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Sister Jayanti's Visit to Geneva and Report on a 25th September United Nations Panel Event on "Climate Change, the Extractive Industry and Human Dignity: Ethical Perspectives"
29 September 2017
Greetings of love from Geneva.
It was our good fortune to have Jayanti Bhen with us for 2 days.
She spoke at a panel we had organized here with the Franciscans, the World Council of churches and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
On the evening of the 25th, she also gave a powerful talk on True Love. And on the morning of the 26th, she met with the class in the early morning after which she went to meet with some new friends from the World Economic Forum in Cologne.
In the afternoon she met with some young people working with the theater of transformation and recorded a session with them. Here is the link if you want to see the dialogue
In the attachment, you will find a small report for the UN Panel.
With much love,
in Baba's sweet yaad
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UN Representative
BKs at the UN: International Day of Peace 2017 is just few weeks Away!
30 August 2017
2017 International Day of Peace
Dear National and Center Coordinators,
greetings of love.
The International Day of Peace is just a few weeks away. The theme for this year's celebration is in keeping with the Together Campaign: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety & Dignity for All, with specific focus on migrants and refugees.
Kindly read below the variety of information sent from the International Day of Peace NGO Committee to the UN, of which the BKs are a part, on how this year's celebration can be observed. As the virtue of peace is the original nature of all souls, and the International Day of Peace is widely observed by our BK centers annually, we encourage you to discuss among yourselves ways in which you can participate in bringing in the spiritual perspective of what the theme represents.
Here's a great opportunity for you to open your creative wings wide! And have fun.
Also, we appreciate it if you post your event by clicking on the UN global link, also provided below, and we look forward to receiving your reports, as usual.
UN Academic Impact sent this guidance note to 3,600 academic subscribers around the world.
TWEET FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
True peace requires building bridges, combating discrimination, standing up for #HumanRights- #UNSG @antonioguterres #PeaceDay #JoinTogether
Proclamations for the International Day of Peace
Citizen groups have succeeded in getting official proclamations declaring declare observances of the International Day of Peace in their States.
Peace Day Philly obtained a beautiful resolution from the Pennsylvania legislature "Recognizing September 21, 2017, as "International Day of Peace; expressing support of its ideals and principles; and encouraging Pennsylvanians to meaninfully engage at this worldwide event."
Students at South School Holbrook assisted in passing a bill through Massachusetts State government in 2016 declaring 21st September as the International Day of Peace in Massachusetts.
Does your State, County or Town in your country recognize the International Day of Peace?
Two Animated Videos Illustrate "Together for Peace"
The United Nations Department of Public Information Education Outreach Section has launched two animated videos to support the Together initiative. See them HERE
"Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All"
The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.
“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential.” He added, “Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”
Download the IDP poster at www.un.org/peaceday
What are your plans to observe the 2017 International Day of Peace?
Post your IDP plans by clicking here
▪ Take part in 11 days of Global Unity, leading up to the International Day of Peace.
▪ Have your classroom fold and exchange Peace Cranes
▪ Post all of your events building a culture of peace on the Global Unity Calendar at http://globalunitycalendar.org
▪ Plan to observe a Minute of Silence at 12 noon on September 21
News about the World of BKs at the UN During the Last Two Months
30 August 2017
Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,
Greetings of love.
We extend a warm invitation for you to read
news about the world of the BKs at the UN during the last two months.
At the UNHQ
Tuesday, August 1, 10:00am - 6:00pm
This was a daylong event designed to raise awareness on the inter-generational dependency in implementing the SDG’s. Youth and the old are assets and are valuable to making the commitment of UN “leave no one behind” a reality. Both groups are at risk and hence this was an opportunity to listen to the voices of the young and the elderly, and actively participate. A BK delegation of three attended this meaningful event: BK Kinnari Murthy, BK Juan Miller, and BK Sabita Geer. Read more.
With Ms. Binalakshmi of Manipur
Youth Building Peace
Friday, August 11
The theme for this year's observance was 'Youth Building Peace' in which there were two panel discussions - 'Youth-led Peace-building and Violent Prevention' and 'Youth Sustaining Peace and Reconciliation.' Read more.
