Category Archives: UN Activities

UN Week for Religious Harmony ZOOM, Feb 1-3, 2021

You are invited to join this ZOOM Conference — to launch Brian Brown’s “Seven Testaments of World Religion and the Zoroastrian Older Testament” trilogy on February 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2021, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm CDT each day.

Rohinton and Roshan Rivetna  will be making a short presentation on “Zoroastrians in China” on the third day —  Wed Feb 3, 12:00 to 2:00 pm CDT.  See the ink below and the attached invitation.

Brian Brown was guest speaker at the 2018 SSZ (Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism) Conference at the Darbe Mehr in Chicago.  In his writings, he presents a heightened emphasis on the debt owed to Zoroastrianism by all seven world religions. He points out references in the Avestan texts – that he calls the “older testament” –  that were inherited by Jewish prophets from Zoroastrian priests in Babylon and are recognizable in popular culture today as the Zoroastrian legacy to the modern world.

For information contact Rohinton Rivetna at


On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 1:35 PM Brian Arthur Brown <> wrote:

Dear Colleagues and Friends

You are invited to help launch the upcoming UNITED NATIONS WEEK FOR RELIGIOUS HARMONY by Zoom

Please review the attached brochure for details
Time: Feb 1, 2 and 3, 2021 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM daily Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada),

Elsewhere please convert to your own time zone and join at the same time.

To join the Zoom Meeting at the above dates and times, please go to
by clicking on this link.

(Additional information if needed): Meeting ID: 853 8180 8205
Passcode: 144856

(If you plan to participate on a mobile devise from the USA, the One tap mobile accesses that will work for most would be:
+13462487799,,85381808205#,,,,*144856# US (Houston)
+16465588656,,85381808205#,,,,*144856# US (New York)

Looking forward to your participation.

Brian Arthur Brown


First Baptist Church

Niagara Falls, NY

Brian Arthur Brown


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Volunteers Wanted for the Ava Project

The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is looking for participants to join our team for implementing The Ava Project.

The Ava Project will bring together a group of people from across the World to form a working group that exchanges ideas pertaining to the environment. The first project is related to the creation of Water and an activity associated with water, i.e. cleaning up of the waters.
For more information or to sign up for the project, please fill in this form:

Individuals who sign up will be contacted for future discussions and meetings.


Co-Chairs of the FEZANA UN NGO Committee:

Afreed Mistry,

Behram Pastakia,

A Global Call to Action for Climate Change – 17 October 2020

A Global Call to Action for Climate Change 
Turning Ideas into ActionThe FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is pleased to announce that a broadcast of the Tedx Gateway : “A Global Call to Action on Climate Change”, will take place on: Saturday, Oct. 17th at 6:30 AM ET / 5:30 AM CT / 3:30 AM PST / 4:00 pm IST / 6:30 pm in Perth, Singapore and Hongkong /

Countdown: To A Better future is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.This virtual event will bring together scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs, investors, artists, musicians, government officials, and others to find the most effective, evidence-based ideas that work. The goal is to identify the bold solutions that can be activated when people break out of their silos and rise to the challenge.

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the UN World Food Program.   Provision of food addresses conflict resolution, hunger, poverty, climate change…all these issues are interlinked.

The speakers will include:

Bishow Parajuli, Nepali, Representative and Country Director to India,
UN World Food Program

Actors Chris Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Activist for Climate Change, Nobel Prize Winner, Al Gore and
many others, that can be seen listed here.

To view the live Facebook broadcast please click here.


FEZANA Delegates to Attend a Multi-Stakeholder Meeting at United Nations

NEW YORK, July 10, 2020 – FEZANA delegates will be participating in a Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at the United Nations on July 21st, 2020 from 10 AM to 6 PM EST.

