Posts Categorized: United Nations

This week at PMUN—May 22–27, 2016

As summer begins in New York, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations enjoyed a busy week. On May 22, Mark Koenig, director, preached at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill. Matt Cowell, Young Adult Volunteer, talked about his work with a youth group from the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa. Nick Gallagher began… Read more »

What can I do about the Sustainable Development Goals?

by Matt Cowell The United Nations recently created two websites addressing the ways in which people can support the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their everyday actions.  The first website, “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World,” offers tips on how to reduce consumption and waste while advocating equality for all.  Featuring… Read more »

Education empowers women: impacting the Commission on the Status of Women

Given the long and strong commitment to education within the Reformed tradition, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s focus during the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women was the importance of education for women and girls to sustainable development. The church raised this concern in our written statement to the Commission before its meeting…. Read more »

Presbyterian Ministry at the UN hopeful for political solution in Colombia

On January 25, 2016, the United Nations Security Council acted to “to set up a United Nations political mission in Colombia, approving a team of international observers to monitor disarmament should the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) reach a final agreement to end Latin America’s longest armed conflict.” We… Read more »

Remembering Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali

We give thanks for the life of former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali, the first person from the United Nation’s Arab group to serve as UN Secretary General. The United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations joins in expressions of sympathy. From UN Web TV come these remarks by current Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:

The Holocaust and Human Dignity

The theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”. The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as… Read more »

March 8 – International Women’s Day

The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up… Read more »

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

by Paul Olson Dag Hammarskjöld used to invite people over to his house to listen to records of Johann Sebastian Bach. Considering all that Mr. Hammarskjöld had to do as the UN’s second General Secretary, this seems really odd. But today’s event began with the UNSRC orchestra playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s  “Air”. As the group… Read more »

Human Rights Day resources

About Human Rights Day What is Human Rights Day? What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? What has the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) said about human rights? Liturgical resources A pastoral prayer for Human Rights Day An Advent devotion for Human Rights Day A Minute for Mission for Human Rights Day You Have Made Us… Read more »