WILPF and the UN

WILPF and the UN

From the outset WILPF called for an “organization of the society of nations” and in 1919 welcomed the establishment of the League of Nations and actively followed its work. In 1948, WILPF was in the first group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to receive consultative status with the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), under Article 71 of the UN Charter, the entry point for NGOs. Since its establishment, WILPF has monitored and supported the United Nations, our world’s peace organisation, but has also often been critical when governments, who drive and comprise the UN, fail to uphold the spirit and letter of the UN Charter. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom has had consultative status (category B) with the UN through the Economic and Social Council since 1948.

WILPF also has Special Consultative Relations with the Food and Agricultural Organisation in Rome, the International Labour Organisation in Geneva and the United Nations Children's Fund in New York. WILPF is represented at UN headquarters in New York, in Geneva and in Paris. WILPF representatives attend various meetings at the other UN offices when they arise. International WILPF’s objective in continuing to monitor and report on the UN is to stimulate discussion, awareness and a renewed commitment to the United Nations system and to increase WILPF’s coordinated engagement between the national sections and international offices with government policy at the General Assembly to promote increased compliance, respect and implementation for UN resolutions and treaties.

Edith Ballantyne is WILPF's Special Advisor on United Nations Matters.

WILPF is represented at the UN in:

WILPF Monitors Disarmament at the United Nations
WILPF Monitors Human Rights at the United Nations
WILPF Monitors the United Nations General Assembly
Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
WILPF Monitors Economic Justice at the United Nations
WILPF Monitors Racial Justice at the United Nations


The meetings of the UN covered by WILPF in Geneva include: 

Also the NGO Committees on Development, Disarmament, Racism, Human Rights & the Status of Women. See the CONGO website for more information on these NGO Committees.

For more information contact:
1, rue de Varembé,
Case Postale 28
1211 Geneva 20
Tel: + 41 22 919 7080
Fax: + 41 22 919 7081
WILPF representatives include Susi Snyder, Krishna AhoojaPatel and Edith Ballantyne.
Email: inforequest(at)wilpf.ch

New York - UN Headquarters
The meetings of the UN covered by WILPF in New York include:


For more information contact on scheduling a visit, click here.

777 UN Plaza,
New York NY 10017 USA
Ph: 1 212 682 1265
Fax: 1 212 286 8211
WILPF representatives include AnnJanette Rosga, Sam Cook, and Ray Acheson.
Email: wilpfun(at)igc.org

In Paris, the representatives to UNESCO can be contacted through the French Section office.
Ligue Internationale de Femmes Pour la Paix et la Liberte
114 rue de Vaugirard,
75006, Paris
Tel: + 33 1 48 78 39 85
Fax: + 31 1 40 82 99 55

In Rome, the representatives to Food and Agricultural Organisation are Annalisa Milani, Bruna LoMazzi, Patrizia Sterpetti, Lois A. Herman and Anita Fisicaro.
Anita Fisicaro
Via del Vignola 73
00196, Roma
Tel: + 39 06 36 13 473

WILPF sections in the UN WILPF’s national sections can be active in international politics by monitoring their government representatives’ actions and positions at the United Nations.  Based on this, WILPF representatives design local and national campaigns and lobby their governments. To find out where WILPF countries are represented in the UN, click here.

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