The multi-stakeholder meeting will take place on a virtual platform and due to technical limitations, only 3 representatives per NGO can participate.  The following will be the designated FEZANA representatives:

Shirin Mehri from Karachi, Pakistan is currently serving as the Program Manager for Ethics & Governance at the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business.  After successfully completing projects in education in Tanzania, Azerbaijan, and the United States, Shirin is leading projects on family-friendly workplaces and Pakistan’s investment landscape in partnership with the IFC at the Pakistan Business Council. Prior to her move, Shirin worked alongside the founders of growing social impact start-ups focussed on community development in the UAE.

Nadia Jam from Toronto, Canada is a light-hearted, free-spirit full of energy and passion. Her involvement in the Zoroastrian Society of Ontario and the UN Commission on the Status of Women Conference, as a FEZANA NGO representative, has inspired her to lead the international sub-community, Zoroastrian LGBTQ+-Straight Alliance online and at the 2019 World Youth Congress of which she and the other panellists wrote about in WZO’s Hamazor Journal (Issue 2-2019). Nadia has a B.A. in Political Science in French Immersion from the University of Ottawa and she will be continuing her education with a Masters in Counselling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in pursuit of a career in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

Behnoosh Sethna was born and raised in Karachi and currently resides in Maryland working for a financial institution.  She has a passion for bringing strategic value-added projects focusing on women’s empowerment and communities’ prosperity.  Behnoosh was the moderator of the UN panel at the 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in Los Angeles presenting about the organization’s efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals and Zoroastrian’s presence and history at the UN.  She also represented FEZANA at the 68th DGC United Nations Civil Society Conference in August 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Along with the virtual participation, the UN will do a public webcast of the proceedings.  Viewing the webcast does not require you to register.  The webcast will be live at:

Zarathushtis interested in participating with FEZANA at the UN can send a letter of intent as to how they see themselves promoting the mission of the United Nations, ( with a copy of their curriculum vitae to:

Co-Chairs of the FEZANA UN NGO Committee:

Afreed Mistry,

and Behram Pastakia,

Engaging Online – Teaching and Learning with the SDG Academy

Civil Society Unit | Department of Global Communications | United Nations

Engaging online: Teaching and Learning with the SDG Academy

The SDG Academy is a program of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative for the United Nations supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about SDG Academy here.

With colleges and universities shifting to online learning, there is an increasing
need for online resources that can be easily integrated into their existing
curricula. The SDG Academy looks to ease the transition to online learning for
educators teaching in a variety of disciplines and geographical contexts by
offering free, high-quality content. Our resources include 30 massive open online
 (MOOCs) on topics related to the interdisciplinary field of sustainable
development, and nearly 1,200 lecture and case study videos from world experts
available in our searchable SDG Academy Library. Our resources are pitched at an introductory Master’s level, but are suitable for students, policymakers, life-long
learners, and anyone with an interest in sustainable development.

Catalogue of resources

If you are new to using online content in your classes, the SDG Academy will be hosting three webinars to discuss how our free resources can help you create an engaging online learning experience. Click below to register for the session that best fits your schedule:


Join FEZANA At the UN CSW Presentation on March 13, 2020

The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is pleased to announce that there will be a team of 4 speakers attending the 64th Commission on the Status of Women conference at the United Nations from March 8th to 20th, 2020.   FEZANA, in partnership with Aahung, Asha Centre, Pakistan Business Council and Shirkat Gah, will be presenting a workshop on:

Empowering Women through Health, Education and Enhancement in the Workplace

Speakers from NGOs/NPOs based in UK, New Zealand and Pakistan will share examples of their work covering a woman’s journey from adolescence through to the workplace and the challenges women face during these stages of life.  We encourage you all to attend the workshop as it is open to the public.

Workshop Details:

Date: March 13, 2020
Time: 6:15 PM
Venue: 4 W 43rd Street New York, NY 10036
Room: Green Room


Ferzeen Dadabhoy (Auckland, New Zealand) Analyst by profession, with a Bachelor’s in Business, majoring Management and International Business. Ferzeen is passionate about giving back to the community and raising awareness on the work done by various NGOs. In her leisure time, she likes to use her event planning skills to create fundraisers to support various NGOs and is always looking for unique ways to support NGOs that work with kids.

