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UN Newsletter, December 2018

28 December 2018

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

 

Greetings of love. At this auspicious point of the confluence of the ending of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, may the wonders of life, and the secrets of time continue to elevate us in many divine ways.

 

There are a few UN Observances in November and December which the Brahma Kumaris participated in, such as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and Human Rights Day. We invite you to take a moment to read news of that and other events that took place globally - Interfaith Conference, Climate Change Conference, Biodiversity Conference, and Women's Empowerment programs.

 

 

Sharm-El- Sheik, Egypt.

17th - 29th November

Governments, organizations and civil society meet under the theme of “Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet". The small coastal city Sharm-El-Sheik at the tip of Sinai desert was fully decorated with road banners announcing the conference. Read more.

 

 

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Road Have Stories

Sunday, November 18

A number of events have been organized by the Brahma Kumaris in collaboration with the Police Department and other social groups to honor those whom have been affected, including family members, and to stand in solidarity as candles were lit and moments of silence were observed. The Brahma Kumaris at the UN hosted an event at the Global Harmony House, the Regional Head Quarters of the BKs in the Americas. Read more here.


More news to follow in the next newsletter.

 

 

Human Rights Day

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Thursday, December 13

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018 and the International Day of Yoga Committee hosted an event at the Brahma Kumaris UN space to celebrate this wondrous achievement. Various Human Rights articles and their respective Spiritual Rights were discussed and each participant was gifted a copy of the booklet. It being the Holiday Season, focus was also drawn to the bringing the Light into our lives. 


The Brahma Kumaris also attended and participated in the grand celebration at the UN HQ. 

 

Secretary General's message

 

 

Interfaith Conference

Healing the Soul of the Nation

As a follow-up to the ‘Healing the Soul of the Nation Conferences’convened by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) in Virginia, USA, and the University of Pennsylvania Office of the Chaplaincy, a one day conference was convened for religious leaders, lay leaders and community activists at the Respect Graduate School on Saturday, November 10. About 80 people participated. The Brahma Kumaris was invited to speak on one of the panels. Read full report.

 

 

Women's Empowerment Programs

Two very inspiring events were organized around women's empowerment, one in Sri Lanka with the theme, "Start where you are: the journey of women's emotions towards empowerment," and the other in South Africa called, African Women in Dialogue. 


Read details here. and here.

 

Climate Change Conference

As usual, the Brahma Kumaris delegation did outstanding work during this year's climate change conference held in Poland. You may have already read a lot about it however, here is the link for those who may not have read it: Enjoy.

 

 

 

A call for service news: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - November 30

6 December 2018

 

Roads Have Stories

 

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of love.

 

We thank you for organizing events for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. We encourage you to send us a brief report of the event. Kindly send any photographs or videos separately. Also, we appreciate it if you can send this no later than Friday, November 30 to this email: bkroadsafety01@gmail.com

 

With Divine Remembrances, 
BK Kavita

 

 

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - November 18

21 October 2018

Roads Have Stories

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of love.

Please be reminded that Sunday, November 18 is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. We invite BKs to host events using any of the following suggestions:

Peace Walks with banner and placards

Observing Silence and Lighting Candles at Public places like parks, streets, malls, railway stations, etc.

Awareness Talk followed by meditation at offices, police stations, prayer assembly, etc.

Display of Posters/Hoardings on Billboards, etc.

Resources Available: (Click here to download)

WDR Resources:

Flyer Content

Flyer Design

Banner Design

Affirmations for Meditation

Placards for Peace Walk

You are requested to share information of the World Day events planned and the news, photos and videos of concluded events to bkroadsafety01@gmail.com

With Divine Remembrances, 

BK Kavita

 

 

December UN Calendar of Events

15 October 2018

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of love.

 

There are a few UN Observances in November and December which the Brahma Kumaris participate in. Kindly take a moment to read the calendar of events below. We encourage you to use these opportunities to share the message of peace, love, and respect within your communities. As always, we appreciate it if you send a brief report along with photographs.

 

 

International Day of Tolerance

Friday, November 16

The UN defines tolerance as respect, appreciate and acceptance of the diversity of the world’s cultures and all the ways that we are human. It is a human right to receive, and should be expected to be practiced by not just individuals, but groups and states.

