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Promoting United Nations goals with ACWW

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organisation promoting international co-operation. Established in 1945 after World War II, the UN started with 51 member states (now 193) and its primary goal was to prevent conflict.

Its objectives have changed over the years and include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.

It is through the membership of Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) that the QCWA contributes more broadly to the UN’s goals.

QCWA Branch members demonstrate support for UN objectives by observing and celebrating designated UN days, years, or decades, such as UN International Women’s Day (8th March), UN International Rural Women’s Day (15 October), and UN International Day of Peacekeepers (29 May).

The QCWA is currently focused on the UN Decade of Family Farming (2019-2029).

Branches and Divisions host International functions and events, which helps to raise funds to support QCWA International projects, particularly in the South Pacific Area.


  • Holds consultative status with UN economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
  • ACWW is committed to achievement of SDGs including climate change, economic equality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace, and justice.
  • ACWW UN Committee is formed of interested ACWW Members and reports and communicates to the Board on current UN issues. ACWW UN Committee Chairman is elected and a Board Member of ACWW.
  • The ACWW UN Chariman publishes reports and presents updates on projects in ACWW The Countrywoman magazine.

The QCWA would like to thank the following for their valued support.

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