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The International Presentation Association has a full-time representative at the United Nations (UN), Dr Despoina Afroditi Milaki. She is based in New York and works on our priority issues. She is involved in five NGO Committees and working groups: The NGO Committees on Stop Trafficking in Persons, Status of Women, Social Development, Migration and the Working Group on Girls. The IPA UN Advocacy Focus for 2020-2022 is the elimination of violence against women and children.
Dr Milaki works tirelessly to influence policies and decisions on behalf of people in need around the world. Her work at the UN is underpinned by our international association which gathers and reports to her on the lived experiences of the poor and marginalised at the grassroots level.
Along with representatives from Member States and UN entities, Dr Milaki is involved in a number of NGO Committees working for systemic justice, which are listed below.
She also created an advocacy toolkit which contains guidance for taking action towards the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children, published in 2021. This essential publication contains tools to help groups respond to, advocate against and endeavour to prevent such violence.
The IPA UN Advocacy Focus for 2020-2022 is the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children. Dr Milaki and our team have produced an extensive range of statements, reports and other documents on this and other priorities as part of our engagement with the United Nations.
Scroll down the page to read and download these documents from our online library.
We are proud to have a long history with the United Nations (UN). We were first accredited with the United Nation’s Department of Public Information (DPI) in 1997 and later received consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2000.
ECOSOC gives rights to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the IPA, so that we can both observe and contribute to its work.
We are able to use this consultative status to influence policies at the United Nations. Together with other like-minded NGOs and religious organisations, such as Edmund Rice International the Justice Coalition of Religious (JCoR) and the Red Dot Foundation Global we advocate for systemic justice at the UN.
These are the five working UN groups in which Dr Despoina Afroditi Milaki is involved. Click on the boxes below to find out more about each working group.
Read and download the IPA’s Statements and Reports relating to our work in the above five working groups. Use the search box to organise the documents by date, theme or keyword. For details about any of these documents, or more information about our work at the United Nations (UN), please contact us.
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|Making Uncomfortable Conversations Comfortable||06/01/2022||Download|
|Red Dot Foundation | Safe City Project||02/11/2022||Download|
|CSW 61 Oral Statement on Economic Empowerment of Girls and Women in Poverty||01/28/2022||Download|
|Civil Society Calls for Human Right to Water and Sanitation 2015||01/28/2022||Download|
|Agreed conclusions 51st session Elimination of Violence against the Girl Child||01/28/2022||Download|
|What are the SDGs and why should we care?||01/28/2022||Download|
|The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016||01/28/2022||Download|
|Oral Statement at International Youth for Human Rights Summit 2016||01/28/2022||Download|
|Commission on the Status of Women: Social Protection Systems for Indigenous Women and Girls | March 2019||10/14/2021||Download|
|Toolkit: Elimination of Violence Against Women & Children | Respond - Advocate - Prevent||05/01/2021||Download|
|IPA Written Statement CSW65 | March 2021||03/01/2021||Download|
|WGG Written Statement CSW65 | March 2021||03/01/2021||Download|
|Statement to CSW 64th Session March 2020||03/01/2020||Download|
|CSW Commission on Status of Women: Sixty-fourth Session | March 2020||03/01/2020||Download|
|Statement to the Commission on the Status of Women March 2019||03/01/2019||Download|
|GA Declaration for Refugees and Migrants 16 September 2016||09/16/2016||Download|
|Statement for the Commission on the Status of Women March 2016||03/01/2016||Download|
|Report on the rights of indigenous peoples by James Anaya 2011||01/01/2011||Download|
The IPA is committed to working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are universal goals for everyone, everywhere. Their motto is to ‘leave no one behind’.
In 2015, all United Nations Member States agreed to these 17 goals as part of a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.
Each of the three IPA Priority Actions can be clearly linked to particular SDGs, and their targets.
Our particular UN Advocacy Focus for 2020-2022 is the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.
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