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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 29, 2015

Declaration of Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping

During the UN General Assembly meetings, world leaders gathered for a summit on international peacekeeping. Below is the declaration from 43 United Nations member states:


Declaration of Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping

The Governments of Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of Korea, Romania, Rwanda, Turkey, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam jointly declare their support for the following:

As the United Nations marks its seventieth anniversary ...

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September 28, 2015

The demand has never been greater

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that "the demand for peacekeeping has never been greater," as leaders of more than 50 countries gathered today for a summit on United Nations peacekeeping operations. The summit provided an opportunity for the leaders to pledge new commitments and strengthen existing capabilities.

President Barack Obama convened the summit. He concluded his remarks with the observation:

I want to thank all of you for your partnership and the commitments that your nations are making here.  We will hear some extraordinary commitments from a number of nations.  And we are very proud that the international community has responded ...

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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.

Here are some ...

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September 17, 2015

The Presbyterian Ministry at the UN welcomes our first YAV!

We welcome Matt Cowell, the first Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) to serve with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Below is Matt's first blog:


Greetings to all!  My name is Matt Cowell and I am a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) serving in New York City at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.  For those

of you who don’t know, the YAV program is a service corps of the PC(USA), this year bringing together 85 mostly twenty-somethings to serve for one year in 17 U.S. cities and four foreign countries ...

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September 14, 2015

Human Trafficking: The Church Responds

No More Slaves chalked on concreteJoin us on October 20, 2015 for a seminar on human trafficking and how the church is responding. The seminar will include presentations on: 

Participants will tour the UN (limited to twenty).

The seminar will begin at 9:30 AM at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and move to Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House at for a community dinner and a  special ...

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