Servas International is an international, non-governmental, multicultural peace association run by volunteers in almost 120 countries. Founded in 1949 by Bob Luitweiler. as a peace movement, Servas International is a non-profit organization working to build understanding, tolerance and world peace, was granted consultative status at ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), in 1973. From the beginning, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has been the main entry point into the UN system for NGOs. ECOSOC remains the only main UN body with a formal framework for NGO participation. In 1946, 41 NGOs were granted consultative status by the council; by 1992 more than 700 NGOs had attained consultative status and the number has been steadily increasing eversince to more than 3,400 organizations today. NGOs may contribute to a number of activities, including information dissemination, awareness raising, development education, policy advocacy, joint operational projects, participation in intergovernmental processes and in the contribution of services and technical expertise. NGOs have a mandate to disseminate UN information. Our representatives in NYC, Vienna and Geneva attend sessions, help Servas members willing to visit UN venues, disseminate information about the United Nations principles and activities, cosign joint NGO statements, and at times are able to deliver written or oral declarations on behalf of Servas.
World Environment Day June 5, 2016
World Environment Day celebrated on June 5 is an important UN day, as pointed out on our Servas International Peace Calendar 2016
Let’s take this opportunity to raise awareness among Servas community about the environment and protection of nature, and give more visibility to Servas as a Peace organization. Indeed it is part of our philosophy as a global peace organization!Please see document in English and in Spanish
Servas International 2016 Peace Calendar
The calendar aims to recognize Peace activities developed by Servas members around the world and call the attention to UN dates in order to inspire members to engage in related Peace activities in 2016. Lead by Servas International Peace Secretary, this project has been completed by a Servas Brazilian team. Peace Calendar 2016
Servas International UN Involvement presentation at SICOGA 2015
During the Servas International Conference (SICOGA) held in New Zealand in October 2015, there was a team presentation of some of the achievements by Servas volunteers involved with the United Nations. We believe that Servas International involvement at the UN is crucial, as the UN, is the most important organization the world has to provide peace and security and to prevent war and global environmental degradation. SI UN Involvement presentation
UN Council for Human Rights in Geneva on September 25-26, 2014
The President of Servas International, Jonny Sågänger, participated at the UN Council for Human Rights in Geneva on September 25-26, 2014. You will find his intervention here: Jonny Sågänger's intervention. Scroll down to chapter 59 to see his speech.
UN Council for Human Rights in Geneva on September 9, 2013
On September 9, 2013, a small Servas delegation attended the Human Rights Council's 24th Session opening in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Palais des Nations. Besides the two accredited members allowed to participate in the main conference room (from France and Germany), 5 Servas members from France and Switzerland were able to listen to High Commissioner Navi Pillay's opening speech on the human rights situation worldwide.