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CUA Law Professor Lucia Silecchia recently began service as an Expert of the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York where she will be assisting on matters relating to the elderly and to environmental matters.    See Below 

Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission

The Holy See Mission at the United Nations in New York follows attentively and with interest the work of the United Nations Organization. In this forum, the Holy See Mission communicates the centuries’ experience of the Catholic Church to humanity, and places this experience at the disposal of the United Nations to assist it in its realization of peace, justice, human dignity and humanitarian cooperation and assistance.

The experience and activity of the Holy See is directed towards attaining freedom for every believer and seeks to increase the protection of the rights of every person, rights which are grounded and shaped by the transcendent nature of the person, which permit men and women to pursue their journey of faith and their search for God in this world.

In its activities at the United Nations, the Holy See Mission works to advance freedom of religion and respect for the sanctity of all human life - from conception to natural death - and thus all aspects of authentic human development including, for example, marriage and family, the primary role of parents, adequate employment, solidarity with the poor and suffering, ending violence against women and children, poverty eradication, food, basic healthcare and education.

Professor Silecchia recently began her work by attending the United Nations Forum on Forests Working Group and Special Session and the start of the Seventh United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Ageing. 

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for information regarding the United Nations Forum on Forests and here for the Group on Ageing. 

Lucia Silecchia  

Professor Lucia Ann Silecchia's
Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law and Ethics

Catholic Social Thought and the Law

Elder Law and Estate Planning

Legal Writing

For additional information about our professors' areas of speciality, see the Catholic University Experts page.