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1 INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP WUCWO/ UMOFC OCTOBER 2012 BOARD MEETING Maribeth Stewart

2 WUCWO’S INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE Convenor: Dominique Jacquemin-Mangé Anne Manice Anne Girault Chiara Santomiero Joan Triulzi Jocelyne de Stadelhofen Maria Teresa Vaccari Mary Yunike Mwale Maryvonne Kayser Virginie Rothey Zina Rassam Jacqueline Obone-Mba Liliane Stevenson -ex officio as Secretary General

3 WUCWO WORKS TO: Promote the international dimension in our member organizations Bring the voice of our member organizations to international bodies, focusing on the Resolutions voted at the WUCWO General Assembly But how does WUCWO bring our voice to international bodies?

4 THROUGH NGO STATUS WUCWO holds NGO (non-governmental organization) status with international bodies such as United Nations (UN) agencies. WUCWO has been active with the United Nations since the UN was founded in 1945.

5 WHAT CAN AN NGO DO? Act in consultative status Provide expert analysis on issues Raise public awareness of relevant issues Attend international conferences and events Make written and oral statements at these events Organize side events Have opportunities to network and lobby

6 WHAT CAN WUCWO, AS A CATHOLIC NGO, DO? All the actions noted in the previous slide PLUS Join forces with other Catholic inspired NGO’s and follow issues affecting women, intervening from the perspective of our Catholic values Reinforce the impact of the Catholic message in public debate Affirm clearly the values of the Catholic identity Develop a culture of collaboration with other Catholic NGO’s Present effective presence and action, providing a Catholic role model

7 WHAT DID POPE JOHN PAUL II SAY ABOUT NGO’S? “No organisation, not even the United Nations or any of its specialized agencies, can alone solve the global problems which are constantly brought to its attention. It is then the privileged task of non- governmental organizations to help bring these concerns into the communities and the homes of the people and to bring back to the established agencies the priorities and aspirations of the people in a way that all solutions and projects which are envisaged may be truly adapted to the needs of the human person.”

8 WHY SHOULD WUCWO BE AN NGO? We have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we have done our best to help others who share this life and this earth with us. All men are our brothers The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity states (14): “A vast field for the apostolate has opened up at national and international levels for the laity…Catholics should feel themselves obligated to promote the true common good” NGO status allows WUCWO to promote the true common good at several international bodies

9 INTERNATIONAL BODIES WHERE WUCWO HAS NGO STATUS UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome Council of Europe in Strasbourg

10 ECOSOC UN’s Economic and Social Council Central forum for the discussion of international economic and social issues Formulates policy recommendations for Member States 54 Member States elected by the General Assembly Conducts work through formal sessions, preparatory meetings, and discussions

11 ECOSOC UN’s Economic and Social Council The Annual Ministerial Review assesses progress made towards the UN’s Development Agenda The Biennial Development Cooperation Forum examines implementation of the internationally agreed upon development goals and involves international dialogue and cooperation

12 ECOSOC UN’s Economic and Social Council Commissions Commission on Population and Development Commission for Social Development Commission on the Status of Women Commission on Science and Technology for Development Commission on Sustainable Development Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

13 ECOSOC UN’s Economic and Social Council Challenges and Opportunities Challenges: - Language disguises true intent (“Reducing maternal mortality”= abortion and contraception) - Treaties call for developing countries to conform to positions and actions that are not the desire or culture of the countries (e.g. legalize abortion) Opportunities: - Present our Catholic viewpoint - Work with the Mission of the Holy See - Network with other NGO’s

14 WHO REPRESENTS WUCWO AT ECOSOC AT THE UN IN NEW YORK? Anne Manice Joan Triulzi

15 UNESCO UN EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION Mission is to: – Contribute to building peace – Eradicate poverty – Achieve sustainable development – Foster intercultural dialogue – Work to create conditions for dialogue based upon respect for commonly shared values

16 UNESCO UN EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION ADDRESSES: Education for all Emerging social and ethical challenges Cultural diversity, dialogue and peace Using science for sustainable development

17 UNESCO UN EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION PRIORITIES: Build a culture of peace and non-violence Build a “New Humanism”: Harmony through Diversity Provide targeted assistance to the least developed countries in the areas of – Literacy – Technical and Vocational Training

