The gift of our
internationality sharpens our consciousness of universal needs
and calls us to foster within ourselves and others a responsible concern
for the people of the world.
(You Are Sent, Constitution
and General Directory
of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, GD 36)
of many non-governmental organizations affiliated with the United Nations,
the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) seek to bring the urgent needs of
the global community to the attention of UN member states and to bring the
gift of their charism and the values of the Gospel to bear on the
deliberations and decisions of the UN.
Their work at the UN is grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the
Social Teachings of the Church. Their priorities at the UN flow from the
charism of their foundress, Blessed Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger; You Are
Sent, their Constitution and General Directory; the acts of their General
Chapters which set direction for the international congregation; and the
spirit of the living community.
SSND actively participates in the work of the UN through their association
with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the UN Economic and
Social Council (ECOSOC) with which they have special consultative status.
Their advocacy and educational efforts focus primarily on issues related to
the rights of girls, women, and those who live in conditions of
poverty—especially their right to education, economic justice, and
History of SSND at the United Nations
Chapter, the highest legislative body in the
considered seeking association with the United Nations.
Chapter voted unanimously to seek affiliation
with the United
Association with the UN
NGO relationships with UN entities, like DPI and ECOSOC, offer special
opportunities and carry certain responsibilities.
Non-Governmental Organizations affiliated with the
Department of Public
Receive access to
Publications and information about the UN and its agenda
UN staff expertise
Publicize UN activities around the world
Focus attention on
The consultative relationship with
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is
ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31.
NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC must demonstrate that their work is of direct relevance to the UN and
that they have competence and ability to make their experience and expertise
available to ECOSOC. NGOs are expected to:
Share their experience and expertise with ECOSOC by
Submitting written statements
Offering oral interventions
Engage with member states and other UN entities
What you can do
The School Sisters of Notre Dame invite their colleagues, students, and
friends to join them in their struggle to create a more just and truly human
world by sharing their experience, analysis, and expertise.
loving and gracious Creator,
Your love embraces all members of the human family.
Your care extends to the least of those among us,
to all our brothers and sisters in every part of the world.
You call us to a mature
love and concern for the entire human community.
You call us as individuals, as a nation, as a united community of nations.
Let us hear this prayer in our hearts and respond with faith and good
Bless all efforts toward uniting peoples and nations.
Bless the United
As it strives to be an authentic community, as it witnesses to the needs of all, to the rights of all,
as it toils in the difficult work of peacemaking in all its aspects.
Grant us the wisdom and the grace
to become a true global family and witness your reign on this earth. Amen.
2005 by SSND
29 August 2013