IFS Office News & Activities

16 / 12 / 2021 | Conference, Event

Upcoming Events for the year 2022

  • Webinar on Domestic Violence – January 12, 2022, 03.00 pm Finnish time. Read more.
  • Webinar Honour Related Violence. More info coming soon.
  • Middle Managers Meeting – Side Event to the UN World day of Social Justice in February. More info coming soon. 
  • Middle Managers Meeting – Side Event to the UN World Health Day in April. More info coming soon.

Reports from IFS Working Groups

IFS-UN working Group New York – On November 18, the NGO Committee on Migration presented “Advocacy 101,” an interactive workshop and presentation on the nuts and bolts of planning, implementing and following up on Mission visits with UN member states. Although the presentation was centered around ensuring proper implementation of the Global Compact on Migration, it was open and relevant to all NGOs and was attended by several IFS members.On December 2, the NGO Committee on Aging and the NGO Committee on Migration jointly offered a presentation on the Intersection of Aging and Migration. Moderated by IFS Board member and Executive Director of Jacob Riis Settlement Chris Hanway, the panel featured Sandra Torres, professor of Sociology and Gerontology at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, and Shyvonne Noboa, Director of Older Adult Services at Sunnyside Community Services, a member of the United Neighborhood Houses network in New York. Report by Christopher Hanway.

Activities in 2020

    1. Informal meeting between the Third Committee and Civil Society; February 3, 2020 – United Nations Headquarters IFS (Bobbi Nassar) presented oral intervention regarding the importance of NGO participation. 

    2. Roundtable on reprisals against human rights defenders, including for cooperation with the UN. February 10, 2020 -United Nations Headquarters. IFS (Ariana Elezaj) presented on two examples of reprisal against our members. (confidential).

    3. Children’s homelessness: not only a matter of having a street address, but of building a more cohesive and inclusive society: the critical role of early childhood development. A side event to the 58th Commission on Social Development.  February 17, 2020 – United Nations Headquarters. IFS (Christopher Hanway) presented on Educating Homeless Children: The Family Literacy Approach.

    4. NGO Committee on Human Rights meeting; focus on increasing access for all within and with the United Nations. February 26, 2020, United Nations Headquarters. IFS (Bobbi Nassar) moderator and organizer.

    5. CSW 65 Parallel Event: Violence at Home and Beyond. March 17, 2020, United Nations Headquarters. IFS (Niya Hicks) presenter.

    6. Advocacy; July 15, 2020, on behalf of asylum seekers. IFS (Christopher Hanway)

    7. Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75. October 22, 2020 – United Nations Headquarters. IFS (Bobbi Nassar) presenter.