Global Partnership Youth Department (GPYD)

Empowering Lives. Creating Change.​

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is officially an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). The Global Partnership Youth Department in Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, while outreaching Tzu Chi’s projects that target them.

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation was bestowed as the co-chair of the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (IATF) with the endorsement of the IATF Multi-Faith Advisory Council (MFAC). CEO of Tzu Chi USA, Debra Boudreaux, shares

“We will continue to work towards these issues of climate change, food insecurity, food systems, environment and biodiversity, refugees, faith, women empowerment and more.”

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation will hold the co-chair for a period of two years.

We actively work toward SDGs set forth by the UN in 2015, in hopes of reaching them as a global community by 2030. Through our work in charity, hunger relief, medicine, education, sustainability and environmental protection, as well as global partnership, we support SDGs 1-4, 12, 13, and 17, respectively. 

We collaborate within the international community to promote grassroots empowerment, developing a more sustainable community after being impacted by disasters. With the standard humanitarian guidelines to provide food security and nutrition, WASH education & capacity, Shelter, Settlement, and Non-Food Items, and Health Action, Tzu Chi aligns itself with the Sustainable Development Goals to create a world in which the vulnerable become empowered and find the strength to help others in need, forming a cycle of compassion and gratitude.

We are recognized members of:

Tzu Chi Joins CSW March 2024

Since its accreditation to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 2010, Tzu Chi has been a longstanding participant and advocate at the annual Commission on the Status of Women(CSW).
Drawing upon its roots as a woman-founded Buddhist humanitarian aid organization, Tzu Chi has long championed service and empowerment above all.

Tzu Chi Participating in COP28

The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation participated in COP28 in the Expo City Dubai, to join in on dialogue surrounding action and collaboration.

Love & Compassion For Ukraine

Unable to bear the suffering that has resulted from conflict in Ukraine, Tzu Chi founder Dharma Master Cheng Yen has called on the people of the world to harness their compassion and turn it into action. Tzu Chi volunteers are mobilizing humanitarian relief that includes critical supplies like medicine, food, eco-blankets, living essentials, and more.


From October 21 to November 12, 2021, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) convenes in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Parties are expected to accelerate action on the goals set forth by the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC.

Ethical Eating Day

Join Tzu Chi & let’s bring awareness to the benefits of vegetarianism: It’s good for your health, but also the Earth!

Strengthening Communities in Haiti

After the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately deployed disaster relief teams. Five years later, Tzu Chi has rebuilt schools and transformed communities, creating a more sustainable future.

Empowering Communities in Sierra Leone

In 2015 Tzu Chi, in collaboration with the Healey International Relief Foundation (HIRF) and Caritas Freetown, set out to provide relief to a country devastated by the Ebola virus. Learn more about the struggles faced by Sierra Leonean people and how Tzu Chi is helping to overcome them.

Medical Aid for Refugees in Thailand

After the Bangkok Refugee Center (BRC) closed its medical center, Tzu Chi, with the support of the U.S. Bureau of Populations, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and Bangkok Asylum Seekers and Refugee Assistance Network (BASRAN), extended a helping hand to those seeking refuge in Thailand.

Relief and Recovery in Nepal

With the activation and subsequent deactivation of the UN’s Clusters, following Nepal’s devastating earthquake, Tzu Chi, too, enabled its emergency disaster relief and development systems, of which are based upon the universal humanitarian guidelines of the Sphere Project.