FSV Board & Members


Chair: Vita de Waal  – Foundation ƒor GAIA (GAIA)

Co-Chair: Mintze van der Velde – Lucis Trust

General Secretary: Fawzia Al’Ashmawi (IIROSA)

Treasurers: Amir Hashom  (Al-Hakim Foundation)

Ursula Barter-Hemmerich (INPEA)

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Founding Members

Al-Hakim Foundation (AHF) – Foundation ƒor GAIA (GAIA) – The Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE) – Lucis Trust (Lucis) – World Goodwill (WGW) – Institute for Planetary Synthesis (IPS)  –  Euro Mena  (link)

Current Members

Foundation ƒor GAIA (GAIA) – International Islamic Relief Organisation Saudi Arabia (IIROSA)  – Lucis Trust (link) – World Goodwill (link)  – Institute for Planetary Synthesis (IPS)  –  Mothers Legacy Project (MLP) – International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) –   Institute for Global Education (IGE) – Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) – Latter-day Saints Charities  (LDS Charities)  – Al-Hakim Foundation (link) – Euro Mena (link) – The World Muslim Communities Council (TWMCC) – Sacred Earth Trust (SET) – Damanhur Education (link) – Soka Gakkai International (SGI) – ROKPA International (ROKPA) – Make Mothers Matter (MMM)


in alphabetical order


The Foundation was established in July 2004 for promoting intellectual excellence, religious dialogue and cultural understanding. It brings relief to the poor and those thus disposed, providing access to education and promoting democracy and good governance within civil society. Al Hakim Fdt provides humanitarian relief to support orphans 85000), care and treatment for the needy, sick, and poor,  housing and food for internally displaced people. Al-Hakim Foundation is active in the fight against illiteracy, ignorance and founded 14 primary and secondary schools and offers open cultural courses during summer holiday for male and female students in various Iraqi towns and villages with a total of 8952cultural courses for five years for 486506 participants. Al-Hakim Foundation is sponsoring an initiative aiming to help children in Iraq who are suffering from Asthma Disease. Thousands of Iraqi children lost their lives this year and last years when they get asthmatic attacks while they do not have access to treatment.

Al-Hakim  Areas of Work:  Culture – Democracy – Women Affairs – UN – Youth and Sports – Humanitarian Relief – Education.

Al Hakim is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council / ECOSOC.           

UNOG Representative: Amir Hashom


Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, Brahma  Kumaris has spread to over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO. However, their real commitment is to helping individuals transform their perspective of the world from material to spiritual. It supports the cultivation of a deep collective consciousness of peace and of the individual dignity of each soul.

BKWSU is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) of the United Nations accredited with General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also has: Associate Status with the Department of Public Information (DPI); Consultative Status with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Observer Status to the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP; and i also an Observer Organisation to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a  Flagship Member of Education for Rural People (ERP), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

In promoting the purpose and principles of the United Nations, the spiritual trajectory of awareness, attitude, vision and action is used by Brahma Kumaris in the areas of the Millennium Development Goals, Climate Change, Food Crisis, Gender Equality, Global Public Health, Humanitarian Emergencies, Human Rights, Women, Children, Youth, International Decades and Days. More  • on environment initiative (link) • on UN work (link) and (link)

BKWSU is in general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.

UNOG Representative: Valeriane Bernard


We believe in the power of mothers to make the world a better place. We advocate for their recognition and support as changemakers. We amplify their voice at the highest level: the EU, UNESCO and the UN.

Beyond the diversity of cultures and socio-economic environments, mothers have a lot in common. Our strength as an international NGO lies in bringing them together, whilst recognising their key role in education, health, economy and peace.

When mothers are heard and respected, informed and supported, they become key partners. And as partners, they must be consulted and involved in development projects, particularly those that directly impact them and their families.

Make Mothers Matter (MMM), formerly know as Mouvement Mondial des Mères/World Movement of Mothers, is an international NGO which was established in 1947 at UNESCO in Paris. MMM federates a network of associations in about 30 countries, which represents more than 6 million mothers around the world – or indirectly 20 million people. MMM is an association with no political or religious affiliations, and has general consultative status with the United Nations.

