Our Developing World Heritage

The following short list only suggests the wealth of significant engagement:

Embassies & Consulates World-wide - The diplomatic branch of every nation in the world building awareness, knowledge, understanding, coordination, refinement, and assistance . . . . .

United Nations - The support of all nations in efforts to promote cooperation and safeguard life.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) - The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is an alliance of 26 countries from North America and Europe committed to fulfilling the goals of the North Atlantic Treaty signed on 4 April 1949 . . . . to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations."

European Union - "The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity."

Organization of American States - "The nations of the Americas are working more closely together than ever before --strengthening democracy, advancing human rights, promoting peace and security, expanding trade and tackling complex problems caused by poverty, drugs and corruption. Together we are building a better future for the next generation.

US Global Leadership Campaign - "Since 1995, the USGLC has helped to strengthen America's commitment to global engagement and increase funding for diplomatic, economic and humanitarian programs. Over this period, spending for the International Affairs Budget has grown by 40 percent." --- Coalition

Center for U.S. Global Engagement - "The Center for U.S. Global Engagement, the educational arm of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, unites business, humanitarian, faith-based, community and military leaders around the country to broaden our understanding of America's interests in building a better, safer world. The Center works to educate and inspire support among the public, opinion leaders and policymakers for increasing American assistance abroad and strengthening our leadership in international affairs."

World Vision - "World Vision is one of the world's leading relief and development agencies. It is a Christian charity . . . . currently helping over 85 million people in nearly 100 countries in their struggle against poverty, hunger and injustice, irrespective of their religious beliefs."

Center for International Development - A list of Organizations and Resources. - (Harvard University)

Development Gateway - dg Communities. Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration WOrldwide. Including Cooperating Organizations for E-Commerce for Arts & Crafts and SERVE, a Non-profit Alternative Trade Organization. - "dgCommunities is both a place to find knowledge resources focused on development issues and an interactive space where you can share your own work, participate in discussions, find people with similar interests and more. We have more than 40,000 members worldwide - and over half are in developing countries."

Doors to Diplomacy - "The U. S. Department of State is sponsoring the "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge - to encourage middle school and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy."

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)- "Established Jan., 1951, by the General Assembly. It superseded the International Refugee Organization. It seeks permanent solutions to refugee problems, offers international protection to refugees, coordinates the activities of voluntary agencies, and assists the most needy refugee groups. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954 and 1981. In the late 1950s the office of UNHCR aided refugees from Hungary, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, and Chinese refugees in Hong Kong. Since the 1960s most of its economic assistance has gone to refugees created by tribal and political conflicts and civil wars. In the 1980s and 90s such conflicts have taken it to the Horn of Africa, Central America, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia."

Human Rights Watch - "We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all." - SEE: Watch List

CARE - "CARE is one of the world's largest independent, international relief and development organizations. Non-political and non-sectarian, we operate in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe."

Amnesty International - Working to Protect Human Rights Worldwide - "Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. In pursuit of this vision, AI's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights."

World Health Organization - "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

Medicens sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders - "MSF was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race,religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people supersede respect for national borders. It was the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and publicly bear witness to the plight of the populations they served."

Oxfam International - "Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice."

Health Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) - "It is Project HOPE's mission to achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs, conducting health policy research, and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need; thereby contributing to human dignity, promoting international understanding, and enhancing social and economic development. The essence of Project HOPE is teaching; the basis is partnership. Identifiable to many by the S.S. HOPE, the world's first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now conducts land-based medical training and health care education programs on five continents, including North America."

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - "The International Committee of the Red Cross works around the world on a strictly neutral and impartial basis to protect and assist people affected by armed conflicts and internal disturbances. It is a humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Geneva, mandated by the international community to be the guardian of international humanitarian law, and is the founding body of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement."

Save the Children - "We deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children's lives worldwide."

