Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:51 PM in Nineveh, Assyria
To know your past, is to know yourself.
Disunited, dispersed in exile, and as dwindling minorities without full civil rights in their homelands, the Assyrians of today are in grave danger of total assimilation and extinction (Aprim 2003). In order to survive as a nation, they must now unite under the Assyrian identity of their ancestors. It is the only identity that can help them to transcend the differences between them, speak with one voice again, catch the attention of the world, and regain their place among the nations.
— Dr. Simo Parpola Director, Department of Assyriology Helsinki University, Finland.
The International Day of Families, annually held on May 15, celebrates the importance of families and the work started during the International Year of Families.
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) NGO Branch is the
focal point within the UN Secretariat for non-governmental organizations
in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and
for NGOs seeking status. Our aims are the following:
Support to NGOs: Informing you in a timely fashion on
events and opportunities to collaborate with the United Nations.
Intergovernmental Support: We service the Committee on
NGOs, which meets twice a year to discuss accreditation of NGOs to
the UN Economic and Social Council.
Conference registration: Through CSONet, we facilitate
participation of NGOs to most of the intergovernmental processes
taking place at United Nations headquarters and beyond. Each year,
some 7,000 NGO representatives participate in those events in New
Technical assistance: With support from the UN
Development Account, we carry out limited capacity-building
activities with civil society organizations.