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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 11, 2014

How will you use your 67 minutes?

by Christina Gore

In November of 2009 the United Nations General Assembly declared July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day. Nelson Mandela International Day is a day honoring the memory of the great president of South Africa for his contributions to peace and freedom all over the world.  The United Nations has issued a call for individuals to spend 67 minutes helping others.  Each minute represents a year that Mandela spent serving others.


Nelson Mandela once said, “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference. “ It is in all ...

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July 3, 2014

Problems and progress with command and control in UN peacekeeping missions

by Grace Segers

The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations hosted a panel on July 3, 2014, entitled “UN Command and Control Arrangements: Progress, Challenges, Opportunities.” The purpose was to discuss the successes of command and control (C2) arrangements of UN peacekeeping operations, while also highlighting issues and proposing solutions to remedy any flaws. The event was moderated by Mr. Adam Smith, Senior Fellow and Head of the IPI Center for Peace Operations.

One of the first speakers was Mr. Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who referenced a 2012 DPKO evaluation of ...

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June 25, 2014

Why I wear orange - Christina Gore on ending violence against women and girls

Christina Gore is a student at the University of Tennessee and an intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations during the summer of 2014

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June 25, 2014

Why wear orange? Max Hill on ending violence against women

 

Max Hill is a student at the University of Arkansas and an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for the summer of 2014.

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June 23, 2014

Orange Day addresses violence against women and girls in sport

by Grace Segers

The Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Women against Violence campaign declared the 25th of every month an “Orange Day,” a day to raise awareness and advocate against the harming of women. November 25th of each year is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, but the UNiTE campaign reminds us that violence against women is a serious, yearlong problem that should be addressed often. Witness and advocacy and work deserves more than just a single day once a year.

Each Orange Day has a different theme. The theme for June 25 ...

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