THE CARMELITE NGO - a project of the members of the Carmelite Family around the world

The Carmelite NGO, a non governmental organization with special staus to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and affiliated to the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the UNited Nations, is comprised of the men and women from around the world who are members of the Carmelite religious Order or its affiliated Congregations and Institutes within the Catholic Church. It is at the service of the people they serve.


- Kenya

The Environment
Human Trafficking


- Hunger
- Education
Human Rights
- Poverty/Financing for Development
- Women
- Religion


- NGO Coordinating Committee
- Asian Region
African Region
- North American Region
- Carribean Region
- Latin American Region
- Europe


- Global Network for Justice
International Commission for
Justice, Peace and the Integrity
  of Creation

- Populorum Progressio
- São Martinho Community
- Associazione Padre Carlo Colelli
- Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
  Committee of Whitefriars Hall

- Carmelite NGO in Europe


- Carmelite NGO Survey
- Two Views on Globalization: 1|2
The Road to Johannesburg: Why
  it is important to participate in

   UN initiatives
- Taking the Lead in Creating a
  New World Order: The Perspective of
   Leadership on the NGO

- The Carmelite Method of
  Ministry Shows the Theological
  Perspective of the Carmelite

- 10 Approaches as Carmelites to
  Peace and Justice Ministry

- The God of Our Contemplation: An
  Exploration of the Connection Between
  the Carmelite Vocation and Work for
  Justice and Peace

- The Carmelite NGO and the 57th
  PDI/NGO Conference of the United
- The Carmelites and the Millennium
  Development Goals

Do We Have a Place at the Table?

Carmelite Family Key to Carmelite NGO
A Member of the Carmelite Family
  Becomes Involved

- The Perspective of a Lay Carmelite at
  the UN

- An Asian Carmelite Sees Advantage of
  Carmelite Presence in UN


- Main Page of the United Nations
- UN High Commissioner for Human Right
- UN General Assembly of Goverments
- UN Security Council
- International Court of Justice
- UN Office of Disarmament Affairs
- Economic and Social Council

- Department of Public
   Information/NGO Section

- UN System Chart

- World Health Organization

- UN Educational, Scientific, and
  Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

- UNCTAD (Conference on Trade
  and Development)

- UN Development Fund for
  Women (UNIFEM)

- UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- UN Environmental Program (UNEP)
- UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
- UN Office on Drugs and Crime

- International Fund for
  Agricultural Development (IFAD)

- Food and Agricultural
  Organization (FAO)

- World Food Program (WFP)
- International Labor Organization (ILO)
- UN High Commissioner for
  Refugees (UNHCR)

- UN Human Settlements Program
- International Atomic Energy
  Agency (IAEA)

- Pan American Health
  Organization (PAHO)

- World Federation of United Nations
  Associations (WFUNA)

- UN Office of Project Services
Youth at the UN
- Reform at the UN
- The 2005 World Summit


- UN and Civil Society Homepage
- Department of Public
   Information/NGO Section

- DPI/NGO Briefings: Schedule and

- Conference of NGO's (CONGO)
- Non-Governmental Liaison Service

- Go Between: Newsletter of NGLS

- NGLS Publications Online


- Economic and Social Council

- Department of Social Development
(Aging, Disabled Persons, Family,
  Poverty, Youth)

- Department for Sustainable


- The UN Works!
- Cyber School Bus
- UN News Center
- UN Daily News Bulletin
- UN Information Centers
- UN Radio
- UN Webcast
- UN Photos
UN Documentation Center
- UN Documents (from non UN Source)
- UN Multimedia on the Web
- UN Publications

- Office of Spokesperson for the Sec

- On-Line UN Calendar
- SG Annan's Report: In Larger Freedom
- The Cardoso Report on UN-Civil Society
  Relations"We the Peoples" Civil
  Society, United Nations, and Global
(requires Acrobat Reader)
- The UN Millennium Development Goals
- Millennium +5 NGO Network's Report:
We Will Spare No Effort


- The Vatican/Papal Statements
- Franciscans International
- Dominican Peace and Justice Website
- Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
- Catholic Social Justice Teachings 
- Reading List of Catholic Social

- ICO - International Catholic
  Organization Information Center

- Agenzia FIDES
- South Asia Human Rights
  Documentation Center

- CAFOD: Catholic Agency for Oversees

- CATHNews - Australia
- Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy
  See to the UN
- Education for Justice

- Congregations and Institutes
  Affiliated to the Carmelite Or

- Cloistered Carmelite Nuns
- Carmelite Laity
- Carmelite Hermits
- Carmelite Priests and Brothers
The Carmelites and the Carmelite NGO


Day of Prayer for World Environment Day - December 10, 2014
We Are In Awe of the Human Person

A very popular resource offered for the celebration of World Human Rights Day. For this year's Day of Prayer, the Carmelite NGO is focusing on the dignity of each human being. We invite groups from around the world to join with us, using our booklet as a resource if you wish.

