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

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FAWCO Engagement at the UN

20 Years of ECOSOC Consultative Status

FAWCO was granted special consultative status with ECOSOC in August 1997. In 2017, we looked back proudly on twenty years of successfully promoting the UN and its development agenda, advocating for gender equality and human rights. Read the Press Release on this major milestone for FAWCO's UN Program.  


VDG 814 plaque roosevelt 4p DOCOn December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed. In 2018, FAWCO joins the UN in commemorating the UDHR@70. For the past 15 years, FAWCO UN Representatives have been engaged in human rights activitsm at the UN Human Rights Commission and involved with the NGO Committee on the Status of Women Geneva. FAWCO was instrumental in the creation of a memorial to Eleanor Roosevelt at the Place des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, recognizing her as the driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The memorial was dedicated on December 5, 2008. Find out more here


Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.   Eleanor Roosevelt

FAWCO Promotes the UN

FAWCO Promotes Agenda 2030

The big news at the UN in September 2015 was the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, successors to the Millennium Development Goals. The end of 2015 marked the end of the MDG target period. In a report on the achievements of the MDGs, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon summarized: “The MDGs have taught us how governments, business and civil society can work together to achieve transformational breakthroughs.”

The post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda is:

“A call for action to change our world… We resolve to build a better future for all people... We can be the first generation to succeed in ending poverty; just as we may be the last to have a chance of saving the planet.The world will be a better place in 2030 if we succeed in our objectives... As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

Read the UN Secretary General's Report on Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals (2018), find links to UN resources on the SDGs, and watch UN videos promoting the SDGs. 

FAWCO Target Programs Support the United Nations Development Agenda

FAWCO Sub Logos Target ProgramEvery three years, FAWCO members choose a project to focus efforts on education, awareness and fundraising for a priority UN development issue. By combining the resources and energies of our 12,000 members around the world, FAWCO has been able to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals since 2016, and the Millennium Development Goals prior to 2015. Target Projects include:


UN Links

Explore these links to learn more about the UN and its programs.

ECOSOC Consultative Status

Every Woman Every Child Initiative

He for She Campaign

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 

UN Population Fund (UNFPA) 

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

UN Women

UNiTE to End Violence Against Women

World Health Organization (WHO)