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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), Nairobi 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 through 2030, 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, child and forced marriage.

UN Committee Reports

UN Committee member attends Town Hall Meeting with General Assembly President

Posted on 3/29/2024
President and numerous women working groups examined progress and goals of progress to achieve gender parity.

Zonta International UN Committee Video

Posted on 10/9/2023
This video presents an overview of the work done at the United Nations by the dedicated members of the Zonta International United Nations Committee.

UN General Assembly adopts resolution to uphold rights of widows

Posted on 3/15/2022
On 15 March, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted “Addressing the Situation of Widows,” the first-ever UN resolution on widowhood by consensus.

CEDAW member presents overview for ZI UN, advocacy committees

Posted on 6/23/2021
Watch Marion Bethel present an overview of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Report of the 14th Crime Congress, Kyoto, Japan

Posted on 3/12/2021
The 14th Crime Congress, originally planned for April 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and held from 7-12 March 2021 in Kyoto, Japan, in a shortened format.

Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region Geneva

Posted on 5/19/2020
There are only 10 years to go until the year 2030 and although the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has triggered progress in many areas, the speed and scale of implementation is not enough to achieve the required sustainability transformation

Working effectively within UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future

Posted on 12/11/2019
Barbara Devin, adviser on the Zonta International United Nations Committee, attended "Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future" on 11 December.

ILO celebrates 100 years of maternity protection

Posted on 11/8/2019
Exactly 100 years ago, the first steps were taken to ensure the protection of pregnant women at work.

Inclusive Sustainable Cities Communities UN Civil Society Conference

Posted on 9/3/2019
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

Posted on 7/9/2019
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.

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