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July 18, 2013

The World We Want

Today, on Nelson Mandela Day, I joined our interns Grace, Marissa, Anna and Brendan at a consultation on The World We Want Platform.  “The World We Want is a platform created by the United Nations and Civil Society to amplify people’s voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development.”

The dialogue included a distinctive panel:

The panel and participants richly dialogued and we look forward to ...

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July 9, 2013

Addressing Inequality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

By Brendan Welsh

The Post-2015 Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities hosted a side event yesterday to brief various ambassadors and representatives of NGOs on the Consultation and High-level Meeting that took place in Copenhagen in February 2013. At the event, several panelists offered their answers to the question; how might inequalities be addressed in the Post-2015 Development Agenda?

Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, said, “It is inevitable that some of us here are focused on just one of the millennium development goals, but whether it’s economic development, environmental protection, or social development, all of the goals ...

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June 20, 2013

Development and Investment in Africa

by Brendan Welsh

 

Today, Onaje and I attended the DPI/NGO forum moderated by Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information. Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, featured speaker at the event, and the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Africa, said, “there is no peace without development, and there is no development without respect for human rights.”

Mr. Abdelaziz primarily spoke on the Millennium Development Goals, saying, “we should not sit idle between now and 2015 to wait for the post-2015 development agenda to be implemented. We have to work hard between now and then ...

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May 31, 2013

High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

by Brendan Welsh

Today, the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda met to discuss their report, and answer questions from representatives of various countries, NGOs, and various government agencies. Michael Anderson, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on the UN Development Goals began by introducing the five Transformative Shifts laid out in the report:

1. Leave no one behind

2. Sustainable Development at the Core

3. Transform Economies for Jobs and Inclusive Growth

4. Build Peace and Effective, Open, and Accountable Public Institutions

5. Forge a New Global Partnership

Anderson added that the report, “isn’t a set of legally-binding ...

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March 7, 2013

Rebuilding in Acheh

Peng and Dr RamaliDr. Rashila Ramali made a presentation at the Asian Pacific Women's Watch parallel event on the situation of women in Acheh.  She analyzed the use of international instruments by the government of Acheh after the independence from Indonesia in 1945 to the armed conflict from 1889-1998 and to the Tsunami of 2004.

One of the most interesting facts was to learn that there are different dotted colored rooftops of the houses depending who came to help rebuild.  There is no one organized agency in control. NGOs go into the country and deliver aid where they see a need by ...

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February 1, 2013

Help set the next global development agenda

My World 2015 is an opportunity to provide input on the priorities to be addressed in the next global development agenda.

The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. 

Help shape the world you want.

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February 27, 2012

Closing song from Monday morning worship

Ecumenical Women's worship this morning was led by the Lutheran World Federation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Here's a clip from the closing song.

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February 26, 2012

Welcome to the Commission on the Status of Women

H.E. Marjon Kamara, Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations and Chair of the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women welcomes everyone to this year's session.

Note that the volume appears to be low.

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February 26, 2012

Giving thanks for the community of advocates

Harriet Tubman. Eleanor Roosevelt. Maggie Kuhn. Naomi Rose. Merdine T. Morris.

On this day - who are the women who have served as advocates for whom you give thanks?

Advocacy took central stage at the Ecumenical Women's Orientation. The afternoon workshops focused on advocacy (with Presbyterian leadership in each of them: Allie Naskret, Margaret Anderson, Ryan Smith).

The did so with good reason.

The "agreed conclusions" will be the primary outcome of the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. The 45 Member States of the Commission will create a set of concrete, action-oriented  recommendations for action by ...

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June 27, 2011

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama

The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Rev. Gradye Parsons, joined other religious leaders in sending an open letter to President Obama calling for “aid, not war, in Afghanistan.”

The letter begins:

As your target date to begin U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan approaches, we are compelled by the prophetic vision of just peace to speak. We represent a diversity of faith communities — ranging from just war to pacifist traditions. As leaders of these communities, some of us initially supported the war in Afghanistan as a justified response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on ...

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April 12, 2011

Arms Down on Global Day of Action Against Military Spending

Send an email to the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council asking their countries to take the lead in shifting spending priorities from military to development. The Religions for Peace Shared Security Campaign suggests this action for the...

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February 9, 2011

2011 Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Development, Security and Economic Justice: What’s Gender Got to Do with It? March 25-28, 2011 Washington, D.C. Come to the 10th annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days, as we explore Development, Security & Economic Justice: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?...

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January 27, 2011

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Event

PC(USA) Compassion Peace, and Justice (CPJ) ministry area will hold a training day on March 25, 2011 in conjunction with Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington D.C. The training day theme will be "A Justice Society and the Changing Role of...

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October 26, 2010

Ecumenical Advocacy Days – Register now

Register Now for Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD)! Come Celebrate 65 years of Presbyterian Presence in Washington, DC! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC is inviting Presbyterians to join us in the nation's capital on March...

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June 20, 2010

Countdown to the International Day of Peace

On June 13, 2010, the United Nations Secretary-General issue a message about the International Day of Peace which will take place on September 21, 2010. The message follows: "One hundred days from today, the world will mark the International Day...

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February 3, 2010

Support development in Palestine

"They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat of their fruit." Isaiah 65:21 This Biblical vision, which has consistently guided the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s work in both Israel and Palestine, provides a context for Commissioners’...

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