Sustainable Development Goals & Climate Change
During International Days and major international conferences there is a special opportunity to serve in
the creation of a more unified and compassionate world.
As meditators we can symbolically stand together with all actively working in the spirit of the Charter of Compassion, and invoke the aid of the Forces of Light in support of these events.
These International Days and events reflect important themes in the mobilization of energies to:
- End poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030 through practical actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
- engaging people of goodwill all over the world in a common movement.
2020 United Nations International Year
Silence at the United Nations
The Spiritual Caucus at the United Nations gathers in the vicinity of UN Headquarters in New York (September - June) on the third Thursday every month for 30 minutes of silence followed by 30 minutes of dialogue, sharing insights and exploring ways to use an inner focus in service of the work of the UN.
Please link in from wherever you are. More information at: http://www.spiritualcaucusun.org/
In April the physical meeting on Thursday, April 16, has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the Coronavirus. All are invited to link together in mind and heart on this day from 1.30 - 2.00 pm with a particular focus on supporting the UN during this difficult time.
April Please Hold These Events in the Light
Please Note: due to the coronavirus most physical events on the UN Calendar in April will be cancelled or postponed.
World Autism Awareness Day
2020 theme: Global Solidarity for World Autism.
The Day seeks to improve the quality of life of people with autism, recognising that there is a high rate of people with autism in all regions of the world.
For many people on the autism spectrum, access to affordable assistive technologies is a prerequisite to being able to exercise their basic human rights and participate fully in the life of their communities, and thereby contribute to the realization of the SDGs. Assistive technology can reduce or eliminate the barriers to their participation on an equal basis with others.
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
Following a 1997 Mine Ban Treaty most countries have now banned landmines, yet anti-personnel mines continue to be used as a weapon of war and areas remain dangerous long after conflicts have ended. This United Nations Day marks a focus for campaigns to protect civilians from landmines and explosive remnants of war.
Let us remember the people living under the shadow of explosive ordnance, from Syria to Mali and elsewhere. As many people around the world work safely from home, they will remain exposed and vulnerable. And, when the world emerges from today’s crisis, they will continue to need our support. António Guterres, Secretary-General.
During Sunday April 5, people from all places in the world will address “Golden Rule in Action” and how people, organizations and governments can use this Common Principle to create a better world for everyone.
The Golden Rule is ancient and modern, secular and religious, personal and common. Golden Rule Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on and celebrate the universal principle of treating others the way that we want to be treated. It is a powerful tool for all of our relationships – with ourselves, others, animals, and the planet. This will be a 24-hour online broadcast that will travel around the world to highlight those who are practicing the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule is powerful only when we practice it.
www.facebook.com/ - global 24 hour broadcast
Americas zoom broadcast begins 10.00pm GMT / 3.00 PM PDT - password 'peace'
2020 Theme: Support Nurses and Midwives
WHO is observing 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
7 April 2020 is the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response - providing high quality, respectful treatment and care, leading community dialogue to address fears and questions and, in some instances, collecting data for clinical studies. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response..
Full Moon — Easter, Aries
Since ancient times human beings have honored the full moon as a time when the sacred is most accesible. It is a time of light - the moon reflects the light of the sun onto the face of the earth. In astrology this is a time when the qualities and potentials of the zodiacal sign of the sun are especially available to humanity for use in service.
During the full moon religious and esoteric groups around the world vizualize light and love and spiritual power flowing into humanity and strengthening all that is being done to help prepare the way for a world of unity, justice and peace; a world which is increasingly concentrated on the work of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
April 13 - 24
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN HQ, New York
2020 theme: Peace, justice and strong institutions: the role of indigenous peoples in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16 MEETING POSTPONED
The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), established at the promptings of indigenous peoples, is a high-level UN body charged to advise the Economic and Social Council on all matters dealing with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights. Annual meetings of the Forum provide a focal point for discussion of indigenous peoples issues at the UN - they are attended by representatives of large numbers of indigenous peoples groups from around the world who also meet together in a Global Caucus, a Womens Caucus and a Youth Caucus. During the Forum there is a strong presence of Indigenous Peoples at UN Headquarters.
