IAED’s overall focus is on accumulating funds for charitable projects and programs in any country that demonstrates the greatest need for, and the greatest potential for long term sustainable benefits to the people and the country. This includes developing countries and the developed countries. The globalization process (along with the dismantling of the Welfare State -Entitlement) is accelerating the separation of the Rich and the Poor in all countries. Creating a widening "gap." Even the USA is experiencing growth in poor and unfed citizens, right along with the "gap" increase of the middle class due to restructuring, job losses to foreign labor and automation. We see no reversal of this process, but a continuing growing problem. There is no "trickle" down effect, but instead a rather rapid "gushing" up of funds to those at the top of the societies (as of 2004).

IAED is Focused on four main areas:

1. United Nations: The complete UN System and all its bodies. This is a monitoring, servicing, reporting, and advocacy process. We are interviewing UN Department Heads and Heads of UN Organizations for our weekly Television Show.

a. UN ECOSOC - The Economic and Social Council
b. UN DPI - Department of Public Information
c. All the other areas and issues of the United Nations System
d. NGOs - Non-GovernmentalOrganizations.

2. The Permanent Missions to the United Nations. This includes the Missions, Embassies and Consulates. We are constantly working with the Missions and Consulates to assist them in any way we can. We are interviewing Ambassadors for our Television Show every week (now in our eighth year!).

3. The United Nations Country Members. United Nations Permanent Member States, currently at about 191. We are especially interested in the Least Developed Countries (LCD’s) and the Developing Countries, and the South-South and South-North development issues. The bulk of our charitable contributions go directly to these countries, but the Developed Countries are also considered .

4. Intelligent Charitable Economic and Social Development Projects for countries in the greatest need.

IAED Membership. IAED needs more business members which represent all 191 countries of the United Nations. Servicing our members is one of our main functions. Join us as a member of IAED. You can make a real difference!


IAED's Charter is formulated around and tied to the United Nations Charter. IAED is an ACTION oriented organization which spends the majority of its time in countries assisting in economic and social development activities which lead to sustainable and equitable long term development. IAED seeks to build its membership from successful businesses and executive leadership with proven track records in economic development, from all countries. The Founder and Director-General, Dr. Larry T. Gell has 40+ years actual field experience in almost every country of the world. He is a consultant, lecturer, trouble-shooter, problem-solver and turnaround expert for the worlds largest corporations (transnationals), the military, and countries. See his clients list.

IAED is organized to expand as an umbrella organization to include and encompass all areas of society. We believe that the key to social development, Human Rights and a more equitable society is expanded sustainable economic development for all of its citizens. We also know from years of real-world experience, that you will not have successful economic development if all the infrastructures are not in place for good governance which is fair governance for all.

We have enough experience to realize that “Market Capitalism” is a strange bug. It thrives perfectly well in a democratic free and open society, a total dictatorship, a benevolent dictatorship, socialism and under communism (or “planned market/society”). In fact, all of history as far back as we know has been based on it. Frozen in time, the great Roman cities of Leptis Magna and Sabratha (trading posts) in the middle of the African coast on the Mediterranean (Libya) are a couple of the shinning examples.

We also know that “Market Capitalism” needs "checks and balances" if you want to maintain long term sustainable development. In our most recent times, we have seen our largest corporations pull-the-rug from under tens of millions of their workers in the USA first, then in Europe, even Japan, and Asia. We have witnessed the corporations turn their backs on the six million Chinese workers, who made their companies successful and profitable in Hong Kong, within the past month (2000)! With Capitalism you can go from freedom, security and a job to an opposite world overnight. It still remains the best of the systems (for individual opportunities) to date - but needs "checks and balances" and many improvements.

We must not let the forces which are trying to eliminate the United Nations succeed. The UN is a critically essential global platform of "checks and balances." And that is why some people would like to get rid of it. Granted it , like any large organization, has its problems...but, they can be corrected.

The overall goal and objective is to obtain "good governance" first, which is fair to all and provides the foundation for economic and social development.

Sometimes you get to that point by starting with economic development first. China is an example of the hope associated with that theory. Remember in Germany under Hitler, and Japan prior to WWII; it did not work. However, China can not be compared to Germany and Japan at that time. I believe China will rise above our expectations of Her; similar to what Mandela did in South Africa with his inaugural speech and subsequent actions to date. It will take time and we need the kind of patience China understands. Never-the-less, even when nothing else seems to be working...you can start with economic development. Economic development leads to talking with others and that leads to understanding one another, looking for ways to conduct business with one another, and hopefully, eventually to peace and social development. It would be much better the other way around.

Countries in Africa under Mandela of South Africa, Museveni of Uganda and Rawlings of Ghana, to name a few, are starting this process the correct way, but like other Developing Countries, encounter enormous challenges in the social and economic development areas. Structural adjustments and debt throw them all into a downwad spiral. They all need help.

IAED is poised to help the Least Developed Countries and the Developing Countries. We seek to understand their problems, goals and dreams, by close observation of the global issues covered at the United Nations, and by continual working experience in their countries. Their greatest problems lie in their ability to manage their Macro and Micro Economic Development under the pressure of heavy, if not impossible, debt of structural adjustment demanded by the IMF and the World Bank. Many UN and outside experts have called the African debt equivalent to "Debtors Prison."

IAED needs Members who understand this vision and are action oriented. We are looking for executives and companies who want to present a positive image through intelligent charitable economic and social projects to those people who need it the most. Those who can “think globally and act globally” and want to be a part of IAED. Join us as a member of IAED. You can make a real difference!


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The Economic and Social Council

One of the main points of focus for IAED at the United Nations is ECOSOC. Dr. Larry T. Gell has been in"Category-II Consultative Status" with ECOSOC for nearly six and a half years.

Functions and powers
Subsidiary bodies
Other programmes and bodies
Relations with non-governmental organizations

ECOSOC - The Economic and Social Council was established by the Charter as the principal organ, under the authority of the General Assembly, to promote: (a) higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development; (b) solutions of international economic, social, health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational cooperation; and (c) universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion. [sub-paragraphs a, b, and c of Article 55].


Functions and powers

The functions and powers of the Economic and Social Council are:



The Economic and Social Council has 54 members, elected for three-year terms by the General Assembly. The term of office for each member expires on 31 December of the year indicated in parentheses next to its name. In 1996, the Council is composed of the following 54 States:

Argentina (1998), Australia (1997), Bangladesh (1998), Belarus (1997), Brazil (1997), Bulgaria (1996), Canada (1998), Central African Republic (1998), Chile (1996), China (1998), Colombia (1997), Congo (1997), Côte d'Ivoire (1997), Costa Rica (1996), Czech Republic (1998), Egypt (1996), Finland (1998), France (1996), Gabon (1998), Germany (1996), Ghana (1996), Greece (1996), Guyana (1998), India (1997), Indonesia (1996), Ireland (1996), Jamaica (1997), Japan (1996), Jordan (1998), Lebanon (1998), Luxembourg (1997), Malaysia (1997), Netherlands (1997), Nicaragua (1998), Pakistan (1996), Paraguay (1996), Philippines (1997), Poland (1997), Portugal (1996), Romania (1998), Russian Federation (1998), Senegal (1996), South Africa (1997), Sudan (1997), Sweden (1998), Thailand (1997), Togo (1998), Tunisia (1998), Uganda (1997), United Kingdom (1998), United Republic of Tanzania (1996), United States (1997), Venezuela (1996), and Zimbabwe (1996).

The following eighteen States were elected members of the Council for a three-year term beginning on 1 January 1997:
Cape Verde, Chile, Cuba, Djibouti, El Salvador, France, Gambia, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Mozambique, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Zambia.

Voting in the Council is by simple majority; each member has one vote.



The Economic and Social Council generally holds one five-to-six-week long substantive session each year, alternating between New York and Geneva, and one organizational session in New York. The substantive session includes a high-level special meeting, attended by Ministers and other high officials, to discuss major economic and social issues. The year-round work of the Council is carried out in its subsidiary bodies -- commissions and committees -- which meet at regular intervals and report back to the Council.


Subsidiary bodies

(Relevant document series symbols appear in parentheses.)

The subsidiary machinery of the Council includes:

nine functional commissions:


  1. Statistical Commission (E/CN.3/-)
  2. Commission on Population and Development (E/CN.9/-)
  3. Commission for Social Development(E/CN.5/-)
  4. Commission on Human Rights and Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (E/CN.4/- and E/CN.4/Sub.2/-)
  5. Commission on the Status of Women (E/CN.6/-)
  6. Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Subcommission on Illicit Drug Traffic and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East (E/CN.7/- and E/CN.7/Sub.1/-)
  7. Commission on Science and Technology for Development (E/CN.16/-)
  8. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (E/CN.15/-)
  9. Commission on Sustainable Development (E/CN.17/-)


five regional commissions:


  1. Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) (E/ECA/-)
  2. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok, Thailand) (E/ESCAP/-)
  3. Economic Commission for Europe (Geneva, Switzerland) (E/ECE/-)
  4. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Santiago, Chile) (E/ECLAC/-)
  5. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (Amman, Jordan) (E/ESCWA/-);


and a number of standing committees and expert bodies:


Other programmes and bodies

Other programmes and bodies also deal with social and economic issues. Among them are the United Nations Children's Fund, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Programme, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. Often financed only by voluntary contributions, they report to the Economic and Social Council and/or to the General Assembly.


Relations with non-governmental organizations

Under the Charter, the Economic and Social Council may consult with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concerned with matters within the Council's competence. The Council recognizes that these organizations should have the opportunity to express their views, and that they possess special experience or technical knowledge of value to the Council's work.

Over 1,500 non-governmental organizations have consultative status with the Council. They are classified into three categories: category I organizations are those concerned with most of the Council's activities; category II organizations have special competence in specific areas; and organizations on the Roster are those that can make an occasional contribution to the Council, its subsidiary organs or other United Nations bodies.

NGOs with consultative status may send observers to public meetings of the Council and its subsidiary bodies and may submit written statements relevant to the Council's work. They may also consult with the United Nations Secretariat on matters of mutual concern.

-- Basic Facts About the United Nations, Sales No. E.95.I.31.
-- Press Release ORG/1211/Rev.1

Last updated by the UN: November 1996

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