Why We Are At the UN

The United Nations was established to be a center for maintaining peace, developing friendly relations among nations and achieving international cooperation. Recognizing that the mission of the Congregations of St. Joseph, that of creating bonds of unity, aligns with that of the UN, we wish (1) to promote the UN agenda in its struggle to create a more just and sustainable society and (2) to bring the wisdom of the grassroots groups we represent to bear on UN debate, policy and decisions.

In order to accomplish this, the Congregations of St. Joseph have had an official presence as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the UN since1979. In 1999, we were granted General Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which has given us the opportunity to express our views and make statements during official UN conferences and meetings, on topics that we deem significant.




Barbara Bozak
NGO Representative





Marianne Sennick

UN NGO Alternate Representative at ECOSOC