Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
by Nathan Jumper
Western Sahara is formally listed by the United Nations as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory.” This means that it possess neither independence nor formal incorporation in another country. Located on the Northwestern coast of African, South of Morocco and North of Mauritania, the Western Sahara is comprised of a population estimated at 550,000, most of whom are Sunni Muslim. From the late 1800s through 1976, Western Sahara was a colony of Spain and, as is often the case of former colonies, Western Saharan boundaries still reflect the interests of its colonizing power. There is currently an ...
The United Nations has designated today as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
God created human beings, a diverse family, to live together and to love one another as God loves us. This day, and every day, provides an opportunity to celebrate our God-given diversity.
Here are 10 simple ideas from the United Nations:
Today, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations intern Kyla Korvne attended the unveiling ceremony of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (co-organized by the Permanent Memorial Committee, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the NGO Relations Section, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI), the Caribbean Community and the African Group). Below is her post about the event:
Even with the bitter cold and the windy rain blowing all of our umbrellas inside out, a crowd of people from all ...
This story originally appeared in the Presbyterian News Service. Thanks to our colleague Rick Jones for writing this story!
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) made an oral statement yesterday to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the United Nations, presented the statement during Wednesday’s General Debate session. For the past week and a half, the Commission has been reviewing achievements and challenges since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a major policy document on gender equality, was adopted 20 years ago.
The statement acknowledged ...
The Reverend Dr. Bebb Stone reflects on her time as a Presbyterian participant in the Beijing Conference and as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegate to this year's Commission on the Status of Women:
As a Presbyterian woman who went with our church to Beijing in 1995, I have been deeply touched to be with the Presbyterian delegation for this 20-year review at The UN CSW59. There are 8,500 women here from most if not all of the countries of the world, and the breadth and depth of their work for gender equality ("women's rights are ...