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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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December 24, 2013

UN Security Council acts to double UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan

The United Nations News Centre reports:

The Security Council today authorized almost doubling the United Nations peacekeeping force in strife-torn South Sudan to nearly 14,000 in the face of a rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crisis that has left hundreds of civilians dead and tens of thousands of others driven from their homes.

As requested by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Council unanimously approved a temporary increase in the strength of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to up to 12,500 military and 1,323 police from a current combined strength of some 7,000, through the transfer ...

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May 29, 2013

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Today is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.  We give thanks for the work all those who work for peace everywhere.  We pray for the day that peace does not need to be kept but rather prevails.

Below is a statement by US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice:


Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, On the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

U.S. Mission to the United Nations 

New York, NY

May 29, 2013

On International Day of UN Peacekeepers, the United States honors the brave men and women who serve ...

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January 15, 2011

Côte d'Ivoire update

Security Council Report has published an Update Report on Côte d'Ivoire The Council is expected to adopt a resolution in the coming days to approve troop reinforcement for the peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) to enable the mission to...

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November 26, 2009

Protecting civilians in South Sudan

Presbyterians recently initiated, signed and sent an interfaith letter calling for the deployment of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) peacekeeping forces to protect civilians in South Sudan. The letter went to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,...

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May 28, 2009

Thank UN Peacekeepers

They are not perfect as individuals or as a group. No individuals are. No group is. The mandates they operate under are sometimes inadequate. But some 100,000 men and women from 118 countries serve as UN peacekeepers in 16 of...

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