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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 -  UN Update 27 - July 2017

Making History

While history was being made at the United Nations with the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate in recent weeks, our NGO at the United Nations also made history. The IBVM General Leadership met in New York for discussions regarding our NGO and its collaboration with the United Nations. Both events coincided. While the United Nations prepared for the arrival of Heads of State and other dignitaries for the official signing, we found ourselves participants in the security measures, restrictions and blockades involved in such events. It was a unique experience of the United Nations for the members of our General Leadership who were visiting for the first time.

General Leadership at NGO Office, New York

Members of our General Leadership, Noelle, Igora, Judy, Macarena and Brenda were joined by Evanne Hunter, chairperson of the NGO Advisory Committee. Firsthand experience of the IBVM NGO in New York enables a greater understanding of the meaning and practicalities of our presence and collaboration here. Information sharing and discussion on the many aspects of this ministry included areas such as: collaboration with the United Nations in the light of our GC 14 Commitments, The Advisory Committee, UN Province Representatives, networking, participation of members of our network in UN conferences, Commissions events and processes, immersion and internship experiences, and communication. At the end of the meetings short videos were made of their impressions of the experience. You can watch Noelle, Igora, Judy, Macarena, Brenda, Evanne by clicking on their names on the Update 20

Read More -

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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