The Institute of International Social Development is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations
Our Institute was registered in the month of October 1996, under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act of 1956.
The Institute was formed "To Build a Better World". The main objective of the Institute was thus to promote the United Nation's vision "One Earth-One Family".
The Institute is headquartered in Kolkata, India, and has branches and/or representatives in New York, USA; Geneva, Switzerland, Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany.
The founding members of the Institute firmly believe that human or moral values are the foundation of any sustainable, holistic development. To create a benchmark in that regard, the Institute organized the ‘First International Conference on Values for a Better World’ soon after its formation. It had the presence of a galaxy of eminent personalities including Dr. Robert Mueller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and presently the Chancellor of University of Peace, Costa Rica; Dr. David Long, philosopher of global repute; Dr. Crystal Woodword, eminent Sociologist from France; and Dr. Dora Bazen, Advisor to the Vice President of Peru.
The Institute has several welfare projects running in West Bengal, India, in Geneva, Switzerland and an active cultural training forum and holistic development program in New York, USA. The projects aim at holistic development and empowerment of disadvantaged communities and societies and improving the quality of life all around.
The Recommendations from the founding conference were framed to serve as a template for the Institute’s future welfare programs in the areas of Education (Project Sushiksha), Health (Project Sushwasthya), Income Generation (Project Shramdaan), Holistic Development (Project Self-Help Groups) and HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention (Project Hope).
The Institute also conducts workshops, conferences, seminars and other programs with human values as the foundation and issues relevant to the United Nations and India or any branch nation as the themes. It partners with reputed organizations including the United Nations bodies, Government of India Ministries, Confederation of Indian Industriy (CII), Rotary Clubs, and other similar organizations.
United Nations affiliation:
The Institute received the most prestigious Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations in October 2000. Presently it has representatives at the UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
By virtue of this Status of prestige and privilege we felt responsible for ensuring the UN Millenium Development Goals are rightly and productively implemented in our network and that their feedback reaches the global policy-making body through our written statements to the ECOSOC of the UN.
Thus, we reinvented ourselves by charting all our activities on the UN Milenium Development Goals so as to ensure a uniform global method of evaluation and bringing global facilities to the grassroot beneficiaries.All these eight goals including a short description about our activities are listed in our sectio.