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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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July 1, 2014

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

by Christina Gore

Monday marked the start of a seven daylong discussion on sustainable development at the United Nations. This forum focuses on finding an integrated approach to developing in a way that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. This may seem like an impossible task, but as Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Most of the panelists and delegates who spoke today about the post 2015 development agenda were positive in regards to the outcome of this forum. Many noted that this is a pivotal moment in which we can help to create ...

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June 20, 2013

Development and Investment in Africa

by Brendan Welsh

 

Today, Onaje and I attended the DPI/NGO forum moderated by Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information. Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, featured speaker at the event, and the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Africa, said, “there is no peace without development, and there is no development without respect for human rights.”

Mr. Abdelaziz primarily spoke on the Millennium Development Goals, saying, “we should not sit idle between now and 2015 to wait for the post-2015 development agenda to be implemented. We have to work hard between now and then ...

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March 7, 2013

Rebuilding in Acheh

Peng and Dr RamaliDr. Rashila Ramali made a presentation at the Asian Pacific Women's Watch parallel event on the situation of women in Acheh.  She analyzed the use of international instruments by the government of Acheh after the independence from Indonesia in 1945 to the armed conflict from 1889-1998 and to the Tsunami of 2004.

One of the most interesting facts was to learn that there are different dotted colored rooftops of the houses depending who came to help rebuild.  There is no one organized agency in control. NGOs go into the country and deliver aid where they see a need by ...

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February 1, 2013

Help set the next global development agenda

My World 2015 is an opportunity to provide input on the priorities to be addressed in the next global development agenda.

The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. 

Help shape the world you want.

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September 25, 2012

President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly

President Obama and other world leaders are in town this week for the 67th United Nations General Assembly.  I had the opportunity to join the President and others in the opening of the General Debate this morning.  Below is President Obama's speech.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

Remarks by the President to the UN General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters

New York, New York

10:22 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman:  I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens.

Chris ...

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