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Please Hold in the Light
October 2018

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.

Daily Reminder
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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.
2018 United Nations International Year
  • Contrary to past practice, the United Nations has not declared 2018 as International Year for any specific topic.
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 October the Spiritual Caucus will gather for silence in the UN Meditation Room at UN Headquarters, New York on October 4 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 October 18 from 2.30 - 3.45 PM.

October Please Hold These Events in the Light

October 1
International Day of Older Persons

Theme 2018: Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions
This years theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December.
People are living longer. This is prompting governments and people's organisations all over the world to reflect deeply on how we can plan for future societies in which: every individual, each with rights and responsibilities, has an active role to play.

October 1
World Habitat Day

2018 theme: Municipal Solid Waste Management
Celebrated on the first Monday of October every year, the UN World Habitat Day invites us to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and what we want the cities of our future to look like.

October 1 - 5
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (ICC) 48th session, Incheon, Korea

The IPCC is the international body established by the UN Environment Programme and the UN World Meteorological Organization for assessing the science related to climate change. With representatives from 195 member nations and 152 Observer Organizations these annual sessions set policy and agree to the program for the technical Working Groups.

October 1 - 15
Reclaim Power: Peoples' Action on Energy and Climate

Reclaim Power is a global collaboration of citizens action aimed at transforming energy systems, stopping climate change and building better communities.

October 2
International Day of Non-Violence

To mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the UN General Assembly decided that October 2nd be observed as an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence". more

October 3-5
World Leaders Conservation Forum, Jeju, Korea

Theme 2018: Together for a Sustainable Future
The World Leaders' Conservation Forum explores nature-based solutions to sustainable development and harmonious co-existence of all forms of life on Earth. The Forum aims to bring together a broad group of stakeholders from all over the world to exchange and share their experiences and expertise on innovative solutions to nature and environmental conservation and disseminate the results of the discussion to ultimately achieve sustainability on a global level.

October 4
World Animal Day

World Animal Day, observed on the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, was first celebrated in 1931. Since then it has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. Events are held around the world by peoples of diverse faiths and cultures.

October 4 - 5
OECD Conference: Closing the Financing Gap for Water in line with SDG Ambitions, Eschborn, Germany

Policy makers, development practitioners and others will consider effective and innovative ways to mobilize additional finance towards sustainable development in developing countries, in the water sector.

October 4 - 10
World Space Week

2018 theme: Space Unites The World
Observed with over hundreds of events all over the world, World Space Week celebrates the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. Every year events are held in schools around the world to observe the Week.

October 5
World Teachers' Day

Theme 2018: Quality education requires well-trained teachers
Think about the role of teachers in the transition into a new era. Who are the teachers? What is required of those who teach the children and young people?
Created by UNESCO, World Teachers Day celebrates teachers worldwide.

October 10
World Mental Health Day

2018 theme: Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World
HEALERS TAKE NOTE: This is a Day to focus on the contribution all can make towards the creation of a healthy mental environment - and on the sensitive healing needed by those who suffer from mental illness in its many forms.

October 11
International Day of the Girl Child

2018 theme: With Her: A Skilled GirlForce
The international celebration of this Day is yet another sign of the growing concentration on efforts to fulfill the vision of the Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child as they concern gender rights.
This years theme draws attention to the need for girls to be equipped with the skills needed to enter the work force.Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people — most of them female — are currently neither employed or in education or training.

October 13
International Day for Disaster Reduction

2018 theme: Reducing Disaster Economic Losses
Disaster risk reduction is about understanding our personal and environmental risks of a hazard, like an earthquake, flood, hurricane/cyclone, and landslides and finding ways to reduce this risk so that we are not affected by them, or be able to bounce back quickly if they do affect us.
Governments have mutually agreed to seven targets for disaster preparedness ('the Sendai 7'). Target C aims to reduce economic losses from disasters in relation to global GDP by 2030.

October 13
World Migratory Bird Day

2018 theme: Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation
World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness-raising campaign by the UN Environment Program highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second Saturday each May and October, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.

October 15
International Day of Rural Women

First celebrated by the UN in 2008, this Day is yet another sign of the major focus on women and gender issues in global affairs. The Day has been celebrated by civil society around the world since the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995.
Rural women the world over play a major role in ensuring food security and in the development and stability of the rural areas. Yet, with little or no status, they frequently lack the power to secure land rights or to access vital services such as credit, inputs, extension services, training and education. Their vital contribution to society goes largely unnoticed. World Rural Women's Day aims to change this by bringing rural women out of obscurity at least once a year — to remind society how much they owe to rural women and to give value and credit to their work.

October 16
World Food Day

2018 theme: Our Actions are Our Future
After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Today, over 820 million people are suffering chronic undernourishment, according to the latest FAO 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report.
Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Now is the time to get back on track. The world can achieve Zero Hunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and act on evidence.

October 17
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

2018 theme: Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.
October 17th presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning. The commemoration of October 17th also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise to contribute to the eradication of poverty.

October 22 - 24
International Anti-Corruption Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark

2018 Theme: Together for Development, Peace, and Security: Now is the Time to Act
First held in 1983, The International Anti-Corruption Conference, primarily organized by Transparency International, is the world’s premier global forum for bringing together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and more to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption. Held every 2 years in different regions, the event attracts between 800 - 2000 participants from over 135 countries.

October 24
United Nations Day

Hold the United Nations in the light especially on this Day marking the coming into force of the UN Charter. Visualise the General Assembly being overshadowed with higher energies of Synthesis and of the active principle of Peace. Please also hold the Meditation Room at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in the light - you will find a photograph of the room and a copy of Dag Hammarskjold's inspiring paper on the room here. Read about the Chagall Window of Peace outside the Meditation Room here.

October 24
Global Oneness Day

Humanity's Team invite groups around the world to celebrate UN Day, October 24, as Global Oneness Day. In May 2010, a global petition was presented to the UN, calling on this Day to be observed by the United Nations and in the same year the first Oneness Day was observed by groups from around the world. It is a day intended to inspire awareness, appreciation and celebration of life's underlying Oneness in the same way that Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness, appreciation and celebration of the earth's natural environment. An online summit with visionary speakers will be broadcast online throughout the day. Sign the Declaration of Oneness.

October 24
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.

October 24 - 30
World Disarmament Week

Disarmament Week has been observed by the United Nations since 1978. Member States are invited to highlight the dangers of the arms race, promote recognition of the need to stop the arms race, and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament. NGOs organize a range of events seeking to raise public opinion and pressurize governments to act on disarmament.

October 24 - 28 ?
Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, UN Headquarters, New York

Date for 2018 unconfirmed
Organised by the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns - NY, this annual week of events honors the anniversary of the founding of the UN. It seeks to foster the growth of a culture of peace in which "we, the peoples of the world", can address together our common challenges in a holistic, positive and transformative way.

October 31
World Cities Day

2018 theme: Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities
In 2013 the UN General Assembly proclaimed October 31st as World Cities Day.
The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation, encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges in urbanization towards sustainable urban development.