The National Federation of Music Clubs has been affiliated with the United Nations since 1949 and was the first music organization invited to be a part of the Department of Public Information (now the Department of Global Communications). NFMC and her members are committed to implementing strategies and programs of action that will support the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We are committed as individuals and as an organization to making our world a more just, equitable and healthy place to live, learn and grow.
In October of 1945 representatives from 51 nations ratified the United Nations Charter emphasizing a commitment to connecting civil society worldwide. In 1946 the UN General Assembly established the Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI/NGO) through resolution 13. The stated goal of the DPI was and is, “to promote global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations.” In 1949 the National Federation of Music Clubs was accredited by the UN as a Non-Governmental Organization and was the first music organization associated with the Department of Public Information.
There are currently over 1300 NGOs associated with the United Nations DPI.
The NFMC provides this outline as an NGO:
There are many ways NFMC members can be involved with the work done by the United Nations.
All members of NFMC can request information about the UN and the work of the representative. We not only occupy a place of honor by being accredited at the UN, but have an obligation to work with it in pursuit of its goals – a peaceful planet, mindful of its vulnerability to misinformation and/or no information. We can help. The UN Charter and our own Charter are there to affirm the role.