ACEI's United Nations Representatives
ACEI has Consultative Status at the United Nations and membership in the NGO Committee on UNICEF.
ACEI UN representatives attend annual UN Department of Public Information (DPI) conferences, participate in Working Groups affiliated with the NGO Committee on UNICEF, and attend annual conferences sponsored by the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN). Additionally, ACEI representatives attend educational events at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S.A., and in Geneva, Switzerland.
ACEI’s UN Representatives are committed to promoting the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We are pleased to have three individuals who act as our UN representatives, two in Geneva, Switzerland, and one in New York, USA.
Cassandre Guibord Cyr
Cassandre is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Cassandre has a master's degree in Political Science from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her background is in international relations and the United Nations. She is very familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through her work with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. Cassandra also specialized in youth, education, and human rights policy—particularly in terms of gender-based rights frameworks.
Justine Heckmann graduated in 2014 from the French school SciencesPo. Specialized in economic development and international cooperation, she always oriented her work toward the respect of human rights and particularly child rights. Being a person curious, with the tremendous wish to meet new countries, cultures and people, she worked for NGOs in Bolivia and Canada before getting settle in Geneva. She began in 2014 by one year within UNDP before integrating the organization Terre des Hommes Suisse in which she is working today as assistant of the international sector. She is as well representative for ACEI in Geneva since the month of August 2016 and then she participates among others to some sessions of the Human Rights Council and meetings organized by the important network Child Rights Connect.
In New York:
Elisabeth Shuman is a member of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee where she currently serves as Treasurer, chairs the Future Conferences Sub-Committee, and also serves on the Outreach Sub-Committee whose main purpose is to network and communicate with CSO organization in the Global South. Additionally, she serves on the advisory board of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, which works to uphold the rights of children everywhere.
She has taught in New York City private schools, provided educational counseling service to child-focused agencies, and managed SOS Children’s Villages International’s Student Program for scholarship students from developing countries.
She grew up in Austria, where she attended the University of Innsbruck, but has lived in the United States most of her adult life. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, a cellist.
As the mother of two children, she holds a deep conviction that each child is precious and deserves our respect and protection.