27 December 2004
To all Provincial /
Regional Leadership Teams
Approval of VIVAT International for Association with the Department of
Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations
Provincial / Regional Superior / Leader,
Greetings of joy in the Blessed Season of
It is with special joy that I share with you
another good news about VIVAT International. On 21 December 2004, Fr.
Lawrence Correa, SVD, and Sr. Gretta Fernandes, SSpS, Chairperson and
Co-Chairperson, respectively, of the VINY Executive Team, sent to us by
FAX the official letter, dated 15 December 2004, of Paul Hoeffel, Chief,
NGO Section, Department of Public Information (DPI), giving the
information that VI has been approved as a non-governmental
organization (NGO) for association with the DPI of the United Nations
(UN). This means that VIVAT International has now attained the two
main means of collaboration with the UN that are available for
non-governmental organizations: 1) Accreditation with the Economic and
Social Council (ECOSOC) of UN, attained in July 2004 , and 2) Association
with the Department of Public Information (DPI) of UN, attained in
A. What are the main benefits of this for
Members of VIVAT can have more access to useful
information from the UN. The DPI is in charge of circulating information
and raising awareness of the purposes and activities of UN and issues of
global concern. It will be sending the VI Central Office the monthly
mailings of relevant UN materials and information on UN conferences,
seminars, briefings and other events that you could participate in. The VI
Central Office will take care of passing on to VIVAT members such material
/ information. From the materials or by attending UN activities, members
could pick up ideas / information or be in touch with representatives of
other groups or NGOs and could learn better ways of addressing our
priorities. This could also be a way to gain support for our efforts
towards establishing God’s Kingdom of Justice and Peace, especially
through the JPIC ministry.
It is also possible for VIVAT members to avail themselves of information
from the UN through the Web site at:
DPI welcomes representatives of VI to consult UN print, audio and video
materials at the NGO Resource Centre. The NGO Section of DPI also offers
an annual orientation programme for newly accredited NGO representatives.
VIVAT members can be better equipped to seek assistance on
a greater scale from UN Information Centers (UNICs) and UN Information
Services (UNISs) and other UN agencies wherever these centers and services
are, in order to organize conferences, seminars, and publicity through
media, either alone or together with them.
There would be greater possibility for VI to raise the
awareness of others of the work that VIVAT members are doing regarding our
priorities or the issues that we are trying to address. This can be done
by keeping the DPI / NGO Section informed of the VIVAT activities that are
being undertaken, through copies of relevant publications and other
materials that are sent to DPI through the VIVAT Central Office in New
York. Through the DPI, the information on VIVAT activities could then have
a wider circulation and might get others with the possibility to help to
be interested in VIVAT project(s) or stir up public support or action that
could lead to a better resolution of the issue (issues).
The wide dispersal of information through the DPI could
also promote more the networking of VI with other NGOs that are associated
with DPI and that have priorities which are the same or in line with ours.
This networking of VI with other NGOs is important for the realization of
the purpose for which VIVAT was jointly established by our two
Congregations - to address our mission priorities through collaboration
with UN and the other NGOs accredited by UN.
VI as an associated NGO is entitled to designate one main
and one alternate representative who will be granted UN photo grounds
passes which are renewable annually. The pass will give the VI
representatives access to UN facilities and to all open meetings of the UN
bodies, which they can attend as observers. The representatives are also
invited to attend the Thursday NGO briefings organized by the Department,
featuring UN officials, government delegates and other experts, including
VI will also be listed in the DPI Directory of NGOs
associated with DPI, which is disseminated in print form and via the DPI
B. What are the expectations of DPI from VI?
VI would have to collaborate with DPI in the circulation
of information and raise public awareness about the purposes and
activities of the United Nations and its global concerns. This means that
a part of VI publications and information activities be focused on the
work of the UN.
VI is expected to encourage its members to cooperate with
the United Nations Information Centers or Services in the country where
they are and with representatives of other parts of the United Nations in
the area of expertise. This cooperation would be of mutual benefit in the
aspect of information for awareness-raising.
VI would have to keep DPI /NGO Section informed of VI
activities and to send relevant publications and materials. It is required
to submit a copy of the amended documents of VI, in case such amendments
are made on the organizational structure or by-laws of VI, and give DPI
information about all changes in name, address, or representatives of VI
to the DPI.
VI has to submit its report for evaluation and review with
DPI, every two years, beginning December 2006. Note: The report will be
taken care of by the VINY Executive team, but materials for the report
would be from the VIVAT members.
Dear brothers and sisters in VIVAT International, I am
sure that in the near future the Executive Team in New York will discuss
with you the modalities and the process of associating with DPI at the
local, national and regional levels. Hopefully, in this way, the Executive
Team will be able help you to see how you can take full advantage of the
benefits of this means of collaboration with UN in addressing our
priorities and realizing our Mission through VIVAT International.
We thank Fr. Lawrence most sincerely for his very dedicated efforts in
preparing, submitting and then following up the application of VI for
association with DPI, soon after the granting of the special consultative
status VI with the ECOSOC.
May our Emmanuel, God-with-us,
grant you His special blessings at Christmas and throughout the New Year!
Very truly yours in Him,
Sr. Agada Valeria Brand, SSpS
President, VIVAT International Board of Directors
May we request you to please give a copy of this letter to the JPIC
Coordinator in your Province and Region? Thank you very much!
Encl.: Copy of the Letter of DPI of UN on 15 December 2004 to Sr.
Agada Valeria Brand, President, VIVAT International Board of Directors re.
Approval of VI for Association with DPI, UN