Lifebridge Foundation & the United Nations
A Common Purpose
The Lifebridge Foundation was established in 1992 for the purpose of supporting organizations and individuals who, through cultural, educational, and/or scientific means, are creating bridges of understanding among all people by actions to realize the oneness of humanity and the interconnectedness of all life. At the level of governments, nations and peoples the United Nations has reflected these concepts for over 60 years.
Non Government Organizations
The United Nations is an organization of nation states. Seeking to respond to the great problems of our time, governments are gradually learning to harmonize their actions for the common good. There is an evolutionary momentum towards oneness and interdependence and one of the clearest places to see this at work is through the endless round of UN meetings and negotiations leading to internationally binding conventions; as well as through the wide array of activities carried out by such specialized agencies as the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). In order to achieve the objectives of harmonizing the actions of nations for the common good, the UN works closely with civil society groups, including not for profit, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's).
Towards this end NGO's which seek to advance the purposes of the United Nations and which wish to be engaged in supporting the organization are invited to apply for association with the Department of Public Information.
On Human Rights Day, December 10th, 1997, The Lifebridge Foundation was confirmed as an NGO affiliated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. Representatives of the Foundation attend weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York as often as possible and participate in the annual conference of Non-Governmental Organizations associated with the UN. Through the website and the newsletter The Bridging Tree. Lifebridge has, over the years disseminated information about UN activities. Grants have regularly been given to NGO's working on specific UN programs. And in December 2006 the Foundation began a new program of regular meetings at the Lifebridge Sanctuary focused on the Millennium Development Goals.