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Please Hold in the Light
April 2023

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.

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Sustainable Development Goals & Climate Change 
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.
2023 United Nations International Years
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.
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In April the Caucus will meet subjectively on April 20, 2.00 - 3.15pm. The physical meeting has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the Coronavirus. All are invited to link together for 30 minutes in mind and heart with a particular focus on supporting the UN during this difficult time.

April Please Hold These Events in the Light

April 2
World Autism Awareness Day

2023 theme: Transformation: Toward a Neuro-Inclusive World for All.
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.
We are moving away from the narrative of curing or converting autistic people and instead focusing on accepting, supporting and including autistic people, and advocating for their rights. This is a major transformation for all autistic people, their allies, the wider neurodiversity community and the world at large. It enables autistic people to claim their dignity and self-esteem, and to become fully integrated as valued members of their families and societies.
What is Neurodiversity?

April 4
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

2023 Theme: Mine Action Cannot Wait
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.
Even after the fighting stops, conflicts often leave behind a terrifying legacy: landmines and explosive ordnance that litter communities. Peace brings no assurance of safety when roads and fields are mined, when unexploded ordnance threatens the return of displaced populations, and when children find and play with shiny objects that explode. António Guterres, Secretary-General.

April 4 - 6
Ocean Visions Biennial Summit, Atlanta, GA, USA

Theme: Innovating Solutions at the Ocean-Climate Nexus
This summit will bring together "scientists, academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs, Indigenous and traditional knowledge keepers, innovators, and funders working at the ocean-climate nexus".
The event aims to Focus on existing and emerging problems at the interface of the ocean and climate crises, with a forward look at projected climate conditions and how current and potential approaches and solutions can be effectively and sustainably implemented.

April 5
Golden Rule Day

In 2007, URI-Africa and Interfaith Peace-building Initiative (a URI Cooperation Circle member) declared April 5 as “Golden Rule Day” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and called upon all citizens of the world and many other organizations, including the United Nations, to join them in proclaiming the day and living everyday according to the teaching of the Golden Rule in order to make our world better and more peaceful for all. Since then, about 700 organizations in 165 countries have joined in proclaiming Golden Rule Day and a request for a United Nations declaration of Golden Rule Day is pending before the General Assembly.
Golden Rule Day is a reminder of universal hope. Without hope and the love that we experience in connection with others what remains for tomorrow? Just as we are wired to be compassionate and act with kindness, we are people of hope. The virtues of faith, hope and charity should be our mantra for Golden Rule Day.

April 5
International Day of Conscience

In declaring April 5th as International Day of Conscience, the UN General Assembly invited all to pay attention to the work of building the Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience.
The task of the United Nations to save future generations from the scourge of war requires transformation towards a culture of peace, which consists of values, attitudes and behaviours that reflect and inspire social interaction and sharing based on the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, all human rights, tolerance and solidarity, that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation and that guarantee the full exercise of all rights and the means to participate fully in the development process of their society.

April 5
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

2023 Theme Scoring for People and the Planet
Sport has the power to align our passion, energy and enthusiasm around a collective cause. And that is precisely when hope can be nurtured and trust can be regained. It is in our collective interest to harness the tremendous power of sport to help build a better and more sustainable future for all. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed

April 6
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 7
World Health Day

2023 Theme: Health for All: 75 years of improving public health.
Health Day this year marks the 75th anniversary of the World Health organization.WHO’s 75th anniversary year is an opportunity to look back at public health successes that have improved quality of life during the last seven decades. It is also an opportunity to motivate action to tackle the health challenges of today — and tomorrow. .

April 7
International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

2023 marks the 29th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, one of the darkest chapters in human history. More than one million people — overwhelmingly Tutsi, but also moderate Hutu, Twa and others who opposed the genocide — were systematically killed in less than three months. On this Day, we honour those who were murdered and reflect on the suffering of those who survived.

April 12
International Day of Human Space Flight

12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin The day is observed by the UN to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”

April 14
World Chagas Disease Day

2023 Theme: Time to integrate Chagas disease into primary health care.
Chagas disease, also known as "silent or silenced disease", affects mainly poor people without access to health care or people without a political voice. The disease progresses slowly and often shows an asymptomatic clinical course. Without treatment, Chagas disease can lead to severe cardiac and digestive alterations and become fatal. Raising awareness of the disease is essential to improve the rates of early treatment and cure, together with the interruption of its transmission.

April 15-16
G7 Ministers’ Meeting on Climate, Energy and Environment, Hokkaido, Japan

This G7 Ministers’ Meeting on Climate, Energy and Environment is one of a series of ministerial meetings preparing for the G7 Summit in Japan in May. In the spirit of the Paris Agreement, we will discuss the global promotion of Green Transformation (GX), and transform the entire economic, social and industrial structure to be driven by clean energy to pursue net zero, circular and nature positive economies in an integrated manner.
G7 Summit 2023, Hiroshima

April 17 - 20
2023 ECOSOC Financing for Development Forum, UN HQ, New York

The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) is an intergovernmental process with universal participation mandated to review the Addis Ababa Action Agenda(Addis Agenda) and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Attended by governments and civil society, the Forum provides a platform for inclusive, multi-stakeholder dialogue to address the current global challenges and advance policies for financing long-term sustainable development priorities.

April 17 - 28
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN HQ, New York

2023 theme: Indigenous Peoples, human health, planetary and territorial health and climate change: a rights-based approach
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 21
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"

April 22
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.

April 23
World Book and Copyright Day

2023 Theme: Indigenous languages.
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

April 24
International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

This 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 pillars 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

April 24 - 27
UN World Data Forum, Hangzhou, China

The aim of the UN World Data Forum is to spur data innovation, nurture partnerships, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development. Partcipants in the Forum include a diverse range of governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia, and professional bodies.

April 24 - 30
World Immunization Week

2023 Theme The Big Catch-Up
World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases.

April 25
World Malaria Day

According to the latest World Malaria Report, there were 247 million cases of malaria in 2021 compared to 245 million cases in 2020. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 619 000 in 2021 compared to 625 000 in 2020.
The WHO African Region continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2021 the Region was home to about 95% of all malaria cases and 96% of deaths. Children under 5 years of age accounted for about 80% of all malaria deaths in the Region.

April 25
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.

April 25 - 27
ECOSOC Youth Forum

This years UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum will be held in a hybrid format, based in events at UN HQ in New York. The Forum provides a platform for young people to engage in a dialogue with Member States and other actors to voice their views, concerns and galvanize actions on how to transform the world into a fairer, greener and more sustainable place guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

April 26
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

In 2016 the UN General Assembly resolved to establish this Chernobyl Remembrance Day, recognizing that three decades after the disaster there remains persistent serious long-term consequences and that the affected communities and territories are experiencing continuing related needs.

April 26
World Intellectual Property Day

2023 Theme Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity
A Day to focus on the the role that copyright and intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
Women in all regions are shaping the world through their imagination, ingenuity and hard work, but often face significant challenges in accessing the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to thrive.

April 27
Girls in ICT Day

2023 Theme Digital Skills for Life
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

April 28
World Day for Saftey and Health at Work

Theme 2023: A safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental principle and right 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.

April 29 - May 1
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.
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

April 29
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. The Day begins at 10.00 am with mass Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and Mind Body events in the earliest time zones of New Zealand, and then spreads as the world turns, 10 am local time worldwide, ending with final events in Hawaii (USA).

April 30
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. An extensive range of performances,and international and community outreach programmes are held on all seven continents of the world on Jazz Day.