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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 3, 2014

Encourage US support of UN peacekeeping

From the Better World Campaign:

You’ve already heard the bad news: The U.S. is in the red on its peacekeeping dues — big time. Now here’s the good news: The Administration is committed to doing something about it.

Yesterday Ambassador Samantha Power took the case to Congress, testifying that next year’s budget must robustly support UN peacekeeping and pay back the dues we promised to pay.

Thank her for saying what Congress needed to hear, and tweet this message*:

Thank you @AmbassadorPower for standing up for robust funding of our @UN peacekeeping dues on Capitol Hill this ...

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April 3, 2014

Toward a land mine free Colombia

By Shellyann Lewis

Today I attended an event on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. This event was held at the United Nations and the panel discussions were on “Colombia: Keeping up the Momentum”. Demining in Colombia and various other countries such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is essential to development. In Colombia, there is a large initiative called the Humanitarian Demining Battalion #60 that has made great progress in clearing various explosives. According to the lieutenant colonial director, during 2007-2013, 19,612 mines were cleared and 4,789 explosive ...

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April 2, 2014

World Autism Day - 2 April 2014

From United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.

From the United Nations

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high, and the disorder can bring significant hardships to families. World Autism Awareness Day ...

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March 30, 2014

Remarks by Elizabeth M. Cousens, U.S. Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council, at the Commemorative Ceremony on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, March 25, 2014

From the U.S. State Department:

Mr. President, Madame Chef de Cabinet, Excellency’s, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today we pay tribute to the men, women, and children robbed of their freedom and their lives by slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. We honor the memory of the millions who died, who were stolen from their families, who suffered from disease and deprivation, and who experienced other untold horrors because of slavery and its barbaric toll. The Transatlantic Slave Trade is a stain on our collective conscience that indelibly marked our own history and left wounds we must still strive to ...

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March 11, 2014

Ecumenical Women orientation - 58th Commission on the Status of Women

by Esther Lee

March 8, 2014. The long awaited Ecumenical Women Orientation had arrived.

Making my way to the United Nations early morning, I did not know what to expect other than knowing that there were going to be numerous people attending from all around the world. Upon my arrival at the Church Center, there was already a throng of attendees conversing with one another in much excitement. Though the amount of planning I had personally participated in was trivial, it was refreshing to observe the heavily planned and anticipated day finally play out.

With breakfast kicking off the day ...

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