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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 24, 2015

Women cross for peace

by Amelie Clemot

Thirty women from 15 different countries crossed the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on May 24, 2015. Today, July 23rd, 5 of these women presented their expedition at the UNHQ. For a trip that barely exceeded a week, it took countless hours of negotiation and planning. In fact, they didn't receive the full green light until they were in Beijing waiting to fly into Pyongyang. To make their trip possible, they had to get the UN command to foster an agreement between North and South Korea and talk both governments into welcoming them ...

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June 1, 2015

Protecting civilians in armed conflict - South Sudan

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May 28, 2015

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

by Nathan Jumper

international day of peacekeeping logoUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon once remarked: “United Nations peacekeeping has given life to the UN Charter’s aim ‘to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security’. Through years of struggle and sacrifice, the iconic Blue Helmet has earned its place as a symbol of hope to millions of people living in war-ravaged lands.”

These words capture the work of an organization that has become one of the main tools in the international pursuit of justice and peace. Since its inception in 1948 the United Nations (UN) has established 70 peacekeeping operations around the globe. Currently ...

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May 27, 2015

Learn more about Western Sahara

by Nathan Jumper

Map of Africa, Western Sahara in GreenBasic Facts

Western Sahara is formally listed by the United Nations as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory.” This means that it possesses neither independence nor formal incorporation in another country. Located on the Northwestern coast of Africa, South of Morocco and North of Mauritania, Western Sahara is comprised of a population estimated at 550,000, most of whom are Sunni Muslim. From the late 1800s through 1976, Western Sahara was a colony of Spain and, as is often the case of former colonies, Western Saharan boundaries still reflect the interests of its colonizing power. There is currently an intense ...

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May 20, 2015

Educate a child event in New York

Rev. Alonzo JohnsonIf you are in the New York city area, we invite you to attend an event with the Rev. Alonzo Johnson on the Educate a Child initiative:

 

Educate a Child: Transform the World:

A National and International Initiative

 

The Rev. Alonzo Johnson

Associate, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Noon – 1:30

Brown Bag Lunch

 

Presbyterian Conference Room

777 UN Plaza – 7th Floor

(E. 44th St. and 1st Ave. - enter on 1st Ave.)

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