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Cablegate: Embassy Berlin Response to Fy 2008 Pedophilia

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DE RUEHRL #0386 0881400
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 281400Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY BERLIN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0777
INFO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 8907
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0589

UNCLAS BERLIN 000386

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS, IO, EUR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC EAID PHUM SOCI GM
SUBJECT: EMBASSY BERLIN RESPONSE TO FY 2008 PEDOPHILIA
CERTIFICATION

REF: STATE 27762

1. (SBU) SUMMARY. Per reftel request, Embassy Berlin has
found no evidence that would suggest that United Nations
Volunteers (UNV) or its affiliate organizations have ties to
groups that support pedophilia. Per UNV representatives, the
organization does not grant official status, accreditation,
or recognition to any organization that promotes, condones,
and/or seeks the legalization of pedophilia, or that has any
subsidiaries or member organizations that do. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) Post contacted a representative from UNV, whose
headquarters are located in Bonn, who provided us with a
website listing their partners. The website can be found at
http://www.unv.org/partners/partnership-list/ print.html.

3. (SBU) The list of partner agencies includes 22 UN
agencies and seven other agencies. Information about the 22
UN agencies is either requested directly from other posts in
reftel, or is most readily attainable from USUN; as such,
Embassy Berlin will not look into these agencies. Of the
seven other agencies, two of them -- the European Union and
the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent --
are based outside of Germany and have a regional or global
reach that spans well beyond Germany.

4. (SBU) The other five agencies listed as partners with
UNV were not readily known to Embassy Berlin personnel, and
were examined in accordance with reftel instructions,
utilizing the internet. Results were as follows:

-- CIVICUS: This is a South African-based NGO that seeks to
strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the
world. Our investigation yielded no overt ties to groups
that support pedophilia.

-- International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE):
This is a California-based NGO that seeks to promote the
development of volunteering worldwide. They already have
special consultative status with the UN ECOSOC Committee, and
associate status with the UN Department of Public
Information. Our investigation yielded no overt ties to
groups that support pedophilia.

-- Inter-American Development Bank (IADB): This is a
U.S.-based international development bank that serves as the
main source of financing for economic development in Latin
America and the Caribbean. Our investigation yielded no
overt ties to groups that support pedophilia.

-- New Academy of Business: This is a UK-based NGO that
seeks to provide leaders with insights on organizational
responsibility. Our investigation yielded no overt ties to
groups that support pedophilia. Post notes there is a
limited amount of information about this NGO on the internet.
Embassy London may have additional information.

-- OneWorld: This is a UK-based NGO that seeks to promote
democracy worldwide through modern medium such as the
internet. Our investigation yielded no overt ties to groups
that support pedophilia.

5. (SBU) POC for this cable is EconOff Jeremy Nathan,
nathanjp@state.gov. Total amount of staff time devoted to
complying with this request was 4.5 hours.

TIMKEN JR

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