I was privileged to serve as an intern with the United Nations Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGO) Relations and Advocacy Section of the Department of Public Information
(DPI) from May to September 2014.
NGO Relations acts as a liaison between the United Nations and NGOs and other civil
society organizations. I was involved in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of NGO
Relations and provided various substantive and logistical support in the planning of NGO
briefings. I drafted invitations, letters, programmes and website summaries, managed the DPI
NGO Resource Center and maintained DPI NGO associated databases.
In addition to working on the briefings, I played an active role in the planning in the 65th
Annual Department of Public Information (DPI)/ Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)
Conference held on 27-29 August at United Nations Headquarters. In particular, I acted as a
focal point for coordinating volunteers, note-takers, interpreters and CART providers, assisted
with the organization of Conference workshops, reception and exhibits, as well as served as
member of the team that initiated and developed the first UN DPI Youth Bloggers Programme.
In addition, I was tasked with negotiating sponsorship opportunities with prospective donors,
mainly UN Permanent Missions, which was a challenging and rewarding experience.
The conference that drew record attendance of over 2200 representatives from an
estimated 700 NGOs became an effective platform for civil society voices to be heard at the
United Nations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It provided a unique opportunity to
collaborate with UN Member State Delegations, NGO/DPI Executive Committee, DPI NGO
Youth Representatives, United Nations sister Agencies and Programmes and the many
volunteers while learning about the inner workings of the Organization.
Upon the completion of the internship, I continued my engagement with the DPI NGO
team, serving as a youth representative for the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s
Organizations, a DPI-associated NGO representing a spectrum of 27 women’s organizations in
17 countries on four continents. I am determined to continue my engagement with the United
Nations, as it provides a wide range of opportunities for civil society to get their voices heard and
make an impact with the support of the international community.