The General Assembly, meeting over two weeks, is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative forum of the United Nations (UN). Comprising all 193 members of the UN, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the charter.

Panelists at Implementing Laws Preventing Violence against Women & Girls – Successfully

On behalf of the LWVUS, we had a delegation of 19 attending the Commission at UN headquarters. We also organized a parallel event--Implementing Laws Preventing Violence against Women & Girls – Successfully, held March 5.

The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013.

Since 2004, the outset of the G8 BMENA Initiative, civil society participants from the region have held a "parallel" meeting concurrent with the meetings of the Forum. The 2012 Civil Society Preparatory Meeting, which included for the first time the participation of the private sector, was called to order at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 11, under the leadership of the League of Women Voters and its Tunisian partners, ARFORGHE and the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Fox, League of Women Voters of the United States Alternate UN Observer chaired the International Day of Older Persons programme on behalf of the NGO Committee on Ageing on October 10 at The City University of New York (CUNY).  The event included introductory remarks from representatives from the City of New York, International Council on Social Welfare, Secretary General of the UN, President of the UN General Assembly and past chair of the NGO Committee.  The keynote address was provided by the First Lady and Secretary for Social Inclusion of El Salvador, Dr.

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. 

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.