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Welcome to the UN/NGO page. An NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) is a local, national or international citizen’s group that does not work for profit and has no connection to any governmental agencies.

As NGOs at the United Nations, the IBVMs world-wide have an associative status with the Department of Information (DPI). This means that our community has the ability to raise humanitarian concerns to UN groups and to communicate to our sisters, families, friends, schools, and alumnae all around the world the issues and decisions occurring at the United Nations.


IBVM Corporate Stance
on Human Trafficking

Adopted September 2014:

"As members of the
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
an international and multicultural congregation of women religious,
we pledge to work for the eradication
of all forms of human trafficking
and its causes,
particularly among women and children, wherever we live and minister."

On June 22, 2015, the IBVM NGO was granted ECOSOC status at the UN!

Watch this page for issues raised at the United Nations, particularly those that affect women and children around the world.


Cecilia O'Dwyer, IBVM, from the Spanish Province, 
NGO Representative at the United Nations.





IBVM at the United Nations - 

 Working with the United Nations. 2018 provides another opportunity to consider how our local concerns are dealt with at the United Nations and how we contribute. The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights is commemorated this year. By September 2018 it is hoped to have a Global Compact on Migration which will address the global and local dimensions of present day migration.
The implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda will continue and hopefully advance decisively towards its completion. 

Read More -

Update 27 - July 2017

Update 25 - March 2017

Update 24 - January 2017

Update 23 - November 2016

Update 20 - May 2016 

Update 19 - April 2016

Update 18 - March 2016

Update 15 - September 2015

Update 13 - June 2015

Update 11 - February 2015 


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