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March - April 2020 Newsletter

14 April 2020

Dear National Coordinators, Center Coordinators and friends,

 

As you are all aware, due to COVID 19 global pandemic, we are all observing the stay-at-home, work-from-home guideline, resulting in the cancellation of one of the largest international conferences, Commission on the Status of Women, along with all other events scheduled to take place at UNHQ. The last in-person event was the celebration of International Women's Day after which, UN and many NGOs are now hosting events online, including the BKUN office.


Please see below a brief synopsis of what took place, information regarding UN 75th. anniversary, and what is ongoing.

 

 

March 4

The spotlight of this decade is on action and mobilization of youth to achieve the Global Goals by 2030. The United Nations Department of Global Communications and Friendship Ambassadors Foundation joined hands to support the UN Decade of Action, placing particular focus on youth. The Decade of Action aims to provide a framework and call-to-action for all sectors of society, targeting three levels suggested by the Secretary-General: global action, local action, and people action.


The event focused on:
* strengthening youth engagement in UN priority areas, including UN@75.
* ideas and solutions for action to accelerate the achievement of the Global Goals.
* youth participation in platforms and discussion at local and national levels. We encourage you to mobilize youth in your contact in supporting this decade. Watch event
here

 

An equal world is an enabled world. “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

Friday, March 6

The IWD 2020 celebration took place with great enthusiasm in the General Assembly Hall, even though the event was restricted to only UN grounds pass holders, however, the general public were able to watch online. The observance, moderated by Sade Baderinwa of WABC News, celebrated the next generations of women and girl leaders and gender equality activists, together with women’s rights advocates and visionaries on whose shoulders they stand. There were also performances by Grammy award winner and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Angélique Kidjo, and the Broadway Singers.

 

Watch event here.

 

Grammy award performer (UN photo: E. Debebe)

 

Sade Baderinwa, WABC

 

Broadway Singers

 

 

A Women's Circle: Cultivating our Inner Connection

March 12.

Due to the cancellation of the conference, instead of the planned workshop on Strategies to Create a Peaceful Mind in Times of Conflict, a simple meditation session was organized by BKUN Office for a limited number of friends. Uplifting words by Dadi Janki and a lovely poem by Maya Angelou were read out followed by silent reflection and heartfelt sharing.
To learn more on the commission,
click here

 

 

April 5

First ever, International Day of Conscience (IDC) resolution was adopted by the UN in July 2019 and is inspired by article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." It aims to promote a culture of peace based on a set of values, attitudes and behaviors inspired by the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, human rights, tolerance, and solidarity.

 

The current COVID-19 pandemic, which is affecting people and communities across the entire globe, does not recognize boundaries or frontiers, and affects us all, regardless of race, nationality, religion, ethnicity or gender. This global pandemic necessitates a global solution.

 

We are part of a human family, connected and bound by something far more powerful and significant than what divides us — our love and our conscience.


IDC was launched virtually and you are invited to watch it here

 

 

World Health Day: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

Tuesday, April 7

World Health Organization (WHO) and partners including, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, co-hosted an online event. What better time than during the COVID 19 global pandemic to recognize the dedication of healthcare professionals!!

 

 

Celebrating United Nations 75th Anniversary

UN@75

A golden opportunity to share our thoughts on how we see the UN in the next 25 years, the United Nations is igniting a people’s debate, UN75, to mark its 75th anniversary in 2020. Launched by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, it promises to be the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation ever on building the future we want. The UN is circulating a survey encouraging everyone to take it. Please take the survey and we appreciate it if you send this out to all your contacts and friends whom you feel may be interested.

 

Take survey.

 

Ongoing at BKUN

Weekly Meditation

The weekly Thursday evening meditation is continuing virtually with a small group of UN contacts and friends.


As a means of continued spiritual support, they are invited to join the ongoing weekday evening meditation that is being offered at BK centers.

 


RCNGO Meetings

BK Julia, BK UN Representative and the newly appointed Vice-Chair of CRNGOs, was a panelist at a meeting organized by the Committee of Religious NGOs (CRNGOs) at the United Nations called "Preparing for COP26: An interfaith consultation."

