International Justice Peace Office

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Our Commitment

"At our Congregational Chapter, we shared dreams, diverse experiences, prayer, reflection and dialogue.  These impelled us to recognize our interconnectedness with the whole of creation, and to respond with ever greater urgency to the cry of people and the planet, seeing to realize the rights of all and to achieve gender equality.  We committed ourselves to clear strategic plans, best ministry practices, monitoring, evaluation and accountability  - Adapted from 30th Congregational Chapter Direction Statement June 2015.


"We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.  We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world unto a sustainable and resilient path.  As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind."   Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Position Papers 2018

Click here for Congregational Position Papers 2018 on Migration, Economic Justice, Girl Child, Trafficking, Prostitution, Integral Ecology.


Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration 2018

Good Shepherd contributed to the long process of developing this Global Compact.  Winifredd's Blog describes the story and its importance.

Click here - We have a ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.’ Friday, July 13


Article in 'World Mission' June 2018

'Give us today our daily bread' by Sr Winifred Doherty published in Philippines publication 'World Mission' June 2018 highlights the distinction between food security and food sovereignty.

Click here - Give us Today our Daily Bread


Statement to the 62nd Session of CSW

Written Statement to the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women March 12 -23, 2018 on the priority theme: ‘Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.’

Statement submitted October 17, 2017.  It references Good Shepherd programmes in India.

 Click here - Statement to 62nd Session of Commission on the Status of Women


Participation in global consultation on Social Protection 2017

Sister Winifred Doherty was participant in the global consultation on Social Protection and Diakonia in Sweden in 2017.  People from twenty countries gathered to discuss churches' and faith based actors' role and voice in the issue of social protection - and how they should relate this to the responsibility of States to fulfill everyone's right to social protection.    

Social protection is an essential requirement for just society for all countries, regardless of the level of economic development.  Participants recognized the primary responsibility of states to protect their citizens by promoting the common good and guaranteeing social protection floors for all.

The Statement on Theology, Tax and Social Protection

Click here to read the Statement - Diakonia in the Time of Inequality

The Film

Film:  Social Protection - Churches called to act for a Just Society                

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Film - shorter version.  Click here -


Report used by GSIJPO at UN High Level Political Forum 2017

Good Shepherd Report used by Sister Winifred Doherty at 2017 United Nations High Level Political Forum 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 

Click here - GS Report for UN HLPF 2017


1996-2016 - celebrating 20 years NGO status with the UN

On 26 April 2016 the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd celebrated 20 years of Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations (1996-2016).

All communities, agencies and units are invited to join the Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) in celebrating this event throughout the year.



The purpose of this affiliation is to further our mission of reconciliation, particularly in its orientation toward girls and women. Through this means of collaboration we work to bring about change in whatever conditions condemn others to a marginalized life. Through our affiliation with the goals of the UN, we seek to extend mercy to the poor and to the oppressed, awakening our world to the dignity and value of each person. 



  • Geneva

  • New York

  • Vienna


For more information on the International Justice Peace Office, click here:


Click here to see the overview of the role and work of GSIJPO - 2015 Report by GSIJPO to Congregational Chapter


Click here to see the office teams



Sr Winifred Doherty


Sr Winifred Doherty, New York

Ms Cecilie Kern, New York

Ms Barbara O'Carroll, New York

Sr Hedwig Joehl, Geneva






UN Sustainable Development Goals

GSIJPO - UN UN Sustainable Development Goals

17 Goals bring together three pillars of sustainable development:

  • Social
  • Environment
  • Economic.


Values underpinning sustainable development goals:

Redistributive Justice

Economic Justice

Gender Justice

Social Justice

Environmental Justice

Accountability to people.


The Sustainable Development Goals include specific targets and indicators on ending violence against women