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Please Hold in the Light
July 2021

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:
  • 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.
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In July the Spiritual Caucus is on summer recess.

July Please Hold These Events in the Light

June 30 - July 2
Generation Equality Forum, Paris

Convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with youth and civil society orgaisations, the Forum is a global gathering for gender equality. The first phase of the Forum toook place in Mexico City in March. It concludes in Paris with the "launching of a series of concrete, ambitious and transformative actions to achieve immeditae and irreversible progress towards gender equality".

July 3
International Day of Co-operatives

Theme 2021: Rebuild Better Together
The cooperative movement encompassing financial organisations, farmers, producers and consumers is playing an incredible role in pioneering new ethics and values in business and economics. This Day, which is observed on the first Saturday of July, marks the formation in 1895 of the International Cooperative Alliance. Today the Alliance includes 318 member organizations (many of which include thousands of cooperatives) from 112 countries, representing one billion individuals worldwide.
The basis of co-operation lies primarily in mutual responsibility. - Agni Yoga, Heart, 559

July 6 - 15
UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Theme 2021: Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development ...
This Forum has been established as the main UN body to review progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Its task is to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda's implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues.
The HLPF in 2021 will discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1 on no poverty, 2 on zero hunger, 3 on good health and well-being, 8 on decent work and economic growth, 10 on reduced inequalities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate action, 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and 17 on partnerships in depth. The Forum will also consider the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Sustainable Development Goals can only become a focus for the living will in humanity if and as people of goodwill in every sector of society are inspired to contribute towards their achievement. Governments will only act to the extent that people of goodwill push them to act. This Forum is important because it includes representatives of civil society as well as governments.

July 11
World Population Day

Theme 2021: Rights and choices are the answer: Whether baby boom or bust, the solution to shifting fertility rates lies in prioritizing the reproductive health and rights of all people
World Population Day aims to raise awareness about the sexual and reproductive health needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls during the pandemic, to highlight how we can safeguard hardfought gains and ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights stays on the local agenda.

July 15
World Youth Skills Day

Theme 2021: Reimagining Youth Skills Post Pandemic
In 2013 the UN estimates that 74.5 million youth around the world were unemployed. One in five young people (125 million)who are working live in extreme poverty (less than US$1 per day).
First observed in 2015, World Youth Skills Day focuses attention on the importance of young people learning skills as a way of reducing unemployment and under-employment. Young people are particularly exposed to the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic.

July 18
Nelson Mandela International Day

The United Nations has observed this Day every year on Nelson Mandela's birthday since 2010.
The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. "Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day."

July 20
World Chess Day

The United Nations first observed World Chess Day in 2020. Before then it was widely observed by chess players on the July 20, the day when the International Chess Federation was formed in 1924.
Throughout history, games and sports have helped humanity to survive times of crisis by reducing anxieties and improving mental health. While the coronavirus outbreak has forced most gaming and sports activities to scale down, chess has demonstrated remarkable resilience, adaptability and a very strong convening power in time of pandemic.Over the past few months, the overall interest in chess is reported to have doubled, with more players than ever coming together to participate in chess events that are being increasingly held through online platforms.

July 24
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 Millenium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved.

July 25
World Drowning Prevention Day

This global advocacy event serves as an opportunity to highlight the tragic and profound impact of drowning on families and communities and offer life-saving solutions to prevent it. An estimated 235,600 people drown every year, and drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for children aged 5-14 years. More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in rivers, lakes, wells, domestic water storage vessels and swimming pools in low- and middle-income countries, with children and adolescents in rural areas disproportionately affected. ... 90 percent of drowning deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with Asia carrying the highest burden

July 26 - 28
World Food Systems Pre-Summit, Rome

The UN Food Systems Summit is taking place with a series of dialogues and events involving a wide range of participants as part of the UN Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Events seek to awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food.
This Pre-Summit in Rome follows on from a series of virtual events and is intended to set the stage for the culminating global event in September.

July 28
World Hepatitis Day

2021 theme: Hepatitis can't Wait
Hepatitis remains largely unknown as a health threat in many regions of the world - yet it is one of the leading causes of death globally - more than HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Chronic hepatitis B and C are life-threatening infectious diseases that cause serious liver damage, cancer, and premature death. More than 300 million people are living with the hepatitis B virus or the hepatitis C virus.

July 30
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Theme 2021: Victims’ Voices Lead the Way
Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex.
Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.

July 30
International Day of Friendship

United Nations International Day of Friendship highlights friendship as the fundamental glue uniting people across diverse cultures and backgrounds; an essential requirement in building the Culture of Peace and fundamental to the work of the United Nations.
The idea of friendship permeates the work and ideals of the United Nations. The Charter proclaims that one of the purposes of the Organization is "to develop friendly relations among nations". These same words appear in the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UNESCO’s Constitution speaks of the need for peace based not just on the "political and economic arrangements of governments", but on the "intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind". And the UN Alliance of Civilizations initiative aims to improve cooperation and understanding among nations and peoples across cultures and religions, including to counter the forces that fuel extremism. Ban Ki-moon