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Project presents findings to Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva

25 February 13

Religion & Society Award Holder, Professor Jeremy Carrette, University of Kent, and his colleagues Professor Hugh Miall, Dr Verena Beittinger-Lee and Dr Sophie Helene Trigeaud presented their findings at the United Nations Office of the The Bahá'í International Community in New York on Monday,11th February, 2013, to a conference 30 NGOs working at the UN and at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva to NGOs and diplomats working at the UN. They used the following outline:

Religious NGOs at the UN in New York and Geneva

The AHRC/ESRC project collected data from NGOs and diplomats working at the UN between 2009 and 2012 to evaluate the place, effectiveness and legitimacy of religious NGOs. The key findings revealed information on numbers of religious NGOs, types of activities and critical issues concerning the place and importance of religious NGOs. One of the central findings was to raise issues about the lack of representation of non-Christain NGOs and the relation to issues of NGO finance. The project also found significant difference between NGOs in their conception and interest in civil society and the UN.

Professor Jeremy Carrette has also been invited to the 5th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna, 27th and 28th February 2013, which the project identified as a central part of the UN system drawing together issues of religious and cultural concern.

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