High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
This year’s theme for the HLPF 2017 is "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world." Plan International – Brazil organized a side event on the topic “Tackling child poverty in Brazil: a multi-factor agenda to leave no-one behind.” Read more.
More about the work of this forum can be found on their website.
Opening of the Ministerial Session in CR 4, UNHQ
Secretary General addressing the Gathering
Ongoing at BKUN, NY
Weekly meditation is ongoing with a small, but lovely group of spiritual-minded friends.
The new office space is almost completed and will be sharing with you plans for its use in the upcoming newsletters. This time of year also brings many visitors from across the world to New York, so the new space is being filled with the beautiful energy of 'international' love, light, peace, and power!
UN Newsletter for June
2 August 2017
Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,
Greetings of love.
We extend a warm invitation for you to read about the wonderful service that was done for International Day of Yoga and other UN International Days.
At the UNHQ
Wednesday, June 21, 10:00am - 1:00pm
On the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in association with the World Health Organization and the Department of Public Information, United Nations, hosted a special conversation with Yoga Masters entitled ‘Yoga for Health.’
The Brahma Kumaris had an international delegation of 7: BK Karuna (Madhuban), BK Hemlata Sanghi (Trinidad), BKs Julia Grindon-Welch, Sabita Geer, Madhavi Patale and Rona Schweitz of New York, and BK Shashank Mittal (India). Read more.
Dr. Nata Menabde, Exective Director, WHO, NY addressing the audience
Denise Scotto, Julia Grindon-Welch and friends with Keith Mitchell, NFL player
Yoga and BKUN
Yoga: The Ultimate Connection
Thursday, June 22
The Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations and the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN (IDYC at the UN) hosted a program on June 22 titled Yoga: The Ultimate Connection. The highlight of the event was the conversation between BK Shivani and Dr. Bruce Lipton, Biologist Scientist, with Denise Scotto, Chair of the IDYC at the UN, as moderator . The evening was accented by the beautiful singing of Paul Luftenegger and interpretive dance by Elizabeth Karmooch and Yuritzi Govea. Read more.
Yoga Events Globally
The BKUN, NY was invited to speak at two programs: at the annual yoga festival organized by the World Yoga Community on the topic Yoga and the SDGs, and at the Asamai Temple hosted by the Hindu Swayamsevak Society on the theme, Raja Yoga in Daily Life. Read summary
BK Sabita, BK Shashank, Ms. Scotto, BK Julia, BK Madhavi, Guru Dileepji
BK Sabita speaking on Yoga and the SDGs
UN International Days
Radio Madhuban observed Child Labor Day, No Tobacco Day, and World Day for Cultural Diversity by raising the awareness of residents of rural India on the importance of education, human rights and values in our lives.
Special events to celebrate International Day of Yoga and Father's Day were part of the services done in these areas. More
Residents sharing on Cultural Diversity
Participants on Child Labor Day
Eradicating Poverty by 2030 - UN Sustainable Development Goal No.1
31 July 2017
Dear Divine Brothers/ Sisters,
Greetings of Peace and Well Wishes from the BK United Nations team!
The team has committed to work towards one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) 2030, SDG 1: No Poverty - End Poverty in All It's Forms Everywhere. As a part of this global goal, we aim at sensitizing people and eradicating poverty through spirituality. The team has planned to launch an app in November 2017 which is user-friendly and will serve the purpose of:
▪ Evidence building
▪ Get better acquainted with the happenings in our centers globally
▪ Ease our process of entering into collaborations
▪ Offer User-friendly spiritual experience
To build content for this app, we request your center/ wing to provide us with details of your services that pertain to the Goal of No Poverty.
We appreciate it if you help us in connecting with a regional coordinator or a soul who can proactively share detailed information about the activities relating to poverty and upliftment of society in their respective regions by July, 31 2017.
Name of the contact person:
To enter specific details about the projects please use the link
Your timely help will give sincere impetus to the goal of eradicating poverty!
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and warm regards,
In Godly Service,
BK Gayatri and the No Poverty Team
May 2017 Newsletter
18 July 2017
Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,
Greetings of love.
We extend a warm invitation for you to read about the wonderful service that was done during the month of May. Please see below news about Road Safety Week, the Culture of Peace events at the UN, and observances of the UN International Days.
