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Our Mission

Loretto at the United Nations educates future global citizens, advocates on the international level for the needs of our constituents, and promotes climate justice.

What is the Loretto Community

The Loretto Community, founded in 1812 as the Sisters of Loretto, is a congregation of Catholic vowed Sisters and lay Co-members. Our members continue to live out the Community’s mission to “work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us.” Traditionally a teaching order, the Loretto Community has expanded its work into many fields to promote justice — including education, healthcare, elder care, environmental stewardship and global advocacy at the United Nations.

What is Loretto at the United Nations

The Loretto Community is an NGO (non-governmental organization) accredited with consultative status at the United Nations. Loretto began its status under ECOSOC (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs) over 30 years ago, allowing us to advocate on the international level for the issues and values of concern to the Loretto Community by leveraging the insight and voices of those working at the grassroots level.

How we work 

One area of our participation includes engaging in issue-based committees with other NGO representatives. This work allows us to collaborate in our efforts to address challenges like financing for development and protecting the rights of migrants, while also learning information that we can then share with the Loretto community at large, our partners, and friends. With its numerous different members that have represented the community at this international platform, Loretto has been present at historic UN events like the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China and the first UN Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.

Our focus areas 

Loretto currently participates on the following committees:

Our History

Our Highlights

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Discuss Takeaways from CSW64
A Youth Perspective on Gender Equality
Building Bridges at the Border: Working For Justice, Acting For Peace
From Gender Equality to an Ecologically Sustainable Future: Reflections from The Grail, The Loretto Community, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Nerinx Hall High School

Loretto in Numbers

Loretto Community Founded
Years at the United Nations
Visitors welcomed at the UN