CARE International works in close conjunction with key UN institutions, UN member states and NGOs in order to monitor policy-making and promote international policies that support CARE’s principles and priority issues. The advancement of issues related to women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), climate change, women peace and security, as well as humanitarian conflict have been central areas of CARE’s advocacy work in New York.
Much of CARE’s advocacy work focuses on:
- The UN Security Council, especially in relation to humanitarian assistance and relief efforts. CARE’s engagement with the Security Council often occurs through formal and informal collaboration with other NGOs. These include the 25-member NGO Working Group on the Security Council, which regularly meets with member states’ ambassadors to raise NGO concerns and call for specific policy changes, and the NGO working Group on women, peace and security, an international network that advocates for the equal and full participation of women in all efforts to create and maintain international peace and security and focuses on the implementation of all Security Council resolutions that address this issue.
- The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process, the UN General Assembly and the UN Commission on the Status of Women to ensure women’s empowerment and gender equality and ensure linkages between development and human rights. CARE International works in coalition with strategic partners such as the Women’s Major Group to advance CARE’s advocacy priorities.
In addition, CARE and its partners engage in regular consultations with UN Women, the UN Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), UNICEF and many UN member states.