BPW International and The United Nations

As a non-government organization (NOO), BPW International has Consultative Status, Category 1, with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also has consultative status and special relations with the International Labor Office (ILO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

BPW International has permanent representatives at the United Nations and its agencies in New York, Geneva, Paris and Vienna. These representatives keep BPWI affiliates informed of UN activities and represent their views during meetings, particularly on issues relating to women’s status.

BPW International is actively involved in the INSTRAW Women’s Training Centre, UNlFEM, Project 5-0 International, the ILO Training Centre, Women’s World Banking and over 50 other on-going projects around the world.

BPW International has played a major role in all four World Conferences for Women from 1975 to 1995. In addition, it has sponsored, co-sponsored and participated in regional meetings which have included training seminars, workshops, conferences and trade fairs.

Here is an overview of all BPW UN representatives.

BPW International elected to CoNGO

19 January 2011, NEW YORK – BPW International was elected to board of CONGO today at its 24th General Assembly. Eva Richter, UN Permanent Representative, New York and Elizabeth Vanardenne, UN (Alt) Representative, attended the meeting on behalf of BPW International.

For over 50 years, The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) has been actively promoting the involvement of NGOs in the working of the United Nations.

Action Alert:
Say NO to Sexual Violence in Conflict
Make Women Count for Peace!

Women hardly ever fight the world’s wars, but often suffer the most and are targets of systematic sexual violence. And yet, they are barely present in peace negotiations.

Through the month of June, senior UN peacekeeping officials will open their doors to women peace activists in more than 20 countries to hear their concerns and recommendations for peacebuilding.

The Open Days for Women, Peace and Security mark the 10th anniversary of landmark UN Security Council resolution (SCR) 1325, which calls for women’s equal participation in peacebuilding.

UN Commission on sustainable development

World Summit on the Information Society

The objective of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is to formulate a common vision and understanding of the global information society. It is expected to adopt a Declaration of Principles and an Action Plan to facilitate the effective growth of the Information Society and to help bridge the digital divide. It is also regarded as an effective means to assist the United Nations in fulfilling the goals of the Millennium Declaration. The Summit will be held in two phases: Geneva from December 10-12, 2003, and Tunis in 2005.