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        Economic and Social Council
19 March 1999

Original: English/French

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations
1999 session
Item 4 of the provisional agenda*
Review of quadrennial reports submitted by
non-governmental organizations in general and special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council


Quadrennial reports, 1994–1997, submitted through the Secretary-General
pursuant to Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31

Note by the Secretary-General



2. America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST)

(Special consultative status granted 1985)

America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) is a private, non-profit organization promoting understanding and cooperation between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa through education, information, and development assistance programmes. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AMIDEAST maintains a network of field offices in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen. AMIDEAST demonstrates its support for the work, purposes, and principles of the United Nations in the implementation of programmes that promote the development of local institutions. AMIDEAST’s geographical representation has remained constant while its sources of funding are becoming more non-governmental.

Participation in the Economic and Social Council and/or conferences and other United Nations meetings

AMIDEAST/Lebanon has attended United Nations conferences and workshops over the past few years; AMIDEAST/Morocco attended a United Nations conference on rural education, and AMIDEAST/Washington staff attended numerous United Nations meetings both in New York and Geneva.

Cooperation with United Nations programmes and bodies and specialized agencies

The AMIDEAST Director of Democratic Development met with the Civil Society Programme Director of UNIFEM in New York to present AMIDEAST’s Global Women in Politics project. They discussed how they could complement each other and a brief follow-up occurred.

The UNDP Senior Programme Officer in Amman worked with AMIDEAST in the development of a political awareness-raising curriculum for the Global Women in Politics project.

Other relevant activities

(a) Action in implementation of United Nations resolutions;

(b) Consultations and cooperation with officials of the United Nations Secretariat: AMIDEAST/Morocco’s Country Director meets with the United Nations resident representative as well as the FNUAP to brief them on AMIDEAST and explore the potential for collaboration;

(c) Preparation of papers: AMIDEAST/Lebanon has submitted information to UNDP for its publication, The Development Cooperation Report;

(d) Other examples of consultative activities, including financial assistance received from or given to the United Nations, field-level collaboration, joint sponsorship of meetings, seminars, studies, etc.: AMIDEAST/Egypt cooperated with the Ford Foundation to process participants to the Fourth World Conference on Women; AMIDEAST/Tunisia supported the Tunisian League for Human Rights through training in the United States on programming in the whole range of human rights programmes during 1996; AMIDEAST/West Bank-Gaza worked with UNDP to help strengthen the Palestinian Authority’s institutions.


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