UNITED NATIONS–The Armenian Relief Society/Non-Governmental Organization delegation to the United Nations attended the 51st Annual DPI/NGO Conference–held in the New York United Nations headquarters–on Sept. 14 to 16.
The theme of this year’s conference was "The 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights–From Words to Deeds." The opening session was held in the General Assembly Hall where UN Secretary General Kofi Anan addressed 2,601 delegates representing 619 organizations from 60 countries.
Anan stated that the declaration was adopted by governmen’s but the NGOs were every bit its authors as the delegates who cast the final vote. He continued–saying that at its current session–the General Assembly will consider a draft declaration on the protection of human rights defenders.
"We are growing up," he continued–"training our staff to work with NGOs and providing funding and other assistance to NGOs–particularly in the developing world. We do this because we are concerned that there are no limits to what a strong civil society can achieve in partnership with governmen’s." Anan concluded–"There is no turning back in the revolution of human rights. There is no turning back from the global NGO revolution–so let us move ahead in partnership."
Among the distinguished speakers at the conference were–Suzanne Moubarek–the First Lady of Egypt–Grace Machel–First Lady of South Africa–and Danielle Mitterrand–former First Lady of France. global international programs.