International ARS Delegation at UN Conference


NEW YORK–More than thirty members of the Armenian Relief Society–Inc. (ARS) from the US and Canada–participated in the 56th Annual United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI/NGO) Conference–Human Security And Dignity: Fulfilling The Promise of The United Nations–that took place at UN Headquarters in New York–September 8 to 10.

The three-day gathering attracted more than 2,000 individuals from around world to discuss issues of human’security and dignity.

"NGOs represent myriad voices from around the world and we are determined to reach out to them with our common concerns and commitmen’s in achieving human’security," said UN Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor–at the Opening Session.

The Conference featured presentations by the former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso–who now chairs a high-level panel to strengthen United Nations partnerships with civil society; actor and UN Development Program Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover; prominent economist on development issues and a Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General Jeffrey Sachs; and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Co-Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Security Sadako Ogata.

More than 120 people gathered on September 9 to discuss best practices and initiatives involved in strengthening local economies through micro-finance programs–at an ARS sponsored a workshop "Micro-finance: Empowering Women and Persons with Disabilities toward Economic Security"

Speakers included the president of Women’s World Banking Nancy M. Barry; Director of Interdisciplinary Training Dr. David Helm; Senior Research Associate–of the Institute for Community Inclusion Dr. Susan Foley; CAKE Foundation Research Associate Ani Kazarian; and delegate from the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN Dr. Mary Serano.

ARS–Inc. has been associated with the DPI for more than 20 years. ARS members Harriet Kazarian and Stephanie Mesrobian were members of the Conference Planning Committee; Mesrobian also chaired the Interactive Media Committee that created an interactive web site enabling NGOs and the general public access to live audio and video web casts through PCs. A dynamic feature of the web cast was an open discussion forum designed for each plenary session–enabling NGOs to connect globally to share commen’s on human’security and dignity.

As the UN gears up for the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva – December 10 to 12 2003)–and seeks to close the technological gap between nations–this groundbreaking initiative brought NGOs worldwide together to share their valuable insights live.

The full texts of the speeches delivered during the ARS Workshop can be found on the ARS Inc. website at

For questions or more information–contact ARS–Inc. at 617-926-5892.


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