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"In accord with church teaching and directives, we work actively, especially in our local situations, to eliminate the root causes of injustice in order to realize a world of peace, justice, and love.”

-YOU ARE SENT, CONSTITUTION OF THE SCHOOL SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME

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Sr Beatriz Martinez Garcia, SSND
Sr Beatriz Martinez Garcia, SSND

SSND NGO representative at the United Nations -  Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia

The School Sisters of Notre Dame is a registered NGO (non-governmental organization) with the U.N. Department of Public Information since 1993.

SSND also has Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)  which provides the opportunity to submit statements for consideration by the U.N. Secretary-General and the CSW (Commission on the Status of Women). Past statements have reflected the SSND commitment to ensure that girls have a place at the table and a voice during these deliberations.

Sister Beatriz Eugenia Martinez-Garcia, (left), from the Central Pacific Province who was appointed to serve as the next SSND NGO representative at the United Nations beginning July 1 20219. Sister Beatriz was born and raised in Mexico where her family lives. As a School Sister of Notre Dame, she has ministered in parishes and diocesan offices in the area of evangelization and catechesis in Mexico and in the U.S. in Arizona, Texas, and Minnesota. 

Sister Eileen Reilly, as she concluded her nine-year term said, "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to serve the congregation and meet so many sisters in so many places. You give me hope for our future when you respond to invitations to observe U.N. days like World Peace Day, when you welcome me into your homes and ministries, and when you and your students participate in U.N. events.

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement!"

Sister Beatriz Eugenia Martinez-Garcia, (left) and her predecessor Sister Eileen Reilly, (right)

SSND at the United Nations

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform, the Economy of Francis, the Global Compact on Education,  and COP26 decisions bring hope and are central to the creation of a new system of life, one that meets the need to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Let us remain determined to educate...
10 years ago, on 2nd July 2010, the UN General Assembly voted to establish UN Women to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide. 
AHA Girls at the UN
Sister Beatriz Martinez-Garcia, SSND, director of the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s United Nations Non-governmental Organization Office, arranged for 40 AHA students to attend the Eighth Annual International Day of the Girl.