Institute of International Social Development, Inc. was formed in June, 2001. It is a 501 (c) 3 organization. The Mission of the Institute is to ‘BUILD A BETTER WORLD’ and play a contributive role in the VISION of ‘ONE EARTH ONE FAMILY’.
The Institute is a branch office in New York, USA, of the organization headquartered in Kolkata, India.
The parent Institute has several welfare projects running in West Bengal, India. The projects aim at holistic development and empowerment of disadvantaged communities and societies and improving the quality of life all around. All projects were based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations and now on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
The parent Institute received the most prestigious Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations in October 2000. Presently it has representatives at the UN Headquarters in New York and Paris, France.
The founding members of the Institute firmly believe that human or moral values are the foundation of any sustainable, holistic development. To create a benchmark in that regard, the parent Institute organized the ‘First International Conference on Values for a Better World’ soon after its formation. It had the presence of a galaxy of eminent personalities including Dr. Robert Mueller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and presently the Chancellor of University of Peace, Costa Rica; Dr. David Long, philosopher of global repute; Dr. Crystal Woodword, eminent Sociologist from France; and Dr. Dora Bazen, Advisor to the Vice President of Peru.
The Recommendations from the conference were framed to serve as a template for the parent Institute’s future welfare programs in the areas of Education (Project Sushiksha), Health (Project Sushwasthya), Income Generation (Project Shramdaan), Holistic Development (Project Self-Help Groups) and HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention (Project Hope).
The Institute in New York is a representative office of IISD, India, representing the organization at the United Nations, making written and oral presentations in High-Level Segment meetings and also being there as an Observer.