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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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July 27, 2012

The Olympic Truce: London 2012 Olympics

by Elodie de Bethmann

Olympic Truce Logo - says "Imagine Peace"The Olympic Truce was originally created in ancient Greece to provide a peaceful environment in which athletes and other individuals could safely travel and participate in the Games. Last October, an Olympic Truce Resolution, put forward by the United Kingdom, was unanimously adopted by all 193 UN Member States thus reflecting their support of the truce’s ideals of peace and conflict resolution.

In honor of the London 2012 Olympics, the UK is helping promote the principles of the Olympic Truce. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is preparing truce activities ...


July 25, 2012

Myths and Facts: United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Visitors Center has been receiving call about the United Nations Conference on the Arms TradeTreaty.  They worked with the Office for Disarmament Affairs to provide some myths and facts about the treaty negotiations.  Their post with myths and facts is below.


We have been receiving quite a number of angry phone calls from American citizens complaining about something they call the "Small Arms Treaty," and how such treaty is an attempt, by the United Nations, to override the second amendment of their constitution: "the right to bear arms."

Our colleagues of the Office for Disarmament Affairs put ...


July 25, 2012

Orange Day says end violence against women

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations staff on Orange DayThe UNiTE campaign proclaims every 25th of the month as Orange Day, aiming to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls, not only once a year on 25 November (the International Day to End Violence against Women), but every month!

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women.

Through UNiTE, the ...


July 24, 2012

Outcomes from the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women has recommended that the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations approve draft language on the following topics:

Detailed language on each of these areas are available in the full report ...


July 24, 2012

A call to renewed life - 2012 Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference

by Sophie Beal
Intern, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Communion table from the final day at the Peacemaking ConferenceThe Ghost Ranch Peacemaking Conference held in New Mexico July 11th-15th was a transformative experience. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend this conference and to meet the many people in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who are committed to making peace around the globe.

The Ghost Ranch conference incorporated new and creative ways to speak about peace and learn from one another what a vision of peace in our world might look like. As a group, we spent three days focused ...

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