Spotlight Video: Beth Blissman CoL
This year we recognize and celebrate 30 years of Loretto’s presence at the United Nations.
The Loretto Community is accredited with consultative status at the U.N., where we advocate on issues important to the mission and goals of the Loretto Community. Our primary areas of focus are climate justice, the rights of women and girls and the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We also address disarmament, peace and security and financing for development.
Loretto’s presence at the U.N. began with Edwin Mary McBride SL, who attended and reported on U.N. briefings in the 1980s. Pat Kenoyer CoL became interested and together they created a proposal for the establishment of the official role of a United Nations N.G.O. representative, which was approved by the Loretto Assembly in 1991. Pat served as Loretto’s first official representative, with Edwin Mary as alternate, starting in 1992. From there, our work at the U.N. has expanded thanks to five additional representatives and more than 40 volunteers.
To learn more about Loretto at the UN, please visit http://lorettoattheun.org.
Watch the video to meet Loretto’s U.N. Representative, Beth Blissman CoL and to step into Loretto’s tiny U.N. office in New York City.