With a unique, comprehensive, and coordinated approach to address ethnic and religious conflicts, ICERM was legally incorporated in April 2012 with the New York State Department of State as a nonprofit membership corporation. ICERM has been approved by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public charity, nonprofit and non-governmental organization. Contributions to ICERM are, therefore, deductible under section 170 of the Code.
The idea for ICERM was inspired during the meeting of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Basil Ugorji and his colleagues on July 30, 2010 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Speaking about conflicts, Ban Ki-moon told Basil Ugorji and his colleagues that they are leaders of tomorrow and that many people rely on their service and support to solve world problems. Ban Ki-moon stressed that young people should start doing something about world conflict now, rather than wait for others, including governments, because bigger things start from a small thing. It was this profound statement of Ban Ki-moon that inspired Basil Ugorji to conceive the idea for ICERM and he has been passionate about it since then.
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., we foster a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapid response projects.
We are committed to creating a new world characterized by peace, irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences. We strongly believe that the use of mediation in preventing and resolving ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world is the key to creating sustainable peace.
What We Do
To help prevent and resolve ethnic and religious conflicts, ICERM organizes its work into five specific programs.
(1) Research: We create and maintain a global conflict alert database and develop new conflict prevention and resolution tools. Read more…
(2) Education and Training: We educate people about ethnic and religious conflicts through the ICERM Radio project, web-based forums, conferences and publications, and we train new mediators and facilitators through classroom and e-learning modalities. Read more…
(3) Expert Consultation: We provide consultation services, monitoring and evaluation, post-conflict investigation and reporting, election observation and assistance to formal and informal leadership. Read more…
(4) Dialogue and Mediation: We faciliate communication and dialogue and assist parties to reach a mutually satisfactory solution through unbiased, culturally-sensitive, confidential, regionally-costed and expeditious processes. Read more…
(5) Rapid Response Projects: We provide moral and material support to the victims of ethnic and religious conflicts. Read more…
ICERM’s Strategic Goals
- To develop alternative methods of resolving ethnic and religious conflicts
- To foster the culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups
- To prevent and resolve ethnic and religious conflicts
- To support sustainable peace and democracy
- To save lives
To learn more about the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, please visit our official website: http://www.icermediation.org.