Published: 29 August 2014
On 28 August 2014, the feast day of St Augustine, the NGO (non-government organisation) of the Order of St Augustine addressed the United Nations’ DPI/NGO Conference on the Redevelopment of the Millennium Goals and the Eradication of Poverty. This event took place in New York, USA and Augustinians and their lay co-workers were present all continents in the world.
On behalf of the Order they spoke about projects of the Order connected with Nigeria, Peru, Kenya, Philippines and Canada as indicative of the works of the Order internationally.
The Order of St Augustine has had NGO (Non-Government Organization) status in the United Nations Organization since 2002 when, as a result of a resolution of the Augustinian General Chapter of that year, it appointed its first full-time representative to the United Nations in New York. In May 2014 there was a further significant development.
In May 2014 this status was upgraded by the Order’s being granted ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) consultative status. With this upgrade in status the Order is now able to designate official representatives to the UN offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna, and is able to submit written and oral reports directly to the ECOSOC Council, to be called upon by the Council for expert advice and to make use of certain services of the Council.
(The Augustinian NGO leader, Fr Emeka Obiezu OSA, is on the left edge of the photo. He is standing beside visitors to the UN.) The Order’s NGO will be required to report its activities as an NGO every fourth year. Fr Emeka Obiezu O.S.A. (the Augustinian NGO leader, from the Province of Nigeria) and his NGO team successfully worked to attain this recognition for the Augustinian Order.