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, Barbara T Rochman, Frances Zainoeddin, Vanesa Treers, Maria Fornella.

Soroptimist International HLPF Report 2020

Each year, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development is held with the purpose of reviewing the progress made towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). This year's forum will take place from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, with

Effective policy solutions for COVID-19

SI UN Representative, Maria Fornella, reflects on the findings of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Briefing held on May 11, 2020: 'Joining Forces: Effective Policy solutions for COVID-19'. “There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.”

Soroptimist International seeks Volunteer United Nations Representative for New York.

We are excited to announce that the window for applications for the position of Volunteer United Nations Representative in New York is now open! The key criteria for applicants are as follows: Must be a Soroptimist living in the New York area; Must be able to speak and write English;

The Rise of Homelessness in Ageing Women

SI UN Representatives, Maria Fornella and Frances Zainoeddin report from the Commission for Social Development 58th session (CSocD 58), which was held in New York during 10-19 February 2020. "Soroptimist International organised a side event on 'The Rise of Homelessness in Ageing Women', to discuss the work being done by

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.


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