Esperanto/UEA/NY-Office at the UN: Funding
As many activists know, a small office exists at 777 UN Plaza, New York, to present the usefulness of Esperanto, to Non-governmenal Organizations seeking relations with the UN and with UN officials themselves.
With the support of Humphrey Tonkin for decades, quality Zamenhof Symposia have occurred. I have enjoyed co-organizing the last two events which were attended by 75 participants each . Several journalists participated, including one from the New York Times. Earlier conferences included many UN translators, noting that the head of UN Translation Services, Francoise Cestac, encouraged their participation. She co-organized many of our December events and was in the audience for the last two events, in 2009 and 2010. (She has retired from her high-ranking UN position.) George Soros' recent participation is now well-known.
It costs nearly 500 dollars (FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!)a month to maintain the office, the phone and computer services. I wish to address the future funding of the office and the symposia
A modestly catered symposium for 75 participants can cost $1,000 at 777 UN Plaza.
Esperanto-USA, in California, has agreed to take donations for the upkeep of the office: Rent/Phone/Computer/Copies. While this fund has been referred to as the 777 Club, especially for those capable of donating $777 a year, smaller annual donations ($77) are highly appreciated. I WILL BE EAGER TO BE THE SEVENTH PERSON TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OF 777 DOLLARS. Donation are tax-deductible.
While I have been regularly reimbursed, until Januray 2011, for nearly 3 years I was prepaying bills out of my own pocket 3 months in advance.
Limited funds have arrived in California, sufficient for a few months' survival. If you have not contributed before this would be an excellent time to make a contribution.
UEA also has a small UN fund, which they distribute to UN-Esperanto activists/representatives in Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria (where other major UN buildings exist) as well as New York.
OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE OFFICE
Monthly teleconferences have been occurring for over two years to maintain momentum with several well-known E-o activists, directors of Esperanto/UEA/NY Office.
Lectures on the relationship of Esperanto and the UN have occured at Universalaj Kongresoj in Bialystok, Poland (2009), in Havana, Cuba and at the International Youth Conference an hour from the Cuban capital (2010).
Please contact Bill Harris or myself for further details or questions.