Category Archives: NGOs

United Nations NGO Conference Declaration on Post-2015 released in six UN languages

Provides global platform for civil society support of post-2015 development agenda
New York, 10 November – The 65th Annual Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference, entitled “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”, ended successfully on 29 August with the adoption by civil society representatives of a Conference Declaration. The Declaration outlines a civil society vision for the post-2015 development agenda, and includes recommendations on Monitoring and Accountability, the Sustainable Development Goals, Means of Implementation and a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. The Outcome Document, comprised of the Conference Declaration and a Resource Document, was adopted by acclamation after a global consultation process which culminated over the course of the three-day Conference at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Over 2,200 civil society participants representing an estimated 700 NGOs from 100 countries around the globe, gathered to share their ideas and to develop a common platform to advocate for an ambitious and successful post-2015 development agenda.
Conference Chair, Jeffery Huffines, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, UN Representative, heralds the Declaration, “as a clarion call by NGOs worldwide that urges governments to take the strongest possible action to adopt next year and to advocate with maximum impact from this common platform, built on consensus, for a truly ambitious set of SDGs that leave no one behind.”
Maher Nasser, Acting Head of the UN Department of Public Information stated, “The unprecedented participation in this Conference demonstrates the resolve among civil society to capitalize on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and help construct the post-2015 development agenda. The United Nations will continue to engage closely with civil society around the world as we work towards building as
inclusive an agenda as possible.”


Shaheen Mistri’s children ( from Akanksha ) teach the meaning of India’s national anthem

Shaheen Mistri is the Founder of Akanksa Foundation, an NGO that works to educate children from underprivileged segments.

On the occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day, they have just rolled out a film featuring children from the foundation singing the national anthem.

The children don’t just sing the anthem, but also display its meaning through visuals, to teach those who do not know the meaning of the national anthem.
According to the film, nine out of 10 Indians don’t.

In return for singing their ode to the “God of India’s destiny”, the children would like learn something from you.

Umbergam Maroli Port-Capt K.R. Mistry

Dear All,

This Article [Umbergam Maroli Port.Capt K.R. Mistry] certainly needs to be widely circulated —for all to read and understand the implications of what will happen to the ecology of the complete surrounding area because of this sinister proposal.

This needs to be also brought to the attention of the Minister of Environment at the Centre, as this proposal will have far reaching negative impact to even faraway places like Udwada too.

Please do forward to all friends and request to create an awareness in the matter of how some power brokers are fooling the Public in wanting to create a Port on a Continental Shelf —with the ulterior motive of land grabbing.

Correctly said, that this area can easily be promoted for Tourism taking into account the abundant natural beauty.

With warm regards, Zal



The long walk for water

Learn how media gurus Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala took to developing a village in Raigad

When you have a problem in accessing piped water in the city, there is always a municipal number to call. But when you have a similar problem in a village, there is a tendency to believe that this is indeed one’s lot for life and the faster one reconciled to this the better.

This too appeared to be the kismet in village Kalsuri in Raigad with a population of 1237 people belonging to 258 families. In spite of a government water scheme which comprised stand posts, villagers were compelled to fetch water from a well a few hundred metres from the habitat.

When anyone questioned a government agency about the possibility of getting piped water to the village, the usual reply had something to do with patience; when anyone enquired whether any NGO could help, the question would be dismissed with an air of impossibility.

But that is until NGO Swades (started by Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala of Mumbai-based UTV with the objective to touch a million lives every five years) resolved to take this problem headon. Swades arrived at an unusual solution: partnership. The Kalsuri challenge would not be addressed singularly; it would be countered jointly, they planned; technical and material support would come from the company whereas labour (shramdaan) would be contributed by the villagers.

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Women’s Rights are Human Rigjhts

 Sunday, 8 June 2014 ; A play, Taconic Parkway in Rockville, Maryland,USA .
This critically-acclaimed one-act explores how an Indian-American couple turn astray after a movie star from Bengal arrives in their midst. Your ticket purchase will help IDRF’s tribal girls’ empowerment and women’s microcredit programs.  The play will be presented by Natya Bharati in collaboration with Sahara.

Meet the beneficiaries:

Promo music closeupNouko and Rakhina come from Arunachal Pradesh. These tribal girls love math and science but their parents could not afford to educate them. So IDRF sent them to rigorous school run by our partner Shiksha Bharati in UP. They share a hostel with 64 Northeastern classmates, where they study art, play sports, and gain personal and vocational skills.
Beli was struggling feed and educate her children with her husband’s meager wages. But thanks to a microcredit loan from IDRF and business training from our partner ERDS, she started a grocery store and  doubled her family’s income. She is just one of 500 impoverished
women who have overcome gender discrimination and become  ERDS Beli Roy Edit 4entrepreneurs in rural West Bengal.
Attend the play:

  •  2:30 pm, Sunday, June 8
  • Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
  • Tickets: $15 general, $25 priority, $10 students and seniors (with valid ID), $100 for 2 reserved front row seats*

Purchase tickets:

You will pick up your tickets at the theater.  A limited number of tickets will be for sale immediately before the performance.

