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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.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

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October 1, 2015

YAV attends UN General Assembly

Matt Cowell, our YAV attended his first UN General Assembly this week. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is accredited to the United Nations and through the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations advocates and engages the United Nations. Read his blog below:


Greetings from the United Nations!  The General Debate of the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly is in full swing here.  During this pivotal week at the opening of the debate, every member state and permanent observer state makes speeches focusing on the various issues of the day—196 speeches over the course of six days ...

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September 29, 2015

Declaration of Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping

During the UN General Assembly meetings, world leaders gathered for a summit on international peacekeeping. Below is the declaration from 43 United Nations member states:


Declaration of Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping

The Governments of Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of Korea, Romania, Rwanda, Turkey, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam jointly declare their support for the following:

As the United Nations marks its seventieth anniversary ...

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September 14, 2015

Human Trafficking: The Church Responds

No More Slaves chalked on concreteJoin us on October 20, 2015 for a seminar on human trafficking and how the church is responding. The seminar will include presentations on: 

Participants will tour the UN (limited to twenty).

The seminar will begin at 9:30 AM at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and move to Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House at for a community dinner and a  special ...

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September 3, 2015

Free the 20 - Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan

Day 2: Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan

Khadija Ismayilova is an internationally renowned, award-winning investigative journalist and human rights activist. She was arrested in December 2014 in the context of a broad crackdown on civil society activists and journalists, and was sentenced yesterday to 7.5 years in prison. Khadija, a contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2012 International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, and the 2015 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards from the National Press Club.

Please pray for ...

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September 3, 2015

Free the 20 - Wang Yu, China

Day 1: Wang Yu, China

Wang Yu  is a 44-year-old prisoner in the country where the historic 1995 Beijing Conference was held: China. Wang’s activism was sparked in 2008, when employees at a train station refused to let her board a train with her ticket. After demanding the right to board, Wang was assaulted by several men and then – even though she was the one who had been beaten – convicted to two-and-a-half years in prison for assault. She later told a reporter, “After my miscarriage of justice… I wanted to improve China's human rights system." Wang did that ...

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