 

 

UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris

International Days

Kindly make a special note of these dates so that events can be organized to celebrate or honor them. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for the facebook page and the blog


You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to observe.

 

March 8 International Women's Day
March 20 International Day of Happiness
April 5 International Day of Conscience
April 7 World Health Day
April 22 International Earth Day
May 15 International Day of Families
June 5 World Environment Day
June 21 International Day of Yoga
August 12 International Youth Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 2 International Day of Non-violence
November 15 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
November 16 International Day of Tolerance
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 10 Human Rights Day

 

International Weeks:

February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week

 

 

 

 

"Spiritual Challenges of Corona": Online INTERVIEW WED. APRIL 8th. 7:30 AM (EDT)

7 April 2020

Spiritual Challenges of Corona

Dear Friends,

You are invited to watch Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein in conversation with BK Sr. Jayanti on the "Spiritual Challenges of Corona"

 

Watch on facebook live


WED April 8th (7:30 AM EDT)

 

 

Sister Jayanti Kirpalani is the European Director of the Brahma Kumaris, with over 50 years of experience of Raja Yoga Meditation and its practical application in daily life. Her gentle voice and profound insights on spiritual solutions to everyday problems have touched the hearts of thousands around the world.

 

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein is a scholar of Jewish studies and a theoretician and activist in the domain of interfaith dialogue. He is founder and director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute since 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KARUNA RESPONSE to the CORONAVIRUS: message from BK Sr. Mohini

24 March 2020

 

Dear family and friends,

 

BK Mohini Panjabi, President, Brahma Kumaris in the USA, Regional Coordinator, Brahma Kumaris network in the Americas and the Caribbean, shared some insights in response to the coronavirus:

 

Karuna comes from the Sanskrit kara, meaning “to do,” or “to make.” Karuna is the highest level of compassion and is comprised of six basic spiritual virtues latent in the soul. These latent virtues are transmitted from the living beings, souls, through the spiritual trajectory of awareness, attitude, vision, and action. These virtues live as vibrational frequencies in the soul, and their expression forms a living system of interrelationships that connects us in the experience of life.


Karuna is like a satellite that emits the frequencies of love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, non-violence, and generosity. Read more.

 

 

 

UN February Newsletter

14 March 2020

Dear National Coordinators, Center Coordinators, and friends,

Greetings of love.

 

We invite you to read news of the 10th anniversary of World Interfaith Harmony Week and the 58th Session on the Commission for Social Development (CSocD58).

 

 

10th Anniversary Celebration

An auspicious time for faith-based traditions to come together and discuss how we can collectively harmonize to bring about world harmony. Brahma Kumaris participated in a few events to observe this year's celebration. Read full report here and here

Ribbon tying ceremony at UN Church Center

BK Noni meeting the President of Peru

BK Julia sharing on climate and interfaith

BK Sabita sharing a meditation on climate action

 

Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness.

February 10 - 19, 2020

Over the years, the Brahma Kumaris has actively participated in this conference. This year, a BK delegation of 8 organized a workshop, read out an oral statement (Time 2.56.16 to 2.59.28), and a written paper on the topic Open Hearts Create Warm Hearths: Shifting the Paradigm to End Homelessness With Respect and Compassion, is published on the CSocD website

 

BK delegation: Kinnari Murthy PhD, Valerie Still, Shivani Dayal, Nik Lal, Bhrugu Yagnik PhD, Nidhi Shukla, Karen Perusse, and Sabita Geer, with Gayatri Naraine as Spiritual Resource.

BK Nidhi meeting with ED Jean Quinn, SOPHIA Housing

workshop flier

BK team in planning mode

 

The BK delegation also attended a number of side events organized by various Missions and UN Agencies. Read report here

 

 

Ongoing at the BKUN Office

Despite everyone's busy schedules, weekly one hour meditation is continuing with a small group of BKs along with regular Thursday evening meditation with friends of the BKs. There have been visits from Perry Ellis Inc., other friends of the BKs, and meetings with various committees the BKs are involved in. Additionally, one-on-one meditation course is offered to interested persons. This year, a special evening was organized to celebrate Shiv Jayanti.


