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Please Hold in the Light
October 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 October the Spiritual Caucus will gather for silence in the UN Meditation Room at UN Headquarters, New York on October 3 from 12.45 - 1.15 PM and for silence and discussion at the Conference Room of the NGO Resource Center at UN Headquarters in New York on October 17 from 1.30 - 2.45 PM.

October Please Hold These Events in the Light

October 1
International Day of Older Persons

Theme 2019: The Journey to Age Equality
People are living longer. This is prompting governments and people's organisations all over the world to reflect deeply on how we can plan for future societies in which: every individual, each with rights and responsibilities, has an active role to play.

October 1 - 4
ITU Green Standards Week Conference, Valencia, Spain

2019 Theme: Connecting Smart Sustainable Cities with the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the ninth annual conference when governments, city leaders, businesses and citizens share experiences in driving the behavioral change required to achieve smart city objectives.

October 2
International Day of Non-Violence

To mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the UN General Assembly decided that October 2nd be observed as an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness". The resolution reaffirms "the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence" and the desire "to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence". more

This year, 2019, is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.

October 4
World Animal Day

World Animal Day, observed on the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, was first celebrated in 1931. Since then it has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. The Day aims to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Events are held around the world by peoples of diverse faiths and cultures.

October 4 - 10
World Space Week

2019 theme: The Moon: Gateway to the Stars
Observed with over hundreds of events all over the world, World Space Week celebrates the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. Every year events are held in schools around the world to observe the Week.

October 5
World Teachers' Day

Theme 2019: Young Teachers: The future of the Profession
Think about the role of teachers in the transition into a new era. Who are the teachers? What is required of those who teach the children and young people?
Created by UNESCO, World Teachers Day celebrates teachers worldwide.

October 7
World Habitat Day

2019 theme: Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth
Celebrated on the first Monday of October every year, the UN World Habitat Day invites us to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and what we want the cities of our future to look like.

October 10
World Mental Health Day

2019 theme: Suicide Prevention
HEALERS TAKE NOTE: This is a Day to focus on the contribution all can make towards the creation of a healthy mental environment - and on the sensitive healing needed by those who suffer from mental illness in its many forms.

October 11
International Day of the Girl Child

2019 theme: GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable
The international celebration of this Day is yet another sign of the growing concentration on efforts to fulfill the vision of the Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child as they concern gender rights.

October 13
World Migratory Bird Day

2019 theme: Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!
World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness-raising campaign by the UN Environment Program highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second Saturday each May and October, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.

October 13
International Day for Disaster Reduction

2019 theme: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services
Disaster risk reduction is about understanding our personal and environmental risks of a hazard, like an earthquake, flood, hurricane/cyclone, and landslides and finding ways to reduce this risk so that we are not affected by them, or be able to bounce back quickly if they do affect us.
Governments have mutually agreed to seven targets for disaster preparedness ('the Sendai 7'). Target C aims to reduce economic losses from disasters in relation to global GDP by 2030.

October 13
Full Moon — Libra

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.

October 14 - 17
Global Conference 'Cooperatives for Development', Kigali, Rwanda

The General Assembly of the International Cooperative Alliance to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, will celebrate the vital contribution being made by cooperatives to the Sustainable Development Goals.

October 15
International Day of Rural Women

2019 Theme: Rural Women and Girls Building Climate Resilience
First celebrated by the UN in 2008, this Day is yet another sign of the major focus on women and gender issues in global affairs. The Day has been celebrated by civil society around the world since the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995.
Rural women the world over play a major role in ensuring food security and in the development and stability of the rural areas. Yet, with little or no status, they frequently lack the power to secure land rights or to access vital services such as credit, inputs, extension services, training and education. Their vital contribution to society goes largely unnoticed. World Rural Women's Day aims to change this by bringing rural women out of obscurity at least once a year — to remind society how much they owe to rural women and to give value and credit to their work.

October 16
World Food Day

2019 theme: Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World
Achieving Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger,but also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet. This year, World Food Day calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start thinking about what we eat.

October 17
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

2019 theme: Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families and Communities to End Poverty.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 1989. This landmark human rights treaty sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.
In particular, the Convention recognizes the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development. Poverty hurts children’s development and, in turn, leads to lower income and health in adulthood. When child poverty is recognized as a denial of children’s human rights then people in positions of responsibility and power are legally bound to promote, protect and fulfil children’s rights. Above all, it is imperative to recognize and address the specific discriminations experienced by the girl child.

October 24
United Nations Day

Hold the United Nations in the light especially on this Day marking the coming into force of the UN Charter. Visualise the General Assembly being overshadowed with higher energies of Synthesis and of the active principle of Peace. Please also hold the Meditation Room at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in the light - you will find a photograph of the room and a copy of Dag Hammarskjold's inspiring paper on the room here. Read about the Chagall Window of Peace outside the Meditation Room here.

October 24
Global Oneness Day

Humanity's Team invite groups around the world to celebrate UN Day, October 24, as Global Oneness Day. In May 2010, a global petition was presented to the UN, calling on this Day to be observed by the United Nations and in the same year the first Oneness Day was observed by groups from around the world. It is a day intended to inspire awareness, appreciation and celebration of life's underlying Oneness in the same way that Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness, appreciation and celebration of the earth's natural environment. In preparation for the Day, an online summit with visionary speakers will be broadcast from October 19 - 24. Sign the Declaration of Oneness.

October 24 - 30
World Disarmament Week

Disarmament Week has been observed by the United Nations since 1978. Member States are invited to highlight the dangers of the arms race, promote recognition of the need to stop the arms race, and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament. NGOs organize a range of events seeking to raise public opinion and pressurize governments to act on disarmament.

October 24 - 28 ?
Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, UN Headquarters, New York

Date for 2019 unconfirmed
Organised by the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns - NY, this annual week of events honors the anniversary of the founding of the UN. It seeks to foster the growth of a culture of peace in which "we, the peoples of the world", can address together our common challenges in a holistic, positive and transformative way.

October 31
World Cities Day

2019 theme: Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations
In 2013 the UN General Assembly proclaimed October 31st as World Cities Day.
The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation, encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges in urbanization towards sustainable urban development.