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Please Hold in the Light
November 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 November the Spiritual Caucus will gather for silence in the UN Meditation Room at UN Headquarters, New York on November 3 from 12.45 - 1.15 PM and for silence and discussion at the Conference Room of the NGO Resource Center at UN Headquarters in New York on November 16 from 2.00 - 3.30 PM.

November Please Hold These Events in the Light

November 1 - 19
19 Days of Activism for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children & Youth

2017 theme: Ending Harmful Traditional Practices
This global campaign leading up to World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, is sponsored by a coalition of international organizations and networks.
We have a Dream … the creation of a world without violence against children and youth.
By focusing during 19 days on the prevention of diverse types of abuse and violence against children and youth, the campaign aims to continue to bring to light the alarming problem, its multifaceted aspects, and the need to generate sufficient grass-roots interest and government and public support for better prevention measures.

November 1 - 3
World Hepatitis Summit, São Paulo, Brazil

2017 theme: Ending Harmful Traditional Practices
The World Hepatitis Summit is a large-scale, global biennial event to advance the viral hepatitis agenda. It is a joint initiative between WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA).

November 6
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

In earlier times it was not uncommon for the environment to be damaged in warfare - crops were destroyed, water supplies poisoned and forests set alight. Modern technologies mean that environmental damage from wars can be far more serious and the consequences more long-term. The damage often extends beyond the limits of national territories and the present generation.
This Day reminds us that it is not only people who suffer in times of war. As universal ethics condition the conscience of humanity, there is a growing sense of responsibility for the well-being of all life on Earth: minerals, plants & animals.

November 6 - 17
United Nations Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany

COP 23 is the 23rd annual gathering of parties to the UN Climate Change Framework Convention - and the second session of the conference of the parties that are signatories to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. It includes government noegotiations on implementation of the Paris Agreement as well as a Global Climate Action Agenda involving different sectors of the climate change movement.
A traditional Fijian canoe, or drua, will serve as a powerful symbol of resilience and unity during the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. Fiji has the Presidency of the Climate Change Conference this year. As a vulnerable island state, Fiji is already experiencing severe impacts such as rising sea levels and stronger storms. Ensuring the Paris Climate Change Agreement is fully implemented – a core task being taken forward in Bonn in November - is crucial for the very survival of the island.

November 8 - 15
Wold Fair Trade Organization Biennial Conference, Delhi, India

2017 theme: Fair Trade, A Path to Sustainable Development
Held every two years, this is the largest global gathering of Fair Trade organisations, including producers, wholesqalers and retailers. This years event includes the Organic World Conference which is described as the world's largest and most significant organic conference.
The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) believes that trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities especially for small and disadvantaged producers. Recurring global economic crises and persistent poverty in many countries confirm the demand for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally. Fair Trade is our response.

November 10
World Science Day for Peace & Development

This Annual UNESCO Day seeks to renew the national as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The Day is part of an International Week of Science and Peace

November 14 - 17
International Co-operative Alliance, Global Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2017 theme: Cooperatives: Putting People at the Centre of Development
One of the strengths of the co-operative movement is its global reach. The Alliance’s global conferences each time bring together co-operative thought leaders and businesses for learning, debating and networking.

November 16
International Day of Tolerance

Tolerance and the celebration of diversity are two of the essential characteristics of the emerging mind and heart. Yet while the sense of wholeness and universal responsibility grows, the absence of tolerance and the emotional power of intolerance continues to fuel violent and separative movements in all parts of the world.
This is an important United Nations Day when we can give energy, love and support to the countless initiatives around the world designed to nourish and nurture the growing spirit of tolerance and universal responsibility. It is observed as a day to promote Tolerance Education and to reflect on how tolerance can best be fostered in our communities, particularly in divided communities.
See the UNESCO Declaration on the Principles of Tolerance

November 17
World Philosophy Day

This UNESCO Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of November. The Day aims to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society.

November 19
World Toilet Day

Theme 2017: Wastewater
By 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals aim to reach everyone with sanitation, and halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase recycling and safe reuse. For that to be achieved, we need everyone’s poo to be contained, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way. Today, for billions of people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or ineffective. Human waste gets out and killer diseases spread, meaning progress in health and child survival is seriously undermined.

November 20
Universal Children's Day

One of the outstanding keynotes of our present time is the focus that is being put on children: the rights of children; the needs of children; the importance of considering children in every area of life. At a global level this is reflected in The Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty that is transforming the lives of children and their families around the world. Under the Convention, ratified by all but two of the world's countries (USA and Somalia) governments have agreed to meet universal standards, guaranteeing children the rights to survival, health, education, a caring family environment, play and culture ….
Universal Children's Day is observed on different days in different countries. It is a Day to celebrate children and to empower the vision of an interdependent world of families, communities and nations in which the rights and needs of children are accorded the highest priority. 20 November marks the day in which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.
There is no clearer way of measuring the progress we are making as a global community in acting on the ethics of universal responsibility than by measuring the progress we make in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Please hold this process in the light on Universal Children's Day.

November 25
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her.
Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. The date commemorates the brutal assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, in 1960 on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo .
Each year, for 16 days, bookended by the International Day to End Violence Against Women (25 November) and Human Rights Day (10 December), groups from around the world join together to speak out against gender violence which all too often, is covered up or tacitly condoned. More

November 28 - December 1
International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE), Laguna, Philippines

2017 theme: Envisioning Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures: Celebrating diversity, pursuing integration, and developing livable communities
SHE is an international interdisciplinary professional society that promotes the use of an ecological perspective in research, education, and application. This 22nd international conference is intended to bring together a diverse group of educators, researchers and practitioners who utilize, or are interested in, interdisciplinary and ecological approaches to all aspects of human ecology education and research across a range of scales.