There has been many conversations around UN@75 which will be shared in later newsletters.

SG UN in conversation with youth on UN@75.

 

UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris

International Days

Kindly make a special note of these dates so that events can be organized to celebrate or honor them. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for the facebook page and the blog


You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to observe.

 

February 11 International Day for Women and Girls in Science
March 8 International Women's Day
March 20 International Day of Happiness
April 7 World Health Day
April 22 International Earth Day
May 15 International Day of Families
June 5 World Environment Day
June 21 International Day of Yoga
August 12 International Youth Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 2 International Day of Non-violence
November 16 International Day of Tolerance
November 18 World Day of Remebrance for Road Traffic Victims
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 10 Human Rights Day

 

International Weeks:

February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week

 

 

 

 

UNEP: Young Champions of the Earth Contest

8 March 2020

Dear family and friends,

 

We are pleased to share with you the news and all associated digital assets of the 2020 launch of UNEP's flagship youth initiative, Young Champions of the Earth 

 

For the 4th year running, UNEP is calling on 18-30-year-old innovators to submit their creative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

 

Representing every global region, seven applicants with the most promising solutions will be recognized as Young Champions of the Earth – the world’s preeminent environmental honour for young people. Each winner will receive seed funding, mentorship and participation in a high-level UN meeting and global publicity.

 

How to apply: Applications can be submitted in 7 UN languages via a portal on the Young Champions website. The deadline for submissions is 10 April 2020 (see here for a complete timeline).

 

‘If you choose to submit under Brahma Kumaris, we would appreciate it if you share with BKUN office your “creative solution” via email before submitting. Thank you.’

 

 

Young Champions of the Earth launch 2020 video

 

Links to all launch posts on social media

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

LinkedIn

 

 

 

February - April 2020 UN Calendar of Events

7 February 2020

Dear National Coordinators, Center Coordinators and friends,

 

A new decade dawned as we enter the new year bringing with it uncertainties, yet hope; chaos, yet an air of stability and silence that come with January.


February brings a flavor of diversity as we celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week and participate in the Commission for Social Development. The month of March reminds us of women's and girls' empowerment and of happiness, while April draws our attention to global health and Mother Earth.


Please find below more details and we encourage you to arrange programs to raise awareness around these observances.

 

10th Anniversary Celebration

February 1 - 7

More so now than ever before, there's a need for faith traditions to come together and demonstrate that at the core of all faith systems is the recognition that we are in this together, and that we need to love and support one another to live in harmony and peace in an environmentally sustainable world.

 

You are encouraged to organize events to celebrate 10 years of observing interfaith harmony. We look forward to receiving news with photos. For more information, visit website

 

Meditation Room, UNHQ, with a group of faith leaders

 

Interfatih Event, 2019

 

 

Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness.

February 10 - 20, 2020

Over the years, the Brahma Kumaris has actively participated in this conference. This year, a BK delegation of 8 is co-facilitating a workshop, preparing an oral statement, and a written paper on the topic Open Hearts Create Warm Hearths: Shifting the Paradigm to End Homelessness With Respect and Compassion, is published on the CSocD website 

 

BK delegation: Kinnari Murthy PhD, Valerie Still, Shivani Dayal, Nik Lal, Bhrugu Yagnik PhD, Nidhi Shukla, Karen Perusse, and Sabita Geer.

 

An equal world is an enabled world. “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

Sunday, March 8

The IWD 2020 campaign theme, #EachforEqual is drawn from a notion of 'Collective Individualism.' Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets have an impact on our larger society.


Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. We are all parts of a whole.

 

More information here.

 

We look forward to receiving news, in writing and pictures, of event/s you have organized in your communities.

 

 

Beijing+25: Realizing Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls

March 9 -20.

