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The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization is a non-profit organization working for positive change in society through a wide range of educational programs and conferences for the development of human and ethical values. The parent organization,
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU) was established in 1937. At the present time, there are 4000 branches in over 70 countries. Since 1992, Global Harmony House in Great Neck, New York has been serving as the Regional Headquarters for the Americas and the Caribbean.
There are twenty-four centers within the United States. Our centers are open to people of all traditions, backgrounds, and beliefs. Their purpose is to provide a learning environment for individuals to deepen their understanding and motivation with regard to making positive personal and social choices and contributions. People of all ages, all cultural backgrounds and all walks of life take part in a variety of spiritual/values-based educational activities that provide a positive way of responding to the challenge of modern day living.
Apart from the regular courses and classes, each center plays a major role within its own local community. A wide range of activities are designed to involve people in identifying and implementing the positive spiritual values and ethics needed to improve the quality of community. Many thousands of people have attended courses, training, conferences and retreats.
The Global Harmony House held an event to promote the "International Year for the Culture of Peace"
on September 26, 2000, in Great Neck, New York.
In the context of its work in communities around the world the organization became affiliated to the United Nations Department of Public Information in 1980 as a non-governmental organization. Placement on the roster of the UN Economic and Social Council followed in 1983, consultative status with UNICEF in 1988 and general consultative status in 1998.
The organization has coordinated and participated in numerous UN activities including programs for the International Year of Youth, the UN Decade for Women, the International Year of the Family, the International Year of Eradication of Poverty, the Conferences on Human Settlements: Habitat I and II and the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1987, the BKWSU received seven Peace Messenger Awards from the UN for their co-ordination of the Million Minutes of Peace project, which in turn inspired the first International Peace Messenger Initiative, Global Cooperation for Better World.
Co-ordinated worldwide by the BKWSU, the Global Cooperation project was launched from the House of Lords in London, in April 1988. Until the end of 1991 the project collected visions and plans of actions for a better world from people in 129 countries. The results of the project have been published in the book "Visions of a Better World", distributed worldwide.
In 1996 educators from around the world gathered together to develop a strategy to support values-based education. Resulting from this a program was developed in consultation with UNICEF, UNESCO and the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University: "Living Values: an Educational Program". To date, this program been implemented in over 70 countries.
All over the world the organization holds seminars, retreats, lectures and workshops on themes such as positive thinking, stress management, self-esteem, managerial and inter-personal skills and meditation for people of all professional backgrounds. Annual conferences bring international leaders together to explore new ways of cooperation.
Special Thanks to: Global Harmony House, New York
This issue is dedicated to FM-2030.