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Zonta at the United Nations

The Zonta International United Nations (UN) Committee teams represent Zonta in New York at the UN Headquarters, Geneva (Human Rights, ILO, WHO), Vienna (UNODC), Bangkok (ESCAP) and at UNESCO in Paris. The teams ensure that Zonta’s priorities are presented and that the Zonta voice is clear in mission-related meetings at their respective sites. They meet and work with decision-makers from UN agencies and countries where Zonta has funded projects and/or where Zonta clubs reside. The current priority area of focus is the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the UN agenda through 2030, concentrating on Goal 5 and areas that relate to women’s empowerment. The teams also monitor and report on ongoing issues such as human trafficking, women’s employment, human rights, the gender pay gap, and much more. Team members work in coalition with other like-minded organizations, especially via NGO committees, on issues of mutual concern, such as early, child and forced marriage.

Meet the UN Committee.

UN Committee Reports

Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region Geneva

Posted on 5/19/2020
There are only 10 years to go until the year 2030 and although the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has triggered progress in many areas, the speed and scale of implementation is not enough to achieve the required sustainability transformation

Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future

Posted on 12/11/2019
Barbara Devin, adviser on the Zonta International United Nations Committee, attended "Working effectively within the UN – CoNGO Committees: Present and future" on 11 December.

ILO celebrates 100 years of maternity protection

Posted on 11/8/2019
Exactly 100 years ago, the first steps were taken to ensure the protection of pregnant women at work.

Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities UN Civil Society Conference

Posted on 9/3/2019
Pamela Morgan of the Zonta International United Nations Committee recently attended the Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities UN Civil Society Conference from 26-27 August in Salt Lake City, Utah.

HLPF Side Event: KOTA Alliance Panel discussion

Posted on 7/9/2019
Zonta International was invited to be part of the Kota Alliance's HLPF side event on migrant women and sustainable development at the HLPF in July.

Innovating Empowerment for Girls and Women through Education

Posted on 7/5/2019
The G7 and UNESCO hosted the Paris International Conference on 5 July 2019 Innovating to empower girls and women through education.

108th Session of the International Labour Conference

Posted on 6/10/2019
To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Labour Conference (ILC) took place in Geneva in the Palais des Nations during two weeks under the title “Building a future with decent work”.

Forced and Early Marriage: A Severe Human Rights Violation

Posted on 6/2/2019
Early on in Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary Biennium, the idea was born to organize seminars on an issue of great importance to Zonta: child marriage, a crime largely affecting girls.

President Susanne and 15 Zontians at 28th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal

Posted on 5/20/2019
The Commission is the main policy-making body of the UN in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. It provides a forum for the international community to discuss how to prevent and counter crime motivated by intolerance or discrimination,

NGO Committee on Ageing discusses protecting and promoting rights of older persons

Posted on 5/2/2019
Pamela Morgan, member of the Zonta International United Nations Committee, attended the monthly meeting of the NGO Committee on Ageing titled, "Education and Lifelong Learning: Furthering the Global Agenda So Older People Are Not Left Behind."

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