UN Affiliation


The BARKA Foundation is a UN-affiliated NGO with the Department of Public Information (UN PDI NGO).

BARKA also has Special Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Affairs Division (ECOSOC).

We honor and observe several special days in the UN calendar including:

  • International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, February 6
  • International Women’s Day, March 8
  • World Water Day, March 22
  • Earth Day, April 22
  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9
  • International Day of Peace, September 21
  • Global Handwashing Day, October 15
  • World Toilet Day, November 19


BARKA is currently looking for a volunteer UN representative and a youth representative (18-30).

UN Reps located near UN headquarters in New York City attend weekly NGO Briefings at the United Nations and help to develop BARKA’s solidarity partner network.

UN Reps also help BARKA to develop relations and programs with UN agencies on the ground in Burkina Faso, which can be done from anywhere in the world or in Burkina Faso.

Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved.

“BARKA’s work resonates strongly with the work of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The Permanent Forum has repeatedly called for the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in designing, implementing and monitoring MDG/SDG related programs and projects. Indigenous peoples are the custodians of some of the most biologically diverse areas of the world. They have an amazing amount of traditional knowledge about their environment which is transferred from one generation to the next, and this knowledge is essential for the success and sustainability of development projects aimed at achieving the Development Goals.”

Elsa Stamatopoulou, Chief, Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues