President's Corner

Zonta celebrates the United Nations on its 72nd anniversary

24 October 2017

Zonta celebrates the United Nations on its 72nd anniversary

Zonta International has cooperated with the United Nations since the UN was founded in 1945. Seventy-two years later, we are celebrating United Nations Day, which marks the anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force in 1945.

Zonta International has had consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1969. In 1986, Zonta was accredited by ECOSOC with General Consultative Status, the highest status a non-governmental organization can hold.

We have representatives at UN locations in New York, Geneva, Vienna, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok.

Two years ago, the UN and its Member States passed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to transform the world into a better place for everyone. Zonta’s emphasis is on Goal No. 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Zonta is partnering with three UN agencies for our biennial international service and Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) projects, which all work toward achieving gender equality.

Additionally, our clubs are doing amazing work supporting several of the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 5, Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

“When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. “On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality.”

Zonta International is committed to achieving human rights and dignity for all. We are proud of our partnership with the UN and recognize its role in helping us empower women and girls around the world. 




Susanne von Bassewitz is the 2018-2020 President of Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation.

»Read her biography.