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Swords Into Plowshares

Reflections from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Protecting children in armed conflict

by Madeline Bacchus, Sarah Hoyle, and Willa Van Camp The 7466th Security Council Meeting focused on children and armed conflict. The primary goal of the meeting was to vote on Resolution 2225 which would recognize child abduction, one of the six grave violations of children’s rights, as a criteria for inclusion in  the annex of… Read more »

70th Celebration of the United Nations Charter Day

by Nathan Jumper June 26 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. It set the stage for the ratification of the UN Charter which was completed October . It is, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remarked: an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of… Read more »

We were wrong: Midyear 2015 report by OCHA South Sudan

by Sarah Hoyle Six months ago, we thought that violence and suffering had peaked and peace was on the horizon. We were wrong. – Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Unfortunately now, conditions in South Sudan are much worse than they were six months ago. OCHA South Sudan has just released the midyear report… Read more »

Presbyterian Church (USA) submits comment to UN Human Rights Committee

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) submitted a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the general discussion on the preparation for general comment on Article 6 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Human Rights Committee is holding a Half Day of General Discussion on the right to life in article 6 of… Read more »

Legally binding obligations to fight violence against women and girls

by Nathan Jumper On this Orange Day to witness and work for an end to violence against women and girls, here’s a proposal for another step in that effort. The United Nations Special Rapporteur* on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women and… Read more »

Let’s Develop—Our Lives—Our Communities—Our Identities—Without Drugs

by Nathan Jumper When global leaders gather this September to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, one of the obstacles  they must address will be the harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking. Despite continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public… Read more »

Presbyterian Pillars grow

Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and Robin Pugh have recently become Pillars of the Church.  In April, at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, the office of Compassion, Peace, and Justice announced the formation of the Pillar initiative where people can designate giving towards particular passions, thus helping to sustain them over… Read more »

Elder abuse or violence against older persons?

by Willa Van Camp and Amelie Clemot On June 15, a panel discussion was held on Elder Abuse vs. Violence against Older Persons. Sponsored by the Group of Friends for Older Persons, the panel included permanent representatives of member state missions to the UN and representatives of UN programs and non-governmental organizations. The panelists discussed the… Read more »

World Refugee Day

by Nathan Jumper The United Nations General Assembly has designated June 20 as World Refugee Day. This day is set aside in order to remember the massive numbers of people who are forcibly removed from their homes everyday. The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has issued a call for… Read more »

End sexual violence in armed conflict

by Sarah Hoyle, Willa Van Camp, Amelie Clemot The General Assembly of the UN met today and named June 19th as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. Many representatives spoke to reiterate the fact that this day should stand out from the others as a rallying cry to end… Read more »