Patiala, Dec 24 (UNI) United Sikhs has become the first Sikh advocacy, humanitarian relief and human development Non Governmental Organization (NGO) to be associated with the United Nations.
In a recent letter to the United Sikhs, the head of the NGO section of Department of Public Information (DPI), Juan Carlos Brandt, informed the NGO of the approval for association with the department.
According to United Sikhs director Mejindarpal Kaur, "Our application was supported by UN agencies such as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), with whom we worked during our Tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka. We also had the support of other UN associated advocacy and multifaith NGOs with whom we have done projects." United Sikhs joins about 1,500 NGOs who are associated with DPI, which gives the UN valuable links to people around the world.
Through this association, the DPI would help United Sikhs gain access to and disseminate information about the issues in which the United Nations is involved, so that the Sikh public can better understand the aims and objectives of the world organization and support its work.