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Below is a message from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on World Malaria Day.
MESSAGE ON WORLD MALARIA DAY
25 April 2013
Since world leaders adopted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, a broad partnership of governments, United Nations entities, philanthropies and businesses has combined to protect hundreds of millions of people from malaria. Increased international funding, matched by growing political commitment in endemic countries, triggered a massive increase in preventive interventions and expanded access to diagnostic testing and life-saving medicines, averting more than a million deaths.
The MDG target of halting and reversing the incidence of malaria is ...
Last week, I hosted a workshop at the Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day in Washington, DC. The workshop focused on global discipleship and food and hunger advocacy within the international community.
Participants looked at three critical global issues around food and hunger policy: soil, water and land grabbing.
Participants talked about ways in which their congregation could change US based policy and have an influence on global policy. The theme of acting locally while thinking globally recurred in small groups.
Small groups talked about what is happening in their communities and how others can get involved. Supporting local produce ...
Today, the United Nations General Assembly passed the Arms Trade Treaty. The final text of the treaty and a UN News articale can be read here.
Below is a statement by US Secretary of State Kerry on today’s treaty.
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY
Historic Outcome of the Arms Trade Treaty Conference
The United States is pleased that the United Nations General Assembly has approved a strong, effective and implementable Arms Trade Treaty that can strengthen global security while protecting the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade.
The Treaty adopted today will establish a common international standard ...
by Alexander Haines
We had the pleasure of hosting a group of students and staff from Bloomfield College today and toured the UN building before returning to the office to hear speakers on several topics. By walking through the rooms of the United Nations (including the General Assembly hall, where Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was present and the General Assembly was in session to launch the “Year of Quinoa”), the group gained greater awareness of how the United Nations system functions (resolutions of the UN Security Council are legally binding, while resolutions of the General Assembly carry the moral weight ...
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...