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August 24, 2014

Celebrate the International Day of Peace - 2014

2014 International Day of Peace posterThe 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

Organize to address racism

Observe a Minute of Silence at ...

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August 11, 2014

WCC on Iraq

From the World Council of Churches on Iraq:

Prayers and solidarity for the churches in Northern Iraq

WCC calls for urgent action in Iraq

Letter to the UN Secretary-General on Iraq

Learn about Presbyterians at work with our sisters and brothers in Iraq

An open letter (from Lebanon) to Ban Ki-moon on behalf of Mosul's Christians

From the World Communion of Reformed Churches on Iraq:

For our brothers and sisters in Iraq

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August 10, 2014

An open letter to Ban Ki-moon on the fate of Mosul’s Christians

A version of this article appeared online and in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 08, 2014, on page 7.

A group of liberal-minded Muslim and Christian Lebanese professionals and academics has written an open letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressing grave concern about the latest persecution of Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul by the “Islamic State.” Here is the text of the letter prepared by the group, which prides itself on embodying the best that Lebanon has produced by way of peaceful pluralistic coexistence and mutual respect among the 18 religious ...

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July 3, 2014

Problems and progress with command and control in UN peacekeeping missions

by Grace Segers

The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations hosted a panel on July 3, 2014, entitled “UN Command and Control Arrangements: Progress, Challenges, Opportunities.” The purpose was to discuss the successes of command and control (C2) arrangements of UN peacekeeping operations, while also highlighting issues and proposing solutions to remedy any flaws. The event was moderated by Mr. Adam Smith, Senior Fellow and Head of the IPI Center for Peace Operations.

One of the first speakers was Mr. Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who referenced a 2012 DPKO evaluation of ...

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July 3, 2014

Youth and activists come together for innovation at UNICEF Activate Talks

Activate Talks logoby Catherine Warren

At UN Headquarters on Tuesday, June 10th UNICEF Activate Talks hosted an event to discuss "Innovative Approaches to Advocate for Child Rights." UNICEF hosts Activate Talks to bring together innovators, experts and thought leaders to illustrate innovations that are able to bring progress on big issues that "vulnerable and marginalized" children face in every country. Chris Fabian, a co-director of UNICEF's Innovation Unit introduced Tuesday's Activate Talk saying that the world is broken and the problems causing the brokenness "can be fixed by a grouped of people that think in the same way."

The "Innovative ...

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