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:
- 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.
2022 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.
Please link in from wherever you are. More information at: http://www.spiritualcaucusun.org/
In September the physical meeting on Thursday, September 15, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. All are invited to link together in mind and heart on this day from 1.30 - 2.00 pm with a particular focus on supporting the UN during this difficult time.
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September 2 - 10
Ecosystem Restoration Design Summit
The UN defines Ecosystem Restoration as assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact and the period 2021 - 2030 is being observed as the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Since 2017,over 50 Ecosystem Restoration Camps have been organized in 30 countries across 6 continents - using regenerative natural-based practices to increase and build back the ecosystem functionality of degraded landscapes. The 2022 Online Summit, organized by Gaia Education and Ecosystem Restoration Camps will bring together a wide array of restoration experts and activists representing diverse ecosystems and communities from around the world.
International Day of Charity
Honoring the date of Mother Theresa's death, the United Nations General Assembly has designated September 5th as International Day of Charity.
Affirming the role of charity in furthering the culture of peace the Day seeks to draw attention to the value of charitable organizations. The day is dedicated to commemorate the common desire to help the most disadvantaged members of society and to promote charitable activities around the world. Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies.
UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, UN Headquarters, New York
Theme 2022: The Culture of Peace: Importance of justice, equality, and inclusion for advancing peacebuilding
Convened by the President of the General Assembly, this eleventh High Level Forum provides an opportunity for UN member states, UN agencies, media and civil society to consider ways and means of implementing the UN Programme of Action on the Culture of Peace with particular focus on justice, equality and inclusion.
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International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
Theme 2022: The Air We Share
This UN Day seeks to raise awareness of the problem of air pollution and the need for urgent action to improve air quality.
International Literacy Day
Theme 2022: Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces
This special UNESCO Day celebrates one of the most basic movements in the education and uplift of consciousness: the movement to promote support and teach adult literacy programs. Large numbers of professionals and volunteers work in every country helping adults in their efforts to learn to read and write.
Literacy contributes to peace as it brings people closer to attaining individual freedoms and better understanding the world, as well as preventing or resolving conflict.
World Suicide Prevention Day
Theme 2022: Creating Hope through Action
Supported by the World Health Organization, this annual Day promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. Each and every suicide is devastating and has a profound impact on those around them. However, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide around the world. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide and to promote action through proven means that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.
Full Moon - Virgo
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.
September 11 - 21
11 Days of Global Unity
During the 11 days leading up to the UN International Day of Peace, this international movement offers as many as 700 associated events in over 30 countries dedicated to addressing problems and building global unity. Programs highlight the WE 11 Campaigns for Change which calls forth the values, spirit and service needed to move us towards a culture of peace and a world that works for all.
We invite you to join us in a movement without which all the other movements for change cannot be successful. The crucial movement we are talking about is the shift from 'I' to 'WE'. Archbishop Desmond Tutu
International Day for South-South Cooperation
South-South cooperation is a manifestation of solidarity among peoples and countries of the South that contributes to their national well-being, their national and collective self-reliance and the attainment of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
United Nations General Assembly 77th Session opens with a Minute of Silence
Every year the annual session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York opens with a ceremonial only meeting, observing a Minute of Silent Prayer or Meditation. The General Assembly is the one place where representatives of all 193 member states of the UN have the opportunity to take part in deliberation and policy making on global issues. The Minute of Silence is an important symbolic moment in UN affairs, when according to the Rules of Procedure, members are invited to stand to observe one minute of meditation or prayer.
Following the ceremonial opening of the session, the General Debate takes place over a number of days (starting September 20) when Heads of State from many of the member countries address the Assembly.The period surrounding the opening of the General Assembly marks a high point in international affairs every year because heads of state from many of the countries of the world are in New York City and a wide variety of other events are held.
This year marks the first time since COVID that the opening debate will return to a full physical presence in the General Assembly and some virtual participation, and will be broadcast on UN web TV.
