Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur is an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations since 2001.
  • Sister Grace Amarachi Ezeonu, main representative of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at the UN, follows issues related to poverty eradication, migration, rights of women and girls, sustainable development, financing for development, education, and eradication of human trafficking.
  • SND at UN NGO Office
    777 UN Plaza
    Concourse, Suite C
    New York, NY 10017-3521

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We all know that war and armed violence divides countries and destroys lives. And the $55 billion-a-year global trade in conventional arms and ammunition fuels conflict, poverty, gender-based violence, and human rights abuses. In 2006 discussion on controlling arms began at the United Nations and in 2009 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that mandated a negotiated Arms Trade Treaty. Preparatory committee meetings were held in 2010 and 2011, and now a four-week conference will be held in July at UN Headquarters in New York City to finalize a legally binding treaty. We look forward to an end to unregulated transfers of arms and an agreement that is transparent, effective, and enforceable.


What we can do: Speak Out in support of an effective Arms Trade Treaty. Add your voice through a wide range of actions. Pressure does work – efforts stimulated the start of treaty-related discussions in 2006.    www.controlarms.org/speak-out

With global cooperation we could live peacefully, sustainably, on this planet.
Ervin Laszlo


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