Refugees International - "Refugees International generates lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for displaced people around the world, and works to end the conditions that create displacement. - SEE: The Great Lakes Policy Forum (GLPF) - a strategic coalition of governmental, nongovernmental and multilateral organizations, academics, business leadership, and media professionals with the shared goal of building sustainable peace in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The Council on Foreign Relations, Refugees International, the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and Search for Common Ground co-sponsor monthly meetings of the GLPF."

AmeriCares - "AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization providing immediate response to emergency medical needs, as well as supporting long-term humanitarian assistance programs, for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion. AmeriCares solicits donations of medicines, medical supplies and other relief materials from U.S. and international manufacturers, and delivers them quickly and efficiently to indigenous health care and welfare professionals around the world."

Direct Relief International - "Since 1948, Direct Relief International has worked to improve the quality of life for people in need. We focus on health � by providing essential material resources to locally run health programs in poor areas around the world and during times of disaster. "

UNICEF - "For every child Health, Education, Equality, Protection - Advance Humanity . . . . UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young."

ReliefWeb - Serving the Information Needs of the Humanitarian Relief Community - A project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

US Agency for International Development (ISAID) - "USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law and created by executive order USAID. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms."

Interagency Council on Homelessness - "Given the complex nature of addressing such a broad problem as that of homelessness, it is not so surprising that there exists a federal initiative in the United States to collaborate on "out of the box" approaches to alleviating this situation. In 1987, with the passage of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, Congress established the Interagency Council on Homelessness in order to provide organized leadership in the area of providing assistance to homeless families and individuals. From the homepage, visitors can read about the Council's latest activities, then continue on to learn about funding opportunities and information from states and local municipalities on their own homelessness-based initiatives. Specifically, visitors can learn about the various regional coordinators employed by the Council, and read some rather ambitious 10-year plans to end chronic homelessness adopted by cities such as Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Chicago." [KMG] <#team> (Scout Report

Interaction - "InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. With more than 160 members operating in every developing country, we work to overcome poverty, exclusion and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all. - SEE: The Global Partnership for Effective Assistance - a campaign to save lives and build self-sufficiency by increasing development and humanitarian assistance, improving aid effectiveness, and building international partnerships. In the broadest sense, this campaign aims to help reinvigorate America's role in partnering to build safer, more stable and democratic societies. To that end, we hope to influence the policy debate and raise public awareness about the importance of effective assistance."

The Partnership for Effective Peace Operations - "The PEP is a non-partisan policy working group that includes nongovernmental organizations, interested individuals, academics, practitioners, and others. The PEP envisions an improved U.N. peace operations capacity, and promotes better public policy and enhanced political will pertaining to peace operations through the following activities: the PEP provides an open forum for discussion of peace operations, serves as an information resource for media, and engages in educational efforts that address peace operations. The PEP is not an advocate for any one particular solution to the problems with peace operations, but is a forum where all potential solutions can be discussed in a candid and 'outside the box' atmosphere."

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict - "The Watchlist is a network of local, regional and international non-governmental organizations working to protect the security and rights of children in armed conflicts. The Watchlist monitors the impact of armed conflict on children, compiles reports about children, including adolescents, and influences programs and policies to improve their lives. - View Links - - for United Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations, News, Journals, Resources."

Action without Borders - "Action Without Borders connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Action Without Borders is independent of any government, political ideology or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect."

Peace Corps - "The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship." --- World View Magazine

FreedomCorps - America's Promise, AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps, Hands On Network (formerly CityCares), Idealist. org, Learn and Serve America, The National Mentoring Partnership, Network for Good, The Peace Corps, The Points of Light Foundation, Senior Corps, Youth Service America, United Way of America, Volunteer.Gov/Gov, VolunteerMatch

World Environment Center - "The World Environment Center (WEC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization. Working with the private sector, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, the WEC advances sustainable development by encouraging environmental leadership, helping improve health and safety practices worldwide, and fostering the efficient use of natural resources to protect the global environment."

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - The World Conservation Union - "Vision - A just world that values and conserves nature . . . . Our Mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable . . . . IUCN builds bridges between governments and NGOs, science and society, local action and global policy. It is truly a world force for environmental governance."

