The Loretto Community is an NGO (non-governmental organization) accredited with consultative status at the United Nations. This means Loretto can participate in the UN process by attending UN Conferences, serving on committees in collaboration with other NGOs, advocating with UN Member States for issues and values of concern to the Loretto Community and serving as a visible presence for bringing the voices of marginalized communities into the global decision-making arena.
Since 2008 Loretto’s representative at the United Nations has been Co-Member Sally Dunne. Sally and her intern, a year-long Loretto Volunteer who serves as the assistant representative, work on issues related to social justice, the rights of women & girls, people-centered development, poverty eradication, the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants, climate justice, the Rights of Earth, disarmament, peace and security and financing for development.
Each year Loretto at the UN has the opportunity to bring a delegation of students from Loretto High Schools and other Loretto members to the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women. It is here that these students have the opportunity to learn about global issues and to raise their own voices to advocate with women and girls around the world.
The Loretto at the UN office works to disseminate information to the Loretto Community about issues being addressed at the United Nations and around the world. The NGO office also leverages the knowledge base of the Loretto Community for effective advocacy work with UN Member States and UN agencies. Having an office at the UN allows Loretto to advocate for human rights and a social-justice-oriented framework for creating international policy.
Loretto is active on several NGO committees, including the following:
- NGO Committee for Social Development
- NGO Mining Working Group
- Working Group on Girls
- NGO Committee on Migration
- NGO Committee on Financing for Development
- NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security
Learn more at the Loretto at the UN website.
Global Loretto Committees and Projects
Loretto Mission in Pakistan
Sister Communities: Holy Family Sisters (Guatemala), FST Sisters (Ghana)
Latin America/Caribbean Committee
Loretto Hunger Fund