The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is an active non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations, and has held special consultative status under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2006. CFI has a presence at both the UN headquarters in New York City, and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
CFI’s mission to the UN works to protect and advance universal human rights from a secular, science-based perspective, focusing mainly on three interrelated areas of humans rights: freedom of religion, belief, and expression; women’s rights; and LGBT equality.
In New York, CFI representatives attend high-level conferences, deliver oral and written statements, directly engage foreign diplomats and delegations, and collaborate with likeminded groups membership on several NGO committees, including the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, the NGO Committee on Human Rights, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and the NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child.
In Geneva, CFI representatives attend the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council to deliver oral and written statements, and directly engage foreign diplomats and delegations on human rights matters relevant to the Council’s proceedings.
CFI’s mission to the UN is currently comprised of the following representatives:
Michael De Dora, Main Representative to the United Nations (NY, Geneva)
Jasmine Sarryeh, Additional Representative (NY)
Josephine Macintosh, Additional Representative (Geneva)
Raheel Raza, Additional Representative (Geneva)