This annual two weeks conference held at the UN Headquarters in New York, addresses current issues women and girls face all around the world. The Brahma Kumaris has been participating for many years and this year, a delegation of 7 will represent the Institution. A statement written by the Brahma Kumaris on Pause for Peace: a strategy to elevate our thinking to bring the future we want is published on the UN Women's website. Read statement.


A workshop on the topic, Strategies to Create a Peaceful Mind in Times of Conflict will be facilitated by the BK delegation on Wednesday, March 11.


To learn more on the commission, click here 

 

BK Delegation: Marianne Lizana, Gayatri Naraine, Julia Grindon-Welch, Pratiba Daya, Sabita Geer, Nalishha Mehta, and Blanca Elena Estrada.

 

 

Ten Billion Happy: Happiness Day. Every Day. For All of Humanity, by 2050.

Happier Together

Wednesday, March 20

Everyone wants to be happy - and life is happier when we're together. So let's celebrate our common humanity rather than focus on what divides us. We do hope you feel inspired to join the community and be part of this special day by organizing an event to celebrate Happiness.

You are invited to read more about this day here
 and join the campaign, #TenStepsToGlobalHappiness.

 

 

World Health Day: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

Tuesday, April 7

Join World Health Organization (WHO) and partners including, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives.


As Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, says: “Nurses and midwives are the backbone of every health system: in 2020 we’re calling on all countries to invest in nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.”

 

Learn more.


We encourage you to partner with WHO in your area, or any other organization, to host an event. As usual, we appreciate receiving your brief reports and photographs.

 

 

50th. Anniversary: International Mother Earth Day

Climate Action

Wednesday, April 22

The enormous challenges, which also offer vast opportunities, of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

 

Events that support this campaign can be of great service to our world. Please send us your news in brief. Get involved

 

Posters that could be used

 

 

UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris

International Days

Kindly make a special note of these dates so that events can be organized to celebrate or honor them. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for the facebook page and the blog.


You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to observe.

 

February 11 International Day for Women and Girls in Science
March 8 International Women's Day
March 20 International Day of Happiness
April 7 World Health Day
April 22 International Earth Day
May 15 International Day of Families
June 5 World Environment Day
June 21 International Day of Yoga
August 12 International Youth Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 2 International Day of Non-violence
November 15 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
November 16 International Day of Tolerance
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 10 Human Rights Day

International Weeks:

February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week

 

 

 

 

Nairobi (Kenya) - National NGOs/CSOs Conference & Sustainable Development Goals Award 2019

29 December 2019

The Brahma Kumaris were invited to this important forum for NGOs/CSOs and others under the Theme 2019: Recognizing the role of NGOs/CSOs and other stakeholders towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and other development agenda in Kenya.

 

Dr Hasmukh Dawda, one of our trustees introduced the Pause for Peace project. Sr Vedanti shared inspirations and gave blessings to over 100 participants who attended from various counties of Kenya. Sr Dipti conducted Pause for Peace meditation.

 

With Ms Sylvie Bertrand, Deputy Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other members of Churches and Religious Organizations.

 

NAIROBI FAMILY

 

 

 

 

October UN Newsletter 2019

24 December 2019

Dear National and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of love.

 

We invite you to read news of events held for International Day of Peace, Climate Action, 150th. anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, UN Day, Diwali, and more.

 

UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

The Brahma Kumaris has recently been accredited observer status with UN Convention to Combat Desertification and participated in the Conference this year for the first time. It was held in New Delhi, India from September 2-13. Please read few reports here and here. View photos

Participants at Happy Farms

BK Booth

International Day of Peace

The theme for this year's International Day of Peace is, Climate Action for Peace In observance of this day, the Brahma Kumaris is participating in a number of events.

 

Peace events around the world

Brahma Kumaris participated in the "vigil4peace" event at Central Park, NYC, on Sunday, September 15 where visitors spun the virtue wheel and shared how they’ll use that virtue to help bring peace in the world, whether it is personal, family, work or social circle.

 

A workshop on “Destination: Peace and Happiness” was organized by the Brahma Kumaris is Cinnaminson, New Jersey, USA, where about 35 people enjoyed exploring what peace and happiness mean to them.

