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   News  |  Education  |  Government  |  Religion  |  Financial  |  Health  |  Fine Arts  |  Sports   Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10:33 PM in Nineveh, Assyria  

To know your past, is to know yourself.

It must have been hours before we dared to leave the spot where the Turkish soldiers left us. As we reached the top of the hill, we realized the Turks had camped there the day before. We saw many dead soldiers and much equipment left behind. At the time we didn't know that the Assyrian General Agha Petros and his men, when capturing some of the Turkish troops, had also taken some military equipment, which included cannons mounted on horse-drawn caissons. Due to distances and also weakness in their army, the Turks had pulled back their Divisions. General Agha Petros had cut off this last contingent of Turks in the area. The cannon bombardment we had heard was from the Assyrians who were using the captured Turkish equipment in their final annihilation of the last remnants of the Turkish Army; an army that massacred thousands of helpless Assyrian men, women and chiIdren only because their fanatic religious leaders and their Islamic doctrine justifies the call for a holy war and any non-believers in Islam are enemies of Islam.

Ben S. Benjamin (Assyrian Holocaust Survivor)

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United Nations: International Day of Families

May 15

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 York alone.
  • Technical assistance: With support from the UN Development Account, we carry out limited capacity-building activities with civil society organizations.

Our Branch is part of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC), a division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations.

Inside DESA, we assist in facilitating NGO registration to the many subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC, such as Commission for Social Development, the Rio+20 Conference, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Commisison for Population and Development, the Commission on Sustainable Development, the UN Forum on Forests, and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Outside DESA, from 2011 to 2013, we have collaborated with the UNOG NGO Liaison Unit in Geneva, the Commisison on the Status of Women serviced by UN-Women, UN-NGLS, DPI NGO Relations, OHCHR, Office for Disarmament Affairs, UNAIDS, the Office of the President of the General Assembly, and other UN agencies and programmes.

Click here to download our new booklet "Working with ECOSOC - an NGOs Guide to Consultative Status".

UN Sponsor: Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo// | http://csonet.org/


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