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Please Hold in the Light
August 2017

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 new Sustainable Development Goals
  • engaging people of goodwill all over the world in a common movement.
2017 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. On the 1st Thursday of the month the Caucus invites friends to sit in silence for 30 minutes in the newly renovated Meditation Room at UN Headquarters in New York.
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In August the Spiritual Caucus is on a summer recess.

August Please Hold These Events in the Light

August 6 & 9
Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Day will be observed in Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9 and around the world.

The World Peace Prayer Society (Thought forms create an energetic field strong enough to empower the course of planetary destiny) invites people around the world to watch a live broadcast of the Hiroshima Commemoration and to send prayers to Hiroshima.

August 7
Full Moon - Leo

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 use the opportunities of this time to 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 in which the Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved.

August 9
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Theme 2017: 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
This Day, together with the Second International Decade on the World's Indigenous People, is a sign of the growing concern for the rights and welfare of indigenous communities. In past decades they have suffered greatly as minorities in their own lands, yet the heart values, passion for the Earth, and holistic spiritual perspective found amongst many Peoples of the Earth are now seen as a source of inspiration.
Indigenous peoples contribute extensively to humanity's cultural diversity, enriching it with more than two thirds of its languages and an extraordinary amount of its traditional knowledge.
There are over 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries, living in all regions of the world. The situation of indigenous peoples in many parts of the world is critical today. Poverty rates are significantly higher among indigenous peoples compared to other groups. While they constitute 5 per cent of the world's population, they are 15 per cent of the world's poor. …

from State of the Worlds Indigenous People

August 9 - 12
Youth Assembly at the UN

Theme 2017: #SOCIETYFORALL: Equity and Inclusion for a Sustainable Future
Youth leaders from around the world (ages 16-25) gather every year in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York. The Assembly will focus on empowering youth leaders and young professionals in the implementation of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

August 12
International Youth Day

Theme 2017: Youth Building Peace
Youth Day 2017 celebrates young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

August 13 - 21
UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab, Denmark

This is the first annual Global Innovation Lab, bringing young talented innovators together with non-profits, investors, and companies to develop innovative ideas for the achievement of specific Sustainable Development Goals.

August 19
World Humanitarian Day

Theme 2017 #NotATarget: Protection of Civilians
This Day celebrates and shines a light on humanitarian aid workers around the world while also honoring those who have been killed or injured in the course of their work. The Day commemorates the tragic bombing of the UN Office in Iraq on 19 August 2003.
Humanitarian aid workers can be international, but most come from the country in which they work. They reflect all cultures, ideologies and backgrounds and they are united by their commitment to humanitarianism.

August 23
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

This is a Day to celebrate humanity's achievement in abolishing the slave trade, and to reflect upon the history of the relations between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.
The process that led to the abolition of the slave trade began on the night of 22 to 23 August, 1791 when the slaves of Saint-Dominque and Haiti rose up in rebellion.
Meditators can reflect on the deep significance to the goodwill movement of the struggle against slavery, and its eventual abolition. This was a moral revolution of enormous significance. Yet although law abolished the slave trade, slavery continues to be practiced throughout the world, and the struggle against slavery continues in many fields of human relationship. The principles of freedom and human rights are now deeply ingrained in the conscience - the struggle is to bring these principles into expression.

August 27 - September 1
World Water Week

2017 theme: Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse
World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. Last year over 3,200 individuals and close to 330 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.

August 29
International Day Against Nuclear Tests

On this United Nations Day the goal is to encourage governments, ngo's and all concerned parties to raise awareness of the need to ban nuclear tests as a valuable step to achieving a safer world.
It is a little known fact that, as a result of regional treaties, the entire southern hemisphere of the planet is now a virtual nuclear weapons free zone. On July 17 this year the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted. This is the first multilateral legally binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years, by 122 countries.

August 30
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Enforced disappearances (including arrests, detention and abduction)have frequently been used by military dictatorships and political groups to spread terror in a society and eliminate opposition.
Reflecting a growing concern amongst governments as well as people of goodwill, UN member states have recently adopted an International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and, since 2011, have observed August 30 as this International Day.

August 31 - September 1
Business & Climate Summit 2017, New Delhi, India

Theme Building Partnerships Towards a Low Carbon World: Emerging Perspectives for All Businesses, All Governments, All People
This annual summit describes itself as the leading annual forum for businesses, investors and policymakers on climate action. It is where business and governments come together. Following previous summits in Paris and London this year's gathering will be in New Delhi.