International Presentation Association

The IPA along with friends and associates work together for personal and systematic change for People and Earth

The International Presentation Association is accredited with the United Nation’s Department of Public Information (DPI) from 1997 and with the Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) from 2000. Guided by the UN Charter, ECOSOC is the one UN body that has established rights for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to observe and contribute to its work. IPA uses this consultative status to influence policies at the United Nations on behalf of people and Earth made poor and advocate for systemic justice in collaboration with other likeminded NGOs and religious organizations at the UN.The IPA NGO Representative at the UN connects the grass roots and the UN by bringing in the experiences of local communities to the UN and facilitating grass root participation at UN events.


The key areas of IPA’s Intervention Commitments are:

  • Women and Children

  • Indigenous people

  • Sustainable Development

  • Human rights



Commitments from the 2017 IPA Assembly

We will:

  1. Respond to the cry of Earth and to people made poor by embracing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a human rights framework, addressing the issues of women and children, care of Earth and indigenous peoples, as is relevant to our local regions.
  2. Establish an interim task group to determine the appropriate organisational structure for IPA to achieve its mission.
  3. Establish an interim advisory group consisting of the three IPA directors and others with expertise in global work, human rights, development and advocacy that will put into place a new organisational structure for IPA.
  4. Review all IPA roles descriptions.
  5. Develop a strategic plan for IPA.
  6. Review the criteria for representation at IPA assemblies.
  7. Continue to use current capital from the IPA fund and welcome any extra donations as we identify other sources of fundraising.
  8. Continue to have an IPA assembly every five years.
  9. Continue to include the IPA justice contacts as part of the IPA assembly.
  10. Continue to work toward collaboration and partnership building.

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Commitments from Previous IPA Assemblies

2007 IPA Assembly

We commit ourselves to:

  1. Intentionally name and claim the work of Presentation people wherever they minister as essentially the mission of IPA.
  2. Create space for contemplation and new ways of expressing evolving consciousness of out interconnectedness with all creation, especially with those made poor.
  3. Explore ways of ‘widening the tent’(Is 54:2) to further the IPA mission and identify specific elements of our goals which could be enhanced/progressed by strategic partnerships with people/groups with similar values.
  4. Form international working groups when needed, to assist in bringing information and experience from those engaged in grassroots ministry to our IPA personnel at the UN.
  5. Enhance communication by using technology creatively to share resources, to promote interest groups, and to provide educational material about the work of the UN.

While carrying out the Directions and Commitments of the 2012 IPA Assembly we also continue to be faithful to our commitments from previous IPA Assemblies:

We will address the root causes of poverty, especially by confronting personal and corporate greed which exploit Earth, her peoples and the whole community of life.

2003/2007/2012 Assemblies

  • In carrying out our Directions for Mission, we nurture a contemplative stance.
  • We continue to strengthen our Justice Network to work for structural change especially in issues related to
  • Women and children
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Environment/sustainable living
  • Human rights.
  • We continue to develop the most effective means to use our NGO status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations and work with other local, national and international people’s movements and organisations which work for structural change.
  • We are committed to solidarity in mission through the sharing of personnel, finance and other resources.

Our Mission

Our mission is to speak and act in partnership with others for global justice from a contemplative stance in a spirit of oneness with the whole of creation.


Directions 2017

We Presentation People embody the compassion of Jesus and Nano . We practise non-violence of mind and heart as we listen into the chaos and feel the pain of our time. We find strength in connectedness trusting that our feet know the way and our hearts carry the light.

The Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a registered Charity. Charity Registered Number: 20002190