Miraal Mavalvala (Pakistan/Canada) Graduate student at McGill University pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. Born and raised in Pakistan, Miraal has worked with organizations including the Aga Khan University, WHO Sri Lanka and Palladium in the areas of Maternal and Child Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health. She recently completed her graduate placement at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington D.C., where she worked in the Department of Public Health Emergencies.

Sanaya Master (New Zealand/Canada) Sanaya conceptualized and organized the first World Zoroastrian Youth Leaders Forum at the ASHA Centre in Mar 2018. She has been a speaker at global and local Zoroastrian events including the 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in LA, USA and the Jamshed K Pavri Seminar in Vancouver, Canada. In Aug 2019, Sanaya attended the 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and compiled the Rapporteurs Report. She has also been the Guest Editor of the FEZANA Journal twice.

Shirin Mehri (Karachi, Pakistan) Shirin’s passion for an equitable educational and social landscape continues to be evident in her professional and volunteer work. After successfully completing projects in education in UAE, Tanzania, Azerbaijan and the US, Shirin is leading a project on family-friendly workplaces in Pakistan focusing on availability of childcare services. She holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Babson College and an undergraduate degree in Economics & Finance from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Second Global Sustainable Transport Conference | United Nations

Dates: 5 to 7 May 2020

Venue: China National Convention Centre, Beijing, China

What: Sustainable Development Transport

Follow up to first Global Transport Conference held in AshgabatTurkmenistan in 2016.
Behram Pastakia, behram(@)

Commission on the Status of Women CSW

Historic UN Gathering in Salt Lake City Attracts Thousands

Global Civil Society Representatives Adopt Outcome and Youth Climate Compact
(Salt Lake City, 28 August 2019)


At a first-of-its-kind UN gathering in the western United States, representatives of non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, educators, students and individual activists from Utah and around the world today adopted an outcome document outlining a global vision to achieve inclusive and sustainable cities and communities by 2030. Youth themselves drafted and adopted a stand-alone climate compact.
President of the United Nations General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés addressed participants at the closing plenary session, remarking, “In our increasingly interdependent world, where shocks in one country can affect the lives and livelihoods of people across the globe, it seems clear that we need more cooperation, not less. It is a great honour to be the first President of the General Assembly to receive a UN Civil Society Conference outcome document. And you can count on me to be your advocate.”
The conference was a milestone moment to build momentum leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, and the high-level week of the UN General Assembly in September, where the status of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals will also be a focus.
Conference Chair Maruxa Cardama, Secretary-General of the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transportation (SLoCAT) said, “Safe and sustainable cities and communities are not a dream but wholly within our grasp if we work together as a global community and empower civil society. There is no contradiction between embracing global goals to promote prosperity for all and protect our planet and maintaining local traditions and national sovereignty. The Outcomes of this conference demonstrate the resolve of civil society across the world to play an active role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 in their vision for government and private sector accountability, and concrete suggestions for individual action.”
The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference theme, “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities” reflects the fact that over half of the world’s population, some 55 per cent, now live in urban areas, with that figure expected to rise to 68 per cent by 2050. The track record of Salt Lake City on inclusion and sustainability, as well as its experience hosting international events, were factors in support of bringing the conference here.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said, “Salt Lake City’s track record for defending individual human rights, taking action to address the global climate emergency and protect the health of our people and our environment is undeniable. I am so grateful that the world has come to Salt Lake City for this important conversation and I am honored at the opportunity to highlight our achievements on an international stage. As Mayor, I offer you my unwavering commitment to the ongoing work of our vibrant civil society and to the inspiring youth who play a central role in mitigating the effects of climate change and building a sustainable world.”
Dozens of representatives from civil society organizations based in New York, Utah and elsewhere came together to plan and organize this massive endeavor in partnership with the United Nations. NGO

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