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General Assembly 2017

The Triennial General Assembly of the IPS was held on 7 May 2017.

The reports presented at the meeting, and the minutes of the meeting are available under "Publications", in English only.

Open Call to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations

Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations (Deadline: 1 June 2018)

NGOs interested in applying for ECOSOC consultative status should submit their application and required documents on or before the deadline of 1 June 2018. The following link provides background information, the benefits of consultative status and instructions for how to apply:


Yoga of Patanjali

Our small group that studies the yoga sutras of Patanjali met once again yesterday, 29 May - May Call Day, a day instituted by Master C.V.V. as a day in which the Master "may call".

The study group on the yoga sutras of Patanjali started about one year ago to meet about once a month for reading the book "Lessons on the Yoga of Patanjali", by Dr. E. Krishnamacharya. It was a proposal made by Sally Curry, the IPS President. The proposal of creating this group was welcomed by Dr. Anantakrishna, who is the eldest son of Dr. Krishnamacharya, in the following words: "The Yoga of Patanjali is the core book on the Science of Yoga. There exists several commentaries and explanations on this book, but the lectures given in 1981 by Master EK in Geneva are really a boon to all the seekers of the world who really want to enter a yogic life and not just remain confined to a so-called yoga practice which is far from real life. This book, "Lessons on the Yoga of Patanjali", which contains the text of these lectures,  is so important because here Master explains the subject without using any technical terms and with many examples from real life. He explained  the subject in a most appealing manner to the people from both Occident and Orient. I appreciate this effort of circulating these lessons to people at large all over the planet. May the Master bless us all in this global work."

Dr. Anantakrishna also authorised the IPS to to copy any part of this book to circulate for interested persons anywhere on the planet. We plan to make the various chapters of this book available as lessons to be mailed once a month upon request to persons interested in studying them.

As part of this study, we also practice the meditation and pranayama exercises taught by Dr. Krishnamacharya. After we finished the "Lessons on the Yoga of Patanjali", we started reading the book "Yoga of Patanjali" as presented by Dr. Krishnamacharya, supplementing it with the corresponding passages from the book "Light of the Soul", by Alice A. Bailey, which is also an explanation of the yoga sutras of Patanjali. Yesterday, we finished the chapter on Book III of the yoga sutras of Patanjali.

Lecture by Dr. Jane Goodall

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research held this year on 26 May the fourth edition of the Geneva Lecture Series. The Geneva Lecture Series brings awareness of pressing global challenges to the concerned public and civil society in Geneva and beyond, with a focus on how each individual can contribute to resolve such challenges. It also offers an intellectual anchor for the work of the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva and a mechanism to channel current thinking and research into policy-making.

The guest speaker this year was Dr. Jane Goodall, United Nations Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute. The title of her talk was: "Nature's wake-up call: why we must heed the warning".

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Cooperation with the United Nations

A written statement by the IPS for the next session of the ECOSOC has been accepted for distribution to all delegates.

The statement was written by Sara Nora Ross, in cooperation with the dynamic group that is working together with Lisinka Ulatowska, the IPS representative at the UN in New York. Lisinka is the founder of the All-Win Network, and has extensive experience lobbying at the UN.

The theme of the statement is the Global Commons. It is now document E/2010/NGO/29, available in all official UN languages at the website of the United Nations. The best way to get a copy of the document is to google  E/2010/NGO/29, then click on the first result of the search ("AGCM Access"). The statement is availalbe both as a Word document and as a pdf.

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A New World Order for the Common Good

In the past weeks we have participated as observers in the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council. As our contribution to this gathering, we have prepared a flyer on a new world order oriented towards the common good, based on the book “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy”. It was laid out on the desks assigned for NGOs during the meeting, and emailed to all our friends and co-workers worldwide.

The original text was written in 1945, just after the end of World War II, as the preparations for reconciliation and reconstruction were just starting. We have left out the passages relating exclusively to that period. This text concerns the work still remaining to be done to achieve a new world order based on right human relations.

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Welcome Bienvenue Willkommen Bem-vindo добро пожаловать Bienvenido

We hope this new updated version of the IPS website will be of service to all. For the moment it is available only in English, but we are preparing the translation into other languages.

Nous espérons que cette nouvelle version mise à jour du site de l'IPS rendra service à tous. Pour l'instant il est disponible uniquement en anglais, mais nous préparons la traduction dans d'autres langues.

Wir hoffen dass der neue IPS Website für allen von Nutzen sein wird. Es ist momentan nur in Englisch zur Verfügung, aber wir sind dabei, die Übersetzungen in anderen Sprachen zu vorbereiten.

Esperamos que esta nova versão atualizada do site do IPS seja útil para todos. Por enquanto existe apenas em inglês, mas estamos preparando a tradução em outras línguas igualmente.

Мы надеемся, что этот новый вариант сайта ИПС послужит всем на благо. В данный момент сайт только на английском языке, но мы готовим переводы на другие языки.

Best wishes for 2017

Best wishes for 2017 - Meilleurs voeux pour 2017 - Beste Wünsche für 2017
Наилучшие пожелания на год 2017 - Nuestros mejores deseos para el 2017
Nossos melhores votos para 2017

Tree of LifeThe Banyan Tree

Beyond shameful words of hatred, beyond evil mutual destruction—the word of Bliss, which is close to every human heart, spreads widely like the mighty branches of the sacred banyon tree.

Au-delà des paroles honteuses de la haine, au-delà de la destruction malfaisante partagée - la parole du bonheur suprême, proche de tout coeur humain, se propage largement comme les branches vigoureuses du banian sacré.

Jenseits schändlicher Worte des Hasses, jenseits bösartiger gegenseitiger Zerstörung breitet sich das Wort der Seligkeit, das jedem menschlichen Herzen nahe ist, aus wie die mächtigen Zweige des heiligen Banyanbaumes.

Сверх позорных слов ненависть, сверх зла взаимного уничтожения—слово блаженство, близкое сердцу каждого человека, широко распространяется как могучие ветви индийской смоковницы.

Más allá de las vergonzosas palabras de odio, más allá de la maligna destrucción mutua – la palabra de Bienaventuranza, que está cerca de cada corazón humano, se extiende ampliamente como las vigorosas ramas del sagrado árbol baniano.

Além das vergonhosas palavras de ódio, além da maligna destruição mútua – a palavra de bem-aventurança, tão cara a todo coração humano, dissemina-se amplamente, como os vigorosos ramos da banyan sagrada.

Himavat Diary Leaves, pages 87-89, Nicholas Roerich

Declaration on the Right to Peace

We are glad to announce that on Monday 19 December the plenary of the General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Right to Peace by majority of its Member States in resolution A/RES/71/189.

A process of 20 years, after the first attempt by UNESCO in 1997, is over.

A detailed article on the Declaration, written by David Fernandez Puyana, was published in Elaph, a leading independent newspaper for the whole Arab region.

Click here to read the article.


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