About

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council of North and South America (GoArch at UN) at the United Nations is a pan-Orthodox effort of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America under the direction of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.  GoArch at UN has been an accredited Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the UN since 1985.  As a member of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and a General Consultative member of ECOSOC, GOAC assigns representatives to participate in meetings and advocacy.


Mission

Our mission is to be a voice for the voiceless, an advocate for the oppressed, and an avenue for peace.  These three components are achieved through awareness campaigns, policy interventions, and peace initiatives.


People

 

Nicholas Anton, Director, Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumencial and Interfaith Relations

A Chicago native, Nicholas Anton earned a BA (Hellenic College), M.Div. (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology), and MA in Pastoral Ministry/Conflict Transformation (Boston College). After serving as the Coordinator of UN Programs for four and a half years, he was appointed Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 2018. During his time at the UN, he served on the Steering Committee of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons and chaired the Human Right to Water and Sanitaiton sub-committee of the NGO Mining Working Group. He represents the Archdiocese on the board of Creation Justice Ministries, the Secretariat of the Assembly of Bishops USA, and as a delegate to the National Council of Churches as well as other ecumenical and interfaith groups. He helped organize the first Halki Summit in 2012 and served as the Secretary of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Green Attica Symposium in 2019. While serving the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Nicholas realized the need for cross-sector collaboration towards achieving a peaceful and sustainable world. Inspired by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s ability to bridge these demographics, he has dedicated his life to witnessing Christ’s love through faith-based diplomacy and advocacy.

Lila Prounis, Founder & Advisor

Lila Jentiles Prounis was a former Program officer of the Voice of America. Her program “Merlin the Storyteller”, which had thousands of listeners in South Asia, won the Ohio State University Award for Excellence in Radio. A graduate of Hunter College, she received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Ancient Greek. She was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame in 2014.She received her MA in Public Law and Government from Columbia University in 1950, where she specialized in International Law and Relations. She also worked towards her doctorate in the same field, completing her courses and qualifying exams. After her marriage to Theodore Prounis and becoming the mother of Othon and Amelia, she devoted her life to philanthropic, international, and civic causes. In 1979, Mrs. Prounis was one of the first six women elected to the all-male Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council and has been its United Nations Representative since 1979. In this capacity, she obtained Consultative Status accreditation for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council to the UN Economic and Social Council. She has presented oral and written statements to the UN Commission on Social Development, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, the UN Human Rights Commission (Geneva), the UN Conference on Disarmament and Development, and the International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Vienna.  She attended the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. She has interacted with diplomats and NGO’s to achieve passage of the Declaration on the Elimination of Religious Intolerance, the International year of the Family, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She has received the Medal of Freedom from the Greek Government and received the Recognition Award for Distinguished Service from the Council of Churches of the City of New York.

Spyridoula Fotinis, Coordinator of Programs

Spyridoula Fotinis earned her BA from CUNY - The City College of New York in International Studies and Sociology. Spyridoula was actively involved in Orthodox Christian Fellowship locally and nationally as the Northeast Regional Student Leader and the Public Relations Student Leader in addition to being a YES (Youth Equipped to Serve) Leader for FOCUS North America. She interned for the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations and served as the Assistant Secretary for the Green Attica Symposium. Spyridoula recently joined the Department as the Coordinator of Programs and has joined the NGO Working Group to End Homelessness at the United Nations. She is passionate about serving others in a way that recognizes each person’s unique humanity as icons of Christ.