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The Center for Development of International Law (CDIL) is a non-governmental organization with consultative status with the United Nations (UN) ECOSOC consultative status. It was established to promote the development of international law and strengthening of the international legal order. CDIL advocates increasing the application of international law to individuals. CDIL alsoworks to further the awareness of the interdependence between international and local laws and initiatives. Primary emphasis at CDIL is given to the development of more representative intergovernmental decision-making processes, strengthening enforcement language and mechanisms for international law and institutions with special focus on the areas of human rights, reform of international organizations, environment, sustainable development and restructuring of the United Nations.

CDIL operates as an educational, research, program and project development organization. CDIL also coordinates meetings, seminars, consultations and conferences. CDIL works closely with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local, national and international organizations to support common goals and projects.

Currently, CDIL is housed together with the International Secretariat of the World Federalist Movement (WFM) across the street from the United Nations (U.N.) Headquarters in New York. CDIL and WFM share some administrative tasks while remaining separate organizations.

Some of CDIL's past and current project areas include:

Agenda 21: CDIL follow-through projects, including researching and promoting the establishment of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), local to global implementation of Agenda 21, and the strengthening of international environmental laws and institutions.

United Nations Decade of International Law (UNDIL): CDIL had specific research and development projects promoting UNDIL, especially efforts to strengthen and enhance the role of the World Court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

U.N. Reform: CDIL works with the World Federalist Movement (WFM), UN Associations (UNA), the Alliance for Our Common Future and many other groups promoting strengthening and reform of the U.N. - especially relating to human rights mechanisms, the Security Council and peace-keeping/ building, Charter Review, the General Assembly, decision-making processes, the International Court of Justice and international dispute settlement and the role of major groups and NGOs.

INTGLIM: CDIL co-chairs and is a secretariat for the UNCED International NGO Task Group on Legal and Institutional Matters (INTGLIM). Hundreds of experts and organizations from all issue sectors and regions in the world participated in INTGLIM deliberations during UNCED. INTGLIM continued to serve as an information clearing-house about UNCED follow-up, promoting "CSD Watch" activities, links between the Earth Summit and other U.N. issues, organizing NGO collaboration and as a forum for debate and strategy formulation.

For the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the INTGLIM is serving as a legal and institutional issues caucus and focusing on the issues of global governance for the environment and sustainable development as well as legal issues. INTGLIM has been addressing issues of NGO access and participation, as well as "Type 2" partnerships, corporate accountability and other governance issues.

International Studies, Einstein and Peace Studies. CDIL developed multi-disciplinary secondary and college curricula on various topics in international studies. CDIL has developed a course "Global Environmental Politics: Beyond the Earth Summit." and "Albert Einstein: The Man, His Times, and Theories."

Environment and Development Resource Center - D.C. CDIL served as a Washington office cooperating with EDRC, a Brussels-based organization promoting global sustainable development. CDIL developed a program to promote clearing-house and capacity building goals between Northern and Southern NGOs.

Federalist-Green Project (FGP). FGP is a research project to develop and explore the use of resolutions, initiatives and referenda for the promotion of fundamentally new policies, directions and coalitions on global to local issues.


Specific Project Descriptions:

Human Rights, International Law and the Individual:

CDIL works with other organizations on promoting the ratification and strengthening of international human rights conventions. CDIL participated on the NGO steering committee preparing for the World Conference on Human Rights. CDIL supports efforts to increase the application of international law to individuals and extend legal standing to individuals and communities.

Global Structures Convocation III: Human Rights, Global Governance and the U.N. Charter. CDIL was a sponsor and active in developing and organizing the 1994 convocation which involved hundreds of organizations that prepared proposals for negotiations during the 1995 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

Earth Summit - Agenda 21 - UNCED:

U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD): CDIL is one of most active organizations researching, monitoring and promoting an effective CSD.

Agenda 21: CDIL is promoting local, national and international implementation of Agenda 21, the 40 chapter local to global long-range action plan to achieve sustainable development. CDIL is researching and promoting establishing bottom-up local, county, state Agenda 21 and CSD processes in the U.S.

INTGLIM: CDIL co-chairs and is a secretariat for the UNCED International NGO Task Group on Legal and Institutional Matters serving as a clearing-house and promoter of "CSD Watch" activities.

Citizens' Network for Sustainable Development: CDIL Director serves as a member of Executive Committee and Co-Chair of Legal and Institutional Working Group.

Sustainable D.C. Project: The SDC project goal is to assist in developing model sustainable development plans for Washington, D.C., especially by encouraging Washington-based national and international organizations to apply some of their expertise and resources to "their own back yard."

United Nations Decade of International Law (UNDIL):

NAM-ICJ: CDIL continues to support progressive initiatives of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), in particular the UNDIL and efforts to strengthen and reform the ICJ.

U.N. Reform:

Post Cold War, Post-Earth Summit Roles of Non-Government Actors (NGAs) in the U.N: CDIL works with other organizations promoting the enhanced role of NGOs and major groups in the U.N., especially advancing linkages between human rights and environment, development (UNCED NGOs) and other major groups. A specific goal is to help develop structures, mechanisms and processes for more just and effective cross-sectoral NGA cooperation, representation and decision-making.

Project CHARISMA: Researching proposals to improve the efforts of the Secretary-General in mediating and arbitrating disputes between states.

Weighted Voting - Second Assembly: CDIL conducts research and education efforts to reform U.N. decision-making processes, including proposals for weighted voting and more democratic representation at the U.N.