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Call for Participants: 68th DPI NGO Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 26-28, 2019

The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is looking for participants to attend the 68th DPI NGO Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 26-28, 2019. Individuals interested in attending the conference, are requested to send their resume and letter of intent by May 24, 2019.  Please send the e-mail to both individuals below:
Behram Pastakia (bpastakia@
Afreed Mistry (mistry.afreed@

While FEZANA, as an NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC]  and the  Department of Public Information (DPI), will facilitate registration to the Conference, the selected participants are expected to make their own financial arrangements regarding visas, tickets, accommodation, food, and transportation in the city.  Details about the vision, mission and activities of the United Nations can be accessed at

Afreed Mistry
Behram Pastakia
Co-Chairs, FEZANA UN-NGO Committee

Noshir Dadrawala’s Contribution At ICNL

Noshir Dadrawala is known to most on our community as an eloquent speaker and a prodigious writer on religious and community related issues, or as a trustee of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet. However, few know of his professional attainments in addition to the above.

On 9th June, 2018, Noshir completed two terms of office as Director of the Board of the globally renowned International Centre for Nonprofit Law (ICNL), which is headquartered in Washington DC (USA). He was the first Indian to be appointed on this Board in June 2012 and as per ICNL’s constitution, since no Director is allowed to continue beyond two terms of three years each, in recognition of his contributions, he has been requested to continue as a member of ICNL’s Advisory Board.

ICNL works in over a hundred countries worldwide with the mission to promote an enabling environment for civil society, philanthropy and civic participation around the world. Through ICNL, Noshir has also been contributing for the last several years to the Council on Foundation’s country codes and laws which are intended to assist grant-makers and their advisors when undertaking equivalency determinations for foreign grantees under IRS Revenue Procedure.

Noshir has actively worked with ICNL on several research programs, the most recent being, ‘The Philanthropy Law Reports’, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report can be read online at: ICNL’s President and CEO, Prof. Douglas Rutzen who teaches at Georgetown University Law Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund, said, “You (Noshir) are an inspiration to me.  You’ve worked on issues of philanthropy and civil society for many years and despite challenges, you’ve retained your optimism, dedication, and constructive engagement.  It’s an honor working with you.”

Noshir has also contributed his expertise for the ‘Civic Freedom Monitor’ and his Report on India can be read at: Noshir’s country note on India can be read online at:

ICNL’s Chairperson, Dr. Oonagh B. Breen who is also Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, while giving Noshir a formal farewell, referred to him as a “reliable Indian knowledge source.”

Please Do Support Sustainable Development Goal number 14 of the United Nations

We Zoroastrains have been offering our thanksgiving to Ava Ardevishur Banu for centuries and now UN has endorsed importance of Water for all living beings

Lets join in and make the global initiative a success, as supported by FEZANA also – Firoz Pestonji

FEZANA supports Sustainable Development Goal Number 14 of the United Nations

NEW YORK, April 6, 2017 – FEZANA, the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America,  will participate at the Oceans Conference: Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA from June 5-9, 2017.

The FEZANA team will include: Rustom Bhopti, Sanaira Mondegarian, Behram Pastakia and Anahita Verahrami from the United States and Afreed Mistry from Canada.

There are 17 sustainable development goals (SDG’s) at the United Nations, all interconnected, so the key to the success of one involves tackling issues associated with the others. The 17 SDG’s reflect the traditions and beliefs of Zoroastrians worldwide.

At  the Oceans Conference, in New York, discussions will focus on  sustainable development goal number 14:  to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, to reduce marine pollution, manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems, to end overfishing, and to conserve coastal and marine areas.

Thursday, June 8th is World Oceans Day.  We, as Zoroastrians, celebrate the creation of water on Ava mah and Ava roj.  We give an offering and say prayers thanking God for the creation of water.  We urge all reading this message to join us in participating at the local level, wherever you live. Choices include, organizing a clean-up day at a local river, creek, lake, or pond.  If you need information on options to celebrate water as a gift of creation that promotes human well-being and life on earth, do reach out to us at:

Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital

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In 1932, Lady Meherbai Tata passed away after battling leukaemia. It was around this time that her husband, Sir Dorabji Tata, decided to set up a facility of international standards for the treatment of cancer in India. Unfortunately, Sir Dorabji passed away before this dream could be fulfilled. As a tribute to him, his successor Nowroji Saklatwala, with the support of J.R.D. Tata, founded the Tata Memorial Hospital in 1941.
 Within three years of its inception, the hospital was able to boast of a completely Indian staff, headed by Dr. K.P. Mody (Department of Radiology). Among the senior administrators was Col. Sir Jamshedji Duggan. In its initial years, the Hospital received financial aid from two significant sources. That is, the Bombay Government, who sanctioned an annual donation of ` 1 Iakh in 1949; and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, whose total investment had amounted to a generous ` 1 crore by 1957.  As the activities of the Hospital grew, its management was handed over to the Ministry of Health, Government of India.
 In addition to the Hospital, in 1952, the Government of India set up the Cancer Research Institute within the same premises. Fourteen years later, the Hospital and the Institute were merged under the flag of the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC). Led by the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, its Governing Council included three representatives from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.
Tata_Memorial_Hospital_190Located in Mumbai, the impressive seven-storey structure is a sanctuary for over 50,000 patients annually– from across India and its neighbouring countries– about 65 per cent of whom receive free medical treatment. Going beyond its core focus, the Centre serves as a research facility for the disease. TMC has also initiated several preventive awareness activities that reach out to the rural pockets of the country.
With a keen interest in the field of education, the hospital is also a temple of learning. Its training facilities help groom more than 350 students, medical professionals, scientists and technicians. It offers residency programmes in surgery, radiotherapy, pathology and anaesthesiology, super-speciality programmes and research programmes. Students can also opt for short-term (6 to 18 months) training courses. In 2002, the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) was established at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, and is dedicated to studies on cancers specific to India and South Asia.
The Tata Memorial Centre is an exemplary model of a private-government partnership that meets a critical public need. Over the years, TMC has launched collaborative global initiatives with the World Health Organisation and the National Institute of Health, Washington DC (USA), IARC, Lyon (France) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Religions for Peace

Calling all young Climate Leaders!

We’re facing a climate crisis like never before.  To confront this crisis, young people of all faiths need to be connected with other young faith leaders working on climate.
You can be a part of a new movement, by signing up if you’re a young adult, or sending this email on to any other young people of faith and goodwill wanting to help end our climate crisis.
But wait! A small group of participants of the Teach-in will be sent to Paris, France during the Conference of Parties meetings of the UN in December of 2015. All expenses paid!
Help us pass a strong climate treaty in Paris, by signing up or sending a youth representative to the teach-in.
Thank you for all the work you do to end climate change, to make peace in the world. We’re stronger because of you.
Religions For Peace USA
777 United Nations Plaza, New York City, NY 10017

Special Briefing with 2014 Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi – Tuesday, 17 March, 2015


Department of Public Information / Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) of the United Nations

 Special Briefing with 2014 Nobel Laureate with Kailash Satyarthi

 When: 17 March 2015

 Venue: ECOSOC Chamber , United Nations, New York, New York.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EDT)




<strong>Zarathushtis interested in promoting  the mission and vision of the  United Nations can contact</strong>

<strong>Co-Chairs, of FEZANA UN-NGO committee:</strong>

<strong> Afreed Mistry afreed.mistry ( @ ) <a href=""></a&gt; and Behram Pastakia, bpastakia ( @ ) <a href=""></a></strong&gt;


FEZANA is a Non-Government Organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UNO   

Zarathushti Workshop and Panel Discussion at the United Nations

FEZANA UN-NGO : Press Release – CSW 59
The attached press release for your review,  as we prepare to present the Zarathushti Workshop and Panel Discussion at the United Nations on 16 March 2015 from FEZANA at the  59th Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
The content from this press release is also posted  for easy access on the Fezana website:
We need help in sharing this news with your local newspapers and media outlets in North America and elsewhere,  (implementation of  FEZANA’s strategic goal of telling others who we are), and more importantly  in sharing the message:  “Womens’ Rights are Human Rights” with the civil society where we live.
To illustrate, an example of such a media report  from the  The Sun News and Myrtle Beach Times, which came from efforts by Freyaz Shroff actively intereacting with the newsmedia after an earlier   FEZANA UN-NGO press release,  is appended hereunder for your perusal::
Thanks to all for your continued co-operation in sharing news from the FEZANA UN-NGO committee and specially in supporting our Zarathushti youth as they make thier presentations on Global Fora, and learn to engage and network as global citizens.
Behram Pastakia
Metopolitan Washington DC
15 February 2015

Working with ECOSOC – The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

“Working with ECOSOC – an NGO Guide to Consultative Status”

   “Working with ECOSOC” is an informational booklet that briefs Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on the benefits of establishing a consultative relationship with ECOSOC, as well as to provide instructions on how to obtain this status within the framework provided by ECOSOC Resolution 1996/31.
Apart from English and now in French, it is also available in Portuguese, Korean and Japanese. Other language versions are under development.
The booklet consists of 44 pages and provides basic information about the way in which NGOs can interact with the United Nations in general and with ECOSOC in particular. It describes the different formal and informal mechanisms that civil society can utilize in order to work with the different ECOSOC Commissions (i.e. attendance to meetings, submission of statements, side-events, oral interventions, etc.) as well as the obligations that NGOs assume by entering in this consultative relationship.
In a friendly language and modern tone, the booklet intends to show the multi-dimensional benefits of working with ECOSOC and how NGOs can maximize their contribution to the United Nations.
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