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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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October 1, 2012

Presbyterian engagement at the United Nations General Assembly

Last week, New York City welcomed world leaders to the 67th United Nations General Assembly.  The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations was active in raising the voice of Presbyterians from here in the United States as well as those of our partners in the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

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January 20, 2012

NUMBER OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY JONGLEI VIOLENCE HAS DOUBLED: HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR SOUTH SUDAN


Below is a statement that comes from the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.


 

(Juba, 20 January 2012): United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Ms. Lise Grande, confirmed today that more than 120,000 people affected by the recent violence in Jonglei State may need emergency assistance.

“The violence in Jonglei hasn’t stopped,” Ms. Grande said. “Only two weeks ago we launched a massive emergency operation to help 60,000 people. As a result of recent attacks, we now estimate that double that number will need help.”

Fighting between Lou Nuer and Murle communities escalated sharply in ...

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September 19, 2011

UN General Assembly Begins

The 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly is underway.  Today, delegates focused their attention on non-communicable diseases.  The President of Kenya explained to the General Assembly actions being taken to address these diseases in his country.  Over the next days, other heads of state including U.S. President Barack Obama will arrive in New York to address the General Assembly. 

For more information, visit:

United Nations News Service

CNN: UN General Assembly: A Viewers Guide

UN Webcast

Stay tuned to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Facebook and Twitter accounts for up-to-date information.

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September 6, 2011

Prayers of hope and remembrance

What do people write on Ribbons of Hope for the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001?

During the Thursday, August 25, 2011 worship service at the Church Center for the United Nations, participants wrote the following prayers:

All of God’s people to rise up heal, help, hope and care.

May this time of remembering be a “Grand Happening.”

Oh God. Make us an instrument of thy peace! Shalom. Amen.

Hope for the World, for all nations, for my kids, for all children. Hope for peace for all.

That we should claim righteousness.  Give us a humble, kind and lovely ...

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June 23, 2011

Secretary General elected to new term

 

Ban Ki-MoonUN Photo/Mark Garten

On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to give Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and second five year term.  The Secretary General is chosen in a two-step process. 

 

Article 97 of the UN Charter states that, “The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”  Therefore, a Secretary General needs both the recommendation from the 15 member Security Council as well as a majority vote in the 192 member General Assembly.

This year, current Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was the only candidate under consideration, almost ensuring him ...

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