The UN Road Safety Collaboration announced that the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week was held from 8-14 May 2017. The Week focused on increasing the understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed, a key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries. The Brahma Kumaris organized events in many parts of the world to support this week. You may read more.
Yoga and the UN Culture of Peace
Celebrate Earth: Sustainable Living, Meditation and Yoga
Yoga and the UN Culture of Peace annual program was extra special this year as the Brahma Kumaris was invited to speak on the panel. The event was held in the ECOSOC Chambers of the United Nations Headquarters.
Ms. Ganpat, BK Julia and Ms. D. Scotto
K Julia with Yogmata
UN International Days Radio Madhuban observed Mother’s Day on 14th May and the International Day of Families on 15th May in Abu, Rajasthan. Village outreach events were organized to celebrate motherhood and the spirit of love and care.
Radio Madhuban also observed World Malaria Day, World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Read more
Kids narrating a skit raising awareness on malaria
World Families Day
Reminder: Spiritual Selfie Videos for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
19 June 2017
Dear Centre Coordinators,
Spiritual Self Videos for the SDGs
Greetings. This is a reminder about our project for the BK contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As a contribution of the Brahma Kumaris to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we would like you to 'film-selfie' yourselves for 3 to 5 minutes maximum on your (smart) phone to describe, with your own words, your spiritual experience of going through a situation related to one of these 17 goals.
Special thanks to the wonderful souls from Mauritius, Finland, Costa Rica, Columbia, India, Nigeria, USA and Germany who have filmed their personal experiences of a spiritual approach to the SDGs on their smartphone and sent their inspirational video-selfies.
In these times of uncertainty it is particularly important to offer a message of hope and spirituality to the UN and to the world.
Through our extensive network and our unique experience, we can bring a valuable contribution to show that a sustainable world starts with personal development, education and health. It is important to have self-respect, creativity, higher goals, empathy, generosity, compassion, a simple and balanced way of life and to protect nature in all its forms.
We as BKs can underline the importance of genuine elevated wishes and powerful thoughts and their positive impact in practical life. We can highlight the importance of adding a spiritual dimension to life and how it complements any physical means of sustainability.
BapDada often asks us to give the world a proof of our knowledge and lifestyle through the power of experience. Now is the time! And we need your cooperation.
Your Life Changing Experience will be offered to the new UN Secretary General as the contribution of the Brahma Kumaris to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Please send us any relevant spiritual experience related to one of the 17 goals at the following address:
Or drop them on the Google Drive or DropBox of the same address.
You may also wish to visit the UN website to know more about the 17 goals and their targets at:https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300
Also please remember to hold your smartphone close and horizontal. Close-ups are better for sound quality and make sure you have enough light.
BK Valeriane and Benoit
On behalf of Dadi Gulzar and Sr Mohini, Sr Bhumika accepts Bharat Gaurav Awards for outstanding service to humanity
13 June 2017
Om Shanti Divine Family,
Br Narayanan from Harmony House lent me his $500+ camera which I managed to learn in a few minutes in an elementary way and, at Sr Mohini's request, played the part of the photographer at the Bharata Gaurav Awards program held at the UNO in NYC on Friday, June 9th. As Sr Mohini was unable to attend, Sr Bhumika graciously accepted the awards that were to be given to both Dadi Gulzar and Sr Mohini for their outstanding contributions for world service to humanity.
The first few shots (in the linked album) are my practice shots at Harmony House and on the journey to the city. There were many photographers and others taking selfies so had to do a lot of nimble dodging about and it was great fun to see how they were all enjoying the presentations and being photographed.
It was a loving and lively program with many smiles and much happiness of the many participants who were royally served by adorning their heads with lovely turbans of the colors of India, several beautiful plaques of various sizes with their photographs congratulating them on their spiritual contributions for enhancing positive change in the world, a published book of color photos of their previous five annual programs and many felicitations by prominent keynote speakers.. A vegetarian lunch was served and the program concluded about3 pm.
Many souls were served with invitations for Awakening programs and were most happy to meet and greet Sr Bhumika and myself and extend their congratulations to the Brahma Kumaris.
Please enjoy the full album of photos by clicking on the photo below.
In Godly service,