UNOG Representative: Valerie Bichelmeier


Damanhur Education aims to create, develop and disseminate, at national and international level, the education on environmental sustainability and divulgation of the culture of respect for the environment and alternative human settlements (ecovillages) as well as global training of any individual, in all age groups.

Such education is based on a holistic and spiritual vision of the individual and of life and is interpreted and lived as a continuous opportunity for both cognitive and ethical exchange in the development of social relationships. The Association aims to spread, disseminate and popularize a culture of conscious and sustainable development, in the social, economic, ethical and cultural area and supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations through concrete actions. Damanhur Education has been recognised NGO with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council  (ECOSOC) since 2018.

UNOG Representative: Macaco Tamerice

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The Foundation ƒor GAIA,  founded in 1984, calls for humankind to act in partnership with nature in protecting the complex life-support system of the planet, to husband resources appropriately, to develop clean energy sciences and to move towards a new ecological economic system that makes a clear distinction between wholesome and cancerous forms of growth.

  We work in partnership with individuals and organisations who are taking action motivated by true global perspectives in which people, society and nature are given full recognition as part of a larger evolving and fundamentally interconnected whole. Individuals and organisations working as catalysts for the transformation of human consciousness are an important part of this ecological work, because it is from such a shift that a new set of fundamental assumptions about human life will emerge.

GAIA Areas of Work: Environment • Human Rights  •Livelihoods • Wilderness • Cultural & Sacred Sites •  Tangible & Intangible Heritage • Sustainability • SDGs • Corporate Responsibility •  New Energy Sciences • Environmental Refugees/Migrants

GAIA is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council / ECOSOC since 2012.

UNOG Representative: Vita de Waal


The Institute aims at reawakening an awareness of spiritual values in daily life and promoting planetary awareness, which leads to planetary citizenship and to the creation of a spiritually oriented and sustainable world based on spiritual values such as love of truth, personal responsibility, sense of justice, constructive co-operation, selfless service of the greater whole. Its activities include: participation in conferences; consultancy; publication of studies; collection of documentation in the ten fields of service of the ten seed-groups: education, politics, religion, science, psychology, economics (including finance), communication (including telepathy), enlightened observation, healing and creativity.

Areas of Work:  spirituality, values to live by, United Nations, global commons, seed-groups – IPS  Website (link)

IPS has Roster status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council
 / ECOSOC.    

UNOG Representative: Rudolf Schneider and Roswitha Grass


also known as the International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia, IIRO and IIROSA), is a charity based in Saudi Arabia founded by the Muslim World League in 1978. The IIRO has enjoyed consultative status on the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1995 and has since been involved in many joint programmes with UN Agencies and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.  It was the first Islamic NGO to gain observer status with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). (link)

IIROSA is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council / ECOSOC.       

UNOG Representative: Fawzia Al’Ashmawi


INPEA engages in advocacy, education and research for the pritection of the human rights of older persons.

FOUNDED in 1997 and Incorporated in May 1999, INPEA is an independent, Non Profit, incorporated under the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA.  INPEA, Inc., is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) with Special Consultative Status to EcoSoc, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and recognised as a USC Section 501 (c)(3) tax exempt, Non Profit organization in the USA. Tax ID No 14-3478887

INPEA, Inc. has a collaborative relationship with The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)

UNOG Representative: Ursula Barter-Hemmerich


Our humanitarian signature programs are built on the principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability. We employ these principles even during times of critical aid and emergency response. Our efforts are designed to give individuals and communities the tools they need to improve their own circumstances in permanent and meaningful ways.
We work worldwide and seek to align ourselves with partners that share our desire and commitment to meeting humanitarian needs around the world. By working with those organizations most capable of meeting the needs outlined in our various initiatives, we are able to put the donations we receive to the best use. By working with us, our partners are able to increase their impact through our funding and volunteer resources.
LDS Areas of Work: Food – Clean Water – Emergency Response – Immunization – Maternal and Newborn Care – Vision Care – Wheelchairs – Community Projects.
LDSC is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council / ECOSOC.
UNOG Representatives: Oscar and Carol McConkie

The world activities of the Lucis Trust are dedicated to the establishment of right human relations. They promote the education of the human mind towards recognition and practice of the spiritual principles and values upon which a stable and interdependent world society may be based. Lucis Trust is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council/ ECOSOC.

