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Please Hold in the Light
August 2016

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 new Sustainable Development Goals
  • engaging people of goodwill all over the world in a common movement.
2016 United Nations International Year
2017 United Nations International Year
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.
Please link in from wherever you are. More information at:

In August the Spiritual Caucus is on a summer break.

August Please Hold These Events in the Light

August 6, 9
Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Day will be observed in Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9 and around the world.
The World Peace Prayer Society (Thought forms create an energetic field strong enough to empower the course of planetary destiny) invites people around the world to link in a synchronized global meditation and minute of silence.

August 9
International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Theme 2016: Indigenous Peoples' Right to Education
This Day, together with the Second International Decade on the World's Indigenous People, is a sign of the growing concern for the rights and welfare of indigenous communities. In past decades they have suffered greatly as minorities in their own lands, yet the heart values, passion for the Earth, and holistic spiritual perspective found amongst many Peoples of the Earth are now seen as a source of inspiration.
Indigenous peoples contribute extensively to humanity's cultural diversity, enriching it with more than two thirds of its languages and an extraordinary amount of its traditional knowledge.
There are over 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries, living in all regions of the world. The situation of indigenous peoples in many parts of the world is critical today. Poverty rates are significantly higher among indigenous peoples compared to other groups. While they constitute 5 per cent of the world's population, they are 15 per cent of the world's poor. …

from State of the Worlds Indigenous People
Facebook Day of the Worlds Indigenous People

August 9 - 14
World Social Forum, Montreal, Canada

This is the major annual global gathering for activists who want to build a sustainable and inclusive world, where every person and every people has its place and can make its voice heard. Somewhere between 50,000 - 80,000 particpants are expected. The goal is to build networks and global campaigns.
World Goodwill's Cycle of Conferences Initiative offers a global visualisation in support of the Forum:

August 10-12
Youth Assembly at the UN

Youth leaders from around the world (ages 16-25) gather every year in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York. The Assembly will focus on empowering youth leaders and young professionals in the implementation of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

August 12
International Youth Day

Theme 2016: The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption
Youth Day is a day to celebrate the role of young people in the creation of a better world and to empower young people.

August 18
Full Moon — Leo

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.

August 19
World Humanitarian Day

This Day celebrates and shines a light on humanitarian aid workers around the world while also honoring those who have been killed or injured in the course of their work. The Day commemorates the tragic bombing of the UN Office in Iraq on 19 August 2003.
Humanitarian aid workers can be international, but most come from the country in which they work. They reflect all cultures, ideologies and backgrounds and they are united by their commitment to humanitarianism.

August 28 - September 2
World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden

2016 theme: Water for Sustainable Growth
World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. Last year over 3,300 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.

August 29
International Day Against Nuclear Tests

On this United Nations Day the goal is to encourage governments, ngo's and all concerned parties to raise awareness of the need to ban nuclear tests as a valuable step to achieving a safer world.
It is a little known fact that, as a result of regional treaties, the entire southern hemisphere of the planet is now a virtual nuclear weapons free zone.

August 29 - September 1
EcoSummit 2016: Ecological Sustainability - Engineering Change, Montpellier, France

The first International EcoSummit was held in Copenhagen in 1996. Ecological scientists from different disciplines meet to consider issues in environmental management. 1500 delegates from 75 countries are expected to attend the 2016 Summit.

August 30
International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Enforced disappearances (including arrests, detention and abduction)have frequently been used by military dictatorships and political groups to spread terror in a society and eliminate opposition.
Reflecting a growing concern amongst governments as well as people of goodwill, UN members states have recently adopted an International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and, since 2011, have observed August 30 as this International Day.