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December 24, 2013

UN Security Council acts to double UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan

The United Nations News Centre reports:

The Security Council today authorized almost doubling the United Nations peacekeeping force in strife-torn South Sudan to nearly 14,000 in the face of a rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crisis that has left hundreds of civilians dead and tens of thousands of others driven from their homes.

As requested by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Council unanimously approved a temporary increase in the strength of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to up to 12,500 military and 1,323 police from a current combined strength of some 7,000, through the transfer ...

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August 6, 2013

New US Ambassador to the United Nations

Today, Ambassador Samantha Power presented her credentials to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. 

Below is a statement made by Ambassador Power prior to presenting her credentials:

Ambassador Power: Hello everybody. I'm Samantha Power. I'm totally delighted to be here-so honored, so thrilled to have started work as the U.S. Ambassador to United Nations. As many of you know, I'm going to meet with the Secretary-General so as to present my credentials. I've worked with the Secretary-General over the last few years at the White House-worked very effectively with him-and I'm looking very much forward to ...

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July 23, 2013

Ambassador of South Sudan talks with Security Council

by Anna Folz

On July 11, 2013, the Security Council held a meeting with the Ambassador of South Sudan. In this meeting the Ambassador discussed issues that continue to plague his country.  He focused on several on-going concerns: need to combat corruption, lack of civilian protections, and the need for increased peace and security throughout the country. The people of South Sudan know that addressing these issues will take a significant amount of time, but the government is dedicated to implementing programs that will address these concerns. The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central Republic of Africa have committed ...

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September 13, 2012

UN visit from the National Evangelical Synod of Syria & Lebanon

Yesterday, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations welcomed our partners from the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon to advocate with governments of the United Nations Security Council.  Each representative we met received a package including letters from the Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, stories of what is happening to Christians in Syria, the PC(USA)’s history in the region as well as a copy of the PC(USA)’s policy adopted by the 220th General Assembly (2012).  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance coordinates the PC(USA) response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

In each of ...

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September 12, 2012

Partners from Lebanon and Syria visit

Several Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners from Lebanon and Syria are in New York to participate in the board meeting of the Lebanese American UniversitRyan Smith, Joseph Kassab, Nuhad Tomeh, Fadi Dagher in conversationy.

While the Rev. Fadi Dagher, the Rev. Joseph Kassab, Mr. Charles Muller, and the Rev. Dr. Nuhad Tomeh
are here, our ministry has made arrangements for them to share the concerns and ministries of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon in a variety of ways.

Today, they will meet with several missions to the United Nations.

On Sunday, September 16, Nuhad will speak during an adult Sunday School Class at Old ...

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