Announces New NGO Representative to the United Nations in New York
FOREST PARK, IL, July 21, 2008 -- The Executive Committee
of the Domincan Leadership Conference announced this week that Margaret
Mayce, OP (Amityville) will become the new NGO (non-governmental
organization) representative at the United Nations. Her service
will begin August 15th. Margaret replaces Eileen Gannon, OP (Sparkill)
who has served in this position for ten years and will move on
to other ministry opportunities.
Cass McDonnell, OP, (Hope) President of the DLC said, "I
believe that we are truly blessed to have Margaret Mayce in the position
of the Dominican Representative at the UN. Among her many assets
is her ability to speak Spanish, her wide range of ministry experiences
and her clear sensitivity to people, in general, and to those of
diverse cultures, in particular. What I find most notable
about Margaret is her genuine commitment to work collaboratively
and her capacity to focus on the bigger agenda----the greater good.
All that Margaret brings to the position of NGO will serve her, the
UN and the Dominicans well."
In anticipating the work of the UN, Margaret said, "It will be a privilege and
a grace to place myself at the service of the Dominican Family at the United
Nations. I do believe that the UN is one
of the most noble agents of peace and global transformation that
is available to us all. To be a representative of the Holy Preaching
at the UN, and to help raise awareness as to its importance, will
be a great joy!"
The Dominican Order has been represented at the United
Nations in New York since 1998, when Eileen Gannon, OP (Sparkill)
became the first Dominican representative. The office was granted
ECOSOC status in 2002. This status allows the Dominican Order to
address issues and speak to particular policies through the Commission
on Economic and Social Development. The office addresses a number
of compelling issues through its efforts with working
groups on such concerns as Iraq, the conflict between
and Palestine, HIV/AIDS, Migration, the status of girls (primarily education and poverty issues) and social development.
Much of the work of the UN NGO community is organized around the
Development Goals, which offer an outline to reduce,
by the year 2015, half of the world's poverty, halting the spread
of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. LEARN
The DLC/NGO office integrates the work of the United
Nations with the work of the North American Dominican Promoters
of Justice and Peace. The NGO Representative is also a member of
the International Justice and Peace Commission of the Dominican
Dominicans are also represented at the United
Nations in Geneva, home of the Human Rights Council. Olivier Poquillon,
OP is the permanent delegate to the United Nations in Geneva.
Margaret Mayce, OP
What is an NGO anyway?
for ‘non-governmental organization’. The United Nations
(UN) describes an NGO as a “not-for-profit, voluntary citizens’ group,
which is organized on a local, national or international level
to address issues in support of the public good.”