The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is based in Paris, meaning that the SI UN Representatives there primarily focus on education. However, because UNESCO and the NGO Committee there organise periodic fora on various issues, SI UN Representatives often adapt their workload in order to engage with the subjects of those fora such as water for all, and women and poverty.

SI’s United Nations Representatives in Paris are Marie-Christine Gries (Centre Contact), Rina Dupriet and Evelyne Para.

Our Voice at the UN – Paris

This edition introduces SI’s advocacy efforts at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The United Nations (UN) Agency in Paris is the home of UNESCO, where Soroptimist International has three UN representatives, Marie-Christine Gries, Evelyne Para, and Rina Dupriet, whose work and expertise covers the role of

Solidarity of NGOs facing the pandemic: Education

SI UN Representative, Evelyne Para, brings us the next instalment in her series of blogs about how NGOs are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This blog focuses on education and distance learning. The great solidarity of civil society and UNESCO's partner NGOs are helping populations in the field, especially the

Artificial Intelligence: A Regression for Gender Equality?

Blog by Marie-Christine Gries, SI UN Representative in Paris. On 8 March, International Women's Day, UNESCO and the World Economic Forum organised a webinar focused on women in digital technologies, called "Girl Trouble: Breaking through the bias in AI". Gabriella Ramos, Sustainable Development Goals sector for Human Social Sciences at

Solidarity of NGOs Facing the Pandemic

Part One in the "Solidarity of NGOs Facing the Pandemic" blog series by Evelyne Para, SI UN Representative at UNESCO. The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis affects all citizens of our planet - health, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian, and particularly those with increased vulnerability. At the heart of this crisis, the

UNESCO’s Regional Expert Consultations Against Gender Stereotypes

Blog by Marie-Christine Griers, SI UN Representative, Paris On 11 January, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) held the first edition in its webinar series, 'Regional Expert Consultations against Gender Stereotypes'. Targeted at decision-makers, academic and scientific communities, NGOs and civil society, the discussion in this first

What is Global Citizenship Education?

Blog by Evelyne Para, SI UN Representative at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). "As the international community experiences an unprecedented health crisis, and contemporary challenges threatening the rule of law are a source of growing concern for many societies around the world, we realise now that


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