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June 20, 2015

End sexual violence in armed conflict

by Sarah Hoyle, Willa Van Camp, Amelie Clemot

The General Assembly of the UN met today and named June 19th as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. Many representatives spoke to reiterate the fact that this day should stand out from the others as a rallying cry to end the devastating epidemic of sexual violence in war.

The the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura stated that “This annual commemoration will serve as a global call to action for security, justice and service actors on behalf of survivors ...

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January 28, 2015

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015

Observe World Interfaith Harmony Week We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Respectful Presence: An Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, a document commended to congregations and governing bodies of the...

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November 26, 2014

Covenant, community, and collaboration

by Jamie Tan

Alison Fraser, Jamie Tan, Richard Aylor at eventOn November 25, 2014, Richard Aylor, Alison Fraser, and I attended UNiTE’s “Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” moderated by Amna Nawaz, NBC News.  This was a spectacular, Orange-themed event opened by the UN Secretary General himself, Ban Ki-Moon, featuring speakers such as Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. 

Most significant for me, however, was a testimony from actress Teri Hatcher, star of the popular ABC drama Desperate Housewives.  Ms. Hatcher was moved to tears before the ...

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April 2, 2014

World Autism Day - 2 April 2014

From United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.

From the United Nations

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high, and the disorder can bring significant hardships to families. World Autism Awareness Day ...

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October 29, 2013

Religious Freedom

Yesterday, I joined ecumenical colleagues from the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches at a special event hosted by the government of Canada looking at ways the United Nations can encourage and protect religious freedom around the world. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt spoke of the importance of looking at the human right of freedom of religion or belief in concert with all other human rights.

Dr. Bielefeldt’s latest report examines religious freedom in 25 states.  The Special Rapportuer for freedom of religion or belief issues a report to the ...

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