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Swords Into Plowshares

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

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

by Nathan Jumper United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon once remarked: “United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter’s aim ‘to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security’. Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in… Read more »

Interfaith vigil for Palestinian children

All are invited to attend an Interfaith Vigil on the occasion of the International Day for Protection of Children, Monday, June 1, at noon, at the U.S. Capitol’s Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.  The vigil will highlight the issue of Palestinian children in Israeli detention and focus on the… Read more »

Sarah Hoyle – summer 2015 intern

by Sarah Hoyle Hello everyone! My name is Sarah Hoyle, and I am one of the new summer interns. I am a rising senior Politics and International Affairs Major at Wake Forest University. I am also a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church in Clemmons, North Carolina where I have for a long time been interested… Read more »

Dan Dorrow – summer 2015 intern

by Dan Dorrow My name is Dan Dorrow. My internship with the Presbyterian Ministry at the UN during this summer of 2015 fulfills my final Master of Divinity requirement at Princeton Theological Seminary. I look forward to learning about and contributing to the Ministry’s important work here as I discern my post-graduation future. I am… Read more »

Learn more about Western Sahara

by Nathan Jumper Basic Facts Western Sahara is formally listed by the United Nations as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory.” This means that it possesses neither independence nor formal incorporation in another country. Located on the Northwestern coast of Africa, South of Morocco and North of Mauritania, Western Sahara is comprised of a population estimated at 550,000,… Read more »

International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

From the United Nations: The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 60/119 of 8 December 2005, requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories. In the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory is defined as a Territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government”. In 1946, several UN… Read more »

Tell Congress to Advocate for Palestinian Children

From our colleagues in the Office for Public Witness: The detention of Palestinian minors by Israel raises serious concerns about lack of due process and ill-treatment.  These concerns serve as a call to action for those who feel a responsibility to care for the most weak and vulnerable members of society. According to the Israeli… Read more »

Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs

by Nathan Jumper and Amelie Clemot The NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the NGO Committee on Mental Health recently held a panel session in the UN community on the relation between gender equality and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are currently divided into four categories: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and… Read more »

Do One Thing for cultural diversity

The United Nations has designated today as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. God created human beings, a diverse family, to live together and to love one another as God loves us. This day, and every day, provides an opportunity to celebrate our God-given diversity. Here are 10 simple ideas from the United… Read more »