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 +====== United Nations and The Global Ability Initiative. ======
 +
 +
 +===== Letter to UNSEC & UN Staff =====
 +
 +To: Kofe Annan, General Secretary of the United Nations.
 +
 +Dear Mr. Annan
 +
 +We are writing you to inform you about The Global Ability Initiative. (TGAI)
 +
 +TGAI was initiated in the late nineties by The Project Group X-Tra a charity based in the Faroe Islands.
 +
 +We have since then worked on developing free Software for people suffering a broad range of disabilities such as - Aphasia, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy (Spastics), Tetraplegics, ALS/MND as well as others.
 +
 +Due to the way we work many other groups of people suffering from "minor" disabilities such as Dyslexic people will also come to benefit from our work.
 +
 +Our software currently covers nine languages but a miniscule effort by the delegate’s interpreter service at the UN could make our freeware available to millions of people. 
 +
 +And the exact effort... Well all that is needed is the translation of 900 words to make the standard dictionary and thus our software available to every single disabled person living within the countries of the UN.
 +
 +I have included a plead to the delegates of each country listed as a member of the UN and I would like to ask you to encourage the delegates to translate the 900 words to get things started in every country and to provide us with contact information on treatment centres, organisations for disabled and the proper authorities in each country etc.
 +
 +We would be happy to come demonstrate our work and to inform about our organisation and to tell you and the delegates about our plans for the future, if travel expenses etc. can be reimbursed by the UN.
 +
 +I am hoping you can be of assistance in this matter and I am looking forward to hearing from you.
 +
 +Best regards
 +
 +
 +Einar Petersen, Project Manager Bjarne Petersen, Lead Programmer
 +The Project Group X-Tra The Project Group X-Tra
 +
 +Sølystgade 14,3 Ægishædd 4
 +8000 Århus C FO-100 Tórshavn
 +Denmark Faroe Islands
 +
 +Tel: +45 86187321
 +Mob: +45 40952454
 +
 +===== Nations of the World =====
 +Following is the list of the 189 Member States of the United Nations with
 +dates on which they joined the Organization.
 +
 +Member -- (Date of Admission)
 +
 +Afghanistan -- (19 Nov. 1946)
 +Albania -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Algeria -- (8 Oct. 1962)
 +Andorra -- (28 July 1993)
 +Angola -- (1 Dec. 1976)
 +Antigua and Barbuda -- (11 Nov. 1981)
 +Argentina -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Armenia -- (2 Mar. 1992)
 +Australia -- (1 Nov. 1945)
 +Austria-- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Azerbaijan -- (9 Mar. 1992)
 +Bahamas -- (18 Sep. 1973)
 +Bahrain -- (21 Sep. 1971)
 +Bangladesh -- (17 Sep. 1974)
 +Barbados -- (9 Dec. 1966)
 +Belarus -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +
 +On 19 September 1991, Byelorussia informed the United Nations that it had changed its name to Belarus. 
 +
 +Belgium -- (27 Dec. 1945)
 +Belize -- (25 Sep. 1981)
 +Benin -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Bhutan -- (21 Sep. 1971)
 +Bolivia -- (14 Nov. 1945)
 +Bosnia and Herzegovina -- (22 May 1992)
 +
 +The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was an original Member of the United Nations, the Charter having been signed on its behalf on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945, until its dissolution following the establishment and subsequent admission as new members of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
 +The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was admitted as a Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution A/RES/46/237 of 22 May 1992.
 + 
 +
 +
 +Botswana -- (17 Oct. 1966)
 +Brazil -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Brunei Darussalam -- (21 Sep. 1984)
 +Bulgaria -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Burkina Faso -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Burundi -- (18 Sep. 1962)
 +Cambodia -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Cameroon -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Canada -- (9 Nov. 1945)
 +Cape Verde -- (16 Sep. 1975)
 +Central African Republic -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Chad -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Chile -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +China -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Colombia -- (5 Nov. 1945)
 +Comoros -- (12 Nov. 1975)
 +Congo -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Costa Rica -- (2 Nov. 1945)
 +C¶te d'Ivoire -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Croatia -- (22 May 1992) 
 +
 +The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was an original Member of the United Nations, the Charter having been signed on its behalf on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945, until its dissolution following the establishment and subsequent admission as new members of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
 +The Republic of Croatia was admitted as a Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution A/RES/46/238 of 22 May 1992.
 + 
 +
 +
 +Cuba -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Cyprus -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Czech Republic-- (19 Jan. 1993)
 +
 +Czechoslovakia was an original Member of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. In a letter dated 10 December 1992, its Permanent Representative informed the Secretary-General that the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic would cease to exist on 31 December 1992 and that the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, as successor States, would apply for membership in the United Nations. Following the receipt of its application, the Security Council, on 8 January 1993, recommended to the General Assembly that the Czech Republic be admitted to United Nations membership. The Czech Republic was thus admitted on 19 January of that year as a Member State. 
