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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


14th August, 2019
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 ( 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.

Collaboration for the workshop at the United Nations, comes from FEZANA ( RAD AID International ( and PARTNERS ASIA (

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.

Yazdi Tantra
Vice President – WZCC

Behram Pastakia
Co-Chair, FEZANA UN NGO Committee Chair,
Zarathushti Youth Without Borders

“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources currently controlled.”


Please consider becoming a member by visiting 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
Best regards, 
Secretariatofthe68th  UNCivilSocietyConference

United Nations: 68th DGC – NGO Civil Society Conference, 

Subject:  United Nations68th DGC – NGO Civil Society Conference,
Salt Lake City, 26 to 28 August 2019

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 North South South model 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 ( 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 ( 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
Development Goals by the year 2030.
Behram Pastakia
Co Chair FEZANA UN NGO Committee
Metropolitan Washington DC
Dated:  1 August 2019
CC: Eileen Moncoeur, Friends of HRDC c/o Partners Asia, Oakland, California

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

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 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


Afreed Mistry

Behram Pastakia

Co-Chairs, FEZANA UN-NGO Committee

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