April 17 - 19
Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day is the largest annual celebration of young volunteers, where millions of young people from over 100 countries in 6 continents carry out thousands of community improvement projects. In 2020 youth are advised to Participate in GYSD at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis
I have hope that stems in large part from my knowledge that the future of this planet lies in the tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and commitment of young people around the world. Jane Goodall
World Creativity and Innovation Day
The Day seeks to raise awareness of the importance of creativity in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Creativity and innovation, at both the individual and group levels, have become the true wealth of nations in the 21st century, according to the findings of the special edition of the Creative Economy Report "Widening local development pathways" ...
International Mother Earth Day & Earth Day
Over a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year. It is the largest civic observance in the world, and is evidence of the massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the Earth. In 2009 the United Nations General Assembly added its weight to this popular movement, proclaiming April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.
Mother Earth Day is helping to define new emerging economic, social and political processes through which humanity is seeking to raise the quality of its relationships with the Earth. Every year the Day is observed at UN Headquarters with an Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature. This year's dialogue will take place on April 22 (broadcast live on UN TV).
World Book and Copyright Day
23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
The Day is observed by UNESCO to celebrate books and authors encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
In these turbulent times, books embody the diversity of human ingenuity, giving shape to the wealth of human experience, expressing the search for meaning and expression we all share, that drive all societies forward. Books help weave humanity together as a single family, holding a past in common, a history and heritage, to craft a destiny that is shared, where all voices are heard in the great chorus of human aspiration." Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
Girls in ICT Day
2020 Theme Expand horizons; Change attitudes
The UN's ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and thousands of partners and supporters all around the world get together on this day to promote the exciting career opportunities waiting for girls and young women in the tech sector
Due to the coronavirus emphasis will be placed on social media promotions.
International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace
Approved at the General Assembly in December 2018, this new International Day confirms the principles of the UN Charter which require the international body to resolve disputes among countries through peaceful means. It acknowledges the use of multilateral decision-making and diplomacy in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflicts among nations. This non-aggressive and pacifist approach reinforces that three pillar of the UN, namely, sustainable development, peace and security and human rights.
The United Nations Charter points the way, with its vision of people and countries living as good neighbours, defending universal values and recognizing our common future. Strengthening multilateralism means strengthening our commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and building a safer, more just world for future generations. — UN Secretary-General António Guterres
World Malaria Day
2020 Theeme Zero malaria starts with me
Between 2000 and 2014, the number of malaria-related deaths fell by 40% worldwide, from an estimated 743,000 to 446,000.
But in recent years, progress has ground to a standstill. According to WHO's World malaria report 2019, there were no global gains in reducing new infections over the period 2014 to 2018. And nearly as many people died from malaria in 2018 as the year before.
In the lead-up to this year’s World Malaria Day, countries across the globe are in the throes of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. While cases of the novel coronavirus in malaria-affected countries currently represent only a small proportion of the global total, the situation is evolving rapidly. WHO underlines the critical importance of sustaining efforts to prevent, detect and treat malaria, using best practices to protect health workers and communities from COVID-19 infection.
International Delegates Day
Delegates bring the United Nations to life. Without them, this Organization would not be what it is. They negotiate agreements and coordinate with their home countries. Some form alliances, others struggle for compromises. In that way, they embody the multilateralism, which the UN stands for.
The delegates represent their countries in meetings at the United Nations. Unless a politician of higher rank is present, the delegates speak and vote on behalf of their country at the UN General Assembly, and other fora, such as the UN Security Council. The delegates are appointed by their countries. Hence, they follow the interests of the government they serve.
World Tai Chi & Qui Gong Day
The last Saturday of April each year in 100s of cities, spanning over 80 nations, people come together … to breathe together and provide a healing vision for our world. 2020 EVENTS POSTPONED TO THE LAST SATURDAY OF MAY. APRIL 25 - MAY 30 IS BEING APPROACHED AS 'BOOST IMMUNITY MONTH'. CALL FOR MEDITATIONS AT 10 AM LOCAL TIME ON APRIL 25
World Intellectual Property Day
2020 Theme Innovate for a Green Future
A Day to focus on the the role that copyright and intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
World Day for Saftey and Health at Work
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.
International Jazz Day
April 30 was first celebrated by UNESCO as International Jazz Day in 2012. The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. 2020 events in South Africa and around the world have been cancelled. Online events are planned