NGOs To Play Important Role in United Nations Five-Year Plan The IAS United Nations Report
By Arife Hammerle, Ph.D.
The International Association of Sufism is a Non-governmental Organization with the Department of Public Information. IAS serves a UN collaborator in this role. In addition, IAS works within the local and global communities in an effort to build peace and advance humanitarian efforts worldwide. It strongly believes that promoting mutuality, respect and understanding among cultures is critical in establishing effective pathways to conflict resolution and acceptance of difference among races, cultures and the human community. IAS holds its work as an NGO of the UN to be the cornerstone of its efforts in fostering peace around the world. Recently, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon released a five-year action agenda outlining the UN’s global priorities. This plan sheds light on the significant emergent messages and issues concerning the work of the UN. With the broad scope of this five-year plan, the Secretary General is offering practical leadership identifying positive steps an NGO of the United Nations can take in the cause of an uplifted humanity. It is also clear from the scale of the emergent challenges outlined in the agenda that a dynamic relationship between NGOs and the United Nations is necessary to empower global networks sharing the views and concerns of the United Nations. THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S FIVE-YEAR ACTION AGENDA The currents of change are transforming our human and physical geography. Demographic transformation, the emergence of new centres of economic dynamism, accelerating inequality within and across nations, challenges to the existing social contract by a disillusioned, mobilized citizenry, technological and organizational transformation linking people directly as never before and climate change are all placing the foundations of our world and our global system under unprecedented stress…. The UN can play a central role in strengthening international governance and establishing constructive patterns of collaboration to manage unprecedented threats and demands for change and to take advantage of new generational opportunities. This agenda sets out a series of actions that I believe the global community must take over the next five years. GENERATIONAL IMPERATIVES AND OPPORTUNITIES I. II. III. IV. V.
Sustainable development Prevention [of disasters and conflicts in all areas of UN work] Building a safer and more secure world by innovating and building on our core business Supporting nations in transition Working with and for women and young people
Arife Ellen Hammerle, JD, Ph.D., LMFT, is a student of the Uwaiysi School of Sufism, as guided by Sufi Teachers Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali. Kianfar. Dr. Hammerle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a psychotherapist with the Community Healing Centers, an integrative psychotherapy non-profit organization. Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 1