International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, Inc.

Organization's name: International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, Inc.
Organization's acronym: ICERMediation
Former Name(s): ICERM
Headquarters address  
Address: 75 South Broadway, Suite 400
White Plains
New York 10601
United States of America
Email: icerm@icermediation.org
Web site: www.icermediation.org
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Activities

Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Citizenship and Governance
  • Crime Prevention
  • Culture
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • International Security
  • Migration
  • Minority Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Religion
  • Values
  • Violence

Social Development:
  • Conflict
  • Indigenous issues

Peace and Development in Africa:
  • Peace in Africa

Conflict Resolution in Africa:
  • Conflicts Resolution
Geographic scope: International
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 2012
Year of registration (YYYY): 2012
Organizational structure: In order to secure the resources ICERM needs to exist and carry out its mission and work effectively, we have established a vital organizational structure. The proposed hierarchical representation of the structure of ICERM includes the management levels, administration, staff, and partners, and their interconnections and inter-responsibilities. Included in ICERM’s structure are: Peace Council, Board of Directors, World Elders Forum, Membership, Secretariat, Staff and Partnership. ICERM’s Secretariat is further divided into ten departments: Research Department, Education and Training Department, Expert Consultation Department, Dialogue and Mediation Department, Rapid Response Projects Department, Department On Internal Healing, Fundraising and Grant Department, Public Relations and Legal Affairs Department, Human Resources Department, and Finance Department.
Number and type of members: Membership in this organization shall be open to all those who care about, have an interest in, or wish to make contributions to help the Organization foster a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups in countries around the world. The Board of Directors is delegated the power and authority to determine the different categories and classes of membership as well as their corresponding minimum requirements. The initial membership will be categorized as follows: 1. Executive Membership; 2. Corporate Membership; and 3. Individual Membership.
Funding structure:
  • Membership fees or dues
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Grants from Governments
  • Fees for education and training services
  • Fees for providing consulting or research services
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Funds from other Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Foreign and international grants

Additional Information

Social Development

Publications: Journal of Living Together, 2014. The Journal of Living Together is a multi-disciplinary, scholarly journal publishing peer-reviewed articles within the fields of ethnic conflict, religious/faith-based conflict, and their methods of resolution, with emphasis on mediation and interfaith dialogue. Living Together is published by the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation, New York and is a forum for scholarly reflection and dialogue regarding the most important emerging issues in the fields of ethnic and religious conflicts and their resolution. A multi-disciplinary research journal, Living Together focuses on a theoretical and practical understanding of ethno-religious conflicts and their methods of resolution with emphasis on mediation and interfaith dialogue. The journal will publish articles that discuss or analyze ethnic and religious/faith-based conflicts or those that present new theories, methods and techniques for ethnic and religious conflict resolution or new empirical research addressing either ethno-religious conflict or resolution, or both.
Purpose of the organization: The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation identifies ethnic and religious conflict prevention and resolution needs, and brings together a wealth of resources and mediation programs and services for community leaders, religious leaders, ethnic group representatives, political parties, public officers, lawyers, security officers, physicians, health-care workers, activists, artists, business leaders, women associations, students, teachers, etc., and their various communities and countries to support sustainable peace in countries around the world. ICERM adopts as its mandate the following: 1. To conduct technical, multidisciplinary and result-oriented research on ethno-religious conflicts in countries around the world; 2. To develop alternative methods of resolving inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapidly implementable projects; 3. To nurture and promote a dynamic synergy within and among diaspora associations and organizations in New York State and in the United States in general, for a proactive ethno-religious conflict resolution in countries around the world; 4. To organize peace education programs for Youth & students in order to strengthen peaceful co-existence amidst cultural, ethnic and religious differences; 5. To create forums for communication, dialogue, inter-ethnic and inter-religious exchanges through the use of modern technology, social media, conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures, arts, publications, sports, etc.; 6. To organize ethno-religious mediation training programs for community leaders, religious leaders, ethnic group representatives, political parties, public officers, lawyers, security officers, physicians, health-care workers, activists, artists, business leaders, women associations, students, teachers, etc.; 7. To promote and provide inter-community, inter-ethnic, and inter-religious mediation services in countries around the world, through unbiased, culturally sensitive, confidential, regionally costed and expeditious processes; 8. To act as a resource center for mediation practitioners, scholars and policy makers in the area of inter-ethnic, inter-religious, and inter-cultural conflict resolution; 9. To co-ordinate the activities of and assist existing institutions concerned with ethno-religious conflict resolution in countries around the world; 10. To provide professional consultation services, such as research, conflict assessment, projections, and mitigation through mediation to formal and informal leadership, local, regional and international organizations, as well as other interested agencies, in the area of inter-ethnic, inter-religious, inter-community and inter-cultural conflict resolution.
A list of members of the governing body of the organization, and their countries of nationality: Board of Directors 1. Dianna Wuagneux, Ph.D., United States. 2. Basil Ugorji, Nigeria. 3. David Silvera, Ph.D., Israel. 4. Ambassador Ozichi Alimole, Ph.D., Nigeria. 5. Ronny Williams, United States. 6. Mary Hope Schwoebel, Ph.D., United States. 7. Tziporah Pronman, United States. 8. Robert Nalbandov, Ph.D., Georgia. 9. Matilda Adedayo Oluyemi-Kusa, Ph.D., Nigeria. 10. Rick Abernathy, United States. 11. Ambassador Shola J. Omoregie, Nigeria.
Description of the membership of the organization, indicating the total number of members: Membership in this organization shall be open to all those who care about, have an interest in, or wish to make contributions to help the Organization foster a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups in countries around the world. The Board of Directors is delegated the power and authority to determine the different categories and classes of membership as well as their corresponding minimum requirements. The initial membership will be categorized as follows: 1. Executive Membership; 2. Corporate Membership; and 3. Individual Membership.

Other UN Entities

Accreditation with other UN Entities:
  • UNDP
  • UNESCO
  • UNHCR
  • UNICEF
  • UNFPA