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Please Hold in the Light
January 2024

During International Days and major international conferences there is a special opportunity to serve in the creation of right human relations. They help us to focus our purposeful thought and action in ways that highlight diversity, unity, and synthesis in an interdependent world.
As meditators we can symbolically stand together with all actively working to recognise and honor the value of the individual and the fact of the one humanity and the one life. As members of the community of all who seek to love and serve we can invoke the aid of the Forces of Light in support of these events.

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.
2024 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 January an online virtual gathering, including 30 minutes of silence, will be held on Thursday, January 18, from 2.00- 3.15 pm EDT with a particular focus on supporting the UN. Write for details to

January Please Hold These Events in the Light

January 1 - 7
7 Days of Rest & Reweaving Wholeness

7 Days of Rest, January 1-7, is an annual, open co-creative event dedicated to the healing and replenishment of the planet and all its inhabitants. All are invited to enjoy the rich array of offerings, including wisdom teachings, meditations, music, inspirations and more, that are generously offered by the global community.
The theme for 2024 is 7 Days of Rest & Reweaving Wholeness. Together, we reweave our unique threads of light in integrity and harmony with the fabric of our living universe.

January 4
World Braille Day

World Braille Day is celebrated by the UN every year on January 4 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, who was born on January 4, 1809, in Coupvray, France.He founded the Braille Code in 1824. The World Health Organization estimates that globally, at least 1 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed. ... The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The Convention considers Braille essential for education, freedom of expression and opinion, access to information and social inclusion.

January 15 - 19
World Economic Forum Summit, Davos, Switzerland

2024 theme: Rebuilding Trust
The 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum will provide a crucial space to focus on the fundamental principles driving trust, including transparency, consistency and accountability.

January 15 - February 23
Feast for the Soul: A 40-Day Worldwide Spiritual Practice Intensive

Many people look forward to the annual Feast for the Soul - an annual 40-day spiritual practice journey for self-discovery via mindfulness, meditation, and creating community. You can think of it as a personal retreat whereby you commit and immerse yourself in 40 days of spiritual practice from January 15 through February 23. Whether you meditate, dance, paint, practice yoga, or observe another spiritual practice, the Feast is a beautiful way to begin the new year with a more mindful and compassionate way of living. You are invited to join us in whatever way you can.
What nine months does for the embryo
Forty early mornings
Will do for your growing awareness
Jelaluddin Rumi

January 17 - 20
Global Forum for Food & Agriculture, Berlin, Germany

2024 Theme: Food Systems for Our Future: Joining Forces for a Zero Hunger World!
Making our food systems fit for the future and implementing the 2030 Agenda will require immense efforts. The international community, all of us, only have seven years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. However, according to the latest figures, one person in ten on this planet is suffering from hunger. More than two billion people cannot afford a healthy diet. The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference on central issues of vital importance for global agricultural and food policies. A large number of events provide an international audience of experts from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society with an opportunity to address and reach consensus on issues and challenges relating to global agricultural policy and food security.The event includes the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference, the largest annual gathering of Agriculture Ministers from over 70 states.

January 23 - 25
Global Forum on Migration & Development Summit, Geneva, Switzerland.

2024 Theme: The impact of climate change on human mobility.
The first annual Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) was held in 2007. The GFMD has since remained as the largest informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process, bringing together expertise from all regions and countries at all stages of economic, social and political development. Since its inception, the GFMD has operated on the basis of a unique participative working method, involving governments and policy makers from a varied background. Policy-makers from a wide range of government agencies participate, including from Ministries and Departments of Immigration, Development, Labor, Foreign Affairs, Gender Equality, Home Affairs, Justice, Interior, Integration and Nationals Abroad.
The government-led Forum is also closely associatedwith GFMD Civil Society Mechanism, the GFMD Business Mechanism, the GFMD Mayors Mechanism and Youth.

January 24
International Day of Education

2024 Theme: Learning for lasting peace.
This UN Day celebrates the role of education in peace and development and in the building of sustainable and resilient societies. The world is seeing a surge of violent conflicts paralleled by an alarming rise of discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and hate speech. The impact of this violence transcends any boundary based on geography, gender, race, religion, politics, offline and online. An active commitment to peace is more urgent today than ever: Education is central to this endeavor, as underlined by the UNESCO Recommendation on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development. Learning for peace must be transformative, and help empower learners with the necessary knowledge, values, attitudes and skills and behaviours to become agents of peace in their communities.
UNESCO leads the focus on this Day; particularly through its Futures of Education Initiative which is pioneering efforts to reimagine education in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity.
Futures of Education Initiative

January 25
Full Moon — Aquarius

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 are in process of being achieved.

January 26
International Day of Clean Energy

Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. The General Assembly will hold a Global Stocktaking on SDG7 in April 2024 to assess progress and recommend solutions.
This UN Day is being observed for the first time this year. It marks the date of the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agemcy (IRENA) in 2009.
Energy lies at the core of a double challenge: leaving no one behind and protecting the Planet. And clean energy is crucial to its solution.

January 27
Holocaust Remembrance Day

2024 Theme: Recognizing the Extraordinary Courage of Victims and Survivors of the Holocaust
On this day every year the United Nations commemorates the memory of the victims of the holocaust. Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations General Assembly, in designating this International Day, affirmed that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.
A series of events, including the annual UN Holocaust Memorial ceremony, will be held at UN Headquarters in New York and live-streamed during the period January 17 - February 27.

January 30
ECOSOC Partnership Forum, UN HQ, New York

2024 Theme: Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions
The 2024 Partnership Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)will place a special emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals that will be reviewed at the 2024 High Level Political Forum (HLPF), namely Goal 1 (no poverty); Goal 2 (zero hunger); Goal 13 (climate action); Goal 16 (peace and justice); and Goal 17 (partnership for the Goals).