Call For Participants at the United Nations


The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is looking for participants to attend the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at the UN Headquarters in New York from July 9-15, 2018.

The theme is, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”.  The set of Sustainable Developmental Goals to be reviewed in depth are:

  • Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

For more information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

Individuals aged 16 and over who are interested in attending the conference, are requested to send their resume and letter of intent by May 18th, 2018.  Please send the e-mail to both individuals below:

Behram Pastakia (bpastakia@aol.com)
Afreed Mistry (mistry.afreed@gmail.com)

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 arrrangements 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 www.un.org.

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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. https://oceanconference.un.org/

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: un-ngo@fezana.org

UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development


United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

5 JUN 2017 – 9 JUN 2017, UNHQ, NEW YORK

Overarching theme of the Conference:
Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

A high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.

Zarathushtis interested in participating in the environmentally friendly conference at the United Nations, may send a copy of their resume and a letter of intent  by 1 January 2017 to both the following individuals:

Afreed Mistry and Behram Pastakia

While FEZANA, as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in consultative status with ECOSOC, (the Economic and Social Council) shall arrange access to the UN headquarters to selected candidates, the costs of travel, visas, transport and lodging in New York City will be the responsibility of the individuals themselves.

Afreed Mistry and Behram Pastakia,
Co-Chairs of the FEZANA UN-NGO committee

Call For Participants at the United Nations


The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is looking for participants to attend the 61st Commission on the Status of Women Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York from March 13-24, 2017.

This year’s priority theme is, “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the Review theme is, “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”

For more information on the NGO CSW61 check the NGO CSW website:
http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017

Individuals interested in attending the conference, are requested to send thier resume and letter of intent by October 15th, 2016. Please send the e-mail to both the following individuals:

Behram Pastakia (bpastakia (@) aol.com)
Afreed Mistry (afreed.mistry (@) gmail.com)

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 CSW Conference, the selected participants are expected to make their own financial arrrangements 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 www.un.org

Dated: 27 September 2016
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Regards,

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

International Day of Peace Youth Video Contest


Our colleagues in the Education Outreach Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information would greatly appreciate your support in mobilizing youth throughout the world to submit videos for a new initiative. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 have been invited to submit 10- to 15-second videos in English on how the Sustainable Development Goals can build peace. The most engaging videos will be featured on the United Nations International Day of Peace YouTube channel. Some will even be shown at an official event at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 16 September.
Videos will start appearing on the channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCpLhcvaNT33Bs8ZvB4j6d8w) from now through 21 September, the International Day of Peace. More details can be found at:
Please also find more information attached.
The International Day of Peace falls on 21 September. Every year on this day, the United Nations calls on the people of the world to remember their common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife. The theme for 2016, “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”, highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for everyone, all contribute to global harmony. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at a historic summit in September 2015.
Best regards,
Outreach Division
Department of Public Information
United Nations

Sanaya Bharucha on UN Education Commission Youth Panel


Sanaya and Salyne

We are thrilled to announce that Teach For Lebanon CEO, Salyne El Samarany, and Teach For India Manager of Student Leadership, Sanaya Bharucha, have both been nominated by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (the Education Commission) to serve as members of its Youth Panel.

The Education Commission, chaired by the UN’s Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, is a global initiative which gathers world leaders, policy makers, and researchers to develop a plan to invest in and reform global education. The aim of the plan is to recommend pathways to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG 4): “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. The Commission’s report, with input from the Youth Panel, will be presented to the UN Secretary-General at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016.

The Youth Panel will seek to bring forward the voices of young people to the Commission’s work, mobilize support for the Commission’s activities, and promote its agenda for action in financing education. Kennedy Odede, a member of Teach For All’s Global Advisory Council, is the co-chair of the Youth Panel alongside Rosemarie Ramitt, an advocate for youth with disabilities from Guyana. Education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will also serve as one of the 16 members of the Youth Panel.

In their role, the Youth Panelists will discuss the Commission’s work with their communities and local education stakeholders and solicit their feedback and suggestions. In addition, they’ll support and promote the Education Youth Video Challenge which aims to mobilize young people on every continent to showcase their ideas about the future of education in their schools, communities and countries.

We look forward to learning from Salyne, Sanaya, and their Youth Panel colleagues as they work to ensure the opinions and perspectives of young people around the world are reflected in the discourse around global education and in the Commission’s report to the UN this fall. Learn more about the Commission and the other young leaders serving on the Youth Panel. – See more

See more at: http://teachforall.org/en/news/young-network-leaders-join-education-commission%E2%80%99s-youth-panel#sthash.U4uO7kOl.dpuf

From the United Nations – International Day of NowRuz


Remarks by Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin at the celebration of International Day of Nowruz at the United Nations on March 21, 2016
Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, Mr. Deputy Secretary General
Excellencies, friends and other guests of today’s auspicious gathering!
It is my pleasure to be among your midst as we celebrate the International Day of Nowruz at the United Nations today.
Like in the past years since the International Day of Nowruz was proclaimed in 2010 by the General Assembly, as a proud co sponsor, we have joined the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in co-hosting this ceremony at the UN.
Excellencies & Friends
You are all aware that Nowruz marks the beginning of the New Year in large parts of the world, including mine. Later today you will witness a short film portraying the special celebrations of Nowruz in India particularly by the Parsi community.
Legend has it that when the first migrants of the Parsi community landed on the western coast of India and sought permission to stay from a local ruler in Gujarat, he denied them permission by pointing out that his land was like a vessel of milk filled to the brim.
It was only when he was told by the Parsis that they were like a pinch of sugar that would add sweetness to the milk without resulting in the milk overflowing the vessel that he relented, gave them refuge and permitted them to practice their traditions.
Today the Parsi community is woven integrally into the cultural fabric of India. The contribution of the Parsi community who follow Zorastrianism, towards building and strengthening modern India is immense.  The apocryphal legend of the beginning of the small Parsi community in India has a lesson as we formulate our responses to those seeking a refuge in distant lands in these troubling times.
Together with the Parsis and others, who refer to Nowruz as ‘Jamshed-E-Navroz’, our country celebrates the glorious tradition of Nowruz.
In India, where still a large majority of people are engaged in agriculture, this day is also of special importance in many ways. It marks the advent of the spring and harbinger of peace and prosperity.  Holi, the festival of colors also coincides with the Nowruz celebrations and the whole season represents vibrancy and abundance.
Excellencies & Friends,
The primary consideration, among others, while the General Assembly recognized Nowruz, is the ‘orientation of Nowruz towards the affirmation of life in harmony with nature’.   This central message of Nowruz is also one of the key messages of the International Day of Yoga as underscored in the Yoga Day resolution namely ‘building better individual lifestyles devoid of any kind of excesses’. While the International Day of Nowruz is the day of vernal equinox, the International Day of Yoga is the day of summer solstice.
These similarities only reaffirm, here I quote from the International day of Nowruz resolution, that ‘civilizational achievements constitute the collective heritage of mankind, providing a source of inspiration and progress for humanity at large’.
Excellencies & Friends,
The celebrations this year is of further significance as  at the current  70th session of GA  we adopted the agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The central message of Nowruz viz. ‘harmony with nature’ is indispensable for achieving the transformative agenda and the goals we have set for ourselves towards sustainable development.
On the other hand, the international community also faces a number of challenges of peace and security, rise of extremism and the like. Celebrations like Nowruz will help us in facing these challenges by fostering mutual understanding and respect for each other’s culture, traditions and beliefs.
Excellencies & Friends,
Let us therefore recall the sprit and significance of Nowruz and embrace its message. I wish you all ‘Nowruz Mubarak’
Thank you!