The World Federation of Methodist Women in partnership with the Woman’s Division of the Board of Mission of the Methodist Church had an United Nations Intern Program from 1967 to 1972. A Federation intern spent one year at the Methodist Office for the UN in New York, learning about the UN, working with the UN Seminar Program and sharing with the Federation UN concerns for women and children, war and peace.
From 1972 to 1981 the Program enabled teams representing several Areas of the Federation to attend meetings and conferences organized by the United Nations. The World Council of Churches extended its NGO accreditation for the teams to attend these UN events. In 1980 the World Federation team attended the Mid-Decade Conference United Nations on Women in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 1983 the World Federation was granted its own NGO Representation at the United Nations, in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC. The Federation is also a member of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO) and Renate Bloem, the Federation’s NGO Representative in Geneva, has been the President of the CONGO since 2000.