WFWPI Quadrennial Report 2000

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By: Motoko Sugiyama, Vice President/Chief Administrator WFWPI

Report for 1997-2000

  1. Name: WOMEN'S FEDERATION FOR WORLD PEACE INTERNATIONAL 
    Headquarters Address: 4 West 43rd Street,
    Room 506, New York, NY 10036
    Tel (212) 760-0146 Fax (212) 760-0318
    e-mail: WFWPIntl1@aol.com
    web: www.wfwp.org
  2. Category: General Consultative Status
  3. Year Granted: 1997

Document e/2001/INF/6 of the United Nations recorded the list of non-govern
mental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council as at 31 August 2001 (as result of action taken by the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 2001.)

Included in this list as part of those with General consultative status on page five was Women's Federation for World Peace International (1997). Our congratulations and thanks go to Mrs. Motoko Sugiyama who has steered the UN Office of WFWPI well, guiding the character and interaction of WFWPI with the UN through these first four fruitful years consistent with the purposes and mission of the United Nations which has a mandate to ensure peace and security for all.

1. Introduction

The aim of Women's Federation for World Peace International is to realize a peaceful and harmonious global family. WFWP's four major focuses are: empowerment of women worldwide; the reinforcement of family values; a sound upbringing of children, and building partnerships for peace through restorative cooperation of women. In order to achieve these aims, we have promoted and developed two major activities worldwide which are: poverty eradication projects targeting the empowerment of women and children; and the peace-building "Bridge of Peace" sisterhood project. Poverty Eradication Projects include: Building and running schools and vocational centers; micro-credit programmes, foster parents and scholarship programs… Women's Federation for World Peace International has national chapters in 121 countries. (Please see attached document for a breakdown of geographical membership.) Our sources of funding are membership fees from national chapters and donations from individuals, groups and national chapters.

2. Participation in the Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies and/or Conference and other United Nations Meetings.

1998 June 1-5: Second Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on Human Resources Development for Youth at ESCCAP in Bangkok, Thailand. Five representatives attended.

June 8: Committee on Family in Vienna, Austria. Two representatives attended.

September 14-16: The DPI-NGO Annual Conference at the UN HQ in New York, USA. Ten representatives attended.

October 14-16: Observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UN HQ, New York. Three representatives attended.

October 13: Observance of the United Nations' Day organized by ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand. WFWP Thailand joined with this celebration program as a group.

1999 March 4: Observance of the International Women's Day at the UN HQ, New York. Two representatives attended.

March 16: Forum on the High Level Segment of ECOSOC at UN HQ, New York. One representative attended.

March: Committee on the Status of Women in Vienna, Austria. Two representatives attended.

April 24-28: 55th Session of the United Nations, ESCAP at Bangkok, Thailand. Three representatives attended.

March and April: Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Two representatives attended and submitted a joint written statement on Rights to Development with the World Movement of Mothers and Federation of Arab Women.

July 6-8: High level Segment of ECOSOC in Geneva. Two representatives attended and made oral statement on the theme of "The Role of Employment and Work in Poverty Eradication, The Empowerment and Advancement of Women."

July: ECE Regional hearing for Millennium Assembly in Geneva. One representative attended.

September 14: Launching of the International Year for the Culture of Peace and Commemoration for the International Day for Peace at ESCAP, Bangkok. One representative attended.

September 15-17: DPI/NGO Annual Conference at UN HQ, New York. Seven representatives attended.

October 26-29: High Level Intergovernmental Meeting to Review Regional Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action by ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand. Three representatives attended.

2000 Every two months, CSW Meeting of the Special Committee of International NGO on Human Rights, Geneva. One representative attend every two months.

February: Copenhagen + 5 Regional Prep Meeting in Geneva. One representative attended.

February 28-March 3: Commission on the Status of Women: Prep Committee for Special Session of the General Assembly on Women 2000, UN HQ, New York. Seven representatives attended.

March 4: Observance of the International Women's Day at ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand. Three representatives attended.

March and April: Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. Two representatives attended and submitted a written statement on Rights of the Child.

April 10-17: 10th Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of offenders at ECOSOC, Vienna. Two representatives attended and submitted a written statement on a "Bridge of Peace, Modeling Restorational Steps that Cut Cycles of Crime and War."

June 2-9: General Assembly Special Session on Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century, UN HQ, New York. Eight representatives attended.

June 3: One-Day Workshop on Gender Justice, Development and Substantiating Rights in Disabling Environment organized by UNRIFD, New York. Two representatives attended.

July and August: Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Geneva. One representative attended.

August 28-30: DPI/NGO Annual Conference, UN HQ, New York. Four representatives attended.

September 19: Observance of International Day of Peace, organized by ESCAP, Bangkok. Two representatives attended.

September: Millennium Assembly (General Assembly), UN HQ, New York, One representative attended.

