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Economic and Social Council
14 November 2006
Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations
2007 regular session
22 January-2 February 2007
Quadrennial reports 2002-2005 submitted through
the Secretary-General pursuant to Economic and
Social Council resolution 1996/31
Note by the Secretary-General
3. MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
(Special Consultative Status granted in 1998)
The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is the relief, peace and development agency whose constituents are Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches in the United States and Canada. MCC was founded in 1920. It collaborates with other Mennonite, Christian, faith-based and secular nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and governmental organizations in seventy countries to overcome poverty, conflict, oppression, and natural disaster in partnership with local NGOs. The Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office represents these commitments at the United Nations and carries United Nations commitments and concerns back to its constituency for education and action.
... MCC cooperated with UNRWA in our work in relief, education and with children in the Occupied Territories of Palestine (areas under the administration of the Israeli government). MCC also organized educational tours to that region and we brought delegations to the UNOCHA office in Jerusalem for briefings. MCC supported two local NGOs: the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights and the Zochrot Association, which seek to implement United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194. We have also supported the Stop the Wall Campaign, an initiative which has sought adherence to the International Court of Justice on the Separation Barrier. ...
5. ORGANIZATION FOR THE SOLIDARITY OF THE PEOPLES OF ASIA, AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA
Special Consultative Status in 1998
SUMMARY ON THE AIMS AND PURPOSES OF THE NGO
OSPAAAL is an international NGO, founded on January 15, 1966, which was granted the Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1998. During forty years of sustained work, OSPAAAL has been devoted to defend the validity of solidarity among the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America by promoting actions and initiatives to strengthen friendship, cooperation and unity of the Third World nations, on the basis of respect to their rights to independence, sovereignty, self-determination and territorial integrity.
PART II : PARTICIPATION IN THE WORK OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
AND ITS SUBSIDIARY BODIES, MAJOR CONFERENCES AND OTHER
UNITED NATIONS MEETINGS
During the four years covered by the present report, OSPAAAL has participated in:
Second Session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, September 21 to 30, 2006. Oral contributions were presented during the interactive dialogues that followed the presentations by the Special Representative of the High Commissioner on Cuba, and by the Special Rapporteur on the Situation in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. ...
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT IN COOPERATION WITH OTHER BODIES OR SPECIALIZED AGENCIES OF THE UNITED NATIONS
The organization has a long history of active participation and cooperation with the work of both the United Nations Division and the Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. As a result of it, it has been invited to appoint a representative to the International Coordinating Committee of NGOs on the Question of Palestine, who has participated as an expert - with possibilities of presiding over plenary sessions, conducting workshops and contributing to the elaboration and monitoring of the approved plans of actionin the following international conferences:
International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People, New York, September 23-24,2002
International Conference of Civil Society for Peace in the Middle East, Paris, July 11-13, 2005
Regional Meeting of Latin America and the Caribbean on the Question of Palestine, Caracas, December 13-15,2005