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August 21, 2015

Human trafficking is in the news

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has made news recently because he is under prosecution for having sex with multiple children. Some news stories have used prostitution language in their reports. The abuse is human trafficking.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a long history of fighting human trafficking, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children. You can learn more about the work of the PC(USA) Human Trafficking Roundtable by clicking here. A partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on trafficking affirmed by our General Assembly is ECPAT-USA. ECPAT-USA works to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children ...

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July 30, 2015

Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela

by Willa Van Camp

Pledge card for action on Nelson Mandela DayNelson Mandela Day is celebrated every year on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Today, July 24, there was celebration of the day which included the awarding of the inaugural Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize. The prize was awarded to two laureates who have each embodied the values of Mandela in their life and work.

The first recipient was Dr. Helena Ndume, an inspirational woman from Namibia. Ndume was forced to flee to Angola as a 15 year-old due to violence in Namibia. Though forced from her home she did not abandon her education and was able ...

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July 30, 2015

HIV/AIDS MDGs achieved ahead of schedule

by Sarah Hoyle

As the focus in the UN changes from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, it is important to celebrate the Goals that have been achieved,

When the MDGs were established, the world was gripped in a swiftly spreading AIDS pandemic that was spiraling out of control. MDG6 was established not to eliminate AIDS, but to halt and reverse its spread. An announcement was released yesterday by UNAIDS that “new HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly ...

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July 30, 2015

Youth Civic Engagement

by Willa Van Camp

International Youth Day is celebrated every year on August 12th. This day was designated in 1999 with the adoption of resolution 54/120 with the goal to highlight issues that young people are facing around the world. Every year as part of the International Youth Day there is a theme on which special focus is placed. The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is “Youth Civic Engagement”. This year’s campaign hopes to encourage youth to engage and participate in political and public life. The choice of the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement,” acknowledges ...

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July 24, 2015

Women cross for peace

by Amelie Clemot

Thirty women from 15 different countries crossed the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on May 24, 2015. Today, July 23rd, 5 of these women presented their expedition at the UNHQ. For a trip that barely exceeded a week, it took countless hours of negotiation and planning. In fact, they didn't receive the full green light until they were in Beijing waiting to fly into Pyongyang. To make their trip possible, they had to get the UN command to foster an agreement between North and South Korea and talk both governments into welcoming them ...

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