Gray Panthers on the prowl
Maggin Kuhn

By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young.
-- maggie kuhn, founder

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Gray Panthers and the United Nations

At the UN, we advocate for social justice and peace throughout the world and work to eliminate ageism, racism, and sexism. Gray Panthers represents "Civil Society" --the real people. In 1981, Gray Panthers gained official nongovernmental organization (NGO) status at the United Nations and has been active ever since.

Gray Panthers is Engaged and Active: Committees, Commissions, Conferences
Gray Panthers has eight official representatives at the United Nations. They participate in a variety of committees and attend commission and conference meetings of the UN. Gray Panthers representatives at the UN are:

  • National Chair: Jan BenDor
  • Main UN Representative: Lobi RedHawk, member NGO Sub- Committee for the Elimination of Racism
  • UN Representative: Frances Zainoeddin, Executive Board Member United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), member Women's Major Group re: Post -2015 Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals, NGO Committee on Aging/Sub-Committee on Older Women
  • UN Representative: Jack Kupferman, member NGO Committee on Aging/Steering Committee for Social Development Human Rights Initiative
  • UN Representative: Joan Davis, member NGO Committee on Disarmament, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development
  • UN Representative: Ugoji Eze, member United Nations Association, Working Group on Girls, United Nations Women's Guild, Religious NGOs
  • UN Representative: Shiuho Lin, NGO Committee on Migration Executive Committee/Finance Treasurer, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development/Task Force on Refugees
  • UN Intern: Caroline Bernal-Silva, member NGO Committee on Aging, HelpAge

Gray Panthers Collaborates Through Committees
The following two committees, where Gray Panthers has a strong presence, act as hosts for the annual March meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW):
• NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) ; Gray Panther leadership on the board
• Subcommittee on Older Women

Gray Panthers also has strong participation in the following:
• NGO Committee on Ageing
• Committee on Migration
• Committee on Sustainable Development
• Committee on Human Settlement
• Peace and Disarmament
• Working Groups on Refugee, Sustainable Development, Indigenous Issues, HIV/AIDS, and intergenerational issues

Gray Panthers Makes a Statement
Gray Panthers contributes a statement annually to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the Annual Ministerial Review or High Level Segment on such subjects as “Global Public Health” and “Implementing Gender Equality and Commitment to Reach the MDGs” and “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Education” . Gray Panthers contributed a statement on Rio+20 Earth Summit “Green Economy, Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication”. Gray Panthers also cosponsored several statements on human right, climate change, and gender.

Gray Panthers is Seen and Heard
Throughout the year, Gray Panther representatives participate at a range of meetings, including:
• Commission for Social Development (February)
• Commission on the Status of Women (March)
• Commission on Population and Development (April)
• Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (April)
• Commission on Sustainable Development (May)
• NGO/DPI Weekly Briefings
• Informal interactive hearings of the General Assembly with NGOs
• Civil society organizations and the private sector (June)
• Annual NGO consultations with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) (June)
•UN open-ended working group on ageing (August)
• Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit
• The Heads of State General Debate (September)

Gray Panthers also have sponsored or co-sponsored Side Events during conferences:
•Commission for Social Development: “Multicultural Views of the Education/Poverty Connection”
•Commission on the Status of Women: “Women and Health” and “ Older Women: 15 Years Later Where Are We Now?”
• Commission on Sustainable Development: "Toxic Waste in Asia and Waste Management in NYC"
• Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: “Breaking The Silence”
•DPI Conference: “An Integrated Approach to Achieving Global Health and Environmental Sustainability”



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