Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
From United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on United Nations Day
The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll. Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.
The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been ...
October 24th is United Nations Day. This day marks the anniversary of the Charter of the UN 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."
Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate this day:
Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) visited the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for a celebration of the International Day of Peace. Check out what she had to say about her experience.
My congregation and I have been spending the time between September 7- October 5, 2014 observing the Season for Peace. It seemed appropriate after a summer watching headlines from Gaza, Syria, Ferguson, and countless other challenges both near and far. But when we speak of peace, so often our minds immediately go to images of violence ...
The United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace. This day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The focus for 2014 is The Right of Peoples to Peace.
Here are some ways to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 or Sunday, September 22 or at some other time:
Promote the Peacemaking Offering
From the World Council of Churches on Iraq:
From the World Communion of Reformed Churches on Iraq: