Posts Categorized: Nonviolence

The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded

Below is an op-ed from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  Here, he states, “Massive military spending and new investments in modernizing nuclear weapons have left the world over-armed — and peace under-funded.” Read more »

UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty Underway

Representatives from the world’s countries have gathered in New York is for the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. The conference began on July 2 and continues through July 27. The negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty are a part of the most important initiative ever created regarding conventional arms regulation within the United… Read more »

War and peace in Afghanistan

The 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved an overture “On the War in Afghanistan.” Through this overture, the General Assembly directed that “materials appropriate for studying the effects of the present war in Afghanistan and of non-combative actions the United States might take in pursuit of the region’s stability, prosperity, and… Read more »

Summer volunteers work on Red Hands

  Sophie Beal and Elodie de Bethmann are summer volunteer interns at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  This is their first week with us, their first blog with us, and their first time getting involved with Red Hands.  Below is the blog from Sophie and Elodie. More photos are available on our Facebook… Read more »

Palestinian prisoners, Israel agree to end of hunger strike

Here are a number of reports about the end of the hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners.  Thanks are in order for this development and for all who helped make it possible. Prayers are in order for those who have been on the hunger strike – for their health and wellbeing – for their nonviolent witness. Work is in order to recognize and respect the human rights of Palestinians. The effort to establish a just and durable peace for Palestinians and Israelis continues.

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Celebrating Europe Day

This evening, I am joining a celebration with Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations Thomas Mayr-Harting to celebrate Europe Day.  Europe Day celebrates European peace and unity on the anniversary of the founding of the European Union (EU). The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins other nongovernmental organizations… Read more »

Christians from Sudan visit UN community

Today, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations hosted with Caritas Internationalis partners from the Diocese of El Obeid who spoke about their work in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan.  A briefing with nongovernmental and governmental partners was hosted this afternoon followed by an appointment with a UN agency. The partners brought the message… Read more »

Human Rights Day

As we celebrate Human Rights Day today, I reflect on the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said a few days earlier on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, “To eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, we need new strategies and measures that can unite all actors. While Governments bear the primary… Read more »