FAWCO and the UN

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.

Learn more about the FAWCO UN Reps Team.

Learn more about the History of FAWCO’s involvement with the UN.

FAWCO Engagement at the UN

  • Recognized as an accredited non-governmental organization by the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in 1995
  • Granted special consultative status to ECOSOC in 1997
  • Granted Observer Status at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2016
  • Member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO)
  • Member of NGO Committees on the Status of Women (NGO CSWs) in New York, Geneva and Vienna and serving in leadership positions on the Executive Boards of these NGO CSWs
  • Member of the NGO Committee on Migration in New York; serving as Vice-Chair of the Committee
  • Member of Executive Committee of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) NGO Office in New York
  • Member of the NGO Working Group on Girls (WGG) in New York
  • Member of NGO Committee on Human Rights in Geneva

FAWCO Promotes the UN

  • 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, the UN Liaison Bulletin, on FAWCO's website and in social media
  • Promoting the UN's 2030 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Endorsing UN principles and recognizing the UN as a forum for the peaceful resolution of conflicts
  • Advocating for programs and legislation that improve human rights and promote gender equality
  • Representing FAWCO at UN meetings, seminars, conferences and committees, especially at the annual Commission on the Status of Women
  • Developing partnerships and working in coalitions and Major Groups with like-minded NGOs and other stakeholders
  • Arranging for UN speakers at FAWCO Conferences and meetings
  • Encouraging Member Club involvement in FAWCO's global activities

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 more and find links to UN resources on 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:

  • Education: Fundraising campaign launched in April 2017 for Hope Beyond Displacement with the Collateral Repair Project in Amman, Jordan 

  • Environment: Funded the construction of over 630 wells to supply drinking and agricultural water for 1,500 families in rural Cambodia (2009 - 2013)

  • Health: Donated 30,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets, reducing the incidence of malaria in target areas in Africa by 70% (2007 - 2009)

  • Human Rights: Provided economic opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking in Mozambique, Uganda and El Salvador (2013 - 2016)

UN Links

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

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)

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