Members of the IBVM and CJ play an active role as part of Civil Society working with the United Nations (UN) in New York. As associates of the Department of Global Communications (DGC) and having a Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) we attend the Briefings held by the DGC and ECOSOC and take part in the Annual Conferences and Sessions. We conduct workshops and hold events during annual DGC and ECOSOC Conferences where we bring together members, colleagues and persons with experience and expertise in specific areas of Social and Sustainable Development. In the same way, the voice and experience of persons living in marginalised situations contribute to our work for a just and sustainable world.
Our work at the UN is more effective if it is informed by the experiences of the people on the ground. The IBVM/CJ Province UN representatives serve as the contact persons for their provinces and provide critical links for communication between the representatives in New York and the entire IBVM/CJ network.
Together with the IBVM/CJ Anti-Human Trafficking Network, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Network and Global Citizenship Network, they inform the advocacy work of the IBVM NGO at the UN. These networks consist of IBVM/CJ members and colleagues who are: working on the ground to eradicate Human Trafficking in Persons, supporting survivors of this crime, living and ministering in LAC and educating in our schools in over 40 countries.
Read more about the history of the IBVM, its representatives and the impact they have made 10 years being at the United Nations here.