An Introduction to Advocacy

One of the core means of engagement of Pax Christi International has been to coordinate and represent the global peace movement on the international policy stage. For this, an advocacy strategy is being implemented with the help of working groups consisting of our members, partners and EU/UN representatives focusing on four advocacy priorities:

> Nonviolence as a style of politics for peace

> The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

> Extractivism in Latin America

> Toward a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine

Many of our advocacy actions are carried out jointly with other civil society members, including other faith based ones and through being part of networks. The capacity of the movement to be active on the international level is amplified by its considerable access to intergovernmental policy-making fora and the work of its representatives at several international organizations:

  • Pax Christi International has held special consultative status with the United Nations since 1979 in New York, Geneva and Vienna, as well as with UNESCO in Paris;
  • Pax Christi International participates in meetings of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg;
  • Pax Christi International has contacts and attends consultations with the institutions of the EU in Brussels.


At the UN in New York

  • Mary Yelenick, Main Representative
  • Elizabeth Begley, Additional Representative
  • Abigail Abysalh Metzger, Additional Representative
  • Doug Hostetter, Additional Representative
  • Marie Dennis, Additional Representative

At the UN in Geneva

  • Jonathan Frerichs, Main Representative

At the UN in Vienna

  • Elisabeth Jungmeier, Main Representative
  • Franz Schneckenleithner, Additional Representative
  • Mag. Helga Tiffinger, Additional Representative

At UNESCO in Paris

  • Ghislain Le Ray, Main Representative
  • Michel Kahla, Additional Representative

At the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

  • Alfonso Zardi, Main Representative