United Nations (UN) Connection

Partnering with the world for peace.

The IPJ holds Special Consultative Status with the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which oversees key policy dialogue and policy review on social and economic issues. As a trusted partner of entities such as UN Women, we regularly participate in programs, host panel discussions and lead presentations on groundbreaking steps toward peace.

With ECOSOC consultative status, the IPJ has dedicated seats at U.N. conferences, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in which staff members present annually. Students are exposed to timely issues of peace and security being discussed there through their interactions with IPJ staff in the classroom or other activities such as International Women’s Day. For instance, in March 2016 at U.N. Headquarters, Jennifer Freeman — senior program officer for women, peace and security — shared with Member States our work on defying extremism as it relates to gender, youth and religion.

On some occasions, graduate students may have the opportunity to participate in U.N. conferences alongside staff to learn about pressing issues and how the IPJ engages in these vital discussions on the international level.

Commission on the Status of Women Commission on the Status of Women Through our ECOSOC involvement, the IPJ attends this U.N. event every March. At U.N. Headquarters in New York, our faculty, staff and, at times, students learn first-hand about policies promoting women's rights and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
International Women's Day International Women's Day Celebrated globally and at the United Nations every March 8, the IWD recognizes and celebrates women's achievements in ending discrimination and gaining equality. Each year since 2004 the IPJ has held an event to commemorate it. In 2016, Marcela Turati Muñoz, a reporter for the Mexican magazine Proceso who reports about human rights, social development and the impact of drug violence and its victims, came to the IPJ to speak on the injustice she's witnessed in her country.