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.
2020 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: http://www.spiritualcaucusun.org/
In August the Spiritual Caucus is on a summer recess.
August Please Hold These Events in the Light
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 6 & 9
75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki : Global Healing Silent Minute
The Day will be observed in Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9. Traditionally the entire population of Japan pauses every year during these important ceremonies and around the world many people commemorate the event by sending prayers to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This year, the 75th anniversary will see a major global observance, with a 2-hour live video broadcast: Healing Hearts - Healing Nations. The actual moment when the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki wil be observed with two special Healing Silent Minutes (one for each city) facilitated by Global Silent Minute
August 7 - 9
The Youth Assembly Virtual
Theme 2020: Accelerate! Youth for SDGs 2030
Youth leaders from around the world (ages 16-25) gather every year in the USA for this Assembly organized by Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. The Assembly fosters youth action for sustainable development. This years 26th Assembly will be a virtual event, inviting young people and experts to connect, engage, and learn from one another on how to regain the momentum of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 after the COVID-19 crisis.
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Theme 2020: COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience
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.
As we fight against the spread of the pandemic, it is more important than ever to safeguard indigenous peoples and their knowledge. Their territories are home to 80% of the world’s biodiversity and they can teach us much about how to rebalance our relationship with nature and reduce the risk of future pandemics.
The UN is organizing an interactive webinar on Monday, August 10
International Youth Day
Theme 2020: Youth Engagement for Global Action
The theme of International Youth Day 2020, seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
August 17 - 18
11th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit, Zoom Broadcast from Ibadan, Nigeria
2020 theme: Peace for Sustainable Development: Perspectives of Means and Ends
Organised in association with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, this conference has become well-known for forging partnerships between different stakeholders in sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
World Humanitarian Day
Theme 2020 Providing life-saving support during the pandemic
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.
This year World Humanitarian Day comes as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic over recent months. Aid workers are overcoming unprecedented access hurdles to assist people in humanitarian crises in 54 countries, as well as in a further nine countries which have been catapulted into humanitarian need by the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 20 - 21
ReGeneration 2030 Summit,Nordic & Baltic Sea Region
Theme 2020 Partnerships for the Goals - We are all in the same boat
ReGeneration 2030 is a movement led and organised by teenagers and young adults in the 14 countries and autonomous regions of the Nordic and Baltic Sea region (including Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus,and Ukraine).
This years Summit will feature online meetings and local hubs focused on solutions to reach SDG Goal 17 (Partnerships).
International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism
First observed in 2018, this UN Day recognises that: While more countries are affected by terrorism today, the number of victims has largely been concentrated in a small number of Member States. In 2017 alone, nearly three-quarters of all deaths caused by terrorism were in just five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia and Syria.
International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
In May of 2019 the UN General Assembly resolved to observe this day. Freedom of religion or belief, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly and the right to freedom of association are interdependent, interrelated and mutually reinforcing. They are enshrined in articles 18, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Upholding these rights plays an important role in the fight against all forms of intolerance and of discrimination based on religion or belief.
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
This is a Day to celebrate humanity's achievement in abolishing the slave trade, and to reflect upon the history of the relations between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.
The process that led to the abolition of the slave trade began on the night of 22 to 23 August, 1791 when the slaves of Saint-Dominque and Haiti rose up in rebellion.
Meditators can reflect on the deep significance to the goodwill movement of the struggle against slavery, and its eventual abolition. This was a moral revolution of enormous significance. Yet although law abolished the slave trade, slavery continues to be practiced throughout the world, and the struggle against slavery continues in many fields of human relationship. The principles of freedom and human rights are now deeply ingrained in the conscience - the struggle is to bring these principles into expression.
August 24 - 28
World Water Week
2020 theme: World Water Week at Home
World Water Week in Stockholm, usually involving over 300 collaborating organizations, is the annual focal point for the globe’s water and development issues. The Week provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities. It focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction agendas.
While this year's conference has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, a range of online events have been scheduled for the global public where organizations can present concrete solutions and new ideas on all things water-related.
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. 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.
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 member states adopted an International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and, since 2011, have observed August 30 as this International Day.