SSNDs to participate in UN DPI/NGO Conference
- August 18, 2014
Committed to eliminating root causes of injustice
Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND
A delegation from the School Sisters of Notre Dame will attend the United Nations 65th Annual Conference for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Aug. 27-29 at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, where they will focus on the role of civil society in the post-2015 Development Agenda. The School Sisters of Notre Dame also will be sponsoring a workshop on global education during the conference.
The theme of the conference, “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,” will concentrate on the areas of poverty eradication, sustainability, human rights and climate justice. All of these topics will be addressed in the formulation of the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This topic is particularly relevant to School Sisters of Notre Dame, who are committed to eliminating the root causes of injustice.
“As 2015 approaches and the United Nations moves beyond the Millennium Development Goals, we are pleased to be part of the discourse that will shape the new set of goals – the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Sister Eileen Reilly, director of the SSND UN-NGO office. “Our SSND constitution calls us to be educators in all that we are and do, and we will bring that commitment to the workshop we will sponsor and to all the discussions on how to implement these new goals.”
The School Sisters of Notre Dame are co-sponsoring the workshop, “Four Zeros Add up to Positives for Global Education,” with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Sisters of Charity Federation, the Working Group on Girls, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM). It will be moderated by Sister Ann Scholz, SSND, who is the LCWR associate director for social mission.
The workshop’s focus relates to the Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action, which was launched this past April and calls for Four Zeros – Zero Exclusion, Zero Discrimination against Girls, Zero Child Labor and Zero Child Marriage. The workshop will look at four cases studies from four continents and will show how the Four Zeros will contribute to ensuring education for the 57 million children still not in school and how they are key to accomplishing the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
In addition to Sisters Eileen and Ann, the SSND delegation includes Sister Pamela Jablon, teacher at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore; Sister Stephanie Spandl, social services program manager at MORE Multicultural School for Empowerment in St. Paul, Minnesota; Sister Anna Marie Reha, director of Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota; and Julie Gilberto-Brady, communications coordinator for the SSND Collaboration Office.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame has been a registered NGO with the U.N. Department of Public Information since 1993. In 1998, SSND received special consultative status with the ECOSOC.
The congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame is an international community of women religious. The Sisters educate with a world vision believing that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. The sisters and their colleagues seek to empower women, youth and persons who are poor or marginalized and strive to change systems of poverty and injustice. Approximately 3,000 SSNDs minister in 34 countries.