Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers) was created in 1998 by the International Dominican Justice and Peace Commission and was endorsed by the General Council of the Order of Preachers as a permanent presence of the Order at the United Nations.
“Dominicans for Justice and Peace” (Order of Preachers) represents the Dominican Order at the United Nations (UN). Since only Non-Governmental Associations (NGOs) are allowed to gain accreditation in the UN, this NGO was created in 1998 by the International Dominican Justice and Peace Commission and endorsed by the General Council of the Order as a Permanent Delegation of the Order at the UN, with its seat in Geneva. Dominicans for Justice and Peace obtained official recognition when it was granted Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC) in 2002.
Overall, the Delegation is dedicated to the promotion of the Good News of justice and peace in the world, proclaimed by Jesus Christ and concretised in the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church, as an integral element of the Order’s mission to preach the Truth. With a presence in over 120 countries, Dominicans are involved in many fields of action related to justice and peace, such as : struggles against land grabbing and pollution by multinationals or large industries, defence of indigenous rights, support for vulnerable or street children, refugees and people displaced by war, struggles against corruption, prostitution and trafficking in persons, empowerment of women, advocacy for demilitarisation, for the environment and sustainable development…
In this context, the Delegation is motivated by the desire to incarnate Christ by supporting these engagements and by deepening the commitment of Dominicans in finding peaceful solutions to conflicts, in addressing the root causes of contemporary challenges, in promoting and protecting the human rights of all, and in bringing justice to people whose rights have been violated.
The Delegation tries to achieve this by:
- Engaging Dominicans worldwide at all levels in the work of the UN by facilitating their participation in UN meetings and mechanisms and encouraging collaboration with other civil society actors, in order to increase their interest in, and commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights;
- Supporting Dominican commitments on the ground for victims of human rights violations by raising these cases at the international level;
- Providing, as a civil society actor, a Dominican contribution to the strengthening of the UN human rights mechanisms as well as to the reflections around human rights issues.