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August 9, 2013

NGO Working Group on Food & Hunger releases inaugural newsletter

 

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins other nongovernmental organizations with UN accreditation in work for a just and reliable world food system.  The NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations “recognizes that nearly a billion people in the world are hungry and a billion more suffer from malnutrition.  Therefore, we seek to pursue urgent international action to end the world food crisis. We envision a global food system that ensures a secure and equitable supply of nutritious food, that are produced in environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways.”

As part of that work, the ...

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April 8, 2013

Global discipleship on food and hunger

Ryan leading workshopLast week, I hosted a workshop at the Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day in Washington, DC.  The workshop focused on global discipleship and food and hunger advocacy within the international community.

Participants looked at three critical global issues around food and hunger policy: soil, water and land grabbing. 

Participants talked about ways in which their congregation could change US based policy and have an influence on global policy.  The theme of acting locally while thinking globally recurred in small groups.

Small groups talked about what is happening in their communities and how others can get involved.  Supporting local produce ...

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October 1, 2012

Presbyterian engagement at the United Nations General Assembly

Last week, New York City welcomed world leaders to the 67th United Nations General Assembly.  The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations was active in raising the voice of Presbyterians from here in the United States as well as those of our partners in the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

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August 9, 2012

UN humanitarian arm gives $55 million to underfunded crises in eight countries

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations has worked with the NGO Working Group on the Security Council to bring attention to OCHA, including Under-Secretary General Amos and Security Council Member States on the humanitarian concerns in these areas.  We know that there is still much work to do, but are glad to see the Central Emergency Response Fund and OCHA making these commitments in these places.  

From the UN News Centre:

9 August 2012 –

The United Nations today announced that it will allocate $55 million to bolster operations in eight countries with neglected humanitarian emergencies.
Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, the ...

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December 24, 2011

PC(USA) responds to typhoon in the Philippines

In the aftermath of the typhoon that struck the Philippines, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding with One Great Hour of Sharing and designated funds in cooperation with our ecumenical partner ACT Alliance, and our mission partner the National Council of Churches of the Philippines (NCCP). Some NCCP churches are being used for as emergency shelter sites. The National Council of Churches of the Philippines is also a member of ACT Alliance. ACT members are already carrying out damage and needs assessments and helping to meet the most urgent needs.

PDA funds will help to meet the immediate need for food ...

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February 17, 2011

Earth Day Sunday Resources

From the Presbyterian Environmental Ministries Office: Earth Day is April 22. Celebrate God’s good creation on a Sunday near that date (which falls on Good Friday this year). The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program produces excellent Earth Day Sunday...

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October 28, 2010

Mary Emma Allison - Presente!

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry Word was received this evening that Mary Emma Allison died today. She and her husband, the Rev. Clyde Allison, helped start Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF sixty years ago. Children around the world are alive this evening due...

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October 14, 2010

Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Presbyterian United Nations Ministry It has been a long time since I have attended a Halloween party. I did so tonight, joining nearly 200 adults and children to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. This program began in...

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April 30, 2008

Conference Speaker Quoted on Food Crisis

"Every country and every people have a right to food that is affordable." Anuradha Mittal, keynote speaker at 2008 Peacemaking Conference. John Nichols addresses the world food crisis in an article appearing in the May 12, 2008 edition of The...

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