 

The International Day for Tolerance supports the notion that education is a key factor in preventing intolerance across the human race. On this day, we are encouraged to educate and learn how to practice solidarity between ethnic, social and cultural groups. 

 

Read more

 

You are encouraged to arrange events in your local area, in partnerships or otherwise, around this theme. We look forward to receiving news in writing and photos.

 

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Road Have Stories

Sunday, November 18

"The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is observed on the third Sunday of November each year by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury. Why is there a need for this day?"

 

World Meditation Hour is a perfect time to serve these souls. You are welcome to organize a program having official personnel and/or family members of victims share their stories. The BKs at the UN will be organizing an event in partnership with local organizations.

 

We look forward to receiving your reports, with photographs.

 

Human Rights Day

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Sunday, December 10

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018 and is having a year-long campaign to highlight the importance and necessity of upholding human dignity. 

 

Kindly use this opportunity to have events that raise awareness and uplift the inner dignity of the soul. 

 

Secretary General's message 

 

You're invited to watch this excellent animation which can generate ideas when planning your event: What are the Universal Human Rights? Do send your brief reports along with photos.

 

Other UN Observances

You are welcome to participate in local events around other UN Observances:

  • 20 November - Universal Children's Day

  • 25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence on Women

  • 3 December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  • 18 December - International Migrantk's Day

 
 

September UN Newsletter

14 October 2018

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of love.

 

September comes with the annual UN General Assembly where Heads-of-states and their delegation, gather at the UNHQ, NY to discuss moving Agenda 2030 forward . During that intense period of time, the BKS at the UN had the privilege of the company of BK Jayanti, and also observed the International Day of Peace. We invite you to read news of that, and more.

Global Movement for the Culture of Peace

The Culture of Peace: A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace

As defined by the United Nations, “Culture of Peace” is a “set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.” The Brahma Kumaris attended this year's event and also met with the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Dr. Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Dr. Tum is an activist in a small Mayan community in Guatemala. 

 

Read about the event 

 

Quote from the President of the GA: "we are closer now than we have ever been to an international system which can support and promote a culture of peace."

2018 Sustainable Investing Conference at the United Nations

ECOSOC Chambers, Tuesday, September 11

BK Gayatri Naraine led over 400 prominent investors in silent meditation, in remembrance of 9/11, to open the conference on Sustainable Investment. You are invited to read more here.

 

Global Climate Action Summit

September 12 -14, San Francisco

The Global Climate Action Summit brought leaders, NGO’s, businesses, cities, citizens and different personalities together in San Francisco to celebrate their achievements and commitments with respect to climate action. 

 

The Brahma Kumaris took part in this summit by sharing its commitments with renewable energy and how spirituality brings ways to change ourselves and the the world. Several workshops took place, along with interfaith activities, meditations and meeting with friends. Read more.

International Day of Peace

September 21

This year, the usual Student Observance that takes place in celebrating the International Day of Peace was replaced with a tribute to the late and former Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan. However, the ringing of the Peace Bell by the Secretary General, H.E. Antonio Guterres, and the new President of the General Assembly, H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, was held along with observing a minute of silence at 12noon.

There was a series of events held at the UN Church Center to honor this day. One such event was organized by the International Day Yoga Committee at the UN, of which the BKs are the Vice-chairRead more.

BK Jayanti's visit to New York

Sr. Jayanti's visit to New York was mainly to be a Spiritual Resource, with BK Mohini, for the Call-of-the-Time Retreat which was held in Peace Village. This coincided with the celebration of 40 years of service of the Brahma Kumaris in the USA. The BKUN office also took the opportunity to have her meet with the larger UN community by hosting two events:

 

The 2030 Development Agenda: Defining Transforming within the Sustainable Development Agenda

Wednesday, September 26

The United Nations calls its Agenda 2030 a transformative agenda. The Brahma Kumaris and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted a third in a series of dialogues to explore what transformation really means. Sr. Jayanti was one of four speakers who addressed 40 representatives from UN Agencies, the Business Sector, NGOs, and Academia.

A Time with Sr. Jayanti: Serving with An Attitude of Universal Benevolence (Ahimsa)

An informal conversation was held with Sr. Jayanti and some close friends of the BKUN Office in NY. It was a time to share insights, experience company that nurtures, and empower the self.

