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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 25, 2015

Orange the World: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

by Robert Arrington


Orange the world posterOrange the World! Welcome to the first post of a daily series of sixteen that will be following the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign from November 25 through December 10. This year marks the 24th year of the campaign, coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. 2015’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!”

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites us to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls” during this ...

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October 19, 2015

Work for gender justice

Ecumenical Women's Orientation MarchPresbyterians will join our Ecumenical Women partners to advocate for justice for women at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will tentatively meet on March 14-24, 2016. A PC(USA) orientation will be held on the Friday before the Commission meets. The NGO Committee on the Status of Women will organize a NGO Forum that usually includes a consultation day prior to the Commission and parallel events held during the meeting of the Commission. The Commission will meet at the UN headquarters ...

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October 15, 2015

A just and lasting peace for South Sudan

Ryan Smith and Peter Gai make plans for visits"The needs of the people must take priority over the interests of the powerful."

And what the people of South Sudan need is a just and lasting peace.

That's the message shared in the UN community by the Rt. Rev. Peter Gai, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan and Sudan. 

The Rev. Gai came to New York on October 12 and 13 as part of a month long visit to call for prayer, action, and support for the efforts of the church in South Sudan to contribute to a just and lasting peace for the people.

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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

Are you called to a ministry of accompaniment?

EAPPI LogoThe Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is a program coordinated by the World Council of Churches founded in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem that brings internationals to Palestine and Israel. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) live in the West Bank for a three month term and provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for a just peace.  When they return home, EAs talk about their first-hand experiences to inform people of the realities of the occupation and campaign for a ...

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