THE WORLD NEEDS SOLIDARITY. YOUR CONTRIBUTION COUNTS. The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great challenge, including the worst global health crisis in its history. Will it bring the world closer together? Or will it lead to greater divides and mistrust? Your views can make a difference.
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:
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
Dr. Beth Blissman, United Nations Representative
A western Pennsylvania native, Beth currently lives in both NE Ohio and New York City and serves as a representative to the United Nations for the Loretto Community. She brings over 20 years of experience as a practitioner-scholar in community-engaged teaching and learning in higher education to this work, as well as a deep interest in permaculture, spirituality and shifting worldviews. Beth is a former director of both the Bonner Center for Service & Learning at Oberlin College and the University of Denver’s Service Learning Program. She has developed models for student leadership, created community service work-study programs, and supported a variety of faculty and curriculum development processes related to community-campus engagement. As a systems thinker, she’s curious about how to build connections, increase resilience and design better solutions that empower learning and creative thinking.
Loretto at the UN Advisory Committee
OUR LORETTO AT THE UN ADVISORY COMMITTEE BRINGS PERSPECTIVE AND SUPPORT FROM THE WIDER LORETTO AND BVM COMMUNITIES TO THE UNITED NATIONS. CURRENT LORETTO AT THE UN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS: ROBERTA WHITE, BVM, AND LORETTO COMMUNITY MEMBERS ALICE KITCHEN (LFN, CITIES FOR CEDAW), ANNA KOOP (PAKISTAN COMMITTEE), BETSY CLUTE (GHANA COMMITTEE), KATHY BALDWIN-HEITMAN (EDUCATION SUB- COMMITTEE), LESLEE MOORE (LEN), MARY HELEN SANDOVAL (PAKISTAN COMMITTEE)
Get in touch
777 United Nations Plaza Suite 6-E New York, NY 10017