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:
- Build right relations in the world by addressing serious problems of poverty, inequality and climate change through practical actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
- engaging people of goodwill all over the world in a common movement.
2022 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.
Please link in from wherever you are. More information at: http://www.spiritualcaucusun.org/
In October the physical meeting on Thursday, November 17, has been cancelled 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.
November Please Hold These Events in the Light
November 1 - 19
19 Days of Activism for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children & Youth
This global campaign leading up to World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, is sponsored by a coalition of international organizations and networks.
We had a Dream … and now we have a Plan … with the Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030, especially with SDG Target 16.2 “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children by 2030.”
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
Between 2006 and 2020, over 1,200 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished.
To commemorate the 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists and the 10-year Anniversary of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, a Conference convened by the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with UNESCO and OHCHR will be organized on 3-4 November in Vienna, Austria.
World Tsunami Awareness Day
Tsunami's are rare events, yet they have a devastating effect. Rapid urbanization and growing tourism in tsunami-prone regions are putting ever-more people in harm’s way. This Day ecourages governments and civil society to share innovative approaches to reducing the risk from tsunamis.
November 6 - 18
UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
At COP27, countries come together to take action towards achieving the world's collective climate goals as agreed under the Paris Agreement and the Convention. Building on the outcomes and momentum of COP26 in Glasgow last year, nations are expected to demonstrate at COP27 that they are in a new era of implementation by turning their commitments under the Paris Agreement into action.
In addition to the 'Parties' to the UN Convention (governments) the Sharm el-Sheikh conference will also be a hub for a vast network of events in-person and virtually focusing on the human will to transform relations with the natural world. Notable events include World Goodwill's Cycle of Conferences visualisation throughout the event(begining on November 3).
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.
Full Moon — Scorpio
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.
World Science Day for Peace & Development
2022 theme: Basic Sciences for Sustainable 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.
This years theme is a contribution towards The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development being observed by the UN in 2022.
November 11 - 12
Paris Peace Forum, Paris, France
As the crisis of the international system worsens, global cooperation is slowing with states competing and expanding military expenditures. International norms and human rights are disregarded, questioning international justice. Globalization lacks regulation, the Internet is dominated by abusive corporations, propagandists and hackers, and the race against global warming carries on.
The Paris Peace Forum was created in 2018 by French President Emmanuel Macron to counter these tendencies and to convene all those among States and civil society that believe in collective action, multilateralism and the good stewardship of common public goods to address common challenges and maintain peace.
World Kindness Day
In 1997 a network of NGOs from around the world, inspired by the Small Kindness Movement of Japan, signed a 'Declaration of Kindness' and launched the World Kindness Movement. The Movement now co-ordinates the annual World Kindness Day.
The Australian Movement notes: the purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world. As world citizens we have a commonality, and must realise that if progress is to be made in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common.
November 13 - 16
Global Joy Summit
Inspired by the contagious Joy of HH The Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu (self-described “mischievous brothers”) this series of free online events features presentations and workshops from 30+ spiritual teachers, Joy researchers, visionary change makers, and artists.
November 15 - 16
G20 Heads of State and Government Summit, Bali, Indonesia
The G20 is an intergovernment forum bringing together 19 countries plus the EU, and includes industrialized and developing nations. The 17th G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will take place in Bali. The Summit will be the pinnacle of the G20 process and intense work carried out within the Ministerial Meetings, Working Groups, and Engagement Groups throughout the year.
Day of Eight Billion
On 15 November 2022, the world’s population is projected to reach 8 billion people, a milestone in human development to be marked by this UN Day. This unprecedented growth is due to the gradual increase in human lifespan owing to improvements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene and medicine. It is also the result of high and persistent levels of fertility in some countries.
The milestone is an occasion to celebrate diversity and advancements while considering humanity's shared responsibility for the planet. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.
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
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.
Philosophy is the study of the nature of reality and existence, of what is possible to know, and of right and wrong behavior. It comes from the Greek word phílosophía, meaning 'the love of wisdom.' It is one of the most important fields of human thought as it aspires to get at the very meaning of life. UN
November 18 - 24
World Anti-Microbial Awareness Week
The World Health Organisation coordinates this annual global campaign which was formerly known as World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat.
World Toilet Day
2022 Theme: Sanitation and Groundwater
World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19th November every year, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.... Safely managed sanitation protects groundwater from human waste pollution.Everyone must have access to a toilet connected to a sanitation system that effectively removes and treats human waste.
World Children's Day
2022 theme: Inclusion, for every child.
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 one of the world's countries (USA) governments have agreed to meet universal standards, guaranteeing children the rights to survival, health, education, a caring family environment, play and culture ….
World 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.
World Television Day
World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
2022 theme: UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls
According to the latest estimates, nearly 1 in 3 women aged 15 years and older, around the world have been subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, non-partner or both,
at least once in their lifetime,
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
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
Agreement to disarm all chemical weapons was reached in 1993 with adoption of the Chemical Weapons Convention. This memorial Day remembers victims of chemical weapons and maintains the focus on illegal use of chemical weapons.