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Officers and Steering Group Members

The NGO Working Group on the Security Council holds elections every three years (every two years until 2010). An elections committee is named and typically all members vote.  The elections choose the Chair and Vice-Chair and five other members of the Steering Group.  No one can stand for office more than three terms.  In the case of tie votes, persons serve in office jointly.
 

Letter from Chair Joseph Donnelly of Caritas Internationalis on the Announcement of the Election of a New Steering Group beginning in 2018

Your Excellency:

As the works of the 72nd UN General Assembly continue to fill the daily journal with demands and challenges, we additionally share with you the preoccupation for all that the Security Council is seized of, with past and present priority concerns, as well as profound hopes toward achieving greater peace and security for all peoples.

In October, our Working Group held its annual NGO elections from amongst our 35 member organizations. A new Steering Group with officers and secretariat were elected assuming their 2018 responsibilities as of January. I am pleased to announce the election results and introduce you to our esteemed colleagues and partners:

Chair: Mr. Renzo Pomi, Amnesty International
Vice Chair: Ms. Bani Dugal, Baha'i International Community
Appointed Secretary: Ms. Jelena Pia-Comella, Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Ms. Louise Allen, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security
Ms. Stephanie David, International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)
Ms. Vanessa Jackson, Crisis Action
Ms. Stephanie Johanssen, Global Justice Center
Mr. Andrew Tomlinson, Quaker UN Office
 
During 2017, we enjoyed celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our NGO Working Group. What some said was not possible, succeeded in creating a unique space for confidential and constructive dialogue between Member States, serving as Security Council members, with diverse experts representing civil society as pivotal advocates within the international community. Amidst a thousand plus meetings, we have respectfully heard the voices of women and men from countries in fierce conflicts to communities seeking sustainable and peaceful solutions. Together we have heard and faced the often complex facts of our times. With careful research, hands-on analysis from the ground up, UN interactions, and imperative objectivity, we have contributed to the Security Council's mandate for peace, security, and integral human development around the world. We extend our considerable gratitude to everyone who has supported our efforts year after year - and more!
 
"We, the peoples..." is more than just an historic expression rooted in the old global vision for a better world as noted in the UN Charter. It is an exacting recognition of humanity everywhere, ready to meet the constant challenges unfolding in this 21st century, as in the decades before. It is absolutely an invitation for all to work together to leave no one behind, building up, protecting, and sustaining the earth as dedicated, deliberate global citizens. Please do call on us whenever we can assist you in your respective mission and commitment toward greater freedom and justice for all.
 
Most sincerely and respectfully,
 
Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
Chair, NGO Working Group on the Security Council and
Permanent Delegate to the United Nations, CARITAS Internationalis

        

 
2014-2017
Joseph C. Donnelly, Caritas Internationalis, Chair
Renzo Pomi, Amnesty International, Vice Chair
Jelena Pia-Comella, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Secretary
Bani Dugal, Baha'i International Community
Doug Hostetter, Mennonite Central Committee
Vanessa Jackson, Crisis Action
Ryan Smith, Presbyterian Church USA
Andrew Tomlinson, Quaker UN Office
 
 
2013-2014
 
Joanna Weschler, Security Council Report, Co-Chair
Gerald Martone, Intrnational Rescue Committee, Co-Chair
Michelle Brown, Refugees International
Joseph Donnelley, Caritas Internationalis
Doug Hostetter, Mennonite Central Committee
Jelena Pia-Comella, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Secretary

 

2010-2012

Joanna Weschler, Security Council Report, Chair
Gerald Martone, Intrnational Rescue Committee, Vice Chair
Gorel Bogarde, Save the Children (replaced by Paul Mikov, World Vision International)
Michelle Brown, Refugees International
Joseph Donnelley, Caritas Internationalis
Kirsten Hagon, Oxfam International (replaced by Jelena Pia-Comella, Coalition for the International Criminal Court)
Doug Hostetter, Mennonite Central Committee
James Paul, Global Policy Forum, Secretary {ex officio}, (replaced by David Weaver, Global Policy Forum)
 
 
2008-2010
 
Kate Hunt, Care International, Co-Chair
Joanna Weschler, Security Council Report, Co-Chair
James Paul, Global Policy Forum, Vice-Chair
Gorel Bogarde, Save the Children
Michelle Brown, Refugees International
Doug Hostetter, Mennonite Central Committee
Cathy Fitzpatrick, Physicians for Human Rights
Tanya Karanasios, Coalition for an International Criminal Court
 
 
2006-2008
 
Kate Hunt, CARE International, Co-Chair
James Paul, Global Policy Forum, Co-Chair
Michelle Brown, Refugees International
John Burroughs, Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy
Cathy Fitzpatrick, Physicians for Human Rights
Dennis Frado, Lutheran Office for World Community
Tanya Karanasios, Coalition for an International Criminal Court
Yvonne Terlingen, Amnesty International
Joanna Weschler, Security Council Report
 
 
2004-2006
 
James Paul, Global Policy Forum, Chair
Kate Hunt, CARE International, Vice-Chair
Cathy Fitzpatrick, Physicians for Human Rights
Tanya Karanasios, Coalition for an International Criminal Court
Jack Patterson, Quaker UN Office
Yvonne Terlingen, Amnesty International
Matt Scott, World Vision International (replaced by Dennis Frado, Lutheran Office for World Community)
 
 
2002-2004
 
Jack Patterson, Quaker UN Office, Chair
Catherine Dumait-Harper, Médecins sans Frontières ,Vice-Chair
Nicola Reindorp, Oxfam International
John Rempel, Mennonite Central Committee
Yvonne Terlingen, Amnesty International (replaced by Matt Scott, World Vision International)
Sandi Tully, CARE International
Joanna Weschler, Human Rights Watch
James Paul, Global Policy Forum, Secretary (ex officio)
 
 

2000-2002
 

James Paul, Global Policy Forum, Chair
Catherine Dumait-Harper, Médecins sans Frontières, Vice-Chair
Peter Davies, Oxfam International
Dennis Frado, Lutheran Office for World Community
Felicity Hill, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (replaced by John Rempel, Mennonite UN Office)
Jack Patterson, Quaker UN Office
Sandi Tulley, CARE International
Joanna Weschler, Human Rights Watch
 
 
 
1998-2000
 
James Paul, Global Policy Forum, Chair
Catherine Dumait-Harper, Médecins sans Frontières, Vice-Chair
Peter Davies, Oxfam International
Stefanie Grant, Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights
Iain Levine, Amnesty International
David Jackman (replaced by Jack Patterson), Quaker UN Office
Lucy Webster, Economists Allied for Arms Reduction
Joanna Weschler, Human Rights Watch
 
 

1995-1998
 

James Paul, Global Policy Forum, Convener
Andrew Clapham, Amnesty International
William Pace, World Federalist Movement
Alyn Ware, Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy
Joanna Bernstein, Earth Action
 
 

Election Overseers/Committees:
 

1998: Florence Martin, Amnesty International
2000: Sandi Tully, CARE International
2002: Sandi Tully, CARE International
2004: Catherine Dumait-Harper, Médecins sans Frontières
2006: Gorel Bogarde, Save the Children & Nicole Deller, World Federalist Movement
2008: Gerry Martone, International Rescue Committee; Steve Crawshaw, Human Rights Watch; & Claire Tixiere, FIDH (International Federation of Human Rights
2010: Cathy Fitzpatrick, Physicians for Human Rights and Tanya Karanasios, Coalition for the International Criminal Court