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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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November 12, 2013

Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Loss of U.S. Vote at UNESCO, November 8, 2013

UNESCO LogoToday [November 8] the United States lost its vote in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference as a result of legislative restrictions that prohibit the U.S. from paying its dues.  While these restrictions are motivated by concerns that we share, the loss of the United States’ vote in UNESCO diminishes our influence within an organization that is looked to around the world for leadership on issues of importance to our country, including the rights of women and girls, Internet governance, freedom of the press, and the recognition and protection of cultural heritage.  The Obama ...

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October 12, 2011

E-Toolkit available from UNCHR

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August 11, 2011

Statement by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry on the announcement by Israel to develop new housing units in East Jerusalem

"United Nations Special Coordinator Robert Serry is alarmed by the announcement today by the government of Israel to develop new housing units in East Jerusalem, including 1,600 units in Ramat Shlomo which was already condemned by the Quartet on 12 March 2010 during an initial planning stage. If confirmed, this provocative action undermines ongoing efforts by the international community to bring the parties back to negotiations and shape a positive agenda for September. This announcement comes only one week after a separate decision by the government of Israel regarding the construction of additional housing units in another settlement in ...

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