Since 2006, APG23 obtained the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), as a result of its work aimed to remove causes of injustice and promote human rights. The Association participates actively in the Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review, as well as in various committees and events organised by UN and its agencies. In 2009, the Association opened a permanent delegation office in Geneva.
The Association is currently present in 39 countries across five continents. Its 2000 members, of different ages and states of life, share their lives directly with the poor and the underprivileged, taking care every day for about 41,000 people. Worldwide, the Association has opened 520 centres, including 298 family homes, and runs several projects addressing the needs of vulnerable people.
The Association’s areas of intervention include: assistance, protection and reintegration of disadvantaged people (abandoned children, adults and children with disabilities, victims of domestic violence or trafficking, homeless people, Roma); drug prevention and rehabilitation of drug addicts through counselling centres, therapeutic communities, prevention and awareness raising campaigns; HIV/AIDS and malnutrition prevention and treatment; peace and nonviolence education (promotion of conscientious objection to military service and of national and international civilian service as a nonviolent alternative to the army); vocational education and training for the integration of disadvantaged people in specialised work structures; support of formal and non-formal education; food security and poverty reduction; and promotion of human rights, particularly of vulnerable and marginalised groups (children, women, indigenous peoples and people with disabilities).