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NGOs contribute to peace efforts

Walter Dorn — July 1984

Science for Peace began its formal affiliation with the U.N. on July 6, 1983. In U.N. terminology S4P is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) associated with the Department of Public Information (DPI). Other GO’s include the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the United Nations Association, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Sri Chinmoy Centre and a number of Canadian peace groups including the Voice of Women, Project Ploughs hares, and the Canadian Peace Research Institute.

From the U.N.‘s point of view, associations with NGO’s help to disseminate basic knowledge and understanding of U.N. goals and to publicize news of U.N. activities. The Department of Public Information was created (in 1946) “to actively assist and encourage national informational services, educational institutions and other governmental and non-governmental organizations of all kinds interested in the United Nations.”

For Science for Peace, this association with the U.N. not only will allow for an increased aware-ness of international efforts for disarmament, but also will be a means to contribute to disarmament projects. .

Science for Peace is a member of the NGO Committee on Disarmament. The most recent activity of this committee was the seminar “Preventing an Arms Race in Outer Space,” held at the U.N. headquarters (transcripts available). This committee also publishes a newsletter called Disarmament Times. It is the hope of Science for Peace that they can be of service to the United Nations in the search for peace on our planet.

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