the Panel on Universal Health Care as a Driver of Equity, Inclusive Development and Prosperity for All. Co-chaired by Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and Pedro Sanchez, President of the Government of Spain, this panel also

Part One: 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

 by Maria-Laura Fornella SI Representative to the United Nations New York. "What an unforgettable experience for me - a new SI United Nations (UN) Representative, at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The air was thick with excitement and expectation at 8:00 AM as

Civil Society Forum – Stakeholder Group on Ageing

The Civil Society Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Forum, held during the General Assembly and organised by the Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) High Level Political Forum (HLPF) Coordinating Mechanism, creates a space for dialogue between civil society and UN Member States, together with international and regional organisations and constituencies.

Midwives Could Be the Answer to Maternal Mortality in the US

A blog by Vanesa Treers, SI UN Representative, New York "The New York Times article “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis” by Linda Villarosa inspired the NGO Committee Status of Women meetings in New York in May, 2019. Just recently we heard the case of

High-Level Political Forum Debrief

A blog by SI UN Representative New York, Maria Fornella. "On August 14, 2019, the Webinar for a “Debrief on HLPF 2019 and an Exchange on the SDG Summit” was jointly held by Together 2030 and TAP Network (Transparency, Accountability and Participation for 2030 Agenda). I hadn’t attended the HLPF

An Open Letter on Women, Peace and Security and Sustainable Development

August 2019 Calling on UN Member states to “raise the bar” on sustainable development, gender equality, and peace 12 August, 2019, New York, NY - The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) announces the release of an Open Letter to the Group of Friends of 1325 on Women,

Reducing Inequalities Within and Among Countries

SI UN Representative, Barbara Rochman. Blog by Barbara T. Rochman, SI UN Representative, New York  I attended an interesting side event during the UN High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development on July 11, 2019, where several European civil society organisations launched the report 'Falling Through the Cracks: Exposing inequalities

Cultural Visibility vs Political Rights

SI UN Representative in New York, Bette Levy SI UN Representative in New York, Bette Levy, blogs about her biggest take-away from the ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) held in New York this July. "If you, like me, eagerly followed the postings on Facebook of the many members who attended

An Inside view of the 2019 ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum

SI UN Representative, Bette Levy, introduces insights from the SI UN Team in New York, following their attendance at the 2019 ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and the Ministerial High-Level Segment (HLS). "The theme this year was 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality' and the goals reviewed were as

Soroptimist International HLPF Report 2019

The meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development in 2019, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019.

Protecting the Rights of Older Persons

A blog by SI UN Representative in New York, Frances Zainoeddin. "A convention formed to protect the rights of older persons will, of course, include older women, who are in the majority of people over the age of 60 - the fastest growing demographic cohort. The arguments for a convention

Beijing Platform for Action 25 years on

A blog by Pat Black "It’s never too early to start planning and special anniversaries don’t come around too often. 2020 will see a number of UN related anniversaries coinciding – the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of UN Women, 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action Declaration and

Insight into the WHO Report on health of refugees and migrants

Barbara Rochman, SI UN Representative in New York, provides insight into sections of the WHO Report on 'Health of Refugees and Migrants', with specific focus on issues effecting women and girls. "The Report on the health of refugees and migrants in the WHO European Union: 'No Public Health Without Refugee

The Gender Effect

A blog by Hafdís Karlsdóttir - the gender effect of leave and care policies – stronger with dads involved! "Gender equality starts at home. Sharing unpaid care work is a game-changer for both women and men. In the Nordics, decades of political efforts have put in place affordable and quality

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