VIVAT International focuses on issues dealing with human rights particularly in the areas of women, poverty eradication, sustainable development, and the culture of peace.
VIVAT International has the following goals:
- To engage in advocacy and lobbying on issues of human rights, justice and peace at the headquarters of the United Nations (New York) and its Regional Offices and Desks in Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas;
- To promote networking and awareness raising among VIVAT members through the sharing and distribution of information on our areas of focus;
- To glean the grassroots experiences and insights from its members and bring these to the attention of others, particularly the United Nations;
- To provide a liaison for networking and collaboration with other agencies and NGOs;
We recognize that these goals are compatible with the work of the United Nations for human rights, peace, and development. We also recognize that the United Nations is an important forum for collaboration with others in the world who share these goals. We, therefore, seek to work together with the United Nations, as well as with other agencies and NGOs.
We believe that the presence and long term experience of our members, in many and varied situations in the world, is an important resource for achieving these goals.