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November 19, 2015

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day

Photo and blog by Matt Cowell:

Happy World Toilet Day!  Since 2013, the United Nations has set aside November 19 each year to shed light on the lack of sanitation that many people around the globe face every day.  Although many countries had commemorated this day in previous years, since 2013 the UN has used the day to raise awareness of the need to ensure proper sanitation for all people.  According to the World Health Organisation, 2.4 billion people lack satisfactory sanitation systems and 946 million do not have any sort of toilet.  According to the World Bank, 38 ...

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June 17, 2013

Together, We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean

by Anna Folz

UN Conference on World Oceans Day - 8 June 2013

World Oceans Day Logo

If we are to fully benefit from the oceans, we must reverse the degradation of the marine environment due to pollution, overexploitation and acidification.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Many countries celebrated World Oceans Day following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that 8 June would be officially designated as “World Oceans Day”. According to the UN website, “The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global ...

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February 6, 2013

UNICEF Tap Project

Tap ProjectThis year, the UNICEF Tap Project will live on Facebook. You can donate using the UNICEF Tap Project Facebook App and keep the water flowing with the help of your Facebook friends. With your support, we will turn the world’s largest social network into a water network. We will raise awareness about the world water crisis and provide an essential resource to children around the world like we’ve never done before. More information on how you can be a part of the world’s biggest water network for children is coming soon. So stay tuned…

But you can ...

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October 15, 2012

The MDGs and World Poverty Day

End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign logoA one-day social media action for

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

#EndPoverty – 17 October, 2012

At the 2000 UN Millennium Summit, world leaders from rich and poor countries alike committed themselves - at the highest political level - to a set of eight time-bound targets to help fight extreme poverty worldwide by 2015. These targets came to be known as the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

Over the last decade, millions have overcome extreme poverty and attained better access to health care and education. Despite the significant progress, challenges remain. With just 3 years left till the MDG deadline, we have ...

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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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April 9, 2012

Clean water from Clifton Presbyterian Church

Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton, WV

Helps with the UNICEF Tap Project

by Larry Davis

When the Presbytery of West Virginia held a seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, they learned about the UNICEF Tap Project. Earlier this year, the presbytery invited congregations to participate in this effort to provide clean water to children around the world. Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton responded. Larry Davis writes:

Water bottle filled with dirty waterAs a result of the receipt of a Presbytery of West Virginia email about the UNICEF Tap Project for 2012, the Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton, WV (population 181) decided to ...

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March 14, 2012

Christ the Living Water

During the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, participants made connections women from around the world. Participants also made connections with the Presbytery of New York City. On Sunday, several participants preached in congregations of the presbytery.

Emily Denon, student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, preached at Glen Morris Presbyterian Church. Her text was John 4:5-42. This passage contains the story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at Jacob's Well.

The sermon begins with a consideration of water - water that plays a key role in literature and in the Bible - water that plays a ...

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March 7, 2012

Tap Project at the CSW

Presbyterian participants at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women helped provide clean water for children around the world. They conributed to the UNICEF Tap Project for the coffee and tea provided by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. You could do the same during a coffee hour, fellowship meal, or other time people gather.

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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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December 10, 2011

Tap Project brings water to world's children

Would you pay for tap water in a restaurant?Tap Project logo

Would you pay for tap water if it made a difference to children in Togo, Vietnam, Mauritania, and Cameroon?

By participating in the UNICEF Tap Project, you support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.

What is the Tap Project?
In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple, tangible and easy-to-implement concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and ...

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April 1, 2011

Habitat for Elgin - Water for the World

A group from the Agape House Center for Christian Ministry at the University of Illinois at Chicago went to Elgin to work on a Habitat for Humanity house on March 23, 2011. On that same day, they collected money for...

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March 22, 2011

On a rainy day . . .

. . . in New York town, I thought a lot about water. Recognizing the destructive power of water, I made a gift to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to care for those in Japan affected by the tsunami. Recognizing our dependence...

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March 14, 2011

Share a drink of clean water

Participate in the UNICEF Tap Project Providing clean water helps achieve Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate

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March 13, 2011

About the UNICEF Tap Project

Share a drink of water through the UNICEF Tap Project Check out participating restaurants Find ways to help In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons...

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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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February 15, 2011

About the UNICEF Tap Project

Spend $1 (or more) on tap water at the restaurant of your choice and help bring water to children around the world. That's the simple idea behind the UNICEF Tap Project. In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in...

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January 20, 2011

Lenten Earth Care: Tread Lightly for Lent 2011

From our colleagues in the Environmental Ministries Office: As part of the reflective season of Lent, Environmental Ministries is offering “Tread Lightly for Lent,” a calendar that encourages Presbyterians to learn about eco-justice issues and take action on the issues...

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January 17, 2011

Give the gift of water

The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide campaign that provides the world’s children access to safe, clean water. During World Water Week, March 20-26, 2011, restaurants across the United States will encourage patrons to give $1 or more for the...

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January 12, 2011

Cooper House 2011 Winter Break Alternate Mission Trip

A group from the Cooper House Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech visited the offices of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations on January 11. The visit was part of their 2011 Winter Break Alternate Mission Trip. Six students...

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March 7, 2010

Observe World Water Day

From the blog of our colleague, the Presbyterian Environmental Ministries Office: World Water Day, meant to draw attention to the importance of freshwater and to advocate for sustainable management of freshwater resources, is on March 22. The Ecumenical Water Network...

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October 9, 2009

Wide awake in Seattle

Lamiel Phiri's itinerary included a visit to the Presbytery of Seattle. While there, he visited with members of Wedgewood Presbyterian Church. Lamiel works with Christian Care Zimbabwe, a non-governmental organization of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, involves humanitarian and development...

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March 31, 2009

Global Food Crisis Fast: Climate Change and Water in Peru

Resources are available for the April fast related to the global food crisis. This fast will take place on April 3 to 5. The theme is climate change and water; the country focus is Peru. Join Presbyterians around the country...

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March 13, 2009

World Water Day

March 22 is World Water Day. Water is a basic requirement for all life, yet water resources are facing increasing demands from, and competition among, users. In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the...

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February 25, 2009

Lent 2009, Idea 1

This is cutting things a tad close - writing on the eve of Ash Wednesday about ideas for observing Lent. The Ecumenical Water Network invites us to make Lent a time to promote water justice and water as a human...

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