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Please Hold in the Light
January 2023

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 UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter of Compassion, to invoke the aid of 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.
2023 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 January the Caucus will meet subjectively on January 19, 2.00 - 3.15pm. The physical meeting has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the Coronavirus. All are invited to link together for 30 minutes in mind and heart with a particular focus on supporting the UN during this difficult time.

January Please Hold These Events in the Light

January 1 - 7
7 Days of Rest & Sacred Renewal

7 Days of Rest, January 1-7, is an annual, open co-creative event dedicated to the healing and replenishment of the planet and all its inhabitants. All are invited to enjoy the rich array of offerings, including wisdom teachings, meditations, music, inspirations and more, that are generously offered by the global community.
During the first 7 Days of 2023, we unite in seeding the New Year with a sacred field of intention and action towards a thriving world for all of Life. Through rest, deep listening, wisdom sharing, ceremony, and co-creative offerings, we amplify the emerging global culture of peace, health, cooperation and wise governance.

The Global Silent Minute will be observed daily(4pm EST/9pm GMT) as part of the 'Global Coherence Pulse' 3.30 - 4.30 pm EST / 8.30 - 9.30 pm GMT.

January 4
World Braille Day

World Braille Day is celebrated by the UN every year on January 4 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, who was born on January 4, 1809, in Coupvray, France.He founded the Braille Code in 1824. The World Health Organization estimates that globally, at least 1 billion people have a near or distance vision impairment that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed. ... The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The Convention considers Braille essential for education, freedom of expression and opinion, access to information and social inclusion.

January 6
Full Moon — Capricorn

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.

January 15 - February 23
Feast for the Soul: A 40-Day Worldwide Spiritual Practice Intensive

The Feast for the Soul exists to create and support a global community of individuals committed to sustaining a personal daily spiritual practice. People around the world are invited to observe the Feast, a 40 day practice period from January 15 to February 23, during which a faculty of spiritual guides and teachers from a variety of religious traditions and lineages offer guided meditations and discourses, and lend encouragement to Feast participants. It makes guided meditations and discourses available online free of charge year-round. The Feast is a cost-free intensive that everyone—regardless of spiritual tradition, path, or practice—is encouraged to observe in order to create more personal peace and world peace.
What nine months does for the embryo
Forty early mornings
Will do for your growing awareness
Jelaluddin Rumi

January 16 - 20
World Economic Forum Summit, Davos, Switzerland

2023 theme: Cooperation in a Fragmented World
The world today is at a critical inflection point. The sheer number of ongoing crises calls for bold collective action. The Annual Meeting will convene leaders from government, business, and civil society to address the state of the world and discuss priorities for the year ahead. It will provide a platform to engage in constructive, forward-looking dialogues and help find solutions through public-private cooperation.

January 18 - 21
Global Forum for Food & Agriculture, Berlin, Germany

2023 Theme: Food Systems Transformation: A Worldwide Response to Multiple Crises
The world is currently facing the worst food crisis since World War II. We require short term and long term solutions based on international cooperation. The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference on central issues of vital importance for global agricultural and food policies. A large number of events provide an international audience of experts from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society with an opportunity to address and reach consensus on issues and challenges relating to global agricultural policy and food security.The event includes the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference, the largest annual gathering of Agriculture Ministers from over 70 states. This years Forum will be a virtual event.

January 24
International Day of Education

2023 Theme: To invest in people, prioritize education.
First celebrated in 2019, this UN Day celebrates the role of education in peace and development and in the building of sustainable and resilient societies. Building on the global momentum generated by the UN Transforming Education Summit in September 2022, this year’s Day will call for maintaining strong political mobilization around education and chart the way to translate commitments and global initiatives into action. Education must be prioritized to accelerate progress towards all the Sustainable Development Goals against the backdrop of a global recession, growing inequalities and the climate crisis.
UNESCO leads the focus on this Day; particularly through its Futures of Education Initiative which is pioneering efforts to reimagine education in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity.
Futures of Education Initiative

January 27
Holocaust Remembrance Day

2023 Theme: Home and Belonging
On this day every year the United Nations commemorates the memory of the victims of the holocaust. Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations General Assembly, in designating this International Day, affirmed that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.
A series of events, including the annual UN Holocaust Memorial ceremony, will be held at UN Headquarters in New York and live-streamed during the period January 27 - February 23.

January 31
ECOSOC Partnership Forum, UN HQ, New York

2023 Theme: Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.
The 2023 Partnership Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)will bring together UN Member States and stakeholders – from civil society, the private sector, scientists, women, youth, local governments and many others – to discuss innovative efforts that are driving action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to highlight the contributions that partnerships can make in this regard.