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FAWCO and the UN

FAWCO is a United Nations accredited NGO (non-governmental organization) with special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). FAWCO's representatives at UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva, and Vienna attend UN meetings on behalf of FAWCO, focusing on issues related to women and children in the areas of education, environment, health and human rights.                       

FAWCO's UN Liaison is Laurie Richardson (AWA Vienna). You can contact Laurie at

FAWCO’s UN Involvement

  • Recognized as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in 1995
  • Granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) in 1997
  • Member of CoNGO (Conference of NGOs with special consultative status)
  • Member of NGO Committees on the Status of Women (NGO CSWs) in New York, Geneva and Vienna
  • Serving in leadership positions on the Executive Boards of NGO CSWs in New York, Geneva and Vienna
  • Member of the NGO Working Group on Girls (WGG) in New York and Chair of the WGG Advocacy Committee
  • Member of Executive Committee of the UN DPI in New York
  • Member of the NGO Committee on Migration in New York
  • Member of NGO Committee on Human Rights in Geneva
FAWCO and its Member Clubs promote the UN and its development agenda by:
  • Raising awareness about the UN and its role in women's empowerment, peacemaking, human development, and protection of the Earth through communications in the FAWCO FORUM, on FAWCO's website and social media
  • Endorsing UN principles and recognizing the UN as a forum for the peaceful resolution of conflicts
  • Encouraging Member Clubs to get involved in FAWCO's global activities
  • Advocating for projects and laws that increase and improve human rights
  • Representing FAWCO at UN sponsored meetings, seminars, conferences and committees, and at the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
  • Developing and promoting partnerships with other NGOs
  • Arranging for UN speakers at FAWCO Conferences and meetings


Campaign for a Woman UN Secretary-General

FAWCO supports the Campaign for a Woman UN Secretary General. At the Interim Meeting in March, over 60 FAWCO women signed a petition calling for the next UN SG to be a woman. We passed the petitions on to the Campaign's Chair to demonstrate our commitment to this important cause. After 70 years of the UN with 8 male SGs, now is the time. Read more about it in Erica Higbie's article The Ultimate in Political Empowerment for Women.


News Bulletin on UN Issues for FAWCO Members

FAWCO sends periodic UN Liaison Bulletins on UN issues to members who subscribe. The UN Liaison Bulletin includes timely and interesting information about the United Nations and global issues. Log in and click on "Subscriptionsand select "UN" to receive updates on the UN and related issues. 

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FAWCO approved a new logo, tagline and Mission Statement

at its Interim Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany on March 13, 2016.


FAWCO is an international federation of independent organizations whose mission is

  • to build strong support networks for its American and international membership;
  • to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide;
  • to advocate for the rights of U.S. citizens overseas; and
  • to mobilize the skills of its membership in support of global initiatives for education, the environment, health and human rights.

In the coming months, FAWCO will be updating the website to reflect our new look. Check back often!

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