Eastern Meditation for Western Minds

Thursday, September 27

A unique event was hosted at the exclusive Harvard Club in NYC for people in leadership roles to have an introduction to meditation, which Sr. Jayanti eloquently delivered. As over 80 people from a wide cross section of society left the room, it seemed that they had a deeper commitment to ensure they nurture themselves on a regular basis.

 

Special Visits

Chair of the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN, Ms. Denise Scotto, Esq., proudly presented BK Jayanti with a beautiful hard copy of the Special Edition of Light on Light E-Magazine which commemorated World Yoga Day 2018. The magazine features how yoga is experienced in the work of the UN and how it is practiced in the daily lives of people through UN accredited NGOs and the greater community.

 

The Session of the UN General Assembly is usually opened with a Prayer Service in which all delegates, UN dignitaries, and Interfaith Leaders are invited to attend. The Service was held at the Church of the Holy Family and presided over by The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN, Archbishop Auza.

Ongoing at the UN

Thursday evening meditations are continuing to nurture the UN Community. There has also been an ongoing flow of visitors who stop by to learn more about the activities of the BKs at the UN and how we can work together, or simply just to say 'hello'.

UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris

International Days

Below are the upcoming International Days that you may be interested in observing. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for the facebook page and the blog

 

You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to.

 

 

July - August UN Newsletter

16 September 2018

Dear National Coordinators and Center Coordinators,

Greetings of love.

 

Mid-year at UNHQ, NY is usually quiet except for the UN DPI NGO annual conference. We invite you to read news of that, and more.

 

It was a 2-days conference held on August 22 and 23 at the UNHQ, with a post-conference networking session on August 24 at the Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY. The Brahma Kumaris at the UN, a delegation of 5,(Gayatri Naraine, Sabita Geer, Julia Grindon-Welch, Kinnari Murthy, Pramity Shah), participated by attending various roundtables and workshops, facilitating an exhibit prepared by BK Youths, and being a speaker on a panel at one of the many workshops. Read more.

 

BK Delegation

 

Raksha Bandhan Celebration

 

Thursday, August 30

In the spirit of brotherhood, many friends, new as well as long-time, gathered at the serene space of the BKs at the UN to experience the beautiful bond between self and God. BK Gayatri, who was the Spiritual Resource, shared on the deeper aspects of Raksha Bandhan, and tied the rakhi on the wrists of everyone.

 

 

Peace in the Park

Central Park Bandshell, NY

Friday, July 20

Peace in the Park, an annual peace festival organized by the Brahma Kumaris, was a grand success this year as many NGOs and other friends of BKUN community came together to share the message of love, respect, compassion, and more with the people of NYC and the world. Read more here.

 

 

Special Visits

Members of the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN proudly presented a beautiful hard copy of the Special Edition of Light on Light E-Magazine to His Excellency, the Honorable Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, which commemorated World Yoga Day 2018 and features how yoga is experienced in the work of the UN and how it is practiced in the daily lives of people through UN accredited NGOs and the greater community.

 

A courtesy call was also made on the Deputy Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UN, Mr. Yerkin Akhinzhanov.

 

H.E. Syed Akbaruddin and members of the IDY Committee

Deputy Ambassador Mr. Yerkin getting his rakhi tied by BK Gayatri

 

Ongoing at the UN

Apart from organizing programs at the UN, the BKUN team has been attending side events and supporting a number of other causes organized by UN Agencies and Mission States.

 

Insight Series: A Discussion on Migration at the Dag Hammarskjold Library

Launch of the International Day of Education for Global Citizenship at the Korean Mission

 

UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris

International Days

Below are the upcoming International Days that you may be interested in observing. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for the facebook page and the blog.


You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to observe.

September 21 International Day of Peace 
October 1 International Day of Older Persons 
October 2 International Day of Non-violence 
November 16 International Day of Tolerance 
November 18 World Day of Remebrance for Road Traffic Victims 
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
December 10 Human Rights Day

 

International Weeks:

February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week 
May 4 - 10 UN Global Road Safety Week (every 2 years)

 

 

 

2018 UN News Archive