 +
 +Democratic People's Republic of Korea -- (17 Sep. 1991)
 +Democratic Republic of the Congo -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Denmark -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Djibouti -- (20 Sep. 1977)
 +Dominica -- (18 Dec. 1978)
 +Dominican Republic -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Ecuador -- (21 Dec. 1945)
 +Egypt -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +
 +Egypt and Syria were original Members of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958, the United Arab Republic was established by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued as a single Member. On 13 October 1961, Syria, having resumed its status as an independent State, resumed its separate membership in the United Nations.  On 2 September 1971, the United Arab Republic changed its name to the Arab Republic of Egypt. 
 +
 +El Salvador -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Equatorial Guinea -- (12 Nov. 1968)
 +Eritrea -- (28 May 1993)
 +Estonia -- (17 Sep. 1991)
 +Ethiopia -- (13 Nov. 1945)
 +Fiji -- (13 Oct. 1970)
 +Finland -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +France-- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Gabon -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Gambia -- (21 Sep. 1965)
 +Georgia -- (31 July 1992)
 +Germany -- (18 Sep. 1973)
 +
 +The Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic were admitted to membership in the United Nations on 18 September 1973.  Through the accession of the German Democratic Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany, effective from 3 October 1990, the two German States have united to form one sovereign State. 
 +
 +Ghana -- (8 Mar. 1957)
 +Greece-- (25 Oct. 1945)
 +Grenada -- (17 Sep. 1974)
 +Guatemala -- (21 Nov. 1945)
 +Guinea -- (12 Dec. 1958)
 +Guinea-Bissau -- (17 Sep. 1974)
 +Guyana -- (20 Sep. 1966)
 +Haiti -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Honduras -- (17 Dec. 1945)
 +Hungary -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Iceland -- (19 Nov. 1946)
 +India -- (30 Oct. 1945)
 +Indonesia -- (28 Sep. 1950)
 +
 +By letter of 20 January 1965, Indonesia announced its decision to withdraw from the United Nations "at this stage and under the present circumstances". By telegram of 19 September 1966, it announced its decision "to resume full cooperation with the United Nations and to resume participation in its activities". On 28 September 1966, the General Assembly took note of this decision and the President invited representatives of Indonesia to take seats in the Assembly. 
 +
 +Iran (Islamic Republic of)-- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Iraq-- (21 Dec. 1945)
 +Ireland -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Israel-- (11 May 1949)
 +Italy-- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Jamaica -- (18 Sep. 1962)
 +Japan-- (18 Dec. 1956)
 +Jordan -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Kazakhstan-- (2 Mar. 1992)
 +Kenya -- (16 Dec. 1963)
 +Kiribati -- (14 Sept. 1999)
 +Kuwait -- (14 May 1963)
 +Kyrgyzstan -- (2 Mar. 1992)
 +Lao People's Democratic Republic -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Latvia -- (17 Sep. 1991)
 +Lebanon -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Lesotho -- (17 Oct. 1966)
 +Liberia -- (2 Nov. 1945)
 +Libyan Arab Jamahiriya -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Liechtenstein-- (18 Sep. 1990)
 +Lithuania -- (17 Sep. 1991)
 +Luxembourg-- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Madagascar -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Malawi -- (1 Dec. 1964)
 +Malaysia-- (17 Sep. 1957)
 +
 +The Federation of Malaya joined the United Nations on 17 September 1957.  On 16 September 1963, its name was changed to Malaysia, following the admission to the new federation of Singapore, Sabah (North Borneo) and Sarawak. Singapore became an independent State on 9 August 1965 and a Member of the United Nations on 21 September 1965. 
 +
 +Maldives-- (21 Sep. 1965)
 +Mali -- (28 Sep. 1960)
 +Malta -- (1 Dec. 1964)
 +Marshall Islands -- (17 Sep. 1991)
 +Mauritania -- (7 Oct. 1961)
 +Mauritius -- (24 Apr. 1968)
 +Mexico -- (7 Nov. 1945)
 +Micronesia (Federated States of)-- (17 Sep. 1991)
 +Monaco -- (28 May 1993)
 +Mongolia -- (27 Oct. 1961)
 +Morocco -- (12 Nov. 1956)
 +Mozambique -- (16 Sep. 1975)
 +Myanmar -- (19 Apr. 1948)
 +Namibia -- (23 Apr. 1990)
 +Nauru -- (14 Sept. 1999)
 +Nepal -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Netherlands -- (10 Dec. 1945)
 +New Zealand -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Nicaragua -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Niger -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Nigeria -- (7 Oct. 1960)
 +Norway -- (27 Nov. 1945)
 +Oman -- (7 Oct. 1971)
 +Pakistan -- (30 Sep. 1947)
 +Palau -- (15 Dec. 1994)
 +Panama -- (13 Nov. 1945)
 +Papua New Guinea -- (10 Oct. 1975)
 +Paraguay -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Peru -- (31 Oct. 1945)
 +Philippines -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Poland -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Portugal -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Qatar -- (21 Sep. 1971)
 +Republic of Korea -- (17 Sep. 1991)
 +Republic of Moldova -- (2 Mar. 1992)
 +Romania -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Russian Federation -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +
 +The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was an original Member of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. In a letter dated 24 December 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the President of the Russian Federation, informed the Secretary-General that the membership of the Soviet Union in the Security Council and all other United Nations organs was being continued by the Russian Federation with the support of the 11 member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. 
