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Le Comité chargé des organisations non gouvernementales recommande l’octroi du statut consultatif spécial à neuf ONG - Réunion de l'ECOSOC - Communiqué de presse (extraits) Français
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Source: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
24 January 2007

Economic and Social Council

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Committee on NGOs
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)


Closes Consideration of Four Applications, Postpones Consideration of 25

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, in two meetings today, recommended 9 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, closed 4 applications and postponed a decision on some 25 more applications.

A standing committee of the Council, the 19-member body uses various criteria to recommend general, special or roster status with the Economic and Social Council, including the applicant’s mandate, governance and financial regime.  Organizations that have general and special consultative status can attend meetings of the Council and circulate statements of a certain length.  Those with general status can, in addition, speak at meetings and propose items for the Council’s agenda, while NGOs with roster status can only attend meetings.


In an interactive dialogue, a representative of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) -- a national organization in the United States with headquarters in New York, that wants to share its expertise on environmental issues and collaborates with international partners to promote the global agenda of sustainable development -- said his NGO would fit in well with the Millennium Development Goals, particularly those on water and sustainable development.  The Fund had founded the International Arid Land consortium, consisting of six United States universities, Jordan and Egypt.  India wanted to join.  The United States Government had over the last 14 years provided $18 million for grants going to scientists in those countries.  Scientific efforts in desertification water problems had no boundaries.  The fund had done work in Haiti and Afghanistan, among numerous other countries, and also developed educational activities.

He stressed, in response to questions from Qatar, Cuba, Pakistan and Egypt, that his Fund had nothing to do with political activities.  It was true, that the original JNF, founded in 1901 in Austria, was a Zionist organization, but the American JNF had been founded in 1926 and had a different perspective.  Organizations affiliated with it were not politically active.  There was no direct funding in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

After the dialogue, the Permanent Observer for Palestine said the JNF website raised concerns regarding activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.  The website claimed that the lands bought and redeemed by the JNF determined the borders of the State of Israel.  In that regard she asked whom the lands had been redeemed from and what were the borders of Israel.  The website also contained information on relief work in the Jerusalem corridor.  She asked whether the communities receiving relief work were illegal settlements in East Jerusalem and what the role was that Himnuta played in the JNF.

The observer of Syria said that according to the JNF website, the objective of the Fund was to be the right hand of the international Zionist organization in order to lay hands on fresh territories.  What were the frontiers of Israel?  Did the JNF recognize international law, or did it have ideological Zionist interpretations?  What was the legal status of the Golan Heights in the eyes of the JNF, and had it participated in colonial activities in the Golan Heights?

Consideration of the matter was postponed.


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