 

On the eve of the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit, a gathering of silence and contemplative sharing led by Christiana Figueres, co-Founder of Global Optimism, and friend of the BKs, took place in the Quaker House, NYC. People of all faiths were present. Topic was: "Earth Silence 2019: Holding Earth in the Light."

 

Brahma Kumaris Center for Spiritual Learning & Retreat Center, Philippines, offered for the first time, Climate Art for Peace program. Read more

 

A number of events were held in many cities across Australia. Read more

Event in Australia

Peace initiative, Australia

Phillipines

Climate Art for Peace, Phillipines

Peace workshop in NJ, USA

vigil4peace, Central Park

 

Climate Action Summit

Brahma Kumaris participated in the UN Climate Summit in various ways:

SDG Action Zone at the UNHQ Rose Garden. The Brahma Kumaris inside-out approach in achieving the SDGs was shared with emphasis on vegetarianism, gender equality, and ban of single-use plastics.

 

UN Latin America Climate Change Summit held in Brazil. Read more

BKs - SDG Action Zone, UNHQ

Climate Change Summit, Brazil. BK Luciana with Mayor

 

Peoples Summit on Climate, Rights and Human Survival, New York City

18-19 September 2019

This two-day event in New York City brought together 100's of key actors of the different strands of the climate justice movement. (i.e. workers, indigenous peoples, youth, the women and gender constituency, environmental activists, faith-based organizations), human rights organizations and other influential stakeholders (such as foundations, journalists, thought-leaders and like-minded politicians) to discuss common and concrete strategies to accelerate the transition to a zero-emissions economy in a way that respects, protects and fulfill human rights. Valeriane Bernard, BKUN rep. from Geneva (would usually attend Human Rights events) was unable to be in New York and so BKUN rep Julia Grindon-Welch (NY) attended. This was the first time the human rights movement as a whole had engaged with climate change in a coordinated and concerted manner. This lively committed gathering came together in plenaries, working groups, and individual conversations with an emphasis on partnership and action.

Friday, September 20

Climate Action Youth Strike

Organized by New York City’s youth in Manhattan to demand radical improvement in the way our world’s governments are managing the climate crisis. The strike specifically exerted pressure on the September 23rd UN Climate Summit while addressing local, national, and global climate issues. The youths and Greta Thunberg called on governments to advance real, just climate solutions to achieve our goal of lowering CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030.

 

Thousands of people, including children, students, youth, and the Brahma Kumaris, marched the streets of Manhattan. The march was inaugurated by a simple interfaith session in which the BKs led a short meditation. The BKs were part of a newly formed interfaith committee “GreenFaithNYC” which supported the youth by reaching out to their New York communities to join the 1,000's who marched.

 

Tuesday, September 24

Climate Emergency: Faith-based Organizations Raising Ambition - Leaving No One Behind

After world leaders gathered in New York on September 23rd for the Climate Change Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General, a coalition of interfaith planning partners held a “Consultation” the following day regarding the current climate emergency. The Consultation built on the moment with the theme: “Climate Emergency: Faith-based Organizations Raising Ambition - Leaving No One Behind.”

 

The Consultation included interfaith global leaders from over 45 organizations discussing the role of faith-based organizations at this watershed moment. There were representatives from The Anglican Communion, Brahma Kumaris, Church World Service, The Episcopal Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Franciscan Action Network, GreenFaith, Parliament of World’s Religions, United Methodist Women, and World Council of Churches. The Consultation was held at the Salvation Army New York.


Olivia Wohlegemuth, 17, and Xiye Bastida, both climate justice activists based in New York and lead organizers of “Fridays For Future” youth climate strike movement, eloquently addressed the participants of over 100.

 

For more information on the Brahma Kumaris and the environment, please visit the website

 

Wednesday, October 2

As this year marks 150 years of the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian Permanent Mission to the UN, in collaboration with various NGOs, organized a few events. The Brahma Kumaris shared a short guided reflection during one of the events. Many stories around Gandhiji's principles of non-violence and discipline were shared, inspiring all present to renew their commitment to world peace. Many gifts were distributed in honor of the Mahatma.

