Zonta at the United Nations

The Zonta International United Nations (UN) Committee teams represent Zonta in New York at the UN Headquarters, Geneva (Human Rights, ILO, WHO), Vienna (UNODC), Bangkok (ESCAP) and at UNESCO in Paris. The teams ensure that Zonta’s priorities are presented and that the Zonta voice is clear in mission-related meetings at their respective sites. They meet and work with decision-makers from UN agencies and countries where Zonta has funded projects and/or where Zonta clubs reside. 

The current priority area of focus is the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the UN agenda for the next 15 years, concentrating on Goal 5 and areas that relate to women’s empowerment. The teams also monitor and report on ongoing issues such as human trafficking, women’s employment, human rights, the gender pay gap, and much more. Team members work in coalition with other like-minded organizations, especially via NGO committees, on issues of mutual concern, such as early and child marriage.

Meet the 2018-2020 United Nations Committee.

  • Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future

    11 December 2019

    Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future

    Barbara Devin, adviser on the Zonta International United Nations Committee, attended "Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future" on 11 December. Read about the meeting.
  • ILO celebrates 100 years of maternity protection

    8 November 2019

    ILO celebrates 100 years of maternity protection

    Els Van Winckel, member of the Zonta International United Nations Committee, Geneva, reports on the event, "100 Years of Maternity Protection: Transforming Leave and Care Policies for All."
  • Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities UN Civil...

    3 September 2019

    Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities UN Civil...

    Pamela Morgan of the Zonta International United Nations Committee recently attended the Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities UN Civil Society Conference from 26-27 August in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • HLPF Side Event: KOTA Alliance Panel discussion

    9 July 2019

    HLPF Side Event: KOTA Alliance Panel discussion

    Zonta International was invited to be part of the Kota Alliance's HLPF side event on migrant women and sustainable development at the HLPF in July.
  • Innovating Empowerment for Girls and Women through Education

    5 July 2019

    Innovating Empowerment for Girls and Women through Education

    On 5 July, Zonta UN Committee members Ursula Bouchard, Lydia Chaillou and Elke Farny attended the Paris International Conference hosted by the G7 and UNESCO. The theme was “Innovating to empower girls and women through education” and featured...
  • 108th Session of the International Labour Conference

    10 June 2019

    108th Session of the International Labour Conference

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Labour Conference (ILC) took place in Geneva in the Palais des Nations during two weeks under the title “Building a future with decent work”. This year the...
  • Forced and Early Marriage: A Severe Human Rights Violation

    2 June 2019

    Forced and Early Marriage: A Severe Human Rights Violation

    The "Forced and Early Marriage: A Severe Human Rights Violation" conference in Vienna attracted more than 100 registrations and participants from 19 countries, including Afghanistan. Zonta members attending represented nine countries and eight districts.