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 UN mission, which is currently under the direction of Michael De Dora, works to protect and advance human rights from a secular, scientific perspective, focusing 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, and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women.
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.