To the Dominicans at the United Nations in New York.
The Dominican Leadership Conference represents the worldwide Dominican
Family, at the United Nations in New York, USA. Dominicans
for Justice and Peace represents our Family at the United Nations
in Geneva, Dominican sisters and brothers, men and women living
in over 101 countries gives us an wonderful opportunity to bring
their experience to the United Nations, to share their stories,
their realities, their hopes and dreams for their people with the
United Nations missions and Secretariat.
To speak truth to power is our responsibility and our privilege;
to be Dominican means no less.
Our goal includes bringing the perspective of the United Nations
to our Dominican Family and to support global action for justice
and peace nationally.
These are goals which we share with the 192 nation member United
Nations in its efforts to promote human rights and sustainable development
in a world where justice will ensure human security and dignity
Why should Dominicans (and other religious organizations) be at
the UN? According to Noel Brown, former Executive Director of UNEP,
religious communities have a significant place at the United Nations
because they are all over the world, including
some very difficult places; they do a lot with a little
in terms of resources; when the situation gets difficult,
they do not leave the place or the people;
they have a long history of being with those who are
poor; and they come to the international policy table
with interests not their own.
Our areas of focus at the United Nations in New York are based
on The International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace
Call from Fanjeaux and the North
American Call to Justice.
All of issues are interrelated. For example, people who migrate
are often poor, often searching for employment, or escaping from
conditions caused by war and natural disaster. The challenge is
to see the connections and to be aware that policy decisions and
advocacy must be multi-dimensional. There is a clear focus for each
of the committees on which we are members, but there is also the
realization that the work of one is closely connected to the work
of the other.
I hope you find these pages useful and compel you to join this effort
for peace and justice.
You are most welcome to come to New York and see Dominican preaching
Margaret Mayce, OP (DLC/Amityville)
NGO representative to the United Nations in New York