Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations since 2001. In 2007, the Sisters of Notre Dame of Coesfeld chose to work for systemic change on an international level at the United Nations and were welcomed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The two groups collaborate on social and sustainable development issues with special attention to the rights of women and girls.
  • Sister Jean Stoner represents the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at the United Nations, working primarily on issues related to poverty eradication, sustainable development, financing for development, education, and human trafficking.
  • Sister Mary Jo Toll represents the Sisters of Notre Dame of Coesfeld at the United Nations, working principally in the areas of education, migration, human trafficking, sustainable development, and girls' rights.
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It is in the shelter of each other that people live.
Irish proverb

The NGO Committee for Social Development gathered more than 15,000 signatures from around the world in support of the Social Protection Floor Initiative. This initiative seeks to remedy the current situation where more than 75% of people in the world do not have adequate social protection including basic health services, education, food, water, and sanitation. Comments from signatories compiled in a booklet entitled Can You Hear Us? were shared at last month’s opening session of the UN Commission on Social Development. Signatures are still being collected in support of governments and civil society working to implement adequate social protection priority in all nations.

To sign the petition:    http://www.ilo.org/gimi/gess/ShowNews.do?nid=12209 (choose your language)
Can You Hear Us? :        www.ngosocdev.net/index.php/2012-commission-on-social-development/

Two Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are quoted in the booklet:

To grow spiritually, a person needs a minimum of security.   Marie-Rose Lepers, Belgium

How wonderful! With this petition we are acknowledging that we are one world, interdependent and interconnected, a plea for the life of all.     Sandra Price, Nicaragua

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