Viktoriia Brezheniuk

May, 2014 to September, 2014

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.