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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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November 19, 2015

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day

Photo and blog by Matt Cowell:

Happy World Toilet Day!  Since 2013, the United Nations has set aside November 19 each year to shed light on the lack of sanitation that many people around the globe face every day.  Although many countries had commemorated this day in previous years, since 2013 the UN has used the day to raise awareness of the need to ensure proper sanitation for all people.  According to the World Health Organisation, 2.4 billion people lack satisfactory sanitation systems and 946 million do not have any sort of toilet.  According to the World Bank, 38 ...

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November 5, 2015

Oceans of Misery: Remembering the Transatlantic Slave Trade

by Paul Olson

Dots inscribed into a marble map permanently document the memory of the places where African coasts were raided for slavesIn 1787 William Wilberforce headed a parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade. 20 years later, the Slave Trade Act of 1807 was passed, effectively ending one of the darkest chapters in human history. But between the 16th and 19th centuries, an estimated 10-12 million Africans had already entered the Americas via the transatlantic slave trade. Between 2-3 million died on the way, never having reached western shores.

In 2007, some 90 member states of the United Nations made contributions towards the creation of a permanent monument remembering the victims and survivors of what is ...

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October 27, 2015

Human Rights Day resources

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October 26, 2015

Red hands at work: the consensus grows

by Robert Arrington

Red hands from First Chinese PresbyterianSince September 1, 2015, two member states, Kiribati and the Bahamas, ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Kiribati ratified on September 16, declaring, “… the Republic of Kiribati has no national armed forces, and a declaration as to the minimum age of recruitment is therefore not applicable in the case of the Republic of Kiribati.” The Bahamas ratified on September 28, declaring, “The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas declares that the State will permit voluntary recruitment into its national armed forces ...

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October 26, 2015

Robert Arrington - Princeton field education student - 2015-16

by Robert Arrington 

Robert Arrington at knotted gun statueHello, my name is Robert Arrington, and I am working this year as an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. I am currently in my third and final year at Princeton Theological Seminary in the Master of Divinity program. I am very eager to participate in the Ministry’s advocacy at the United Nations and to learn about the dynamic ways the United Nations operates. I hope to add a valuable contribution to the Ministry and gain a global perspective.

Before coming to Princeton Theological Seminary, I grew up North Carolina and studied Christian ...

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