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Please Hold in the Light
April 2019

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 Sustainable Development Goals
  • engaging people of goodwill all over the world in a common movement.
2019 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. 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 April the Spiritual Caucus will gather for silence in the UN Meditation Room at UN Headquarters, New York on April 4 from 12.45 - 1.15 PM and for silence and discussion at the Bahai UN Mission offices, 866 UN Plaza, New York on March 21 from 1.30 - 2.45 PM.

April Please Hold These Events in the Light

April 2
World Autism Awareness Day

2019 theme: Assistive Technologies, Active Participation.
The Day seeks to improve the quality of life of people with autism, recognising that there is a high rate of people with autism in all regions of the world.
For many people on the autism spectrum, access to affordable assistive technologies is a prerequisite to being able to exercise their basic human rights and participate fully in the life of their communities, and thereby contribute to the realization of the SDGs. Assistive technology can reduce or eliminate the barriers to their participation on an equal basis with others.

April 3 - 5
United Cities and Local Governments Culture Summit, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2019 Theme: Culture in Sustainable Development. Cities lead
The 3rd UCLG Culture Summit will bring together more than 500 people from all over the world - from cities, local governments, experts, and academics, to cultural agents and sustainable development actors. The Summit has been called the world's most important gathering on cities, culture and sustainable development.

April 4
International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

2019 UN Theme: United Nations Promotes SDGs – Safe Ground – Safe Home
Following a 1997 Mine Ban Treaty most countries have now banned landmines, yet anti-personnel mines continue to be used as a weapon of war and areas remain dangerous long after conflicts have ended. This United Nations Day marks a focus for campaigns to protect civilians from landmines and explosive remnants of war.
In our turbulent world, mine action is a concrete step towards peace. António Guterres, Secretary-General.

April 7
World Health Day

2019 Theme: Universal Health Coverage
At least half of the world's people are unable to get essential health services. The WHO campaign to support Universal Health Coverage aimns to ensure that all people and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

April 8 - 9
UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, UN HQ

Youth leaders from around the world will gather at UN Headquarters in New York to engage in a dialogue among themselves and with United Nations Member States and to share ideas for advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Forum provides an apportunity for yeaouth leaders to plan their participation in important upcoming UN meetings, includingthe High Level Political Forum and the Climate Summitm and SDG Summit.

April 10
The Future of Work: UN General Assembly Meeting

Commemorating the centenerary of the Internatonl Labor Organisation (ILO this one-day meeting of the General Assembly will hear from leading experts on policies needed to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future of work and ensuring decent work for all. A summary of the panel discussions will be transmitted to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to contribute to the review of SDG 8.

April 12 - 14
Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day is the largest annual celebration of young volunteers, where millions of young people from over 100 countries in 6 continents carry out thousands of community improvement projects.
I have hope that stems in large part from my knowledge that the future of this planet lies in the tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and commitment of young people around the world. Jane Goodall

April 19
Full Moon — Easter, 2nd Aries

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 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 which is increasingly concentrated on the work of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

April 21
World Creativity and Innovation Day

The Day seeks to raise awareness of the importance of creativity in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Creativity and innovation, at both the individual and group levels, have become the true wealth of nations in the 21st century, according to the findings of the special edition of the Creative Economy Report "Widening local development pathways" ...

April 22
International Mother Earth Day & Earth Day

Over a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year. It is the largest civic observance in the world, and is evidence of the massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the Earth. In 2009 the United Nations General Assembly added its weight to this popular movement, proclaiming April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.
Mother Earth Day is helping to define new emerging economic, social and political processes through which humanity is seeking to raise the quality of its relationships with the Earth. Every year the Day is observed at UN Headquarters with an Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature. This year's dialogue will take place on April 22 (broadcast live on UN TV).

April 22 - May 3
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN HQ, New York

2019 theme: Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection
The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), established at the promptings of indigenous peoples, is a high-level UN body charged to advise the Economic and Social Council on all matters dealing with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights. Annual meetings of the Forum provide a focal point for discussion of indigenous peoples issues at the UN - they are attended by representatives of large numbers of indigenous peoples groups from around the world who also meet together in a Global Caucus, a Womens Caucus and a Youth Caucus. During the Forum there is a strong presence of Indigenous Peoples at UN Headquarters.

April 24
International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Approved at the General Assembly in December 2018, this new International Day confirms the principles of the UN Charter which require the international body to resolve disputes among countries through peaceful means. It acknowledges the use of multilateral decision-making and diplomacy in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflicts among nations. This non-aggressive and pacifist approach reinforces that three pillar of the UN, namely, sustainable development, peace and security and human rights.
The day will be marked by a High Level Event in the General Assembly to discuss the challenges of multilateralism, and to renew commitment to a rule-based world rder and the multilateral system.

April 25
Psychology Day at the United Nations

2019 Theme: The Time is Now: Psychological Contributions to Global Gender Equ{al}ity
Psychology Day at the United Nations is a celebration of psychology in the context of the United Nations. It provides an opportunity for psychology to share with U.N. Permanent Missions, U.N. agencies, NGOs and the private sector the activities of psychologists at the U.N. and the role of psychology in addressing concerns of global importance. Psychology Day also introduces psychologists and psychology students to psychology's current and potential involvement in U.N. activities and issues.

April 25
World Malaria Day

The global fight towards zero malaria deaths is one of the great stories of our time. According to the most recent World Malaria Report, the global tally of malaria reached 429,000 malaria deaths and 212 million new cases in 2015. The rate of new malaria cases fell by 21 per cent globally between 2010 and 2015, and malaria death rates fell by 29 per cent in the same period. In sub-Saharan Africa, case incidence and death rates fell by 21 per cent and 31 per cent, respectively. wikipedia

April 27
World Tai Chi & Qui Gong Day

The last Saturday of April each year in 100s of cities, spanning over 80 nations, people come together … to breathe together and provide a healing vision for our world.

April 30
International Jazz Day

April 30 was first celebrated by UNESCO as International Jazz Day in 2012. The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.