The work of World Goodwill is based on the principles of brotherhood, human unity, sharing and cooperation; and on the fundamental rights and freedoms embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. World Goodwill is a world service organisation practising the principle of non-discrimination in race, religion, ideology, and political and economic convictions.

In order to place a closer focus on the work of the United Nations, and in particular the post-2015 process which is aiming to replace the Millennium Development Goals, we have set up a new blog, World Goodwill at the UN, which will provide up-to-date reports on relevant UN meetings and processes. Regular updates feature news on what is happening at the UN, focusing especially on the process of defining new Sustainable Development Goals for humanity after 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals expire.

Areas of Work of World Goodwill:  World Goodwill, Sustainable Development Goals – Website (link)

Areas of Work of the Lucis Trust: Arcane School, the Lucis Publishing Companies, World Goodwill, Triangles, Lucis Trust Libraries and Lucis Productions  – Lucis Trust Website (link)

Lucis Trust is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council / ECOSOC.

UNOG Representative: Mintze van der Velde and Florian Kock


ROKPA is a Swiss NGO represented in 15 countries world wide. ROKPA is the Tibetan word for “help” and “friend”. The organization is committed to support the Forgotten Ones in this world – children, women and people in need.

ROKPA was founded in 1980 by the Tibetan Lama Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche, the Swiss actress Lea Wyler and her father, the lawyer Dr. Veit Wyler. They began by assisting Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal. In the following years, the projects expanded to the Tibetan Areas of China, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Between 1990 and 2016, ROKPA carried out a total of 457 projects in the Tibetan areas of China, where it was one of the world’s most active relief organisations in this region. Due to a variety of reasons, ROKPA had to withdraw its engagement from this area in 2018.

Currently, ROKPA’s projects are carried out in Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe for people living on the margin of society. The projects are primarily concentrated upon education, medicine and food/living costs. It provides education of and support for street children and orphans and also offers professional training for mothers in need and destitute youths.

ROKPA also provides immediate assistance in medical emergencies by volunteer doctors and nursing staff. ROKPA organises approximately 45’000 meals per year to feed the hungry through Soup Kitchens in Kathmandu and Johannesburg that reach the poorest of the poor.

ROKPA runs a Children’s Home in Nepal, where over 60 children find protection, security and education in a warm extended family setting.  The in 2018, opened Akong Rinpoche Memorial Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, a multipurpose building, hosting a Cultural Centre and ROKPA’s Hospitality and Textile Vocational Training Centre. Nearly 50 destitute young women and men have started vocational training courses here and will be provided with the necessary skills to successfully start their careers. Linked to this, and providing vocational training, ROKPA has been running two social business projects in Kathmandu: a Women’s Workshop and a Guest House that today happens to be one of the highest rated Guest Houses in Kathmandu.

The aim of these projects is to offer socially disadvantaged people an education and a job – long-term and self-sustaining. Many of the leaders in ROKPA’s projects in Nepal and some in the Tibetan Areas are Children who grew up and were schooled and trained under ROKPA.

ROKPA is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council / ECOSOC.

UNOG Representative: Lea Wyler


Created in 1930, Soka Gakkai is a lay Buddhist organization with a membership of over 12 million people worldwide. As a nongovernmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations, SGI seeks to address global challenges and contribute to communities around the world. The SGI Office for UN Affairs operates in New York and Geneva in the areas including peace and disarmament, sustainable development, human rights education, and gender equality and women’s empowerment. We envision a world where the United Nations lives up to its ideals and where a culture of peace is fostered by all.

