FAWCO and the UN
FAWCO’s involvement at the UN is rooted in our mission to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, as specifically stated in our Resolutions and Recommendations:
- support the United Nation’s mission and goals, particularly those that address women and girls;
- work on global women’s issues with UN Women and the UN Commission on the Status of Women, sponsoring UN events and actively seeking partnerships with like-minded NGOs; and
- promote the ratification by the US Senate of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and advocate for the inclusion of American women living overseas in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Learn more about FAWCO’s involvement with the United Nations.
UN Reps Team
FAWCO has UN Representatives in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Athens and floating representatives who attend UN events in other cities.
Learn more about the FAWCO UN Reps Team.
FAWCO’s History as a UN-accredited NGO
FAWCO’s interest in and commitment to working with the UN began in 1993. Read the herstory of FAWCO and the UN.
FAWCO’s UN Reps Team and UN Liaison publish periodic UN Liaison Bulletins to inform our members about current priorities at UN Women, in the NGO Committees on the Status of Women, the Human Rights Council, the NGO Committee on Migration, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Department of Public Information, and much more.
Find current and past UN Liaison Bulletins and the link to sign up to receive the UN Liaison Bulletin (for logged in FAWCO members only).
You will also find the UN Reps Team Annual Reports for FAWCO, as well as annual reports submitted to the UN Department of Public Information and quadrennial reports submitted to UN ECOSOC. See these reports.
As an active member of the UN NGO community, FAWCO joins other organizations in advocacy by signing statements, position papers and letters to UN agencies and commissions, including the Commission on the Status of Women. Read these statements.
UN Reps and Global Issues
FAWCO's UN Reps collaborate with FAWCO’s Global Issues Task Forces, Target Program and Youth Program, focusing on raising awareness, sharing information, promoting action, and participating in global campaigns.
UN Reps and Education
Learn what FAWCO’s UN Reps are doing in the area of education.
UN Reps and Environment
Learn what FAWCO’s UN Reps are doing in the area of environment and climate change.
UN Reps and Health
Learn what FAWCO’s UN Reps are doing in the area of global women’s health.
UN Reps and Human Rights
Learn what FAWCO’s UN Reps are doing in the area of migration.
Learn what FAWCO’s UN Youth Reps are doing.
FAWCO’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, so Gender Equality is our highest priority. Learn about FAWCO’s work at the UN in the area of Gender Equality.
NGO Committees on the Status of Women
FAWCO’s UN Reps participate actively in NGO Committees on the Status of Women in New York, Geneva and Vienna. A delegation of UN Reps and FAWCO members attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) each year. We co-sponsor Written and Oral Statements that are submitted to CSW (see more in Advocacy) and organize NGO Forum events.
Learn more about FAWCO at CSW and read blogs by FAWCO CSW delegation members on the CSW Blog.