The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations yesterday recommended 40 organizations for special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, and deferred action on the status of 62 others, as it continued its resumed session for 2015. Among the 40 organizations recommended by the Committee is the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM), a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public charity, nonprofit and non-governmental organization incorporated in April 2012 with the New York State Department of State.
ICERM’s mission is to develop alternative methods of preventing, resolving, and educating people about inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in countries around the world. Working with the State of New York residents and diaspora associations, national governments, judiciary, schools, community leaders, religious groups, peace advocates, media, local, regional and international organizations, etc., ICERM fosters a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapid response projects.
Committed to creating a new world characterized by peace, irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences, the organization strongly believes that the use of mediation and dialogue in preventing and resolving ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world is the key to creating sustainable peace.
The 19-member Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations vets applications submitted by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), recommending general, special or roster status on the basis of such criteria as the applicant’s mandate, governance and financial regime. Organizations enjoying general and special status can attend meetings of the Council and issue statements, while those with general status can also speak during meetings and propose agenda items. With its special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is positioned to serve as a center of excellence in addressing ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world, facilitating peaceful settlement of disputes, and providing humanitarian support to the victims of ethnic and religious violence.
Sixty-two applications were deferred, with Committee members requesting further information from the candidates about, among other items, details of their respective organizations’ projects, partners, expenditures, sources of funding and relationship with United Nations system actors.
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations will meet again at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 28 May, to continue its session.
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