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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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April 21, 2016

What can I do about the Sustainable Development Goals?

by Matt Cowell

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The United Nations recently created two websites addressing the ways in which people can support the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their everyday actions.  The first website, “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World,” offers tips on how to reduce consumption and waste while advocating equality for all.  Featuring three levels of involvement—“Sofa Superstar,” “Household Hero,” and “Neighbourhood Nice Guy,” this guide has ideas for a wide variety of people to get involved.

The second website, “Year of Living Sustainably,” offers even more ways that people can support the SDGs every day ...

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April 6, 2016

Education empowers women: impacting the Commission on the Status of Women

Presbyterians at worship at Commission on the Status of WomenGiven the long and strong commitment to education within the Reformed tradition, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s focus during the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women was the importance of education for women and girls to sustainable development. The church raised this concern in our written statement to the Commission before its meeting. During the Commission, we raised this concern in our advocacy efforts with our partners in Ecumenical Women. The church was honored to be selected to make an oral statement to the Commission. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the UN, delivered ...

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March 30, 2016

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) oral statement at 60th Session of UN Commission on the Status of Women

Ryan Smith reads PC(USA) statementFor the second year in a row, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was selected to make an oral statement to the Commission on the Status of Women. The church’s statement focused on the importance of education linked to sustainable development. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative at the UN, read the statement on behalf of the church, which is represented within the UN community by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

The statement affirms:

For 177 years, the Presbyterian Church has served as one of the greatest forces for education in the world, helping hundreds of thousands of children ...

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February 17, 2016

Presbyterian Ministry at the UN hopeful for political solution in Colombia

Map of ColombiaOn January 25, 2016, the United Nations Security Council acted to "to set up a United Nations political mission in Colombia, approving a team of international observers to monitor disarmament should the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) reach a final agreement to end Latin America’s longest armed conflict."

We welcome this step toward peace and give thanks for our partners in Colombia, particularly in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, and the United States and elsewhere who have worked, and continue to work, for a just peace for our sisters and brothers.

Thanks ...

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February 16, 2016

Remembering Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali

We give thanks for the life of former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali, the first person from the United Nation's Arab group to serve as UN Secretary General. The United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations joins in expressions of sympathy.

From UN Web TV come these remarks by current Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:


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