Soka Gakkai International is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council / ECOSOC.

UNOG Representative are: Hayley Ramsay-Jones, Elisa Gazzotti and Alexandra Goossens Ishii



TWMCC is an Abu Dhabi-based international organisation that was launched in April 2018 to promote cultural pluralism and respect for the cultural and intellectual specificities of the Muslim communities in the world and to promote the values of moderation, dialogue, tolerance and national belonging and promote tolerance and dialogue among followers of religions.

The Council aims to address challenges faced by Muslim communities across the world and to enable Muslim communities across the world to positively integrate in their societies, achieve full citizenship and represent Islam and its true tenets as a religion of peace and tolerance.

TWMCC will coordinate efforts of Muslim community institutions by encouraging members to contribute to the renaissance of their countries, correcting the stereotypical image of Islam and Muslims.

UNOG Representative: Fawzia Al’Ashmawi


EURO-MENA’s mission is to represent a network of public, voluntary, private and non-governmental organisations, including civil society of the Middle East and North Africa, for the promotion of the defense of human rights through education and training in human rights. Human rights are the foundation of a human society that guarantees freedom, equality, dignity, social justice and the right to development for every human being.

EURO-MENA, based on its legitimacy, experience and expertise of its members, its methods and its credibility, has a fundamental role to play in contributing to the promotion of education and training in human rights the Middle East and North Africa and thus to work positively to the realization of all human rights for all citizens of this region. (link)

EuroMena Representative: Amir Hashom


The Institute of Global Education (IGE) focuses on both formal education and on the ground projects supporting a more compassionate and sustainable world.  A world where social justice and equal access to opportunities are available to everyone, where both self-reliance and collaborative interdependence are a way of life and where all decisions support long-term sustainability of both people and the environment.  Mission: To aid in the development of change agents, through education and on-the-ground projects, who contribute to greater justice, equality of opportunity and long-term sustainability. In all of its work, IGE seeks to: Educate, Inspire, Collaborate.

In 1986 IGE established Radio for Peace International through an agreement with the United Nations University for Peace http://www.upeace.org/ in Costa Rica. Programming included news from around the world, formal courses and general education. IGE’s  Indian Student Scholarship Program was created in 2003 to further the education by assisting students to obtain college and university degrees. In 2010, IGE extended its work to Northeast India by joining with other educational organizations to form the Meghalaya Global Peace Consortium to promote peace and community development in the region. (link)

UNOG Representative:  Rudolf Schneider


Located in the heart of Brigham Young University’s campus, the Kennedy Center is a dynamic, global center offering a broad spectrum of study and service opportunities. Our objective is to mold the brightest students today who will serve the people and nations of the world tomorrow—a commitment that extends beyond classroom theory to incorporate practical experience in an international setting. Students who are admitted will find faculty and staff to help them identify and take advantage of international study, career goals, and job placement. Kennedy Center graduates have a reputation around the world for their academic excellence, international experience, and moral character. The center’s international and area studies offers six major and five minor degree programs. Our commitment to interdisciplinary education creates a wellspring of people, knowledge, and experiences where ideas are translated into action.

KCIS Areas of engagement with the United Nations:

KCIS is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council / ECOSOC.

UNOG Representatives: Donald and Ellen Holsinger


Sacred Earth Trust (SET) has branches based in the UK and India. It is a not for profit organisation set up in 2009 to support and to encourage the sustainable development and environmental protection of Sacred Sites and UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world, through working in co-operation with the local communities, indigenous people and international groups. As a GEF UNDP SGP partner, Sacred Earth Trust is receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their ground-breaking plastic block technology project based in Bodh Gaya, as a model for sanitation projects in rural villages.

Sacred Earth Trust endeavours to find practical and innovative solutions on environmental issues, working within the diverse communities and connecting with the wider network; to work together  towards the transformation of consciousness to enable the maximum potential and growth for human development and in using environmental awareness and our relation to the planet as a tool for reflection.

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Representative: Lilian Sum


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