Women's National Book Association
at the United Nations
The Women's National Book Association has been a Non-Governmental Organization member of the United Nations since 1959. An NGO is defined as "any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, bring citizens' concerns to governments, monitor policies and encourage political participation at the community level." As a NGO affiliated with the Department of Public Information (DPI), we must meet the following four criteria in order to remain a member in good standing:
- Share the ideals of the UN Charter.
- Operate solely on a not-for-profit basis.
- Have a demonstrated interest in United Nations issues and proven ability to reach large or specialized audiences, such as educators, media representatives, policy makers and the business community.
- Have the commitment and means to conduct effective information programmes about UN activities by publishing newsletters, bulletins, pamphlets; organizing conferences, seminars and roundtables; and enlisting the cooperation of the media.
During the past four decades, we have had five NGO representatives: Beatrice James, Helen Wessells Hettinger, Rose Eichelberger, Claire Friedland and Sally Wecksler. In January 2001, Jill Tardiff was appointed to the position of chief representative, and is currently serving in that role. In addition, a group of dedicated women are working hard to increase our support for the UN. The WNBA Committee for UN Relations is composed of nine members. Three chapter presidents - Laurie Beckelman of Boston, Kathleen Dietz of Nashville and Margaret Flanders of Los Angeles - join our two UN DPI/NGO delegates - Jill Tardiff and Sally Wecksler. Two national past presidents, Nancy Stewart and Diane Ullius join these five on the committee, which is rounded off with two members-at-large, Claire Friedland of New York and L. Peat O'Neil of Washington.
|For more information about the United Nations go to:|
|United Nations News Service||www.un.org/News|
|United Nations Department of Public Information/Public Affairs Division|
|United Nations Department of Public Information/Library and Publications Division|
|Dag Hammarskjöld Library,||www.un.org/Depts/dhl|
|United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization|
|Departments of the UN Secretariat|
|Department of Economic and Social Affairs|
|Division for the Advancement of Women,||www.un.org/womenwatch/daw|
|Division for Social Policy and Development,||www.un.org/esa/socdev/index.html|
|Division for Sustainable Development,||www.un.org/esa/sustdev/dsd.htm|
|Other Offices and Programmes/UN Departments|
|United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)|
|United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM),||www.unifem.undp.org|
|United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF),||www.unicef.org|
WNBA Responds to Myanmar Cyclone Disaster with Members' Donations to U.S. Fund For UNICEF
5 May 2008
Attached is our Press Release just issued on the crisis. According to UNICEF, women and children make up more than half of victims of the devastating cyclone that hit the area. Hundreds of thousands more at risk because of lack of shelter and unsafe drinking water.
UNICEF has been in Myanmar since 1950 so we are well positioned to assist during this emergency situation. UNICEF will be the lead UN agency on water and sanitation, hygiene, child protection, and education.
Thank you, Jill, for your eagerness in distributing this information among the WNBA network and in helping us raise emergency resources to aid those affected by the cyclone.
United States Fund for UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
212 922 2618
Myanmar Cyclone: Women and Children Make up More than Half of Victims – UNICEF Press Release [PDF]
UNICEF Assists Post-Earthquake Child Support Mission Press Release [PDF]