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INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR CHILD WELFARE
San José, Costa Rica, June 10, 2003
You will remember that the Executive Committee met in New York
City last February and on that occasion two days were devoted to
a Strategic Planning session, as requested by the General Assembly
The officers of the Executive Committee, plus the two Deputy Presidents,
will meet again in Prague for a follow up session of two days to
present specific ideas, suggestions and actions that IFCW
could adopt in order to improve those aspects that were identified
as needing an in-depth review.
It is my hope that in this meeting we can draw some conclusions
and suggest specific actions that will help IFCW to carry
out its mission of improving the delivery of services for children
by its member organizations. I will report to you on
the results of this exercise next month.
This exercise should not be exclusive of the Executive Committee
members, but should include any and all suggestions and ideas any
member wishes to be considered. So, you are invited to send
your views in any aspect of IFCW's field of action with the
assurance that I will put it before the Committee for consideration.
Together with Elba Montalvo, member-at-large of the Executive
Committee who has agreed to help us in monitoring ECOSOC activity,
we have presented to the Council Committee on NGOs our report of
activities for the past four years. This is a requirement
resulting from our consultative status with the Council.
I believe that in order to benefit from our consultative status
it is necessary to interact more directly and frequently with other
NGOs that hold the same status. They are organized on the
Committee on NGOs (CONGO) and have periodic meetings. The
participation in this group has a financial cost (about US$250 yearly)
but I will ask the next General Assembly to consider this possibility,
as well as our eventual participation on the NGO Committee for UNICEF
that I mentioned a couple of moths ago.
With this letter you will have received six letters during this
first semester of this year and of my tenure as President.
Unless you consider it superfluous, I plan to continue
to communicate with you, not necessarily on a monthly basis but
whenever I consider that there is something worthwhile sharing with
you. (Communications is one of the aspects being reviewed
at the Prague meeting).
But I cannot judge what your position is regarding this periodic
communication unless you decide to send some feed back to me.
And not just feed back but information and news that you would like
to share with your fellow members. Please do take a moment
of your time to send me an e-mail (email@example.com),
a fax (506 228 0945) or a letter (P.O. Box 393-2010, San Jose, Costa
Rica). Even if it is to say that you do not consider these
letters useful, it is an important point for me to know. Thank
It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the passing away
of Gretchen, daughter-in -law of our Secretary, Victoria Wagner.
Many of you will remember that Vicky had to leave us suddenly towards
the end of WorldForum 2002 in Honolulu due to a deterioration
of Gretchen's health a that time. After several months of
a relatively stable situation, her health deteriorated rapidly
during the last week of her life.
I am sure that I do so on behalf of all our members when I present
to Vicky, and to her son Sam, our most sincere sympathy at
this difficult time.
The "10 Reasons" booklet, which has already been published in
English and Spanish, has been translated into French thanks to the
assistance of a staff member from Bruce Rivers' organization.
It is now at the printers and should be available for distribution
the first week of July. If you wish to receive and distribute
copies of this French version, kindly let me know.
P.O. Box 393-2010, San José, Costa Rica
Telephone (506) 228 6601 - Fax: (506) 228 0945
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