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1 Judith T. Wagner OMEP Representative UN Economic and Social Council OMEP at UN 2013Judith T. WagnerOMEP RepresentativeUN Economic and Social Council
2 HistoryOMEP is NGO 11 – the 11th non-governmental organization to gain consultative status with the United Nations in 1948 through our relationship with UNESCO. CATEGORIES: Roster, Special, and General
3 OMEP Designees for 2013 UN New York Headquarters Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)Ingrid Pramling SamuelssonCarol R. Darcy*, Main RepresentativeKate Kolchin*, Jean Simpson, and Judith WagnerDepartment of Public Information (DPI)Maria Pia Belloni and Jerry AldridgeAmber Eriksson, Youth RepresentativeSince its inception OMEP has had consultative status at the UN. Official OMEP designees and others who regularly participate in OMEP’s work at the UN are known collectively as “the New York Team.” Their main job is to promote the interests and wellbeing of young children, birth to age 8, their families, and the institutions that serve them. During 2013 long-time designee to the UN, Kate Kolchin, passed away and Carol Darcy, who served as a representative for many years and, more recently, as the main representative, retired.
4 Primary goal for 2013 New York Team Goal: Increase OMEP’s visibility and status in global policy-making and implementationWhy: To strengthen our position as advocatesfor young children’s wellbeing, rights, and educationIn other words, to take advantage of OMEP’s consultative status at the UN –Awaken the sleeping giant.
5 Strategies Demystify procedures for involvement Improve communication/information flowIncrease OMEP’s participation in NGO committeesIncrease the number of OMEP representatives at important UN and UNICEF eventsStrengthen relationships at the UN/UNICEFStrengthen networks and partnershipsDemystify the procedures for involvementImprove communication/information flowIncrease OMEP’s participation in NGO committeesIncrease the number of OMEP representatives at important UN and UNICEF eventsStrengthen relationships at the UN/UNICEFStrengthen networks and partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as other NGOs with similar or mutually complementary aims.such as the Early Childhood Development unit and the WASH unit;with governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as other NGOs with similar or mutually complementary aims.
6 2013 FocusInfluence decision-makers to include early childhood development, care, and education as an unambiguous priority in the Post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
7 OMEP’s Role in Promoting ECD/ECEC on Post-2015 Agenda Country consultationsOMEP You Tube videos in English, French, Spanish, and ChinesePosition statement from World OMEP/publishedOMEP response to High Level PanelSide Event: High-level Panel on Post-2015 Global Policy Early Childhood Development as a Foundation for Sustainable Development(December 12, 2013)A few highlights. Each required hours and hours of work, collaborations, networking
8 OMEP Representatives’ Activities NGO Committee on the FamilyOMEP reps responsible for planning and leading programs, including presentations by OMEP membersOMEP rep serves on Executive Committee and nominating committeeNGO Committee on MigrationOMEP rep chairs the Working Group on Child MigrationNGO Committee on EducationSide Events: December 2013 & February 2014OMEP’s New York team have become increasingly involved and visible an the UN. In the last year, OMEP representatives have assumed leadership roles on two important DPI committees.
9 Projects: ZIP and KIPZa’atari Intervention Project (ZIP) Kenya Intervention Project (KIP)ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN and DADAAB REFUGEE CAMP IN KENYAProvide culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate activities for parents, teachers and volunteers to use with young children living in refugee campsFirst draft of the materials has been translated into Arabic and the local language in Kenya. Currently being field tested.
10 ZIP & KIP: Recent Developments New York Red Cross: Exploring the possibility of adapting the materials for crisis shelters in New York City.Too little emphasis on the needs of young children and their caregivers after Hurricane Sandy
11 Collaborations, Networking, Initiatives OMEP rep (Maria Pia) participated in 2013 High LevelDialogue (HLD) on International Migration andDevelopmentStrengthened networks with many organizations,especially through collaborations on co-sponsoredevents and co-authored position statementsJust a few…..
12 2014 Representatives ECOSOC: PDI: Youth: Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, Main RepresentativeJudith Wagner, Jerry Aldridge, Jean Simpson,Gaby FujimotoPDI:Maggie Koong, Maria Pia Belloni, Grace JepkemboiYouth:Amber Eriksson, Swetha Mummini
13 Looking ahead… 2014 and Beyond Continue with 2013 goals and strategiesMaintain better records; monthly reportsDevelop task guidelines for representativesEngage more members in NY and vicinityIncrease awareness of OMEP’s role at the UNDevelop plan for involvement at UN Geneva and Vienna headquartersChange OMEP’s status from Roster to Special
14 Presentation on OMEP at UN Please attend the informational presentation on OMEP at the United Nations Thursday at 4:15 in Boole 3