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April 25, 2013

World Malaria Day

Below is a message from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on World Malaria Day.


THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

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MESSAGE ON WORLD MALARIA DAY

25 April 2013

Since world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, a broad partnership of governments, United Nations entities, philanthropies and businesses has combined to protect hundreds of millions of people from malaria. Increased international funding, matched by growing political commitment in endemic countries, triggered a massive increase in preventive interventions and expanded access to diagnostic testing and life-saving medicines, averting more than a million deaths.

The MDG target of halting and reversing the incidence of malaria is ...


April 25, 2013

The frontline of climate change

by Teo Ufford-Chase

I had the unique pleasure yesterday of being given the opportunity to attend a panel on Climate Change hosted by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. The panel was entitled "Small Island Nations- A New Endangered Species", and it was fascinating. The panel was comprised of three speakers: Mr. Climate Change event - Mr. Hewitt speakingWilliam F. Hewitt, M.S., who teaches climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU, Mr. Hassan Hussain Shihab who is currently the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, and H ...


April 24, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - April 24

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations suggests prayers for:

1. The community of Dhaka, Bangladesh as they grieve for the people killed and wounded in the collapse of an eight- story clothing factory outside the city Tuesday morning that left (as of this date) 87 people killed and over 600 people injured

Learn about Presbyterians at work with our partners in Bangladesh.

2. The people of Guatemala as their former President Efraín Ríos Montt and former intelligence chief José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez stand trial. They are accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity ...


April 24, 2013

Orange your day - End violence against women in the workplace

The 25th of every month is an Orange Day to end violence against women and girls.

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On the 25th of each month, join the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and orange your day!


April 22, 2013

Advocacy Alert CORRECTION AND UPDATE: El Tamarindo, Colombia

An update from our partners in the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship:

 

Friends,

Thank you to the many of you who have already begun reaching out in response to our urgent action this Saturday.  We wanted to provide A CORRECTED E-MAIL ADDRESS and a few critical updates based on some of the feedback we have received and some of the communications we have already seen some write:

1)  The email to the State Department as given was incorrect.  It is:  WHAColombiaDeskOfficers@state.gov   (That’s ColOmbia, not ColUmbia.  We can’t believe we passed on the wrong version!)  

2)  Please remember in ...

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