DKG/UN Relationship

Since 1995, DKG has been proud to maintain Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations Department of Public Information. The Society was also granted consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2003. The DKG relationship with the UN not only reinforces the Society’s international scope but also fulfills the seventh Society Purpose: “To inform members of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society.” 

DKG has eight representatives who are charged with familiarizing members with the activities and programs of the United Nations, especially those relating to education and human rights.

Our DKG NGO representatives attend weekly briefings at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Information is shared through our newsletter, DKG@UN, as well as at conferences and regional and international meetings.

2014 DKG NGO Representatives include:

Lochie Musso, NY, Primary Representative and CTAUN Secretary.

Anne-Marie Carlson, NY, Chair of CTAUN. 

Cathy Daugherty, VA, DKG International Administrative Board, First Vice-President.

Joan Goldstein, NY, CTAUN Best Practices Award Chair.  

Ann Grosjean, CT, CTAUN Representative.

Grace M. Murphy, NY, Vice-Chair of CTAUN.

Eileen Venezia, NY, CTAUN Director-at-Large.

As educators, DKG members are particularly concerned about educational issues worldwide. The right to an education is one of the rights included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), and achieving universal primary education is one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed upon by the leaders of the world in 2000 and now being focused on for the UN’s Post-2015 agenda. 

In addition, since 1996 the Society has partnered with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on a number of projects that have supported education in developing countries. Our project at the present time, which is an official Society project, is Schools for Africa.


Most of the Society’s NGO representatives are also involved with The Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN), an organization made up of representatives from a variety of NGOs with an interest in education. CTAUN provides educators opportunities to learn about the United Nations and its work. Through events and resources available on the website, CTAUN assists teachers in efforts to incorporate global awareness into classroom curricula and activities. DKG member Anne-Marie Carlson serves as chair and several other DKG members also help plan and coordinate the conference events.

Most Recent CTAUN Conference:

Friday, January 27, 2017:  “Refugees: The 21st Century Challenge.”
Learn more about the conference here

United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY

CTAUN 2017 Conference Statement - CTAUN2017-Statement_Refugees.pdf

Other Recent CTAUN Conferences:

Friday, January 22, 2016:  “Stewardship for a Sustainable World: Education in the SDGs”

United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY

United Nations website.
View United Nations Briefings and other webcasts HERE.
CTAUN website: 

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