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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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November 19, 2015

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day

Photo and blog by Matt Cowell:

Happy World Toilet Day!  Since 2013, the United Nations has set aside November 19 each year to shed light on the lack of sanitation that many people around the globe face every day.  Although many countries had commemorated this day in previous years, since 2013 the UN has used the day to raise awareness of the need to ensure proper sanitation for all people.  According to the World Health Organisation, 2.4 billion people lack satisfactory sanitation systems and 946 million do not have any sort of toilet.  According to the World Bank, 38 ...

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June 8, 2015

Healthy oceans, healthy planet

by Nathan Jumper

Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon recently made a statement on the importance of the world’s oceans to the post-2015 sustainable development goals. He remarked:

Given how critical oceans are to the health of our planet and the prosperity of people, they are an essential element in our emerging vision for sustainable development, including the new set of sustainable development goals now being prepared to guide the global fight against poverty for the next 15 years. Climate change poses a great challenge for the health and productivity of the oceans. The science is ...

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March 20, 2015

UNICEF opens the tap

The UNICEF Tap Project is back!

iPhone with Tap Project challengeThis year’s initiative asks Americans to unlock 14 million days of clean, safe water for children around the world by encouraging you to stop texting, calling, emailing, tweeting and posting -- and challenge your friends to do the same. Millions of children around the globe do not have safe, clean water to drink, and the lack of this basic necessity isn’t just inconvenient — it’s lethal. Take the challenge on your cell phone at throughout the month of March. The longer you go without touching your smartphone, the more clean water ...

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March 17, 2014

10 Minutes = 1 Day of Water

The UNICEF Tap Project invites you to go without your phone to help children in need of clean water. Are you up for the challenge?

For every ten minutes you don’t touch your phone, UNICEF Tap Project donors and sponsors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need.* It’s that simple.

Take the Challenge!

Your total time will help UNICEF provide clean water and sanitation to children in need around the world.

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August 9, 2013

NGO Working Group on Food & Hunger releases inaugural newsletter


The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations joins other nongovernmental organizations with UN accreditation in work for a just and reliable world food system.  The NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations “recognizes that nearly a billion people in the world are hungry and a billion more suffer from malnutrition.  Therefore, we seek to pursue urgent international action to end the world food crisis. We envision a global food system that ensures a secure and equitable supply of nutritious food, that are produced in environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways.”

As part of that work, the ...

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