 +
 +Rwanda -- (18 Sep. 1962)
 +Saint Kitts and Nevis -- (23 Sep. 1983)
 +Saint Lucia -- (18 Sep. 1979)
 +Saint Vincent and the Grenadines -- (16 Sep. 1980)
 +Samoa -- (15 Dec. 1976)
 +San Marino -- (2 Mar. 1992)
 +Sao Tome and Principe -- (16 Sep. 1975)
 +Saudi Arabia -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Senegal -- (28 Sep. 1960)
 +Seychelles -- (21 Sep. 1976)
 +Sierra Leone -- (27 Sep. 1961)
 +Singapore -- (21 Sep. 1965)
 +Slovakia -- (19 Jan. 1993)
 +
 +Czechoslovakia was an original Member of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. In a letter dated 10 December 1992, its Permanent Representative informed the Secretary-General that the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic would cease to exist on 31 December 1992 and that the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, as successor States, would apply for membership in the United Nations. Following the receipt of its application, the Security Council, on 8 January 1993, recommended to the General Assembly that the Slovak Republic be admitted to United Nations membership. The Slovak Republic was thus admitted on 19 January of that year as a Member State. 
 +
 +Slovenia -- (22 May 1992)
 +
 +The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was an original Member of the United Nations, the Charter having been signed on its behalf on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945, until its dissolution following the establishment and subsequent admission as new members of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
 +The Republic of Slovenia was admitted as a Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution A/RES/46/236 of 22 May 1992.
 + 
 +
 +
 +Solomon Islands -- (19 Sep. 1978)
 +Somalia -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +South Africa -- (7 Nov. 1945)
 +Spain -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Sri Lanka -- (14 Dec. 1955)
 +Sudan -- (12 Nov. 1956)
 +Suriname -- (4 Dec. 1975)
 +Swaziland -- (24 Sep. 1968)
 +Sweden -- (19 Nov. 1946)
 +Syrian Arab Republic -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +
 +Egypt and Syria were original Members of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958, the United Arab Republic was established by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued as a single Member. On 13 October 1961, Syria, having resumed its status as an independent State, resumed its separate membership in the United Nations. 
 +
 +Tajikistan -- (2 Mar. 1992)
 +Thailand -- (16 Dec. 1946)
 +The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia -- (8 Apr. 1993)
 +
 +The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was an original Member of the United Nations, the Charter having been signed on its behalf on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945, until its dissolution following the establishment and subsequent admission as new members of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
 +By resolution A/RES/47/225 of 8 April 1993, the General Assembly decided to admit as a Member of the United Nations the State being provisionally referred to for all purposes within the United Nations as "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" pending settlement of the difference that had arisen over its name.
 + 
 +
 +Togo -- (20 Sep. 1960)
 +Tonga -- (14 Sept. 1999)
 +Trinidad and Tobago -- (18 Sep. 1962)
 +Tunisia -- (12 Nov. 1956)
 +Turkey -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Turkmenistan -- (2 Mar. 1992)
 +Tuvalu -- (5 Sept. 2000)
 +Uganda -- (25 Oct. 1962)
 +Ukraine-- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +United Arab Emirates -- (9 Dec. 1971)
 +United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland-- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +United Republic of Tanzania -- (14 Dec. 1961)
 +
 +Tanganyika was a Member of the United Nations from 14 December 1961 and Zanzibar was a Member from 16 December 1963. Following the ratification on 26 April 1964 of Articles of Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar continued as a single Member, changing its name to the United Republic of Tanzania on 1 November 1964. 
 +
 +United States of America -- (24 Oct. 1945)
 +Uruguay -- (18 Dec. 1945)
 +Uzbekistan -- (2 Mar. 1992)
 +Vanuatu -- (15 Sep. 1981)
 +Venezuela -- (15 Nov. 1945) 
 +Viet Nam -- (20 Sep. 1977)
 +Yemen -- (30 Sep. 1947)
 +
 +Yemen was admitted to membership in the United Nations on 30 September 1947 and Democratic Yemen on 14 December 1967. On 22 May 1990, the two countries merged and have since been represented as one Member with the name "Yemen". 
