Organization's name: GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY (GMU)
Headquarters address  
Address: Dr. Sonja Taylor
Global Affairs Dept. MS 6B4 4400 University Drive
Farifax, VA 22030
United States of America
Phone: 703-401-1584
Fax: 703-993-1339
Web site:
Preferred mailing address
Address: Dr. Sonja Taylor
5900 Avon Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814
United States of America
Phone: 703-401-1584
Fax: 703-993-1339
Organization type: Academics
  • English

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Sonja Taylor Designation , Committee on NGOs Representative


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Aging
  • Atomic Energy
  • Biodiversity
  • Business and Industry
  • Children
  • Citizenship and Governance
  • Climate Change
  • Coorporate Accountability
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culture
  • De-mining
  • Debt Relief
  • Decolonization
  • Development
  • Disabled Persons
  • Disarmament
  • Drug Control
  • Economics and Finance
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Extreme poverty
  • Family
  • Financing for Development
  • Food
  • Governance
  • Habitat
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Industrial Development
  • Information
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • International Security
  • Justice
  • Labour
  • Law of the Sea and Antarctica
  • Least Developed Countries
  • Media
  • Micro-Credit
  • Migration
  • Minority Rights
  • New Global Institutions
  • Outer Space
  • Peace and Security
  • Population
  • Private Sector
  • Refugees
  • Religion
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Development
  • Sports for Peace and Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Taxation Policy
  • Torture
  • Trade and Development
  • United Nations Funding
  • United Nations Reform
  • Values
  • Violence
  • Volunteerism
  • Water
  • Women
  • Women/gender Equality
  • Youth

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • Capacity building
  • Education and training of women
  • Human rights of women
  • Indigenous women
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women
  • Men and boys
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Policy advice
  • Research
  • The girl child
  • Trafficking in women and girls
  • Violence against women
  • Women and HIV/AIDS
  • Women and armed conflict
  • Women and health
  • Women and poverty
  • Women and the economy
  • Women and the environment
  • Women and the media
  • Women and the media
  • Women in power and decision-making

  • International migration
  • Population distribution and internal migration
  • Population growth
  • Population structure
  • Reproduction, family formation and the status of women

Public Administration:
  • Ethics, Transparency and Accountability
  • Governance and Public Administration
  • Knowledge Systems and E-government
  • Public Financial Management
  • Public Service and Management Innovation
  • Socio-Economic Governance and Management

Social Development:
  • Aging
  • Conflict
  • Disabled persons
  • Employment
  • Indigenous issues
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Poverty
  • Social policy
  • Technical cooperation
  • Youth

Sustainable Development:
  • Agriculture
  • Atmosphere
  • Biodiversity
  • Biotechnology
  • Capacity-building
  • Climate change
  • Consumption and production patterns
  • Demographics
  • Desertification and Drought
  • Disaster management and vulnerability
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Forests
  • Freshwater
  • Gender equality
  • Health
  • Human settlements
  • Indicators
  • Industrial development
  • Information for decision-making and participation
  • Institutional arrangements
  • Integrated decision-making
  • International cooperation for an enabling environment
  • International law
  • Land management
  • Major Groups
  • Marine Resources
  • Means of Implementation (Trade, Finance, Technology, Tranfer, etc.)
  • Mining
  • Mountains
  • Oceans and seas
  • Partnerships
  • Poverty
  • Protecting and managing the natural resources
  • Rural Development
  • Sanitation
  • Science
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Sustainable development for Africa
  • Sustainable development in a globalizing world
  • Sustainable development of SIDS
  • Technology
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Trade and environment
  • Transport
  • Waste (hazardous)
  • Waste (radioactive)
  • Waste (solid)
  • Waste Management
Geographic scope: International
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop global partnership for development
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1957
Organizational structure: George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world. We are committed to global research, education and outreach. Recent global strategies include seeking international partnerships, evidenced by more than 115 memoranda of understanding with international institutions; the Sino-American 1+2+1 Dual Degree Program; curriculum development resulting in new courses, programs, minors and certificates with a global focus; more than 35 research and education centers that focus on global issues; and development efforts dedicated to global initiatives resulting in numerous grants for research, collaboration and educational programs. George Mason University provides many opportunities for students to learn about the United Nations system through classes, field trips, research, and hosting a class held via video conference with the Ambassador's Club at the United Nations since 1999. (A complete list of global related academic programs and degrees is available at .) Students at Mason are involved in 24 International-student organizations, such as Amnesty International and Model UN, which hosts an annual conference for 400 high school students ( and attends other MUN conferences. Faculty in many departments are actively engaged in researching and resolving key issues relating to the UN, global security, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, health care, and public policy. Mason professors continue to work on conflict resolution issues with NGOs and the UN. For example, a recent study on peace building in Burundi and Sierra Leone is available at The School of Peace Operations ( works directly with UNDPKO in providing, training, and assessments. A summary of centers and institutions is available at . As a founding member of the Academic Impact and the ten universal principles, George Mason University continues to deepen our partnerships and research with the United Nations and welcomes opportunities to partner with other organizations and educational institutions to maximize resources and assist others. George Mason University’s accreditation status to the United Nations Department of Public Information UN/NGO section dates back to 2007. In recent years the university topped the U.S. News & World Report's "Up and Coming National Universities" and is ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, as well as being a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Intensive University. With over 30,000 students and more than 150 degree programs, Mason is located just outside Washington, DC a vital intersection of government, multinational and domestic business, nonprofits and high-technology. For additional information please contact Dr. Sonja Taylor at
Affiliation with NGO networks: TBA
Funding structure:
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Fees for education and training services
  • Other sources
  • Grants from Governments

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Social Development

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Advancement of Women

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Affiliation with other organizations:

UN Public Administration Network (UNPAN)

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Main Objective

Special Event / Application for Consultative Status with ECOSOC
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