18 Central focus point of UNESCO is the Bureau of Strategic Planning – Prepares and monitors UNESCO’s strategy – Implements the principles of results-based and risk-based management – Monitors implementation of approved programs – Leads the coordination of UNESCO’s participation in UN meetings UNESCO UN EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION

19 WHO REPRESENTS WUCWO AT UNESCO IN PARIS? Dominique Jacquemin-Mangé Anne Girault Maryvonne Kayser Virginie Rothey

20 HRC UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of all human rights Addresses situations of human rights violations and makes recommendations for actions on them 47 Member States elected by the General Assembly

21 HRC UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Conducts a Universal Periodic Review that assesses the human rights situation in all Member States An Advisory Committee provides expertise and advice A Complaint Procedure permits individuals and organizations to bring human rights violations to the attention of the Council

22 WHO REPRESENTS WUCWO AT THE HRC IN GENEVA? Zina Rassam Jocelyne de Stadelhofen

23 FAO UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION Mandate: Achieve nutritional food security for all so that they can lead active healthy lives Raise nutrition levels Improve agricultural production Better the lives of rural populations Contribute to the growth of the world economy

24 FAO UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION OFFICE OF EVALUATION monitors: Agriculture and Consumer Protection Economic and Social Development Fisheries and Aquaculture Natural Resources Management Technical Cooperation Department

25 WHO REPRESENTS WUCWO AT THE FAO IN ROME? Chiara Santomiero csantomiero@gmail.com Maria Teresa Vaccari mt.vaccari@virgilio.it

26 COUNCIL OF EUROPE Seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights 47 Member Countries

27 COUNCIL OF EUROPE OBJECTIVES To protect human rights, democracy, and the rule of law To promote awareness and encourage the development of Europe’s cultural identity and diversity To find common solutions to the challenges facing European society To consolidate democratic stability in Europe

28 COUNCIL OF EUROPE RECENT WORK WORK AGAINST TERRORISM WORK AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME WORK AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORLD FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY BUILDING EUROPE THROUGH HUMAN RIGHTS: AGAINST EXTREME POVERTY

29 WHO REPRESENTS WUCWO AT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE IN STRASBOURG? ANNE GIRAULT

30 WUCWO’S VOICE IS HEARD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

31 THROUGH OUR INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES (IR) The task of the International Representative is to: Know and support WUCWO’s Mission, Goals and priorities Know how to interact with the WUCWO Board and the International Committee Keep the WUCWO Board and International Committee connected with the IR’s actions Inform the Board members of what is happening in the agency to which the IR is accredited

32 INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE REQUIREMENTS Generous dedication to matters affecting women, children and families, justice and peace Excellent religious formation and knowledge of the Social Doctrine of the Church Leadership experience Ability to network and interact tactfully with people of different nationalities and cultures Research skills to access relevant credible information to use in advocacy at international venues Bi/multi language capacity is an advantage as are computer skills Sufficient time and strong commitment

33 THE BOARD AND THE IR The Board needs to know how best to transmit their concerns, questions, or thoughts to the IR’s for action at the IR’s agency The Convener of the International Committee can act as a bridge between the IR and the Board, when necessary The Board must keep the IR’s cognizant of work on WUCWO’s priorities

34 WUCWO AND ITS MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS It is important that WUCWO women ensure that their national organizations lobby their governments to instruct their diplomatic missions to support resolutions in agreement with Church teaching (reducing poverty, providing education, etc.) and to oppose those resolutions and treaties that contain language counter to Church teaching (abortion, same- sex marriage, etc.)

35 MORE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS How can the Board interact best with our IR’s? – Through the Convener of the International Committee? – Through the Secretariat? – Through direct contact with an IR? How can the Board make their member organizations aware of WUCWO’s international priorities? How can members of the International Committee that are not Board members feel included and involved?

36 THANK YOU 1. PRAY FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND THEIR WORK 2. MAKE SURE YOUR MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS ARE ACTIVE IN PROMOTING CATHOLIC VALUES IN LEGISLATION AND IN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS REMAIN AWARE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL WORK AND PRAY TOGETHER FOR PEACE AND THAT ALL MAY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO FULFILL THEIR UNIQUE MISSION IN THIS LIFE MAY OUR LADY, QUEEN OF PEACE, ASK HER SON TO BLESS EACH OF US AND OUR WUCWO INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS


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