International Movement of Catholic Students – Pax Romana
United Nations Task Team
Terms of Reference
Paris, 19 September 2016
The International Movement of Catholic of Students – Pax Romana (IMCS) has a long history of advocacy and activism at the United Nations (UN). From the earliest days of movement’s involvement in the UN, IMCS has mobilized its members around critical intergovernmental processes that have had wide reaching impact on policy at all levels of governance. Now, the UN Advocacy Team of IMCS is heavily engaged in a number of platforms and spaces for youth-led organizations, namely the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO). Through these platforms, the UN Advocacy Team is working in partnership with other youth-led and youth-serving movements, as well as likeminded NGOs, to ensure that social justice and human rights are the cornerstones of the policy frameworks adopted by Member States of the UN.
As the IMCS UN Advocacy Team enters a new phase of involvement in the UN, primarily by playing a central role in youth advocacy around sustainable development processes like the High Level Political Forum on the SDGs (HLPF), the World Humanitarian Summit Global Youth Compact, the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), and the follow-up and reviews processes of a number of other key global frameworks, the International Team (IT) of IMCS seeks to expand the involvement of members at the regional and national levels as to further mobilize IMCS students to take their messages and advocacy to the UN.
The IMCS UN Task Team (UNTT), will bring together the IMCS UN Advocacy Team with members of the movement eager to engage in policy advocacy at the global level. The UNTT will not only help bolster the work of the UN Advocacy Team, it will help bring awareness to the national movements of the work being done on their behalf in international organizations like the UN. It is an opportunity to further enrich the advocacy of the UN Advocacy Team through grassroots involvement, while also nurturing a greater understanding of the UN and global advocacy of the movement among members on the ground.
Organization of the UNTT
The UNTT will be curated and administered by the IT in Paris, bringing together three distinct groups that will ultimately form the three parts of the whole of the UNTT:
- The UN Advocacy Team;
- The UN Support Group;
- The Core Group.
The UN Advocacy Team will continue to play the primary advocacy role at the UN, representing the movement and interfacing directly with the UN System. The UN Support Group will consist of young people with a strong knowledge of the UN System, but may not necessarily come from an IMCS national movement or regional coordination. The members of this group will be made up of friends of the movement who are trusted by the UN Advocacy Team and the IT, and who seek to lend their expertise to the work of UNTT as a whole. Finally, the Core Group will consist of the members of IMCS coming from the national movements or regional coordinations with a keen interest in the UN and in supporting the work of the UN Advocacy Team.
The UN Advocacy Team and the UN Support Group will not have a limit on their numbers, but the Core Group will consist of not more than ten (10) members, taking into consideration regional and gender balance. These ten members of the Core Group will have equal roles in the work of the UNTT and can volunteer for work as their time permits. Nevertheless, each member must undertake responsibilities pertaining to the work of the movement in the UN in order to maintain good standing in the UNTT and continue to function as a member with all the privileges and opportunities related to it. the global advocacy of IMCS with the local advocacy of the national movements. The responsibilities of the UNTT will include:
- Providing support to the UN Advocacy Team throughout its engagement in intergovernmental
Role of the UNTT
The UNTT will help bolster the work of the IMCS UN Advocacy Team while also providing a link between processes at the UN;
- Providing grassroots insights into the advocacy positions of the UN Advocacy Team;
- Bringing the advocacy messages of IMCS at the UN back to the national movements;
- Engaging in relevant regional and national meetings on behalf of IMCS in collaboration with the UN Advocacy Team;
- Expanding the partnerships of IMCS around UN advocacy at regional and local levels.
Selection of the Members of the UNTT
The members of the UN Support Group will be chosen as follows:
- Friends of the movement with a strong knowledge of the UN System and the relevant platforms in which IMCS engages will be invited to participate in the work UNTT, be given a global mandate from IMCS, and provide support to the work of IMCS in the context of the UN.
- The invitation to participate in the UNTT will be based on a joint decision by the IT and the UN Advocacy Team.
The members of the Core Group will be chosen as follows:
- A global call will be shared with the regional coordinations and national movements of IMCS requesting individual members to apply to join the Core Group of the UNTT.
- The UN Advocacy Team and the IT will review the applications and select the members of the Core Group.
- Those selected to join the UNTT will then be notified that their applications have been successful and be invited to join the UNTT.
- National movements will be notified of any selection made from among their membership.
Methods of Work
The UNTT will work primarily through online meetings. Once the UNTT is established, it will have an initial coordination call and then have monthly update calls to make sure tasks are being completed. Tasks for the UNTT will be crafted by the UN Advocacy Team in consultation with the UN Support Group and the IT. It is then the responsibility of these groups to build the capacity of the members of the Core Group so they may carry out their tasks and bring their valuable expertise to the global advocacy work of the movement.
In terms of the online meetings, each meeting will have one chair. The initial coordination call will be chaired by a member of the UN Advocacy Team and subsequent meetings will be chaired by a member of each group of the UNTT on a rotating basis. The groups will select from among its members the chair of the upcoming meeting of which it is responsible. The chair of the meeting will have the following responsibilities:
- Setting the date and time of the online meeting;
- Organizing the online meeting;
- Appointing the note taker(s) for the meeting;
- Chairing the meeting itself;
- Sharing the outcomes and action items from the meeting with the other members of the UNTT and the IT.
When possible, and when funding allows, the UNTT will have a face to face meeting that includes the IT to further accomplish the tasks set out in this document. The location, date, and agenda of the meeting will be set by the UNTT as a whole taking into consideration the cost, convenience, and accessibility of a location.
These Terms of Reference may be amended, as and when necessary, by the UNTT as a whole through consensus.
All candidates interested should fill the form HERE and send before the 30 of April. More informations will be send after that.