Explore the function and purpose of the General Assembly at: www.un.org/ga/
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International Day of Democracy
This United Nations Day highlights the state of democracy in the world.
The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political and legal challenges globally. As states around the world adopt emergency measures to address the crisis, it is critical that they continue to uphold the rule of law, protect and respect international standards and basic principles of legality, and the right to access justice, remedies and due process.
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
2022 theme: Montreal Protocol at 35: global cooperation protecting life on earth
The 1985 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the associated Montreal Protocol is one of the great successes of modern international action to protect the environment. As the treaty turns 35 on Ozone Day, we will remember how the Montreal Protocol ended one of the biggest threats ever to face humanity as a whole: the depletion of the ozone layer. When the world found out that ozone-depleting gases used in aerosols and cooling were creating a hole in the sky, they came together. They showed that multilateralism and effective global cooperation worked and they phased out these gases. Now the ozone layer is healing, allowing it once again to shield humanity from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
This is a Day to celebrate humanity’s ability to work together for a common cause and is a model for climate change agreements.
September 16 - 19
Transforming Education Summit, UN HQ, New York
Convened by the UN Secretary-General, this Education Summit marks one of the key events accompanying the opening of the UN General Assembly session. It builds on the global crisis caused by the interruption of formal education programs by the Covid pandemic and focuses attention on the need to transform both the quality and the scope of education.
Drawing on many of the visionary conclusions of the UNESCO Futures of Education Commission, the Summit features 3 days of gatherings: Mobilization Day on the 16th will feature the recommendations of youth and the importance of mobilizing popular support for the transformation of education; Solutions Day on the 17th will focus on initiatives already contributing to a transformation of education around 5 key themes;and during Leaders Day on the 19th, Heads of State will deliver national commitments and participate in 'Leaders Roundtables'.
World Goodwill will be offering a Cycle of Conferences Visualisation in support of the Summit for those interested in providing subjective support.
September 16 - 25
Global Goals Week & Act 4 SDGs
Global Goals Week is an annual week of virtual and in-person events involving over 170 partners from civil society, business, academia, and the UN system to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) It is also an opportunity to speak out as one voice, share ideas and transformative solutions in the fight to build back better from global challenges.
Events include: NYC Climate Week; UN Private Sector Forum; and launch of the Climate Action Project when students from classrooms in over 140 countries will connect and collaborate on a range of environmental subjects. On September 19th, at UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General will lead the third annual SDG Moment highlighting work being done to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Global Week to #ACT4SDGS is a global mobilization of actions to show leaders gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly that people all around the world are committed, dedicated, and inspired to take action on the SDGs.
September 16 - 18
Clean Up the World
Clean Up the World is one the largest community-based environmental programs in the world when voluntary groups, schools and others join in actions to clean up the local environment.
September 17 - 24
Peace Week 2022 marks the culmination of the 99 Days of Peace through Unity which began on June 18th at the opening of World UNITY Week and closes on September 24th, the last day of Peace Week.
Centered around the International Day of Peace on Wednesday, September 21, Peace Week offers a wide range of events and online gatherings co-convened by a growing community of international organizations, grassroots leaders and global networks. This is a time of momentous action, as we unite and rise to give voice to how we are collectively creating the conditions for a global culture of lasting peace.
Included in the Week is a Unity and Peace Convergence where like-minded individuals from around the world are invited to participate in and lead on-line events dedicated to Peace through Unity towards a Thriving World for All of Life.
Peace Week marks the launch of #7coreneeds which draws attention to the urgent need for a new spirit of eco-governance to unify countless regenerative and compassionate solutions to global issues into targetted actions to meet 7 Core Needs.
International Equal Pay Day
International Equal Pay Day, celebrated for the first time [in 2020], represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. It further builds on the United Nations commitment to human rights and against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination against women and girls.
