UNITED SIKHS get UN recognition
Author: Agencies
24 Dec 2007

New York: United Sikhs, an NGO, has become the first Sikh organisation to be associated with the United Nations.

The international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy group was given recognition by the NGO section of UN's Department of Public Information (DPI).

Announcing its recognition, president of the group Mejindarpal Kaur said, "This is a significant achievement on behalf of 25 million Sikhs who will now be able to participate in global initiatives according to the Sikh principle of selfless service."

In a letter to the United Sikhs, head of NGO section of Department of Public Information (DPI) had informed that the committee on NGOs had approved its association with DPI.

United Sikhs had filed an application to be associated with the UN through the DPI earlier this year.

"Our application was supported by UN agencies such as the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), with whom we worked during tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka.

United Sikhs joins about 1,500 NGOs, associated with DPI, which gives the UN valuable links to people around the world. Through this association, the DPI will help United Sikhs gain access to and disseminate information about the issues in which the UN is involved, so that Sikhs can better understand the aims and objectives of the world body and its work.

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