UN Environment Programme: Climate Change - "This portal is a central source for substantive work and information resources regarding climate change."

Gateway to Development Information (ELDIS) - "ELDIS is a gateway to information on development issues, providing free and easy access to wide range of high quality online resources." (News, Resource Guides, Web Links, Country Profiles, Events, Jobs)

NOVA: World in the Balance - "Taking as its focus the deceptively simple questions, How has the world's population changed over time? and How will it change in the future?, this engaging website (designed as a companion to the television program) developed by NOVA explores both of these queries through a set of interviews, interactive features, and additional resources, such as weblinks and guides for teachers. The interviews are enlightening, and feature transcripts of conversations with Ding Yihui on climate change in China, Geeta Rao Gupta on the status of women in India, and Lester Brown on population growth. The section on population control campaigns and family planning are particular nice, as they profile, through brief essays and posters, the attempts of India, China, and Kenya to promote these policies. As mentioned, the interactive features are very well-though out, and allow visitors to examine the growth of the human population from the year zero to 2050 and to take a quiz on population trends and environmental challenges. [KMG] <#team> - The Scout Report

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - "Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space. NASA technology also has been adapted for many non-aerospace uses by the private sector. NASA remains a leading force in scientific research and in stimulating public interest in aerospace exploration, as well as science and technology in general. Perhaps more importantly, our exploration of space has taught us to view the Earth, ourselves, and the universe in a new way. While the tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments of NASA demonstrate vividly that humans can achieve previously inconceivable feats, we also are humbled by the realization that Earth is just a tiny "blue marble" in the cosmos."

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - NOAA's mission is "to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental needs."

International Wildlife Coalition - "Founded in 1984, the Coalition is dedicated to public education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, litigation, legislation and international treaty negotiations concerning global wildlife and natural habitat protection issues."

ISAR, the first organization in the world to use the term Animal Rights in a corporate name, was founded in 1959 to expose and end the injustice of the exploitation of animals and the suffering inflicted on them. There's a commitment in ISAR's name: to bring about rights for animals, the right not to be made victims because they are weak and defenseless. ISAR believes that because of their sentient nature, animals have rights that are denied them in law and daily life. Animals share more than the planet with humans. Like us, they are capable of knowing pain, fear and other suffering. We are candid about our goals, and we are tenacious in their pursuit. Often called "ahead of its time" and "the conscience of the movement," ISAR seeks to end, rather than to regulate, uses of animals that deny them their rights and cause them suffering.

Worldwatch Institute - "The Worldwatch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Our work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society --and how to achieve it."

Earthwatch Institute - "Earthwatch Institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment."

World Heritage (UNESCO) - "Not only is it up to the international community, it's also up to every one of us to help save the world's cultural and natural sites before it's too late. - World Heritage, Tangible Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Cultural Diversity, Normative Action, Intercultural Dialogue, Culture and Development, Cultural Industries, Arts and Creativity, Copyright, Museums, Cultural Tourism, Special Forces - See: The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization - WebWorld --Information and Communication. National co-ordination frameworks and mechanisms for the Memory of the World Programme."

World Monuments Fund - List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. "World Monuments Fund is the foremost private, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic art and architecture worldwide through fieldwork, advocacy, grantmaking, education, and training. Since 1965, the New York-based World Monuments Fund has worked with local communities and partners to stem the loss of more than 430 irreplaceable sites in 83 countries . . . . "

National Trust for Historic Preservation - "For more than 50 years, the National Trust has been helping Americans protect the irreplaceable."

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MIT OpenCourseWare - "Global knowledge, local change - More and more of today's most difficult challenges span an array of scientific and technical fields, and OCW has the breadth of knowledge to support innovative solutions that save lives, improve the environment, promote sustainable development, and help entrepreneurs develop the new businesses that will revive our economy. - MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of Massachusetts Institute of Technology course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT."



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