The UN Charter calls for it to establish links to civil society worldwide through the establishment of a DPI/NGO arm (Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations). There were over 1600 as of the year 2000. The National Federation of Music Clubs was accredited by the UN as an NGO in 1949. The NFMC is a United States Congressionally chartered organization under its Title 36/Subtitle II/Part B/Chapter 1515. This charter may be searched on the Internet following the stream http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/36/stIIpBch1515.html All interested parties are urged to do so. It gives the following subsections to Chapter 1515: (1) Definition; (2) Organization; (3) Purposes; (4) Membership; (5) Governing Body; (6) Powers; (7) Restrictions; (8) Duty to maintain corporate and tax-exempt status; (9) Records and inspection; (10) Service of process; (11) Liability for acts of officers and agents; (12) Annual report.
The NFMC provides this outline as an NGO:
1. To analyze and interpret to the NFMC membership the aims and works of the UN.
2. As an organization included in the Official Roster of the UN, to reaffirm music as a universal language and to enhance the musical path of mutual understanding through cultural enrichment at all levels, amateur or professional.
3. To continue to observe and to cooperate for the survival of music in all its multiple noteworthy facets, whenever the opportunity arises.
1. Attend and study the content of briefings and conferences at the UN HQ in NYC, particularly those projects devoted to education and culture – topics that the Congress of the US has chartered NFMC to represent in our nation.
2. Relay to the NFMC pertinent information from the UN.
Anyone with an email address can have correspondence from the UN to the NFMC Representative forwarded by submitting their address. An “address book” for the purpose will be maintained and UN correspondence automatically forwarded to it. We have a membership of 200,000. Of that number, how close are we likely to come in enlisting this membership in developing links to the UN from their community? Bear in mind that for many NGOs, there is no Internet. Travel to NYC is prohibitive from distant places on the planet. We are not only occupying a place of honor by being accredited at the UN, but have an obligation to work with it in pursuit of its goals – a peaceful planet, mindful of its vulnerability to misinformation and/or no information. We can help. The UN Charter and our own Charter are there to affirm the role.
Gail Kruvand, Representative to the United Nations (NGO)
Elizabeth Anderson Deputy Representative to the United Nations (NGO)