Thank you for your interest in completing this application to be an Episcopal delegate to represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, March 11th – 22nd, 2019.
The Episcopal delegation will consist of one delegate from each Episcopal Church province and one delegate from the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. As a whole, the Episcopal delegation aims to be as representative of the entire Episcopal Church as possible, with priority given to those whose life experiences and advocacy speak most directly to the theme.
Episcopal delegates will observe the official UNCSW meetings at United Nations headquarters and will represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church through their advocacy at the United Nations. They will be expected to participate in conference calls prior to UNCSW and evaluations, reports and follow-up actions once back home.
The 2019 UNCSW Priority theme is “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. See more here: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw63-2019 .
Applicants of any gender must be at least 19 years old, able to speak to the priority theme, and willing to participate in advocacy at UNCSW. Youth (ages 15-18) also may apply, but must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, preferably a parent or legal guardian.
Applicants should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan, and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to their local community after participating in UNCSW.
Delegates will be expected to be present in New York City for UNSCW March 8th – 22nd, or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates will be entirely responsible for their own travel, housing, and program expenses and fundraising, although limited financial support may be available. They will be expected to write a short report at the end of UNCSW and participate in follow-up action back home and a follow-up conference call to evaluate their time at UNCSW.
The delegates will be chosen by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; applicants will be notified by the end of November.
Application deadline is Friday, October 26th.
For more information, contact Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Representative to the United Nations, [email protected] or (212) 716-6128.