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IMPORTANCE OF OMEP REPRESENTATION AT UN/UNICEF

OMEP’s consultative status at the United Nations and UNICEF provides a vitally important avenue for our organization’s global child advocacy:

(1) gains visibility and credibility as the oldest and largest non-governmental organization dedicated to the health, wellbeing, rights, and education of children between birth and age eight;

(2) has a platform for influencing decision-making at the highest levels; and

(3) provides opportunities for networking and collaborating with influential individuals and organizations both inside and beyond the core Early Childhood community.

BACKGROUND

Civil Society Organizations — also known as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) — are critical actors in the advancement of universal values relating to human rights, the environment, and labor standards. In recent years, the role of Civil Society Organizations has become increasingly important in aligning economic activities with social and environmental priorities.

As a non-governmental organization, OMEP qualifies as a Civil Society Organization. Since its founding in 1948, World OMEP has had official consultative status at UN/UNICEF. World OMEP is entitled to seven ground passes for its representatives to participate in the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)1 and Department of Public Information (DPI)and their subcommittees. These representatives are often referred to collectively as “OMEP’s New York Team.”

APPOINTMENT OF OMEP REPRESENTATIVES TO UN/UNICEF

OMEP has five designated spots on ECOSOC and three on DPI. The OMEP World President or the Chief Administrative Officer must serve on both ECOSOC and DPI. In addition, OMEP qualifies for two Youth Representatives for DPI.

In consultation with the Executive Committee and current members of the New York Team, the World President is responsible for appointing OMEP representatives to UN/UNICEF. Appointments are made for one year, with the possibility of reappointment for a maximum of six consecutive one-year terms. The World President also appoints one of the representatives as the Main Representative, also for renewable one-year terms. In any case, each representatives’ terms end when the current World President’s term(s) ends, providing the new World President with the opportunity to appoint new representatives if s/he wishes.

Ideally the Main Representative should lives in New York City. Alternatively, the Main Representative must be able to travel as needed to lead the New York Team and coordinate its work. The Main Representative must participate in the World Assembly and Conference annually and must be highly familiar with World OMEP’s current goals, priorities and projects. OMEP does not typically have fund to pay for the Main Representative’s travel to New York or to the World Assembly and Conference.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Main Representative must

  • Foster positive working relationships with all other members of the team and with primary contacts at UN/UNICEF
  • Communicate regularly with members of the team and the World President
  • Promote World OMEP goals and priorities
  • Contribute brief reports and updates to World OMEP newsletters
  • Identify and recruit other OMEP members who can attend committee meetings and events
  • Mentor new participants, potential future members of the team, and youth representatives
  • Recommend to the World President persons who should be considered for membership on the team
  • Submit a report on the team’s activities and results for World OMEP’s Annual Report
  • Make a presentation on the work and accomplishments of the team at the World Assembly

All members of the New York Team must

  • Communicate regularly with the Main Representative and with the World President
  • Report regularly on their activities
  • Be actively involved in World OMEP’s current priorities and projects
  • Participate in the annual World Assembly and Conference, if possible
  • Recruit other OMEP members who can attend committee meetings and other events
  • Mentor Youth Representatives assigned to them
  • Contribute brief reports and updates to World OMEP newsletters
Representatives for the Year 2016

ECOSOC:

  • Judith Wagner, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Deputy President
  • Maria Pia Belloni Mignatti, Main Representative

Alternate Representatives:

  • Donna Wright
  • Gaby Fujimoto
  • Gigliana Melzi

DPI

  • Maggie Koong, World President
  • Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson
  • Brenda Anita Boyd-Bell

Youth Representatives

  • Amber Ericksson
  • Si Chen

2016 UN Representatives in Geneva

  • Nektarios Stellakis, Main Representative and Regional Vice President for Europe
  • Ulla Grob-Menges
  • Maggie Koong, World President
1 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): United Nations component that facilitates international cooperation from setting standards and solving problems relating to economic and social issues.

2 Department of Public Information (DPI): As the public voice of the United Nations, DPI promotes global awareness and greater understanding of the work of the United Nations, using various communication tools including radio, television, print, the Internet, videoconferencing and increasingly other new information technology.

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