October 24: Observance of the United Nations Day, organized by ESCAP, Bangkok. One representative attended.

From November: Monthly CSW meetings for women and peace working group, "Jumping the Fence Task Force," Geneva. One representative attend monthly.

November: High-Level Conference against Transnational Crime, Palermo, Italy. One representative attended.

November 28: The Launching of the Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal 2001 at ECOSOC Chamber, UN HQ, New York. Two representatives attended.

3. Cooperation with UN Bodies and Specialized Agencies

1999 May 12-15: Sponsored UN-NGO Workshop on "NGO Consultative Status with ECOSOC" by inviting Ms. Hanifa Mezoui, the Chief of NGO Section of DESA at the Third Women's Conference for Peace in the Middle East in Cyprus.

May: Translated and prepared Japanese version of NGO Workshop materials of NGO Section of DESA and presented to NGO Section.

June 24, 26, 28: Sponsored UN-NGO Workshop on "NGO Consultative Status with ECOSOC", in three different cities of Japan: Fukuoka, Tokyo, and Osaka by inviting the Deputy Chief of NGO Section, Ms. Michelle Fedoroff.

4. Other Relevant Activities

(i.) Action in implementation of the United Nations Resolution

1999 November 22: Co-sponsored with NGO Section of DESA International Conference on the International Year for the Culture of Peace 2000 (UN Resolution of 52/15) followed by participation to the Manifesto 2000 Signature Campaign. A total of 33,000 signatures were submitted to UNESCO from WFWP national chapters by the end of 2000. Speakers from UN for the conference were: Mr. Alfatih Hamad, Deputy Director of UNESCO, New York. Ms. Hanifa Mezoui, Chief of NGO Section of DESA and Mr. Andrew Radolf, Regional Communication Adviser, UNESCO, New York.

2000 October 14: Co-sponsored with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Mozambique to the United Nations a "Forum on the Eradication of Poverty: NGO's Perspective" in commemoration of the International Day of the Eradication of Poverty, October 17 (UN Resolution 47/196 of 22 December.) Speakers from UN were: Ms. Diane Langston, Senior technical Officer, UN Population Fund, and Ms. Sarah Timpson, UNDP's Global Manager for Small Program for Environment.

(ii) Consultations and Cooperation with Officials of the United Nations Secretariat

2000 May 17-20: Invited Ms. Alice Hecht, Senior Administrator of UN Special Commission as a speaker to the Fourth Women's Conference for Peace in the Middle East in Athens, Greece, sponsored by WFWP.

June 2: Invited Dr. Jim Carmichael, Director of UNAIDS New York Liaison Office as a speaker to the "Seminar for Education on AIDS Prevention" in New York, sponsored by WFWP.

October 27: Invited Mr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, Director of UNDP, Tokyo Office as a speaker to a "Symposium on the International Cooperation" in Tokyo sponsored by WFWP.

(iii) Preparation of Papers and /or Other Materials at the Request of ECOSOC and Subsidiary Bodies or of the UN Secretariat

1999 July: Prepared a statement for Oral Presentation at the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC in Geneva requested by the NGO Section of DESA.

(iv) Other Examples of Consultative and Substantive Activities

Financial Assistance received from or given to the United Nations:

1999 June 29: Received donation from UNICEF textbooks of "ABC" and Mathematics, 50 copies each for the WFWP literacy class project in Guinea Bissau. July: Donation of $6,865.00 presented to the UNHCR in Macedonia for Kosovo Refugees.

2000 April 18: Donation of $5,000.00 presented to World Food Program through the New York Liaison Office for the victims of floods in Mozambique.

Joint Sponsorhip of Meetings, Seminars, Studies:

1999 March: Co-sponsored with the Women's group in Trung Province, Thailand a conference for the International Women's Day in Thailand.

1999 April 23-24: Co-sponsored with World Information Transfer a Conference on "Challenges to Health and Environment", UN HQ, New York.

2000 April: Co-sponsored with Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Crime Justice an Ancillary Meeting for the Tenth Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Vienna.

June 3: Co-sponsored with NGO Section DESA a Workshop on "Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace in the 21st Century" which is an ancillary meeting for the Special Session of the General Assembly, Women 2000, UN HQ, New York. Speakers from UN were: Ms. Angela King, Special Assistant to the Secretary-General on Women's issues (delivered Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of UN's Message to the workshop), Ms. Carolyn Hannan, Principal Officer for Gender Mainstreaming, DAW, and Mr. James Lang from UNDP, Men's Group for Gender Equality.

October 10-16: WFWPI Participated in the 1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs convened by CONGO, NGO/DPI Executive Committee. WFWPI sponsored a workshop on "The 21st Century and Family Ethics" and had a booth of exhibition of panels of overseas volunteer activities.

Submitted by: Motoko Sugiyama,Vice President / Chief Administrator Women's Federation for World Peace International