 +
 +Yugoslavia -- (1 Nov. 2000)
 +
 +The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was an original Member of the United Nations, the Charter having been signed on its behalf on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945, until its dissolution following the establishment and subsequent admission as new members of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
 +The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was admitted as a Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution A/RES/55/12 of 1 November 2000.
 + 
 +
 +Zambia -- (1 Dec. 1964)
 +Zimbabwe -- (25 Aug. 1980)
 +
 +
 +
 +===== NGLS =====
 +
 +Hesir hjálpa at registrera NGO’s at the UN og so at channel info flow between un & ngo’
 +
 +NGLS Office in New York 
 +
 +United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service
 +Room DC1-1106
 +United Nations
 +New York, NY 10017
 +UNITED STATES 
 +E-mail 
 +ngls@un.org 
 +Telephone 
 ++1-212 / 963-3125 
 +Fax 
 ++1-212 / 963-8712 
 +
 +
 +Among other things, NGLS:
 +brings important development-related issues and activities of the UN system to the attention of NGOs, supports NGOs and NGO networks active on issues and themes under discussion in the UN system, and facilitates NGO participation in, and activities around, UN conferences, events and processes; 
 +supports the UN system in the development of its policies, activities and cooperation with NGOs through improved mutual understanding, enhanced participation and dialogue, and strengthened partnerships; 
 +jointly organizes meetings or other special events with NGOs and/or UN system agencies and puts NGOs in touch with organizations sharing similar interests and with appropriate UN system offices; 
 +maintains databases on the NGO community and the UN system and regularly publishes directories, publicizes important and interesting UN and NGO development activities and publishes a wide range of information and other materials; 
 +advises NGOs and others, on request, on the design and implementation of programmes of development education, research, information and public awareness and advocacy campaigns; 
 +monitors and reports upon the changing roles of Northern, Southern and international development NGOs, and other civil society organizations, their relations with governments and multilateral organizations, etc. 
 +NGLS does not fund projects, provide scholarships, make available official UN sales publications, or distribute publicity items. It is not a membership organization, but works with the NGO community on an informal basis. It has no procedures for the official registration or recognition of NGOs with the UN system.
 + 
 +
 +
 +To: NGLS
 +The Project Group X-Tra is a small non-profit organisation with big goals.  
 +The group originated in the Faroe Islands, a small country in the North Atlantic consisting of a mere 46.000 souls.
 +The group began work late in the nineties and received government approved charity status in 1999, The Project Group X-Tra has been developing completely free software for people suffering a broad range of disabilities since then.
 +With language dictionaries for T-Board the Virtual Keyboard (TTVK) (The groups first piece of software) is currently freely available in nine language versions.
 +The project is moving toward total globalisation as core members aim towards the minimum inclusion of language dictionaries for all UN countries within TTVK by the year 2005. 
 +On the technical side a long list of goals has been set up, and these are being vigorously pursued by the group members as well.
 +The software produced, can as mentioned so far be used by many groups, all the way from people suffering from disease related problems coming from illnesses like sclerosis to “accident” related sufferers subjected to aphasia or paralysis. 
 +Several other groups of people will come to benefit from the data and software created in relation to the project as the group is looking into several shared data solutions which will enhance both the usability of the software created, and bridge the gaps that may exist between the disabled and the community that surrounds them.
 +Therefore we are wondering if you have the ability to help our project move into the next phase? 
 +Because we wish our software to remain completely free of charge to the end users – An issue of the utmost importance for us. We are planning a fundraising campaign in the countries that the basic dictionaries have been translated to.
 +We shall be asking for corporate sponsorships to reach our preliminary goals and in turn as these goals are reached a campaign will be offset in the rest of the nations within the UN to ensure the future for our Global Ability Initiative. 
 +I am unsure if you can be of assistance in relation to our plans, but if possible we would appreciate an opportunity to have our Faroe Islands charity status and work, approved / verified by the UN or UN organs so we can save the time of having to set up a unit in every country the time seeking approval status in every country would consume when we have the ability to reach each country over the internet keeping running costs to a minimum.
 +We would also be interested in what funding opportunities a project like this has within the UN sphere – perhaps your organisation could point us in the right direction in regards to that as well and thus help us reach our goals.
 +If you are interested in a more detailed explanation in regards to our work please do let us know and we shall inform you fully about the project.
 +Looking forward to your comments.
 +Best regards
 +Einar Petersen, Project Manager
 +The Project Group X-Tra
 +Sølystgade 14,3
 +DK-8000 Århus C
 +Denmark
 + Tel: +45 86187321
 +Mob: +45 40952454
 + - The Global Ability Initiative.
 +
  
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