Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
by Esther Lee
It is our joy to announce that this year, Cameroon (4 Feb 2013) and Zimbabwe (22 May 2013) ratified or acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The momentum continues to build. Thanks to all who participated.
The Red Hands made by Presbyterians all over the country are delivered to the permanent missions at the United Nations asking them to encourage their governments to sign and ratify the protocol. Though this treaty does not guarantee absence of children in the military forces ...
I’ve had the privilege of visiting Presbyterian partners in South Sudan over the past week. Presbyterians have been engaged with South Sudan for a long time and the strength of our partnerships was certainly evident this week.
From meeting with ACROSS and learning about the work they do with Ethiopian refugees in South Sudan and their role as a primary health service provider for UNHCR in South Sudan to the Presbyterian schools across the country, it is clear that Presbyterians are hard at work in South Sudan.
I had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Presbyterian Church ...
Yesterday, I joined ecumenical colleagues from the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches at a special event hosted by the government of Canada looking at ways the United Nations can encourage and protect religious freedom around the world. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt spoke of the importance of looking at the human right of freedom of religion or belief in concert with all other human rights.
Dr. Bielefeldt’s latest report examines religious freedom in 25 states. The Special Rapportuer for freedom of religion or belief issues a report to the ...
Today, Secretary of State John Kerry Signed the Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of the United States of America. You can read his remarks below.
John Kerry Secretary of State
New York City
September 25, 2013
Good morning, everybody. Good morning, all – Mr. Under Secretary-General and Mr. Legal Counsel, I believe. And thank you very much for the privilege of being here.
On behalf of President Obama and the United States of America, I am very pleased to have signed this treaty here today. I signed ...
The Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) issued a statement today (August 30) in the wake of the escalating violence in Syria, calling upon U.S. and world leaders to refrain from military action.
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
We are deeply concerned about events in Syria. We grieve for our brothers and sisters who have suffered so deeply for so long. We yearn for an end to the bloodshed and renew our call for a cease-fire and ...