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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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September 23, 2015

The UN turns 70

Happy Birthday United Nations LogoOn October 24, the United Nations turns 70. United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter that occurred in 1945. 

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has long supported the work of the United Nations. The 220th General Assembly (2012) voted to "Affirm the church’s historic support for the United Nations as an instrument of peacemaking and peace building and a guarantor of the human and legal rights of people and nations."

Presbyterians were present at the creation of the United Nations. Our presence of witness and education remains strong today.

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July 14, 2015

Presbytery of Eastern Virginia says "No child soldiers"

photo by Willa Van Camp

A youth group from the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia participated in a seminar on July 7 and 8, 2015.

The group explored why followers of Jesus and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engage in the public arena and have a presence at the United Nations.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the forced displacement of children, the work of UNICEF, human trafficking, and child soldiers were among the topics the group considered.

Group members made Red Hands to join the campaign to end the use of children as soldiers.

 Group members with their Red Hands

The Red Hands ...

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June 5, 2015

No way to treat a child

No Way to Treat a Child LogoEach year hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The United Nations and many human rights groups are concerned by reports from Palestinian children that detail cruel punishments, substandard conditions, and a lack of basic fundamental due process rights in these military courts.

According to the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, as of the end of March 2015, 184 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli custody.   B’Tselem notes, “the military law applied in the West Bank…denies them the protections accorded to minors under both international and Israeli ...

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March 20, 2015

UNICEF opens the tap

The UNICEF Tap Project is back!

iPhone with Tap Project challengeThis year’s initiative asks Americans to unlock 14 million days of clean, safe water for children around the world by encouraging you to stop texting, calling, emailing, tweeting and posting -- and challenge your friends to do the same. Millions of children around the globe do not have safe, clean water to drink, and the lack of this basic necessity isn’t just inconvenient — it’s lethal. Take the challenge on your cell phone at throughout the month of March. The longer you go without touching your smartphone, the more clean water ...

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October 27, 2014

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014

Halloween costumes have appeared in New York City. However you observe the holiday, consider participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year.

Started by Presbyterians, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a prime fundraiser for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

Child in Robin costume from Batman with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF works toward the day when ...

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