Engaging Governments and International Organizations
IFOR members are deeply committed to transforming the culture of violence into what Martin Luther King Jr. often described as the “Beloved Community.” In pursuit of this mission, it has recognized the importance of engaging governments and international organizations.
IFOR members have been supportive of the principles found in the charter of the United Nations since before the UN’s founding in 1945. The most notable exception is that IFOR members do not support the UN providing legitimacy to any armed conflict.
The UN is the preeminent institution for international politics and is an important venue within which to encourage peace and international human rights. IFOR has had special consultative status at the United Nations since 1979. IFOR representatives work at the UN Headquarters in New York and its major offices in Geneva and Vienna. Additionally, IFOR is represented at UNESCO in Paris. This is the Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization of the UN.
IFOR also seeks to engage regional bodies that can contribute to a culture of peace and human rights. The two principle institutions that IFOR seeks to engage are the European Union and the African Union. The EU does not have an institutionalized way for NGOs to participate in its daily operations. However, there is an extensive lobby and advocacy world in Brussels. Here IFOR is connected and engaged through our branch in Brussels, Agir pour la Paix. IFOR hopes to identify a liaison to the African Union and a strategy for representation in Addis Ababa in 2016.
IFOR representatives engage in monitoring, advising, providing education, networking and in some instances, lobbying.
The IFOR President, Lotta Sjöström Becker and assistant to communications and administration, Iskra Ramirez are registered representatives at all UN Sites.
Click on the expandable blocks below to learn more about our representatives and their important areas of work.
UN Headquarters New York Representatives
John Kim (Main Representative)
His main topics are non-violence, arms control, nuclear disarmament, human rights, and international law. He specifically follows the UN Meetings on Peace, Disarmament, Human Rights and International Law.
Patricia is an academic scholar with expertise in gender and women’s rights issues. She participates in the UN Commission on the Status of Women and networks with women’s rights advocates.
UN Geneva Representatives
Zaira Zafarana (Main Representative)
Has served as IFOR's Fellow in Geneva since 2017. She focuses on conscientious objection to military service, working closely with Derek Brett. She coordinates IFOR's representation during the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review, and the meetings of the Human Rights Committee.
His main topics are human rights, disarmament, and peace. He usually participates in the meetings of the Working Groups on the Right to Peace, and on Disarmament.
Hans Ulrich Gerber
Represents IFOR on matters related to disarmament, and the rights of children. He represents IFOR on matters concerning interfaith cooperation at the UN and he is IFOR's representative to the World Council of Churches in Geneva.
Derek focuses on the right of conscientious objection to military service. Moreover, he follows various working groups and UN institutions on Peace and Human Rights issues. The most notable among these are the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review, and the meetings of the Human Rights Committee. He has an extensive network in Geneva and frequently joins in strategic collaborations, for example with the UN Geneva Office of the Quakers.firstname.lastname@example.org
UN Vienna Representatives
Delegated from FOR Austria, Pete’s main topics are nuclear disarmament and non-violent action. He represents IFOR in the NGO Committee on Peace, and in meetings of the Preparatory Committee for the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Other important topics at the UN in Vienna are peaceful uses of outer space, and drugs and crime.
UNESCO Paris Representatives
Maria Antonietta Malleo (Main Representative)
Working from her home base in Sicily, but often in Paris, she follows the organization closely. She has an extensive network and collaborates with the NGO Liaison Office. She participates in the biannual International Conference of NGOs, the biannual General Conference, and the Working Groups on human rights, peace, and youth.
Christian played a vital role in the institution of the International Decade on Peace. Now, he remains focused on the global implementation and awareness of the Culture of Peace.