International Presentation Association
As Presentation people we have become aware that we live in a global world. We are aware that everything is connected and that what happens locally affects the whole world just as what happens globally affects the local situation. Our foundress Nano Nagle had a global vision at a time when people were only beginning to discover the extent of the world’s boundaries. We know that to carry out the mission of Jesus in the spirit of Nano Nagle in today’s global context we need to think globally and act globally and locally in partnership with others.
The International Presentation Association is accredited with the United Nation’s Department of Public Information (DPI) from 1997 and with the Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) from 2000. Guided by the UN Charter, ECOSOC is the one UN body that has established rights for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to observe and contribute to its work.
The IPA NGO Representative at the UN connects the grass roots and the UN by bringing in the experiences of local communities to the UN and facilitating grass root participation at UN events.
The key areas of IPA’s intervention are:
- Women and Children
- Indigenous people
- Sustainable Development
- Human rights
Dr Despoina Afroditi Milaki is the full-time IPA NGO Representative at the UN, based in New York. She works with the United Nations entities and Member-States through various NGO Committees to influence policies and decisions on behalf of people in need for systemic justice. Currently, the IPA NGO Representative at the UN works with the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NGO Committee on Social Development, NGO Committee on Migration and the Working Group on Girls.
See IPA Website HERE
UN-SDGs: What are they?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
The 17 SDGs are integrated—that is, they recognise that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Through the pledge to ‘Leave No One Behind’ countries have committed to fast-track progress for those furthest behind first. That is why the SDGs are designed to bring the world to several life-changing ‘zeros’, including zero poverty, hunger, AIDS and discrimination against women and girls.
Everyone is needed to reach these ambitious targets. The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context.