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July 30, 2015

Remembering Srebrenica

by Nathan Jumper

Twenty years ago in July 1995, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered, an act that has come to be known as the Srebrenica genocide. These mass killings were perpetrated primarily by units of the Army of Republika Srpska, and the Scorpions, a paramilitary unit from Serbia.

In 2004, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia unanimously ruled that these killings constituted genocide. One year later Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an official statement that, while the blame lies first with those who planned and carried out the massacre, the UN shares ...

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June 29, 2015

70th Celebration of the United Nations Charter Day

by Nathan Jumper

UN 70th Anniversary logoJune 26 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. It set the stage for the ratification of the UN Charter which was completed October . It is, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remarked:

an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.

The ...

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June 23, 2015

Let’s Develop—Our Lives—Our Communities—Our Identities—Without Drugs

by Nathan Jumper

When global leaders gather this September to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, one of the obstacles  they must address will be the harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking. Despite continued and increased efforts by the international community, the world drug problem continues to constitute a serious threat to public health, particularly young people. Up to 200,000 people die every year due to illicit drugs. These people cause injury not only to themselves but also injure the communities of which they are a part by undermining socio-economic and political stability. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently ...

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June 20, 2015

World Refugee Day

by Nathan Jumper

The United Nations General Assembly has designated June 20 as World Refugee Day. This day is set aside in order to remember the massive numbers of people who are forcibly removed from their homes everyday.

The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has issued a call for prayer and recommitment to refugees and asylees. 

That the treatment of refugees remains a pervasive and urgent humans rights issue is reflected in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remark from 2014:

Around the world, conflict has forced a record number of people to flee ...

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June 8, 2015

Healthy oceans, healthy planet

by Nathan Jumper

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon recently made a statement on the importance of the world’s oceans to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. He remarked:

Given how critical oceans are to the health of our planet and the prosperity of people, they are an essential element in our emerging vision for sustainable development, including the new set of sustainable development goals now being prepared to guide the global fight against poverty for the next 15 years. Climate change poses a great challenge for the health and productivity of the oceans. The science is ...

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January 27, 2015

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 2015

Remembrance and Beyond

 

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins colleagues today recognizing the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

In 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Through this commemoration, the UN system and member states of the UN honor the victims of the Nazi era and provide and develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

The theme for this year's observance is: “Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust ...

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October 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, United Nations

United Nations Day Poster

October 24th is United Nations Day.  This day marks the anniversary of the Charter of the UN that occurred in 1945. 

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported the work of the United Nations. The 220th General Assembly (2012) voted to "Affirm the church’s historic support for the United Nations as an instrument of peacemaking and peace building and a guarantor of the human and legal rights of people and nations."

Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate this day:

Pray for those who work in the United Nations system.

Pray for the United ...

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April 2, 2014

World Autism Day - 2 April 2014

From United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.

From the United Nations

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high, and the disorder can bring significant hardships to families. World Autism Awareness Day ...

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June 13, 2013

Education for Peace: 2013 International Day of Peace

September 21 marks the International Day of Peace this year's theme is Education for Peace.

International Day of Peace Poster"It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
100-day countdown message to the International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within ...

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September 19, 2012

September 25 - Observe an Orange Day - Call for an end to violence against women and girls

Orange Day BannerOn September 25 observe an Orange Day – a day to say no and to work for an end to violence against women and girls. Here are some ways to mark this day:

Pray

Advocate

Act

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August 21, 2012

Orange Days: Say No – End Violence Against Women and Girls

Orange Day BannerOn the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work and witness for an end to violence against women and girls. Read the most recent Orange Day stories.

One of the most widespread violations of human rights, violence against women and girls includes physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse. It cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools and workplaces, in farm fields and refugee camps, and during conflicts and crises.

Violence against women and girls takes many ...

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July 25, 2012

Orange Day says end violence against women

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations staff on Orange DayThe UNiTE campaign proclaims every 25th of the month as Orange Day, aiming to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls, not only once a year on 25 November (the International Day to End Violence against Women), but every month!

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women.

Through UNiTE, the ...

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June 18, 2012

Choices- World Refugee Day - 20 June 2012

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message on World Refugee Day

More than 42 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities.  More than a million fled their countries in the last eighteen months alone due to a wave of conflicts, in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.  These numbers represent far more than statistics; they are individuals and families whose lives have been upended, whose communities have been destroyed, and whose future remains uncertain.

World Refugee Day is a moment to remember all those affected, and a time to intensify our support.

Four ...

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May 16, 2011

Ban urges restraint after day of deadly clashes across the Middle East

From the United Nations News Centre: 15 May 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of United Nations calls for all sides in the Middle East to exercise maximum restraint after a day of clashes around the region...

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March 8, 2011

United Nations observes International Women’s Day

Video Message Transcript Written Message: International Women’s Day 2011: Time to Make the Promise of Equality a Reality Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Reports from the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women AllWomen in the...

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February 2, 2011

Secretary-General on World Interfaith Harmony Week

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE OBSERVANCE OF WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK New York, 1-7 February 2011 The first World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to focus global attention on the efforts of religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around...

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February 2, 2011

Stories from the UN News Centre - February 1, 2011

Sri Lanka: UN, partners launch scheme to rebuild lives of thousands of war victims Top UN humanitarian official urges solutions to climate-created crises in Kenya Launch of website for slavery memorial important step forward, says Ban

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January 5, 2011

UN Women Begins Its Work

From the UN Women Web page: The United Nations made history today as UN Women, the UN agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, has officially begun its work. This ambitious new organization consolidates and scales up...

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December 5, 2010

Two presidents in Côte d'Ivoire?

Hold the people of Côte d'Ivoire in prayer as their country faces a time of deep uncertainty. Presidential elections were recently held in Côte d'Ivoire. A political standoff has followed. Alassane Ouattara was originally certified as the winner of the...

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November 24, 2010

Pray for peace on the Korean peninsula

God grant peace to the people of the Korean peninsula. Turn hearts from violence. Preserve calm. Provide strength to refrain from violence. Guide the leaders in paths of peace. Amen. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is among the world leaders calling...

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November 11, 2010

Ban Ki-moon: G20 nations must not forget plight of world’s poorest at Seoul summit

From the United Nations News Centre: The world’s richest nations must take into account the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people in their plans for reinforcing the global economic recovery – that was one of the key...

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February 3, 2010

Red hands say no child soldiers

Human Rights Watch reports that children currently are used as soldiers fighting in at least 14 countries around the world. They note that “Boys and girls alike are forced into combat, exploited for their labor, and subjected to unspeakable violence.”...

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October 19, 2009

Events in Guinea

On September 28, a violent crackdown on unarmed demonstrators in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, led to the deaths of at least 150 people. Many rapes were also reported. The trouble in Guinea goes back to last December, when a...

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September 4, 2009

WMD - We Must Disarm

The International Day of Peace, observed each year on 21 September, is a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year the Secretary-General is calling on governments and citizens to focus on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. On 13 June 2009,...

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