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Continuing Resumed Session, Non-Governmental Organizations Committee Recommends Consultative Status to 46 Entities, Defers Action on 85 Others

Engineering Association for Development and Environment (Iraq);Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (United States); Research Institute for Japan`s Globalization (Japan); Dialogue with Non-Governmental Organizations The Committee postponed action on the application of the following groups: Labdaros ir paramos fondas “Nevyriausybinių organizacijų informacijos ir paramos centras” (Lithuania) — as the Russian Federation’s representative requested details on how it intends to ensure its role in coordinating other organizations, and how the membership process works; while the representative of China asked it to clarify the decision-making process; Stichting Fibree (Malta); Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (India) — as Pakistan’s representative requested information on its human rights projects; Fn-Sambandet i Norge (Norway) — as Türkiye’s representative requested details on its activities in 2021; Policy Studies Organization (United States) — as the Russian Federation’s representative requested a list of countries where it is active. Aliança Nacional LGBTI (Brazil) — as the Russian Federation’s representative asked why 97 per cent of its income was spent on a single project; Nagrik Foundation (India) — as the representative of Pakistan requested the organization to clarify inconsistencies in its budget; and Nouveau Point De Vue (NPDV) (France); Examination of Requests for Consultative Status Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) (Malaysia) — as the representative of Israel asked for details on a financing gap; Human Welfare Charitable Trust (India); The Committee can recommend three different consultative statuses to the Council:  general, special and roster. Association des Marocains victimes d’expulsion arbitraire de l’Algérie (Morocco) — as the representative of Nicaragua asked if the organization is independent from its donors; International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (Canada) — as the representative of Nicaragua requested a list of its members be sent to the Committee; Help in Need (Pakistan) — as Pakistan’s representative asked about its member organizations; The Committee will continue the work of its resumed session at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 31 August. Life of the Children (Republic of Korea); International Center for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Multigenerational Trauma Inc. (United States) — as the Russian Federation’s representative requested details on its international activities; Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute (India); and Street Salvation Ministries, Inc. (United States) Nithyananda Foundation (India) — as the representative of the United States asked how it is separate from Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam (India) and Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam TCD Trust (India); SEN Slovensko a Cesko (Slovakia); Child Nurture and Relief Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir) — as India’s representative asked it to correct the name of its place of origin and the citizenship of its members; The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations recommended that the Economic and Social Council grant special consultative status to the following entities: Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of Houston (United States) — as the representative of the United States asked the organization to clarify its relationship with Swami Nithyananda who has faced charges in India for kidnapping and other abuse; “The Awakening” A Society for Social & Cultural Development (Pakistan) — as the representative of Pakistan asked for details on its activities; Human Rights Protection Organization (Pakistan) — as Pakistan’s representative asked for details on its legal assistance project; Den Norske Helsingforskomité (Norway) — as China’s representative requested details on its work and collaboration with United Nations agencies; Chinese Culture Promotion Society (China) — as the representative of the United States asked it to explain how it managed to close its budget shortfall in 2017; Association Achbal Maroc culturelle et artistique (Morocco) — as the Russian Federation’s representative requested further information on its international activities; Organization of female conscience renewal (Morocco) — as the representative of India requested details about its activities on women’s empowerment in the last five years, as well its latest audited financial statement; Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), Inc. (Philippines) — as China’s representative asked if it works with a team to verify the accuracy of data it collects in the field; The Committee then postponed action on the application of the following groups: Korea Leaders Forum : Caring and Serving People (Republic of Korea); Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage (India); The Friendship League of Culture and Sport (Israel) — as Nicaragua’s representative asked how it guarantees its independence when most of its funds come from Government sources; Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam (India) — as India’s representative requested clarification on a sole trustee; Nithya Annamandir Trust (India) — as the representative of India requested a legal document concerning a trustee; Pak Special Persons Welfare Society (Pakistan) — as India’s representative requested details on its 40 members; Among those NGOs recommended for special consultative status included were a number that work to promote the rights of vulnerable populations and groups.  Images For Inclusion Inc., created in 2017 and based in the United States, undertakes the mission to combine photography and philanthropy to benefit of children, women and vulnerable indigenous peoples who suffer from material deprivation and limited social participation.  It strives to visually expose their socioeconomic, cultural and political disadvantages through photo exhibitions, and provides them with opportunities and resources to promote their social inclusion. Stichting Power To Win (Netherlands); Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente/International Institute for Law and the Environment (Spain); Global Forum for the Defence of the Less Privileged (GFDLP) (Cameroon); Fondacioni “Yesilay” (Albania) — as the representative of Greece requested information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its activities, and if there were any projects planned for the recovery period; Chanan Development Association (Pakistan) — as Pakistan’s representative requested details on which regions the organization is active; Diplomatic Mission Peace And Prosperity (Albania) — as Greece’s representative asked for information on activities in 2022 and 2023; Human Rights Activists (United States) — as the Russian Federation’s representative requested information on whether it maintain partnerships in foreign countries, including Iran; Humanitarian