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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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February 28, 2013

57th Session Commission on the Status of Women

CSW 57 header

The 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women begins on March 4, 2013 at the United Nations. For Presbyterians attending the Commission, the experience begins with an orientation tomorrow, March 1, at the Church of the Covenant.

Here is information about the Commission:

The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations ...


February 22, 2013

The 2013 Philippines Travel Study Seminar

The 2013 Philippines Travel Study Seminar participants and leaders

Front row: Cobbie Palm, Cecilia Moran, Doreen Owens, Jordan Whitt, Shadra Shoffner

Back row: Dr. John Wallace, MaryAnn Eschbach, Paul Heins, Ann Johnson, Nancy Eng MacNeill, Becca Lawson

Travel Study Seminar participants are concluding a 10-day journey in the Philippines engaging in conversations on Human Trafficking modern day slavery and environmental devastation.  Check out their posts on our Facebook page


February 20, 2013

All the good that I can do

by Alexander Haines

Bloomfield College group before Chernobyl QuiltWe had the pleasure of hosting a group of students and staff from Bloomfield College today and toured the UN building before returning to the office to hear speakers on several topics. By walking through the rooms of the United Nations (including the General Assembly hall, where Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was present and the General Assembly was in session to launch the “Year of Quinoa”), the group gained greater awareness of how the United Nations system functions (resolutions of the UN Security Council are legally binding, while resolutions of the General Assembly carry the moral weight ...


February 18, 2013

Remembering Dr. Ralph J. Bunche: Black Hisory Month

Ralph Bunche from UN PhotoI passed through Ralph Bunche Park at 43rd Street and First Avenue on Sunday. And it wondered me why the story of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche's life is not told more often.

A political scientist, academic, writer, and diplomat, Bunche took part in planning for the creation of the United Nations. He was an adviser to the U.S. delegation for the "Charter Conference" of the United Nations held in 1945. He took part in drafting the UN Charter. Along with Eleanor Roosevelt, Bunche played a key role in the creation and adoption of the Universal Declaration of ...


February 14, 2013

United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony

UN General Assembly Hall United for a Culture of Peace event

by Alexander Haines

Rochelle Rawls-Shaw and I attended and participated in “United for a Culture of Peace” today in the United Nations General Assembly hall. Through this event, the UN community observed World Interfaith Harmony Week.

We had the opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of several performers, hear speakers from the UN community, and pray with representatives of all major world religious traditions. H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, the current President of the United Nations General Assembly, offered opening remarks in which he asked us to “re-embrace the calls of our respective faiths” to put our “faith in the ...

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