 

Ongoing at BKUN Office

Diwali and UN Day was a joint celebration with friends who rekindled their commitment to carry the torch of respect, love, and enlightenment across the globe.

 

Thursday evening meditation gathering continues weekly at the BKUN space and also weekly lunchtime meditation in the Meditation Room at the UNHQ.

 

Visitors from across the world continue to share their good energy that adds to the oasis of the space.

 

Recent book, God and Love on Route 80, written by Dr. Stephen Post, a long-time friend of BKUN, was launched where a healthy conversation on God and synchronicity took place.

Diwali at BKUN, NY

BK students, Queens, NY

BK Amir Chand, India

Dr. Stephen Post second from left

Meditation Room, UNHQ, NY

 

A Heart to Heart Conversation with Alfredo-Sfeir-Younis

Spirituality making more of an impact on the world stage

Monday, September 23, 2019

The BKUN office welcomed Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, who was in New York for the UN Climate Summit, to meet with some of his friends and NGO colleagues. A meaningful conversation was shared as Alfredo highlighted the importance of the spiritual community stepping forward at this time. Alfredo, a long-time friend of the Brahma Kumaris, was the Representative for the World Bank in New York and in Geneva in the 1990’s. During this period, he consistently put spirituality at the core of global issues being discussed by the world body. On leaving the World Bank he spent a number of years in Portugal further developing the spiritual dimension at both personal and secular levels. He returned to Chile in 2013 and took a bold step as a presidential candidate in the Chilean general elections. His aim was clear — to position the spiritual phenomenon directly into the political campaign dynamic. Even though he was not elected, he definitely left a mark on the collective consciousness.

 

 

 

 

November - December 2019 UN Calendar of Events

3 November 2019

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of love.

 

There are a few UN Observances in November and December which the Brahma Kumaris participate in. Kindly take a moment to read the calendar of events below. We encourage you to use these opportunities to share the message of peace, love, and respect within your communities. As always, we appreciate it if you send a brief report along with photographs.

 

 

International Day of Tolerance

Saturday, November 16

Since 1996, we’ve celebrated International Day For Tolerance on November 16. It was started by the UN General Assembly, with the goal of getting educational institutions and the general public to see tolerance as a staple of society. And it came after the United Nations declared a Year for Tolerance in 1995. Although we should be tolerant every day, it’s always good to have one occasion to remind us just how important tolerance is. The UN defines tolerance as respect, appreciation and acceptance of the diversity of the world’s cultures and all the ways that we are human. It is a human right to receive, and should be expected to be practiced by not just individuals, but groups and states.

 

Visit this website for more ideas.

 

You are encouraged to arrange events in your local area, in partnerships or otherwise, around this theme. We look forward to receiving news in writing and photos.

 

 

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Life Is not A Car Part

Sunday, November 17

"The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is observed on the third Sunday of November each year. The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It offers an opportunity for drawing attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and for giving recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services. Why is there a need for this day?

 

World Meditation Hour is a perfect time to serve these souls. You are welcome to organize a program having official personnel and/or family members of victims share their stories.

 

We look forward to receiving your reports, with photographs.
Watch video of last year:

 

 

Human Rights Day

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Tuesday, December 10

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has completed its 70th anniversary in 2019 and had a year-long campaign to highlight the importance and necessity of upholding human dignity.


However, the celebration is not over. We are still inspired to use this as an opportunity to have events that raise awareness and uplift the inner dignity of the soul.

 

Secretary General's message

 

You're invited to watch this excellent animation which can generate ideas when planning your event: What are the Universal Human Rights? Do send your brief reports along with photos.

 

 

Other UN Observances

You are welcome to participate in local events around other UN Observances:

 

20 November - Universal Children’s Day

25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

3 December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

18 December - International Migrants Day

 

 

 

 

2019 UN News Archive

 

2018 UN News Archive