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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.
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.
Save the Date: 2 December 2019
CSW64 Planning Committee Meeting
Join us for a Planning Committee Meeting for CSW64 on Monday, 2 December from 1 – 3PM!
12 – 1PM: Beijing Platform for Action Study Group (Available via Zoom)
1 – 3PM: Planning Committee Meeting
Anyone is welcome to attend, but only NGO CSW members will be officially recognized in our handbook’s list of Planning Committee members.
777 UN Plaza
NGO CSW64 Planning Committees:
Planning Committee Co-Chairs:
Azadeh Khalili and Saphira Rameshfar
Beijing Platform for Action Study Group: Jourdan Williams, Susan O’Malley & Winifred Doherty This group will study existing UN and human rights documents to publish a document that institutionalizes the data, demonstrates best practices and aids in consultations going forward for Beijing+25. Consultation Day: Houry Geudelekian, Azadeh Khalili & Mary Luke Kickoff to the NGO CSW Forum enabling the attendees to have additional insight into the priority and review themes, this year being a review of the Beijing Platform for Action. Conversation Circles Space: Ivy Koek & Terry Ince An open space to meet, connect and exchange ideas during the first three days of CSW64. A place also to give your input into the Feminist and Women’s Movement Action Plan. From 9 to 11 March between 10 am and 6 pm, all participants are welcome at the Armenian Convention Center Grand Hall as we host this culturally rich experience. Join us! Handbook: Yvonne O’Neal and Alexa Ward Working in conjunction with a professional printer and layout expert, develop the materials to be included in the printed handbook. Orientation: Pamela Morgan & Maryann Tarantula The committee will provide information/training on the purpose and structure of the Forum, its relationship to UN Women and the CSW Bureau, and how best to prepare first time participants to get the most out of attending the NGO CSW Forum. Rally: Saeeda Rizvi & Joy Theriot The rally is held on Friday of the first week of NGO CSW to celebrate the theme of the CSW. It includes a program of speakers and the chair of NGO CSW/NY with music, poetry and dance. Reception: Saphira Rameshfar & Madeleine Brecher Hors d’ouevres and drinks available in a cocktail party setting where attendees are invited to wear their native dress. Artisan Fair: Rosa Lizarde & Bishnu Pariyar Artisans presenting and selling their wares. There is no charge to attend the fair. The artisans pay to rent a table to cover the cost of renting the room. Woman of Distinction Award: Margaretha Jones & Mary Luke Each year, a woman is honored for her achievements in moving forward the women’s agenda. This year, in celebration of Beijing+25, the committee will select 5 awardees, one for each region.
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
UNITED NATIONS: 68th DGC-NGO CIVIL SOCIETY CONFERENCE
The World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) announced today that Global President, Edul Daver will speak at the UN 68th DGC NGO Civil Society Conference to be held in Salt Lake City from 26 to 28 August 2019
The title of his talk will be: “Can entrepreneurship be the solution to creating a Global South South Model of Sustainable Development?”Close to 6000 individuals from 135 countries have registered for the UN Conference, which is being held for the first time in the USA. The UN is seeking inputs from civil society as it aims to reach its seventeen sustainable development goals by the year 2030.
Workshop Title: A Global North-South-South Model of Sustainable Development …Read More
Panelists at the workshop will illustrate the example of the three decade success story of the Hospital for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Children in Nepal (www.hrdcnepal.org) which has made a transformative difference in the lives of indigent children with musculoskeletal disorders in resource poor environments.
Education and innovation coupled with technical know how and a commitment to excellence are the hallmarks of this highly successful model of social entrepreneurship.
Several Zarathushtis from New Zealand, Chicago, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Orlando, Florida , Baltimore and Salt Lake City will be participating at the event.
WZCC: Building the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
WZCC has been created to facilitate networking, education, mentoring, enhance Trade & Commerce and to energize the Zarathushti entrepreneurial spirit and thus bring about economic prosperity worldwide. The Chamber recognizes that commerce and industry are major institutions of humankind and enterprises founded on the principles of Integrity and Industry are hallmarks throughout the world. The intermingling of history and commerce during the past two centuries is a constant reminder that an essential ingredient for prosperity is it’s entrepreneurial activities.
Behram Pastakia Co-Chair, FEZANA UN NGO Committee Chair, Zarathushti Youth Without Borders Bpastakia(@) aol.com
“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources currently controlled.”
Please consider becoming a member by visiting www.wzcc.org or contacting your Region Director/Chapter Chair.
Code of Conduct:The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference seeks to engage all delegates attending the conference, and all participants globally, in a peaceful, respectful and tolerant dialogue in furtherance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech.Any communication in speech, writing, or behaviour, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language referring to a person or group based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender, sexual orientation, or other immutable characteristic or identity factor, will not be tolerated.We count on your support to help us make this 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, a beacon of peaceful, respectful and tolerant dialogue – strengthening the bonds of society and building a better world for all. The Exhibits Hall is open to the public at Salt Palace, Halls 1,2,3 and 4. Additionally, the main Conference sessions can be viewed live online at un.org/csc2019. Best regards, Secretariatofthe68thUNCivilSocietyConference
As we get ready to present the joint RAD-AID International/ HRDC / FEZANA/ PARTNERSASIA Panel presentation at the 68th DGC NGO Civil Society Conference on 27 August 2019 in Salt Lake City, a question was asked as to what is meant by NorthSouthSouthmodel of SustainableDevelopment…
The following article from the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery provides a glimpse of how this model works…
The “Global North” represents, countries that are financially well off, (e.g., in Scandinavia, USA, Canada, Countries in Europe etc., )
The “Global South” is represented by resource poor countries, ( for example in Africa, in South East Asia, Central and South America etc.,)
So when RAD AID International (www.rad-aid.org) takes a team of volunteers from North America to Nepal from 7 to 20 September 2019, and follows up with deliverables, with education, equipment and mentoring, that is an example of a North – South Model of Development .
When poor children from the Neighboring States in North India travel to Banepa, Nepal
to get the surgery done for their club feet, at the HRDC (www.hrdcnepal.org) that is a South – South Model of Development.
For the equation to become sustainable, a move toward a South South Model is what
we should be aiming for in the decades ahead as the UN tries to reach its 17 Sustainable
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.
Individuals interested in attending the CSW64 conference, are requested to send their curriculum vitae and a letter of intent stating how they would further the mission of the UN, by September30,2019, to both individuals below:
While FEZANA, as an NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)and the Department of Global Communications (DGC), will facilitate registration to the CSW 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 www.un.org.