United Nations NGO
Kappa Delta Pi became affiliated with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO) within the Department of Global Communications (formerly the Department of Public Information) on January 11, 2010. While the UN’s efforts are focused on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), KDP’s primary focus is on SDG #4, Quality Education. The other SDGs include: #1 No Poverty; #2 Zero Hunger; #3 Good Health & Well Being; #5 Gender Equality; #6 Clean Water & Sanitation; #7 Affordable & Clean Energy; #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth; #9 Industry Innovation & Infrastructure; #10 Reduced Inequalities; #11 Sustainable Cities & Communities; # 12 Responsible Consumption & Protection; #13 Climate Action; #14 Life Below Water; #15 Life on Land; #16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions; #17 Partnerships for the Goals.
KDP joining the NGO community at the UN was a major step in globalizing its impact on educational settings around the world. Since establishing its first international chapter in Canada in 1981, KDP has expanded its outreach and resources to provide services to chapter counselors and members throughout the world. As an NGO affiliated with both the UN and the Committee on Teaching about the UN (CTAUN), KDP is positioned to raise awareness, enhance social justice, and collaborate for global learning and access to quality education for all.
KDP has three professional and two youth UN representative appointees. They are: Dr. Rose Cardarelli, Dr. Mubina Schroder, Mr. Mavrek Srecko, Ms. Kaitlyn Rodriquez, and one youth vacancy to be filled. The representatives participate in various UN meetings to include the General Assembly, educational conferences, seminars, and workshop. They support chapters, preservice education, and classrooms. Their goal is to keep members informed of UN activities through the Education Learning Network, Global posts, and other various forms of social media. While numerous International Days are being observed by the UN throughout the year to highlight special occasions or events, the representatives strive to share various special days applicable to education, social justice, and the environment. The representatives also are available to speak at local KDP events, and they always look forward to hearing about SDG events and activities at your schools or universities.