MMM represents mothers at the UN

MMM at the UN

Mothers play a critical role in the family, which is powerful force for social cohesion and integration. The mother-child relationship is vital for the healthy development of children. And mothers are not only caregivers; they are also breadwinnersfor their families. Yet women continue to face major- and even life-threatening - challenges in motherhood.

Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary  General  – Message on UN Day on Families - May 15th, 2009

 

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The United Nations was founded in 1945 after the World War II by 51 countries committed to

•  maintaining international peace and security
•  developing friendly relations among nations to prevent conflict
•  and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

The UN is meant to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals. it also provides a fora for its now 193 members States and other stakeholders to debate globall issues and make this world a better place

 

UN-Geneva-entranceOne of the primary concerns of the United Nations is the development of International Law, that defines the legal responsibilities of States in both their conduct with each other, and their treatment of individuals within their boundaries. International Law covers a wide range of issues such as human rights, disarmament, migration, and the environement among others; and it regulates the global commons, such as the environment, sustainable development, or global communications. Among the many International Treaties that have thus been adopted by the UN General Assembly and opened for signature and ratification by member States, 2 are particularly relevant for Mothers: 

When a Country becomes party to a Treaty through signature and ratification, it commits itself to implement the legal rights and obligations contained in the treaty in its national legislation. 

 

The founding UN Charter provides for Civil Society participation, and MMM was among the first NGOs to be granted ECOSOC Consultative Status in 1948. 

Brochure ECOSOC EPursuant to this consultative relationship with the UN, MMM participates in UN conferences and meetings, where through written statements, oral presentations, active participation in working groups, meetings with UN experts, as well as the organization of panels and other events, it brings Mothers voices to the discussions on the issues that impact Mothers and their Families.

Its General Consultative status also allows MMM to push items on the UN agenda and briing new topics and ideas into the discussions. In turn, these could one day result in the development of new Treaties or international norms... 

A prime example of such discussions that MMM has been actively following is the current debate on a Post-2015 agenda, that will succeed to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). 

 

More on MMM work at 

→ the UN headquarters in New York

→ the UN and its specialized agencies in Geneva 

→ the UN in Vienna 

→ UNESCO in Paris

  

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