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.