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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 9, 2015

In ministry with the people of Madagascar: Dan and Elizabeth Turk

by Robert Arrington

Elizabeth and Dan Turk presentingToday the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations had the opportunity to host Dan and Elizabeth Turk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers serving in Madagascar since 1994 at the invitation of the Church for Jesus Christ of Madagascar (FJKM). They met with a group of us and shared what they have been doing with PC(USA) partners to serve the population of Madagascar in its humanitarian efforts. Dan has a Ph.D. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, and Elizabeth a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at ...

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May 22, 2015

Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs

by Nathan Jumper and Amelie Clemot

Cover of report on Women and Non-communicable diseasesThe NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the NGO Committee on Mental Health recently held a panel session in the UN community on the relation between gender equality and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are currently divided into four categories: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. (Interestingly, a recent Harvard study has listed Mental Health as a fifth category of NCD. However, this is not yet recognized in other official venues.) One of the central discussions at the panel was the economic impact of NCDs. Simply put, they are ...

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April 25, 2013

World Malaria Day

Below is a message from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on World Malaria Day.




25 April 2013

Since world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, a broad partnership of governments, United Nations entities, philanthropies and businesses has combined to protect hundreds of millions of people from malaria. Increased international funding, matched by growing political commitment in endemic countries, triggered a massive increase in preventive interventions and expanded access to diagnostic testing and life-saving medicines, averting more than a million deaths.

The MDG target of halting and reversing the incidence of malaria is ...

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September 10, 2012

Gaza in 2020: A liveable place?

Cover of Gaza 2020 studyThe United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory has issued a study that considers what it might look like to live in the Gaza Strip in 2020. The resulting document provides an overview of current challenges and trends in Gaza as well as an extrapolation eight years forward. The study concludes:

In the absence of sustained and effective remedial action and an enabling political environment, the challenges which confront the people of Gaza now will only intensify over the coming years to 2020, a period in which another half a million people will be added to the present ...

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August 18, 2011

Human rights and ageing

A reflection on the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing for the purpose of strengthening the protection of Human Rights of older persons  
August 1-4, 2011

Peng Leong
First Chinese Presbyterian Church of New York City
Volunteer Intern, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Picture of open forum eventI have been working with older persons for many years in my church as a member of the Board of Community Affairs Corporation running social and educational programs in my own corner of the world—New York’s Lower East Side. Our mission is to provide home care services to older persons so that they can remain ...

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