Date/Location: Wednesday January 30, 2012; 10:00 to 13:00; Conference Room 1, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
Speakers: China, India, Turkey, Russia, USA, Malaysia, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria
Written by: WIT Representative Bertina Kudrin
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations met again to review applications from NGOs. Among those considered was Helpage India, an NGO dedicated to helping elders live a more dignified life. The NGO faced questions about its finances from China, who noted that the NGO seems to have a large budget. The delegate questioned how the NGO manages to raise so much money and asked for a layout of its spending costs. The Human is Right NGO, which works to bring a deeper conscience to human rights in the Buea region received questions from Turkey, specifically focusing on its women empowerment projects, and those projects’ funding, number of beneficiaries, and achieved results. Notable was that both Pakistani NGOs, Kaaravan Crafts Foundation, which works with women in rural Pakistan, and the Rupani Foundation, working with poverty-stricken communities in Pakistan, received questions from India. In the former case, India asked about the sources of its private sector funding, as well as the breakdown of activities undertaken with this funding. In the latter case, India asked about the budget for an initiative which involved introducing more technology in villages. Also notable was that China’s NGO, the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, part of the Belt and Road initiative, faced questioning from the US, asking about the specifics and additional details of the organization’s finances.
A bright light came with the presentation of the International Society for Peace and Safety which promotes human rights in Nigeria. This was the first organization of the day to be accepted without questions from delegates. Other confirmed organizations included the League of Women Voters of Nigeria and and a foundation for orphans, disabled and abandoned Persons in Nigeria. Even as other organizations struggle with confirmation, it seems that Nigeria is receiving hope from the work of its NGOs.