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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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June 4, 2014

Children, Not Soldiers

by Max Hill

Ricky Velez-Negron ChildrenNotSoldiersIn March, the United Nations and UNICEF launched an initiative to end the use of children as security forces by governments. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui launched the initiative. This campaign is known as Children, Not Soldiers.

This initiative is a call to action that highlights the importance of allowing all children of the world to have the chance to grow up without being recruited and used as soldiers. In his announcement of the initiative, the Secretary-General stated, “children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns ...

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June 3, 2014

Red Card to Child Labour Campaign

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by Grace Segers

On June 12, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations will be supporting the International Labour Organization’s Red Card to Child Labour campaign. The ILO reports there are an estimated 168 million child workers in the world. These children suffer abuse as sweatshop workers, miners, child soldiers, sex workers, or in other horrific and inhumane positions. The Red Card to Child Labour initiative is an attempt to raise awareness of these children’s plight through social media.

The Red Card campaign will culminate on June 12 with a Thunderclap message. Thunderclap allows various organizations and people ...

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May 22, 2014

#CTSatUN

By Catherine Warren

This week the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations began hosting a two week seminar in conjunction with Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). The class titled, “Israel, Palestine and the Future of the Middle East” is taught by Mark Douglas, professor at CTS, and our director Mark Koenig.

In the first three days, the class has heard from several different perspectives on several different issues. On Monday, after arrival and introductions, the class learned about the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and heard a brief history of Israel and Palestine. The class also heard from Doris ...

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May 7, 2014

Stop the violence in South Sudan

Our colleagues in the Office of Public Witness invite us to join a call for action on South Sudan:

Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) is calling on the Obama administration to send former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to South Sudan to help end mass ethnic violence.  Please contact President Obama and urge him to support Rep. Wolf’s call and appoint the former presidents to help bring about a negotiated settlement and an end to the violence engulfing South Sudan.

The conflict is ominously similar to the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago.  Thousands have died in the ...

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April 28, 2014

South Sudan Appeal

The Office of Public Witness recently posted an action alert encouraging Presbyterians to advocate with our government to support increased diplomatic initiatives, humanitarian access and funding for humanitarian aid for South Sudan. 

Our Area Coordinator for Africa reports:

The situation has only worsened since that time; the atrocities that have been committed in Bentiu and Bor are heart wrenching. In addition to pressing for governmental action  we believe it’s crucial for us to support the church’s response to the situation through  support of  the ACT Alliance and the Presbyterian Relief and Development’s work in relief and RECONCILE ...

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