As always we are interested in knowing who is using the Day of Prayer and how. If you have any comments, please send them to the webmaster.

Download the booklet:
We Are In Awe of the Human Person

Feel free to copy and distribute!

RIO+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
June 20-22, 2012

Earth Summit 2012: RIO+20

Representatives of the Carmelite NGO joined world leaders, along with thousands of participants from government, the private sector, NGOs and other groups for RIO+20, a continuation of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

The Conference had two themes: 1) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication, and 2) the institutional framework for sustainable development. Preparations for the Conference highlighted seven areas for priority attention: decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans, and disaster readiness.

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Seen as the guiding principle for long-term global development, sustainable development consists of three pillars: economic development, social development, and environmental protection.

Websites for the Conference:
          Earth Summit 2012
          RIO+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

The Future We Want: RIO+20 Outcome Document
          English  |  Spanish
Videos, Photos and More
Fact Sheets:
          On Energy
          On Cities
          On Food
          On Water and Sanitation
          On Jobs and Social Inclusion
          On Oceans
          On Disaster Resilience
          Progress and Challenges since the 1992 Earth Summit
Suggested Further Actions


Blog for Carmelite Schools Around the World
Carmelite Secondary Schools in US and Peru Sponsor Environmental Blog Website for Students and Faculty

The Secondary Schools Commission of the Carmelite Province with schools in the USA and Peru have agreed to sponsor a blog on the Internet which will facilitate discussion among students at Carmelite high schools around the world.

Entitled Carmelite Youth Crew -- with CREW being an anagram for "caring, responding and enhancing our world" -- the site will allow students, faculty, and staff members of the Carmelite schools to share activities, photos, reflections, prayers, and plans relating to environmental sustainability.

The Carmelite Order ministers at schools in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, USA, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, the Congo, and Zimbabwe.

The blog is located at

A Position of the Carmelite NGO on Climate Change
The Spiritual Pathway to a Sustainable Environment

A statement from the Carmelite NGO on our position on climate change. Written by Eduardo Agosta Scarel, O. Carm., the paper was discussed and approved by the Carmelite NGO's Coordinating Committee and has been endorsed by a number of organization and individuals of faith.

Copies of the statement are available online in English, Spanish, and Indonesian. Written copies in those three languages may be obtained from our office in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Papal Message for World Day of Peace - January 1, 2015
Slaves No More, But Brothers and Sisters

The Catholic Church begins each year with World Day of Peace, a day set aside for prayer and reflection. In this year's address, Pope Francis I addresses slavery, a global sin that most people think is a thing of the past. Peace can only exist when each human being recognizes every other person as a brother or sister with the same dignity. Our purpose is to build a civilization based on the equal dignity of every person without discrimination. To achieve this will also require the commitment of the media, of education, and of culture to a renewed society pledged to freedom, justice, and therefore peace.

The World Day of Peace, initiated by Pope Paul VI, is celebrated each year on the first day of January. The pope's message is sent to all the world's foreign ministers and also indicates the Holy See's diplomatic line during the coming year.



-- Reflection Papers --
Inspirations for the Carmelites
in Their Work for Social Justice

Spirituality, the Carmelite Charism, and the Word of Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation
         by Micael O'Neill, O. Carm.

Mary the Prophet: Mary as an Inspiration in the Work for Justice
         by Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm.

Carmelite Community and the Work of Justice and Peace
          by Dionysius Kosasih, O. Carm.

Murdering Naboth: Elijah Attends a Meeting of the Carmelite NGO
          by Craig Morrison, O. Carm.


What is the Carmelite NGO All About?

We have published a new 8 page booklet which explains in some detail the goals and activities of the Carmelite NGO, including our participation in the United Nations conferences and workshops.


In order to further facilitate communication about the Carmelite NGO's activities at the United Nations, we are establishing a blog. This will allow you to keep updated on the many meetings, workshops, and other activities that the Carmelite NGO is involved in around the globe and within the UN itself.



Where in the World is the UN?

   Ask where the United Nations is located and most people will answer "New York." In fact the United Nations is a system of offices and departments located throughout the world.
   The map which is linked below shows the major offices of this huge organization. Now if they would only develop a listing of all the abbreviations used in the organization! However, click on any of the abbreviations and the homepage of that UN organization will open for you.



Our new quarterly publication, CarmeNGO, contains information about the Carmelite NGO and the work of the Carmelites worldwide. The publication is available by postal service as well as online.

Check it out for yourself.
(Requires Acrobat Reader: Free Download)




Who is the Carmelite NGO?