This is an opportunity to enjoy Indian-American theater in English while supporting a great cause. We hope you’ll join the IDRF family at this event!

Thank you,
Vinod Prakash
President, IDRF

Amount in excess of the normal ticket price may be tax-deductible.

Update on the Home for the Aged in Parsi General Hospital


PARSEE GENERAL HOSPITAL PREMISESBomanji Petit Road.,  Mumbai 400 036.

Land Marks : Near kemps Corner :  Opp Old American Consulate at Breach Candy


Office : 022  64519173    65726226


GENERAL TERMS AND STATUS :   Updated as on Nov 11, 2013.

Ø  Age 60 upto 80. :  Should be mobile. The Applicant has to be present in person during interview.

Ø  Should have a house of his/her ownso that in the event of becoming immobile, the Guarator has to shift him/herto his/her residence.

Ø  Ladies / Gents dormitories are separate.

Ø  Intercom Facility

Ø  Guarantee Letter by nearest Relative.

  Ground floor First Floor Second Floor Third Floor
Facility 3-4 Persons per Dormitory 3  Persons per Dormitory Individual Rooms  :  Small / Big One Bed Room, Hall, Kitchen
Bath Room Common Common Attached Attached
Lodging/Month Free 3500/- 15000/-  Small

22000/-   Big


2 months deposits in adv refundable

Boarding Free Free Extra – Not Compulsory. Extra – Can cook
Electricity Free Free Extra – Individual Meters Extra – Individual Meters
Servant Not allowed Not allowed Allowed at own cost Allowed at own cost
Telephone, TV, Cable Facility Common Lounge Common Lounge Own Arrangement Own Arrangement
Availibity as on Date Nov 11, 2013 Available Available Full Full



Courtesy :  Baji Kalwachia

Zoroastrian All Party Parliamentary Group launched in UK

Press Trust of India  |  <news:geo_locations>London 

October 15, 2013 Last Updated at 15:41 IST


The first-ever all party parliamentary group of Zoroastrians has been launched in the British Parliament to promote relations betweenIndia and the UK.
The Zoroastrian All Party Parliamentary Group launched here last night will be headed by leading NRI entrepreneur Lord Karan Billimoria.

Describing Zoroastrians (Parsis) in India and the UK as “high achievers”, acting Indian High Commissioner to the UK Virendra Paul said, “Parsis have dominated not only in business but excelled in several other fields including defence, medicine and technology.”





Google Impact Challenge – India

The Google Impact Challenge has launched in India in an effort to support innovators who are exploring new ways to solve the world’s most pressing problems. If you’re an Indian non-profit, tell us how you would use technology and innovative approaches to tackle problems in India and around the world. Four selected non-profits will each receive a Rs 3 crore Global Impact Award and assistance from Google to help make their project a reality.

  • 5th September 2013 – Final day to apply to the Google Impact Challenge.
  • 21st October 2013 – Google announces the finalists, and the public votes online for their favourites.
  • 31st October 2013 – Each finalist team will pitch its idea to an esteemed panel of judges at an event in Delhi. Four finalists, including the non-profit chosen by the public vote, will be announced as Global Impact Award recipients.

Visit our FAQ for more details.

International Day of Peace

This is an opportunity for our Zarathushti community worldwide to develop and sustain projects for  Education for Peace.
Homi  D. Gandhi
Vice President, FEZANA

Dear NGO Colleagues, 

Today, 13 June 2013, we start the 100-day count-down to the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated on 21 September each year.

We want to share with you the message that the Secretary-General has issued for the day, in which he calls governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to support peace-related projects, as well as other relevant information on the International Day of Peace.

The message can be accessed through the International Day of Peace website and read in all 6 official languages.

Attached to this message you can also see the visual identity for this year’s theme: EDUCATION FOR PEACE.


NGO Relations
Department of Public Information
United Nations Headquarters in New York

Broadcast of UN DAY CONCERT – 23 February 2013

Dear NGO Colleagues,

The 2012 United Nations Day concert, featuring United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder and guests, will be broadcast on the Centric television channel in the United States tomorrow, Saturday, 23 February 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET. The concert will also be aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Sunday, 3 March, at 11:00 a.m. ET

Featuring performances by Sting, Janelle Monáe, Wyclef Jean and more, the star-studded concert took place in the General Assembly Hall on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, in observance of the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations. 

Centric can be found on the following channels:

AT&T U-Verse: channel 515 
Cablevision: channel 185 
Charter: channel 120 
Comcast: channel 147 
Grand View: channel 356
RCN: channel 103 
Time Warner: channels 27, 111, 893 
Verizon FIOS promotion code: channel 220 

Yours Sincerely,

NGO Relations, DPI
United Nations

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