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May 22, 2015

Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs

by Nathan Jumper and Amelie Clemot

Cover of report on Women and Non-communicable diseasesThe NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the NGO Committee on Mental Health recently held a panel session in the UN community on the relation between gender equality and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are currently divided into four categories: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. (Interestingly, a recent Harvard study has listed Mental Health as a fifth category of NCD. However, this is not yet recognized in other official venues.) One of the central discussions at the panel was the economic impact of NCDs. Simply put, they are ...

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July 1, 2014

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

by Christina Gore

Monday marked the start of a seven daylong discussion on sustainable development at the United Nations. This forum focuses on finding an integrated approach to developing in a way that is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. This may seem like an impossible task, but as Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Most of the panelists and delegates who spoke today about the post 2015 development agenda were positive in regards to the outcome of this forum. Many noted that this is a pivotal moment in which we can help to create ...

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August 9, 2013

Celebrate the 2013 International Day of Peace

2013 International Day of Peace LogoThe United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for  individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on  a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2013 is Education for Peace

Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:

Promote the Peacemaking Offering

Observe a Minute of Silence at Noon in your time zone

Ring your ...

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September 24, 2012

The future we want: International Day of Peace 2012

Grace Bickers, volunteer intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, wrote this reflection.

September 21 was the International Day of Peace, and this year’s theme was “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” The theme was planned to go along with the Rio+20 Conference of Sustainable Development that took place this summer.

The theme urges us to think about the role that the environment and natural resources play in conflict. Questions of ownership and management of these resources, including precious metals and stones, oil, and water, can directly contribute to conflict. Managing these resources in a sustainable ...

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August 11, 2012

Inernational Day of Peace: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

From the United Nations:

International Day of Peace posterEach year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Sustainable Peace...

This year, world leaders, together with civil society, local authorities and the private sector, will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to renew political commitment to long term sustainable development.

It is in the context of the Rio+20 Conference that “Sustainable Peace for ...

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