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:
- 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.
2017 United Nations International Year
- Contrary to common practice, the United Nations has not declared 2018 as International Year for any specific topic.
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: http://www.spiritualcaucusun.org/
In June the Spiritual Caucus will gather for silence in the UN Meditation Room in the main lobby at UN Headquarters, New York on June 7 from 12.45 - 1.15 PM and for silence and discussion on June 21 from 1.30 - 2.45 PM, gathering at the offices of World Goodwill / Lucis Trust, 866 UN Plaza, Suite 482, New York, NY 10017.
June Please Hold These Events in the Light
A Day to honor the role of parents. Parents of every race, religion, culture and nationality in all parts of the world are the primary caregivers and teachers of their children, preparing them for a happy, fulfilling and productive life. Parents are the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies.
Acknowledging the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health, the UN General Assembly decided to declare 3 June World Bicycle Day.
It encouraged stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace.
June 3 - 10
Global Sharing Week
Global Sharing Week is the largest annual mass engagement campaign celebrating the sustainable economic system known as 'the sharing economy'. In 2017 over 354 events were held in 113 cities across 34 countries on every continent during the Week. Events included clothes swaps, food shares, recycling events - anything to share skills, knowledge, time, goods, food.
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN's commitment to protect the rights of children.
Humanity is organising as never before to put children first in the process of building a better world, and this Day also celebrates the millions of individuals and organizations working to protect and preserve the rights of children. UNICEF devotes considerable resources to the protection of children and conducts annual surveys tracking progress in the rights of the child: We strive towards the day when nations will be judged not by their military or economic strength, nor by the splendour of their capital cities and public building, but by the well being of their children.
World Environment Day
2018 Theme: Beat Plastic Pollution
Observed since 1972, World Environment Day is "considered by many to be the most important event on the environmental calendar". UNEP reports that the Day "inspires action by governments, individuals, non-governmental organisations, community and youth groups, business, industry and the media to improve their environment, including clean-up campaigns, tree planting, street rallies, exhibitions, green concerts, essays, painting and photographic competitions, recycling efforts and much more".
2018 Action Focus: Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean
Described as the world's largest celebration of the oceans, World Oceans Day recognizes the importance and significance of international cooperation in caring for the well-being and sustainable management of the oceans.
The oceans of the world: Generate most of the oxygen we breathe; Help feed us; Regulate our climate; Clean the water we drink; Offer us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines; Provide limitless inspiration!
World Day Against Child Labour
2018 theme: Generation Safe & Healthy
The World Day Against Child Labour this year shines a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and to end child labour.
World Blood Donor Day - WHO
Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025. Around 4 to 6% of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home. Elder maltreatment can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. The incidence of abuse towards older people is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.
World Day to Combat Desertification
2018 Theme: Land has true value — invest in it
Land has been an overlooked component in sustainable development for years. The UN reports that 52% of the land used for agriculture is moderately or severely affected by soli degradation. 12 million hectares are lost every year as a result of drought and desertification. On this Day there will be a focus on the role that restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land has to play in development challenges as varied as climate change, secure water and energy resources.
Sustainable Gastronomy Day
In November 2016 the UN General Assembly asked UNESCO and the FAO to coordinate global celebrations of Sustainable Gastronomy Day as a contribnution to achievement of the SDGs. The decision acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.
June 19 - 22
ICLEI World Congress, Montreal, Canada
ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) is the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions in over 100 countries committed to building a sustainable future. The World Congress is held every three years to showcase how local and regional governments across our network are advancing sustainable urban development worldwide.
World Refugee Day
A day to reflect on the scope of the refugee problem (there are nearly 20 million refugees under the care of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and nearly 60 million people are displaced worldwide); the immense personal, family and community suffering experienced by refugees; and the opportunities which the refugee crisis presents all peoples to act on their sense of interdependence and compassion.
On Refugee Day UNHCR is urging people of goodwill everywhere to show world leaders that the public stands with refugees. Sign the petition#WithRefugees, to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.
International Day of Yoga
In December, 2014 the UN General Assembly unanimously voted to declare June 21st International Day of Yoga. Proposing the Day during his address to the General Assembly, Indian President, Narendra Modi commented: Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Celebrations at the UN include a panel discussion Conversation with Yoga Masters: Yoga for Peace and a gathering on June 19 at the UN Church Center organised by the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN: Yoga, Peace, Unity and Healing: Sharing Collective Meditation in Stillness
June 25 - 26
Global Summit of Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland
This first-ever two-day summit will convene refugee-led organizations and refugee change-makers from around the world to gather to discuss their lived experiences and propose solutions for more effective and sustainable global refugee policy. The Summit is also an opportunity for participants to discuss building a network of refugee-led organisations, networks and advocates, to coordinate future activities and share best practices.
The Summit will take place ahead of UNHCR's NGO Consultations "Putting People First," to be held 27-29 in Geneva.
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
This Day is widely observed as a focal point for a global campaign to eradicate torture. The campaign is co-ordinated by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. On this day events will be held all over the world in support of victims of torture.
In most cases the crime of torture is commited with impunity - no one is prosecuted or punished.
June 26 - 28
Fair Trade International Symposium, Portsmouth, UK
This is the sixth major international symposium on Fair Trade to be held since the first event in 2002. Over the years the event has been attended by the world's leading and newly emerging academic researchers, together with with practitioners, policy makers and the general public. This year the Syposium aims to investigate the ethics and practice of fairness that constitute the processes, goals and indicators of sustainable development... Researchers and practitioners are encouraged to use Sustainable Development Goals to explore and evaluate Fair Trade's contribution to date and the porential to support the SDGs.
Full Moon — Cancer
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 are in process of being achieved.