The League supports a strong, effective United Nations and endorses the full and active participation of the U.S. in the UN system. In 1945, the League of Women Voters was invited by President Truman to serve as a consultant to the U.S. delegation. Since that time, the League has had a continued presence at the UN through its UN Observers.
  • The days of fighting an issue of a global proportions from a silo perspective can’t be effective with limited resources.  We need to find ways to work together, work smarter with ways that are proven.  Trafficking is a $32 billion industry and even if we rescue all the girls today—tomorrow a new crop will be in place.  Therefore the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, the Working Group on Girls, PPSEAWA and the League of Women Voters of the United States co-sponsored a panel discussion on "Best Practices:  Preventing Child Exploitation at Major Events."  Speakers provided ins

  • The first annual International Day of the Girl will be celebrated on Thursday, October 11, 2012 with a special panel discussion: BEST PRACTICES: Preventing Child Exploitation at Major Events. Speakers include: Abigail Lawlis Kuzma Office of the Indiana Attorney General -- Director and Chief Counsel of Consumer Protection. The Indiana Attorney General ran an anti-human trafficking campaign during Super Bowl 2012. David Arkless is ManpowerGroup's Global President of Corporate and Government Affairs.

  • A meeting of the UN's Special Reprresentative to the Secretary General (SRSG) to Prevent Violence Against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, her Special Assistant, Mr. Joost Koojmans, Director of UN Washington Office, Mr. Rodney Bent, and US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his Senior Policy Advisor, Ms. Jodi B. Herman and the League's UN Observer, Ms.

  • On Monday, June 11 at 7:30 am during the 2012 biannual convention of the League of Women Voters, 65 interested and/or passionate UN advocates attended the UN Caucus led by UN Observers Rosalee Keech and Mary Fox. 

  • Side event organized at the Fifth Forum on the Eradication of Poverty entitled, "Promoting Productive Capacity, Employment and Decent Work to Eradicate Poverty for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals."  Side event will be head at UN Headquarters and is co-sponsored by NGO Branch of UN DESA, UN OHRLLS, UN ILO and organized by the Women's Federation for World Peace International (WFWPI) and WPWP USA.  Registration form is below.

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  • Congratulations to  Mary Fox, 1st LWVUS Alternate UN Observer on her appointment as Chair of the UN's  2012 International Day of Older Persons.  This year's program celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Madrid International Plan of Action adopted by the Second World Assembly to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the ageing population in the 21st century.

  • Letter from Ms Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of UN Women's first anniversary.


  • The UN held a day long conference April 3, 2012 on fighting human trafficking.  Of special interest were expert panelists representing the UN, business, academia and the media.  The League's UN Observers were there and was the only NGO that was invited to make a statement, "Thank you for the opportunity to speak.  I'd like to echo the comments of Prof.

  • Leagues from New Castle (NY) and from New Jersey visit the UN.  Mary Fox, Judy Schachter and Jennifer Mebes Flagg arranged the lecture and tour.  For more information on visiting the UN with the League, please contact unobserver@lwv.org.