The men and women of the Carmelite Family-- men and women of the Carmelite Order and its affiliated Congregations and Institutes-- sponsor the Carmelite NGO. The Carmelite NGO, through its affiliation with the United Nations, provides access to the resources of that organization as well as allows the members of the United Nations to benefit from the various ministries of the Carmelites worldwide.

The Carmelite NGO was affiliated to the United Nations in December 2001. We are currently under consideration for ECOSOC status.


NGLS Update

A bi-weekly e-newsletter designed to inform the reader of new articles and features on the NGLS (Non Governmental Liaison Service) website as well as providing a snapshot of recent and upcoming UN and NGLS activities.


UN Issues Focused on by the Carmelite NGO  
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Target for 2015: Halve the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day and those who suffer from hunger.

Achieve universal primary education

Target for 2015: Ensure that all boys and girls complete primary school.
Human Rights

An essential element in the protection of human rights is a widespread knowledge and understanding among people of what their rights are and how they can be defended.
Freedom of Belief

In November 1981, governments signed a Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. That document included the right to "establish and maintain" places of worship; to "write, issue and disseminate" religious publications; to "observe days of rest and to celebrate holidays"; and to "establish and maintain communications with individuals and communities in matters of religion and belief at the national and international levels."

Promote gender equality and empower women

Target for 2005 and 2015: Eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.

Poverty/Financing for Development

+ Develop further an open trading and financial system that includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction-- nationality and internationally.
+ Address the least developed countries' special needs, and the special needs of landlocked and small island developing states.
+ Deal comprehensively with developing countries' debt problems.
+ Develop decent and productive work for youth.
+ In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.
+ In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies-- especially information and communications technologies.
DPI/NGO Conferences and the Carmelites

64th Annual DPI/NGO Conference
September 3-5, 2011
- Bonn, Germany
Sustainable Societies/Responsible Citizens

The theme of the meeting revolved around citizens and NGO involvements in creating and maintaining various aspects of sustainable societies for the benefit of mankind and the planet: economical, cultural and environmental. Some subthemes were on environmental sustainability, green manufacturing and commerce, transparent governance, grassroots activism, and limiting personal carbon footprints.


More information about both meetings is available in the December 2011 issue of CarmeNGO


63rd Annual DPI/NGO Conference 
Melbourne, Australia - August 30 - September 1, 2010

Achieve Global Health: Achieve the MDGs

Some 1,600 participants representing over 350 Non-Governmental Organizations from more than 70 countries who met in Melbourne from August 30 - September 1, 2010. Four round tables were held, focusing on four major themes: The Role of the NGO and Civil Society in Helping Achieve the MDGs"; "Equity, Rights and Progress Towards the MDGs"; "Strengthening an Integrated and Systems Approach to Achieving the Health MDGs"; "Achieving the MDGs in Our Changing World." The conference also featured some 50 exhibits and 10 topic-specific displays by NGOs promoting ways and means of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.


report from carmelite participants


62nd Annual DPI/NGO Conference 
Mexico City, Mexico - September 9-11, 2009

for peace and development--
Disarm Now!

Participants from around the world gathered from September 9-11, 2009, to discuss how they can contribute to reducing arms while advancing peace. The current global economic and food crises have necessitated a realignment of the world’s financial resources. This can only be enhanced by effect comprehensive disarmament.


The Carmelite NGO has participated in the Annual DPI/NGO Conferences since 2001. These meetings are supplemented with meetings of the Carmelite NGO at which time the year's program is developed.

Information about Conferences Attended by the Carmelite NGO

UN News and NGO Briefings Schedule
UN News Center
UN Information Centers Worldwide
NGO Briefing Calendar  |  Audio Library

Carmelites and Justice and Peace Work
Semi-Annual Days of Prayer and Reflection
A Call to Observe Days of Prayer and Reflection on Topics
of Social Justice
The Carmelite NGO Coordinating Team
World Social Forum, Nairobi - 2007: Another World for Africa: An Ethic of Peace?
Chelo Dhebbi, O. Carm.
International Commission for Justice and Peace
Carmelite NGO
10 Approaches as Carmelites to Justice and Peace
from the International Commission of Justice and Peace
Do We Have a Place at the Table?
William J. Harry, O. Carm.
General Council of the Carmelite Order
Member - Carmelite NGO
The God of Our Contemplation: An Exploration of the Connection Between the Carmelite Vocation and Work for Justice and Peace
Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm.
Prior General of the Carmelite Order
The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor
Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm.
Prior General of the Carmelite Order




New York Office:
The Carmelite NGO
Attn: Helen Ojario, O. Carm.
211 East 43rd Street - Suite 708
New York, New York 10017

(+01) 646.416.4690
Fax: (+01) 212.682.8013


Main Office:
The Carmelite NGO
Attn: Jane Remson, O. Carm.
1725 General Taylor Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

(+01) 504.458.3029

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