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        Economic and Social Council
23 March 1999

Original: English

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



1. Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organization

Aims are:

(a) To unite broad democratic forces irrespective of political and religious, social and geographical differences against all forms of subjugation including intolerance and hate, for the common aim of cooperation and solidarity in order to create a peaceful, happy and prosperous life for humankind;

(b) To support the national liberation movements and democratic forces struggling for the preservation and defence of world peace, national culture, sovereignty and territorial integrity, world economic security, ecology, human rights, universal justice, transparency, and free flow of information without distortion or hindrance;

(c) To work consistently for mobilizing popular support for the principles of the United Nations and its agencies:

There is no change in the geographical membership, and no change in the funding process.


AAPSO activities during the period from 1994–1997

AAPSO held the following seminars in that period:


(h) International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ICCP) conference, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1997;

(i) The National Front of the Arab Labour Syndicates and Unions meeting, Tripoli, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 19–22 July, 1997;

(j) United Nations international non-governmental organization meeting/European non-governmental organization symposium on the question of Palestine, Geneva, 25–28 August 1997;


2. Arab Lawyers Union

In accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996, Arab Lawyers Union, an international non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the Council, submits to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, the following report on its activities as regards the support given to the work of the United Nations during the period 1994–1997.

The Arab Lawyers Union (ALU) is a pan-Arab confederation of Arab bar associations and law societies established in 1944.


Besides the active role ALU plays in relation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), ALU participated in the following meetings and activities of the United Nations during 1994–1997.



(c) 21 and 22 February 1994, Geneva, preparation for United Nations Conference on Palestinian Rights, Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat and International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ICCP);



(e) 2–4 September 1996, Geneva, United Nations international non-governmental organization meeting: European Symposium on the Question of Palestine;




(j) 25–28 August 1997, United Nations international non-governmental organization meeting, European non-governmental organization symposium on the question of Palestine (ending 30 years of occupation, the role of non-governmental organizations);


4. Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official overseas relief and development agency of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC). CRS was founded in 1943 to assist refugees and displaced peoples in Europe after the Second World War. The Mission of CRS is to alleviate human suffering, aid the development of peoples, and foster charity and justice in the world. CRS assists people on the basis of need, not creed, race, nationality, sex, or political views.


The United Nations provided funding and engaged in partnership with CRS, primarily at the field level, from 1994 to 1997 in several regions of the world:


(c) Europe, Middle East, North Africa: UNHCR supported CRS Bosnia programmes of rehabilitation and reintegration, minority refugee return, and aid to internally displaced peoples; UNDP in Croatia supported CRS micro-loans to refugees returning to homes of origin; in Kosovo and Albania, UNHCR funded CRS aid to refugees and the internally displaced; in the Middle East, CRS worked in coordination with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (provision of aid to Palestinian refugees) in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip;


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