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February 12, 2015

For a world where children are children

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ – Matthew 19:14

February 12, 2015 marks the thirteenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

Mailing Red HandsTo mark this day, we sent Red Hands to 22 of the 35 UN Member states that have yet to ratify the Optional Protocol. 

UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children – boys and girls under the age of ...

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February 3, 2015

To enhance the strength of human rights law

Renzo Pomi speaking to the groupOn January 23, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations provided a seminar for the International Law Society from the University of Baltimore School of Law on the topic of human rights. 

Speaking at the seminar were:

Shulamith Koenig, Founding President, People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning (formerly known as People’s Decade for Human Rights Education)

Renzo Pomi, speaking in the photo,  Amnesty International’s Representative at the United Nations

John Washburn, Convener of the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC)

Janette Amer, Human Rights Adviser with UNWomen

Ryan Smith and Mark Koenig shared ...

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January 27, 2015

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, 2015

Remembrance and Beyond

 

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins colleagues today recognizing the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

In 2005 the UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Through this commemoration, the UN system and member states of the UN honor the victims of the Nazi era and provide and develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

The theme for this year's observance is: “Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust ...

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December 10, 2014

Human Rights Day - December 10

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About Human Rights Day

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November 26, 2014

Covenant, community, and collaboration

by Jamie Tan

Alison Fraser, Jamie Tan, Richard Aylor at eventOn November 25, 2014, Richard Aylor, Alison Fraser, and I attended UNiTE’s “Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” moderated by Amna Nawaz, NBC News.  This was a spectacular, Orange-themed event opened by the UN Secretary General himself, Ban Ki-Moon, featuring speakers such as Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. 

Most significant for me, however, was a testimony from actress Teri Hatcher, star of the popular ABC drama Desperate Housewives.  Ms. Hatcher was moved to tears before the ...

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