“I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full” John 10:10

Ursulines of Tildonk at the United Nations


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9I am writing as the representative for the NGO of the Ursulines of Tildonk. As a group of Sisters, with a membership of over 1,000 religious women dedicated to serving others we show our life-long commitment to effect change in favour of the development of people. We are concerned about how we can better foster the development of civil society across the globe in the service of people.What is an NGO? A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any local, national or international citizens’ group which does not work for profit. NGOs work in fields as diverse as law, refugee work, human rights and disarmament. We Ursulines have had NGO status since 1998 and are a recognized group of dedicated catholic women who are joined together.We make a difference in society through the witness of our life, a life of shared partnership for the benefit of human kind.One of the many advantages of being affiliated with the UN is that we have a grounds pass, allowing us to use the library, have access to documents in the DPI Resource Center, attend briefings, conferences and give input in committees. We aspire to the same goals as the UN: A world without war, a world without hunger, a world without poverty and a world where children can be happy. The UN is like a Club with the Secretary General at the top.He has to be very sensitive to cultural differences. The new Secretary General is Antonio Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal. Mr. Guterres, 67, ran the United Nations refugee agency for 10 years. He will succeed the current secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, whose second five-year term expired at the end of 2016. The UN was started after WW II. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the US president when the UN began. He gave it the name of the United Nations. The Charter was signed by 51 countries in June 1945 in San Francisco, but was ratified Oct 24, 1945 UN DAY.Today all 193 Member States agree to follow the principles.A flag for each country flies outside the UN building in NY
Sister Jane Quinlan, osu

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