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.
2021 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 Caucus will meet subjectively on October 15, 2.00 - 3.15pm. The physical meeting has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the Coronavirus. All are invited to link together for 30 minutes in mind and heart with a particular focus on supporting the UN during this difficult time.
October Please Hold These Events in the Light
International Day of Older Persons
Theme 2021: Digital Equity for All Ages
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 - 5
World Food Forum
Conceived by the Youth Committee of the FAO, the World Food Forum is an independent global network of partners, created for and led by youth, to spark a movement to transform our agri-food systems and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including “Zero Hunger”.
The Forum's launch will feature a range of events, including Youth Action Assemby, Innovation Labs, Educational Activities, Cooking, Film and Music.
International Day of Non-Violence
To mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2nd is observed by the UN and around the world as an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The General Assembly 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
World Habitat Day
2021 theme: Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world
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. The day marks the beginning of a month of activities on urban sustainability: Urban October.
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. The Day aims to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Events are held around the world by peoples of diverse faiths and cultures.
October 4 - 8
Daring Cities 2021: Global Virtual Forum for Urban Leders Taking on the Climate Emergency
This important online event is organized jointly by ICLEI, the Local Governments for Sustainability global network of over 1,750 local and regional governments, and the Federal City of Bonn, Germany.
Daring Cities is designed to empower urban decision-makers – such as mayors, city councilors, administrators, and urban thought leaders, as well as national government representatives, researchers, technical staff, business leaders, civil society decision-makers and community organizers – to lead in the climate emergency. .
October 4 - 10
World Space Week
2021 theme: Women in Space
Observed with thousands 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.
World Teachers' Day
Theme 2021: Teachers at the heart of education recovery
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.
World Migratory Bird Day
2021 theme: Sing, Fly, Soar like a Bird!
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.
World Mental Health Day
WHO 2021 theme: Mental health care for all: let's make it a reality
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.
This year WHO will host the Big Event for Mental Health, a global online advocacy event on October 10.
International Day of the Girl Child
2021 theme: Digital generation. Our generation.
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.
Girls are more likely to be cut off. The gender gap for global internet users grew from 11 per cent in 2013 to 17 per cent in 2019. In the world’s least developed countries, it hovers around 43 per cent.
October 11 - 15
UN Biodiversity Conference, Part 1 (virtual)
The UN's major Biodiversity Conference wil take place in two parts. Part 1 is a virtual event; part 2 will meet in person in Kumming, China in April 2022.
The conference will see the adoption of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which will provide a strategic vision and a global roadmap for the conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems for the next decade.
International Day for Disaster Reduction
2021 theme: International cooperation for developing countries to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses
The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health.
International Day of Rural Women
2021 theme: Rural women and girls building resilience.
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.
The Day seeks to raise awareness of rural women’s participation in the development process with a focus on their needs and rights, highlighting their contributions to sustainable development, household food security, safeguarding traditional knowledge, biodiversity, and peacebuilding and so much more.
World Food Day
2020 theme: Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.
Food is the essence of life and the bedrock of our cultures and communities. Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is and will continue to be an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for poor and vulnerable communities, who are hit hardest by the pandemic and resulting economic shocks.
This year a network of international movements, coordinated by Regeneration International, is organizing a 24-hour, virtual People's Food Summit on World Food Day, with the theme:Building a Movement for Regenerative, Organic and Agroecological Food and Farming. he People's Food Summit will be a truly participatory summit that empowers the majority of the world's food producers: the small-holder family farmers, pastoralists and foresters who produce 80% of the food we eat.
October 16 - 24
Global Oneness Summit
Theme 2021: Opening to Your Universal Self
Online forum with visionary speakers coordinated by Humanity's Team,
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
2021 theme: Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Plane
In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage. Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity.
Full Moon — Libra
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.
United Nations Day
Hold the United Nations in the light especially on this Day marking the 76th anniversary of 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 - 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.
World Cities Day
2021 theme: Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience.
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.