Aid International (India) — as the representative of Pakistan requested information on channels or modes for crowdfunding activities; Fundación Venezolana por el Derecho a la Vivienda (Venezuela) — as the representative of the United States requested details on its real estate project; L’union marocaine des conseils et association de la société civile (Morocco) — as Nicaragua’s representative requested it to specify its leaders; Model European Parliament Italia (Italy); Rescue: Freedom International (United States) — as the representative of India requested it to provide criteria on how partners organizations are determined, and for details on expenditures on special projects and sources of funding; Rick Hansen Foundation (Canada) — as China’s representative requested that it correct a reference to Taiwan and refer to it as a province of China; Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam TCD Trust (India) — as the representative of the United States requested how it is separate from Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam (India); Another group recommended was the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (Australia), which aims to advance and protect the interests and human rights of persons with disabilities among asylum-seekers, migrants and refugees.  Created in 1995, the organization also aims to contribute to the work of Council and its subsidiary bodies by implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Australia, focusing on the development of its particular focus group:  people with disabilities from immigrant backgrounds who are most often in the grip of poverty. Afghanistan Green Crescent Organization (Afghanistan) — as the representative of Greece asked for its membership list; Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (India). Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (Egypt) — as Türkiye’s representative asked it to specify the nature of its relations with the other partner organizations; Women Islamic Lawyers’ Forum (Pakistan) — as Israel’s representative requested details on its budget; Lanka Fundamental Rights Organization (Sri Lanka); Canadian Medical Association (Canada); Special Consultative Status ReflectUS (United States); Mentor Amiable Professional Society (Pakistan) — as the representative of India asked which Government campaigns it has participated in during the past five years; Mukti (India); Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam Temple & Cultural Center (United States) — as the representative of the United States asked the organization to clarify its relationship with Swami Nithyananda who has faced charges in India for kidnapping and other abuse; OxYGen Foundation for Protection of Women and Youth Rights (Armenia) — as Türkiye’s representative asked for clarification on its affiliations with other organizations; National Ethnic Disability Alliance Incorporated (Australia); Manitoba Council for International Co-operation, Inc. (Canada); Dialogue & Development Forum (Yemen) — as Bahrain’s representative requested its financial details for 2020 and 2021; Workers Center for Racial Justice, NFP (United States); India Youth For Society (India) — as Pakistan’s representative asked the organization to list non-violence projects planned for youth and students; Images For Inclusion Inc (United States); Stella’s Girls, Inc (United States); Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (China) — as the representative of the United States asked why the staff budget has fluctuated; Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam of Phoenix (United States) — as the representative of the United States asked the organization to clarify its relationship with Swami Nithyananda who has faced charges in India for kidnapping and other abuse; Girija Prasad Koirala Foundation for Democracy Peace and Development (Nepal) — as India’s representative said he awaited details on its international activities; Incentive Care Foundation (Pakistan) — as India’s representative requested its audited financial statements for 2020 and 2021; Arab Organization for Arabization and Communication (Morocco) — as the representative of Bahrain requested it to provide its financial statements for the past two years; Les Caribous Libérés (France); Inner Trip Reiyukai International (United States); The Pakistan Press Foundation (Pakistan) — as the representative of Pakistan asked for a breakdown on the 9.2 million rupees received from each of three entities; National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Inc. (United States); Bureau international des droits des enfants / International Bureau for Children’s Rights (Canada); Swedish Organization for Global Health (Sweden); Stichting Deltares (Netherlands) — as the representative of China requested that Taiwan be referred to as a province of China; Uluslararası Yardımlaşma ve Kalkındırma Derneği (Türkiye) — as the representative of Israel asked about government funding in the budget and in what proportion; Sri Lankan Youth Organization Inc. (United States); Baghbaan (Pakistan) — as India’s representative requested details on a project associated with Australia; Anukulan (India); Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (Pakistan) — as Pakistan’s representative asked if the organization should be registered under the society registration act; Mumbai Smiles Foundation (India) — as Pakistan’s representative asked if the organization has sufficient membership for its work, or relies on volunteers; Association de la femme saharienne pour le développement intégré (Morocco) — as Nicaragua’s representative requested that it specify the purpose of its projects for women, as well as its budget; Human Rights Protection Group and MFP Federation (India) — as the representative of India requested further information on the “green phone” initiative and its impact; Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (Denmark) — as Israel’s representative questioned its independence as it receives a large part of its funding from the Government; Fondation Youya pour promouvoir l’excellence en la jeunesse africaine (Morocco) — as Nicaragua’s representative asked if it has no fixed headquarters, how it can function; Direct Focus Community Aid (Pakistan) — as Pakistan’s representative asked if the organization has links with the Government; General status is reserved for large international NGOs whose fields of activity cover the majority of activities in the Council agenda, and its subsidiary bodies.  These NGOs are authorized to submit written communications and petitions to the Council, and to propose the inclusion of items on the agenda.  Special consultative status is granted to organizations working in a specific field and authorizes them to submit written communications and petitions.  Roster status is accorded to NGOs working in a more technical and/or restricted way. Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (China) — as the representative of the United States asked for details on the role Government officials play in its activities; Asociación Civil Grupo SURES (Venezuela) — as the representative of the United States requested details on its project to create a legal clinic; True Ways International Inc. (United States); AKAHATÁ Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidad y Géneros Asociación Civil (Argentina) — as the Russian Federation’s representative requested information on its work with the Human Rights Council; Institute for Integrated Rural Development (India) — as Pakistan’s representative requested information on contradictory statements on its financial links with the Government; National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Japan (Japan) — as China’s representative requested the organization to correct its list of partners and refer to Taiwan as a province of China; General Union of Arab Experts (Morocco) — as India’s representative requested a list of the organization’s experts, and information on its fields of activity; Lanka Fundamental Rights Organization (Sri Lanka), created in 2018, works to help children who cannot go to school due to financial difficulties, as well as those who are bullied.  It further promotes health education, organizes medical camps and assists communities in preserving drinking groundwater, while ensuring adequate transport for children and elders.  In addition, the NGO intends to ensure the planting of one million trees and to support the creation of social enterprises. Populous Education Foundation (India) — as Pakistan’s representative requested information on the organization’s revenue-generating activities; Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (Japan); Association for Social Solidarity and Empowerment Training Trust (ASSET) (India) — as Pakistan’s representative asked if it received local funding; Centre for Participatory Democracy (India) — as India’s representative asked for information on beneficiaries, as well as its project budget; The 19-member Committee considers applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification submitted by non-governmental organizations (NGOs).   Once an application has been reviewed and approved by the Committee, it is considered recommended for consultative status.  Organizations which were granted 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.  Organizations with roster status can only attend meetings. Warming Hands (Republic of Korea); New York University (United States) — as China’s representative requested that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau not be listed as countries, but as provinces of China; Nithya Annamandir Trust (India) — as India’s representative requested information on trustees, as well as a list of its affiliated organizations. Pouya Institute for Communications and Social Development (Iran) — as the representative of the United States requested substantive information on recruitment practices and membership fees; and International Assembly of Roma (United States); Gazze Destek Association (Türkiye) — as Israel’s representative requested an explanation of a discrepancy between the funds received and the expenses incurred; Environmental and Societal Development Foundation (Pakistan) — as India’s representative requested details on projects and funding; Nithyanandeshwar Devasthanam Trust (India) — as the representative of the United States asked how it is separate from Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam (India) and Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam TCD Trust (India) and Nithyananda Foundation (India); Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. (United States); Lahore Educational and Welfare Society (Pakistan) — as India’s representative requested details on its projects; Pro Rural (India) — as the representative of Pakistan asked for details on the organization’s plans for promoting peace and development through conflict transformation training. Instituto Campanha Nacional pelo Direito à Educação (Brazil); Organization Tamaynut (Morocco) — as India’s representative requested details on the nature of its funding; Belarus Fund of Peace (Belarus) — as the representative of the United States requested details on the organization’s financial status and personnel; Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies Inc. (United States); National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Inc. (United States); International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation (CCTT) (Switzerland) — as the representative of the United States requested what fees are charged, and what members expect in return for their support of the organization; Nithya Gnanadhan Trust (India) — as India’s representative asked who controls the organization’s Internet domain; The representative of Parlamento Internacional para los Derechos Humanos (PIDH) (Venezuela) explained that the NGO is now present in 34 countries, where it fights for the human rights of migrants or migrants in detention.  The representative of Cuba requested information on its ties to the Governments of the United States and countries in the region.  Nicaragua’s representative asked how the organization contributes to the work of the Council.  The Russian Federation’s representative requested how the organization is able to carry out its work on 0. Caritas India (India); Global Village Forum Chakwal c/o Shaheen Degree College Chappar Bazar Chakwal (Pakistan) — as India’s representative requested budget details; The Aspen Institute, Inc. (United States) — as the Russian Federation’s representative asked why that organization had not responded in time to questions from the Committee during the last two sessions; China’s representative also requested details of its plans in South-East Asia; and Cuba’s representative asked for details on its activities in Latin America; Interpol Center (United Kingdom); Saving the Nations Ministries International (United States); During its resumed 2022 session today, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations recommended that the Economic and Social Council grant special consultative status to 46 entities, while deferring action on 85 others — with delegates requesting that they provide additional information on their financial statements, present or past activities, or guarantees of how they maintain independence when using Government funds. The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (United States) — as China’s representative asked if it had received Government funds in recent years; while Cuba’s representative asked why it only accept funds from the United States Government and not from other Governments; Association for Promoting Sustainability in Campuses and Communities (India); WeYouth (Tunisia) — as the representative of Israel requested clarification on contradictory references that it receives no Government funding, but that most of its income stems from a Government agency; Dhyana Peetha Charitable Trust (India) — as the representative of the United States requested details on how it carries out activities, and how it intends to contribute to the work of the Council; Seton Hall University (United States); Jan Lok Kalyan Parishad (India) — as the representative of Pakistan requested details on its cooperation with international partners;

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