Augustinians International is part of the following committees, formed of representatives of NGOs from around the world. The descriptions below are taken from the committees’ websites and/or mission statements.
Committee on Financing for Development (www.ngosonffd.org)
“The NGO Committee on FfD supports the goals of the Monterrey Consensus to “eradicate poverty, achieve sustained economic growth, and promote sustainable development as we advance to a fully inclusive and equitable global economic system.” The committee aims to “confront the challenges of financing for development” by staying engaged as advocates for the Monterrey Consensus leading actions: mobilizing domestic financial resources for development, mobilizing international resources for development, international trade, financial cooperation for development, external debt, Official Development Assistance (ODA) and addressing systemic issues.”
Committee on Migration (www.ngo-migration.org)
“The mission of the NGO Committee on Migration is to encourage the promotion and protection of migrants and their human rights, in accordance with the United Nations Charter.” A newly formed subcommittee on migration caused by climate change adds new data to this phenomenon.
Committee of Religious NGOs (rngos.wordpress.com)
Members of the Committee of RNGOS classify their work as “religious, spiritual or ethical in nature.” “The committee serves as a forum to inform and educate our constituencies about the global challenges of our time, and the constructive role that the UN can play in addressing those issues. It also serves as a forum for exchanging and promoting shared religious and ethical values in the deliberations of the world organization.”
Committee on Social Development (www.ngosocdev.net)
“The NGO Committee for Social Development is dedicated to raising awareness and holding discussions on social development issues taken up by the UN system and in particular by the UN Commission for Social Development. The Committee also advocates on social development issues in other forums such as the Commission for Sustainable Development, Commission on the Status of Women, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the General Assembly. Committee members keep one another informed and deliver group statements to the UN voicing ideas and positions on key social development issues. In addition, the Committee is focused on reviewing the outcome of the World Summit on Social Development.”
Committee on the Status of Women (www.ngocsw.org)
NGO/CSW/NY has no mission statement of its own. The organizational purpose of the committee is to help plan the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which takes place during the first two weeks of March every year. The Commission on the Status of Women is a policy-making body of the UN Economic and Social Council dedicated solely to gender equality and the advancement of women.
Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons
“The NGOCSTIP is dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking in all its forms through education, advocacy, research, and monitoring compliance with United Nations treaties, protocols, laws, and resolutions. The Committee recognizes the urgency of a) raising awareness of trafficking in persons as a violation of Human Rights, b) ensuring action at the UN to address the underlying causes of human trafficking, and c) advocating for provision of services to victims.”
Committee on Sustainable Development (http://ngocsd-ny.org)
“Our vision is underpinned by sustainability for present and future generations of people, including three fundamental pillars: environmental protection, social development, and economic sustainability. The global climate crisis, a cross-cutting issue, is an important committee focus.”
Working Group on Girls (www.girlsrights.org)
WGG is “dedicated to promoting the rights of girls worldwide, advancing the status of girls and assisting them to develop their full potential as women.” WGG works to ensure girls’ participation in policy-making and education, promotes protection of girls from exploitation, and advocates for policies that include and empower girls.