September 19 - 23
Sustainable Development Impact Meetings
Organized by the World Economic Forum during the UN General Assembly opening these meetings are attended by communities of purpose that integrate business leaders, policy-makers, international and civil society organizations, innovators and entrepreneurs.
International Day of Peace
2022 theme: End Racism. Build Peace..
UN Peace Day has come to be widely observed around the world with citizens undertaking a huge variety of local actions for peace including interfaith prayers, meditations and minutes of silence.
At UN Headquarters, an annual ceremony is held during which the Secretary General ceremonially rings the Peace Bell and calls on the people of the world to observe a minute of silence at 12 noon. The day is celebrated by the UN as a day of non-violence and cease fire, inviting all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
Events organized around the world on the day include festivals, concerts, a global Peace Wave with moments of silence at noon in every time zone and countless local activities. See the list at: internationaldayofpeace.org.
Meditation Vigils and interfaith events are being organized around the world for Peace Day - more information here. All are invited to participate in a global 24 hour Vigil on Peace Day using the Great Invocation or another universal invocation every 15 minutes - more information at: www.meditationvigil.org.
One Planet Peace Forum
Theme 2022: Bold Visions of a Peaceful Future
This annual online ZOOM event aims to offer a universal platform for people of all spiritual and secular expressions to cocreate solutions to humanity’s most challenging issues.
World Rivers Day
Every year since 2005, when the UN Water for Life Decade was launched, millions of people around the world have observed the last Sunday of September as World Rivers Day.
World Rivers Day highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encorages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. Activities include stream cleanups, habitat enhancement projects, educational outings, and community riverside celebrations. In previous years several million people across more than 60 countries have participated in the Day.
International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
The UN has been aiming to achieve nuclear disarmament for much of its history. It was the subject of a General Assembly resolution in 1946. On July 17 2017 the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted. This is the first multilateral legally binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years, by 122 countries. The Day will be observed at the United Nations this year with a High Level Event in the General Assembly
Today around 12,705 nuclear weapons remain. Countries possessing such weapons have well-funded, long-term plans to modernize their nuclear arsenals. More than half of the world’s population still lives in countries that either have such weapons or are members of nuclear alliances.
World Tourism Day
2022 Theme: Rethinking Tourism
This United Nations Day seeks to foster awareness of the social, cultural and economic importance of tourism and its role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
World Rabies Day
2022 theme:One Health, Zero Death
Marking the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur who developed the first rabies vaccine, Rabies Day raises awareness about rabies prevention and celebrates progress in defeating the disease. The WHO and FAO have agreed to a goal to achieve zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030.
WHO promotes mass dog vaccinations and animal birth control programs among street and stray dog populations. Significant progress has been made in pioneering this work at Help in Suffering Animal Shelter in Jaipur India and the two shelters in the Darjeeling District of India administered by Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelters Trust.
International Day for Universal Access to Information
2022 Theme: Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information
The Day will feature a major global conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This event will be an opportunity to discuss, in several panel discussions, Access to Information and Artificial Intelligence, covering both benefits and risks, against the backdrop of good governance principles.
September 28 - October 6
Collective Trauma Summit
We are living in a technological time where we can witness collective trauma events that happen not just in our local communities but also globally. This can help us be more aware of the impact of trauma, but it can also polarize people and populations against one another.
In our upcoming Collective Trauma Summit 2022 we will explore important topics such as trauma-informed journalism and media movements, field work in conflict zones, how spiritual practice resources trauma healing, how to integrate collective trauma into therapy practices, and much more.
A free online event from Thomas Hubl and the Pocket Project featuring over 50 speakers on addressing collective trauma in individuals, communities and societies
International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
In 2019, the 74th United Nations General Assembly designated 29 September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, recognizing the fundamental role that sustainable food production plays in promoting food security and nutrition. ... One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tonnes per year.
International Translation Day
International Translation Day is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security.
The day is observed on the Feast Day of St Jerome, bible translator who is considered to be the patron saint of translators. Working in six official languages, the United Nations is one of the world's largest employers of translators.