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Please Hold in the Light
June 2016

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 new Sustainable Development Goals
  • engaging people of goodwill all over the world in a common movement.
2016 United Nations International Year
2017 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.
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In June the Spiritual Caucus will gather for silence in the UN Meditation Room at UN Headquarters, New York on June 2 from 12.45 - 1.15 PM and for silence and discussion at the Baha'i International Community, UN Office, 866 United Nations Plaza, New York, on June 16 from 1.30 - 2.45pm.

June Please Hold These Events in the Light

May 30 - June 1
Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together, UN DPI/NGO Conference, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

This is 66th Conference of NGO's affiliated with the United Nations, and the first to be held in Asia. Its theme reflects the understanding that the SDG's will only be achieved if civil society and people of goodwill in all parts of the world are actively involved. Roundtables, workshops and exhibitions focus on three themes: Formal Education; Informal Education and Training; and Advocacy and Public Information.

June 1
Parents Day

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.

June 2 - 5
Psychosynthesis for the Future - International Conference, Taormina, Italy

In 2012 at an international conference the psychosynthesis community felt the urge to re-unite and recognize itself, and we witnessed this through the astonishing number of different contributions from so many psychosynthetists that came from all over the world. … Many links were created between centers of psychosynthesis in different countries and continents and we feel that the time has come to taste the fruits from the first crop … and to reflect upon the paths of the goals along the evolution of Humanity.

June 3
UN Secretary-General Candidates Public Debate, London, UK

There are currently 11 official candidates to become the UN's next Secretary-General, serving from January 2017. As part of an on-going effort to make the selection process more transparent candidates will take part in this public event, presenting their vision and responding to questions from a panel of interviewers.This is the second such event, the first was held in New York. It is jointly organized by the Guardian newspaper, the UNAUK, the Embassy of Denmark, and the FUNDS Project (Future UN Development System)
See also the event at the General Assembly on June 7.

June 4
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.

June 5
World Environment Day

2016 Theme: Zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.
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".
The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth's precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and pushing whole species towards extinction.

June 5 - 11
Global Sharing Week

Global Sharing Week is the world's largest people-driven campaign raising public awareness to the rapidly growing Sharing Economy. GSW raises the profile of over 8000 sharing services around the world to show people, communities and businesses how embracing the sharing economy is a fun and easy way to connect to each other, manage resources more efficiently, while at the same time getting greater value for money!

June 6 - 7
UN Forum on Science, Technology & Innovation for the SDGs

The first of what is expected to be an annual collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development Goals (STI Forum) will be held at UN Headquarters in New York. It will be exploring the theme "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the sustainable development goals."

June 6 - 7
Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit, Copenhagen, Denmark

Following on from the declaration of the SDG's and the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, this Summit brings together public and private agencies from around the world in an effort to accelerate delivery on a series of goals associated with the SDGs.
The 3GF 2016 Summit will focus on the sub-set of SDGs that best align with green growth drivers, e.g. on cities, energy, forests, water, land, sustainable production and consumption, food and hunger, finance. 250 to 300 leaders from corporations, governments and civil society have been invited by the Prime Minister of Denmark to attend the Summit.

June 7
UN General Assembly, Informal Dialogues with Secretary-General Gandidates.

As part of a more transparent process to select the new UN Secretary General, members of the General Assembly will hold informal dialogues with candidates for the post. Member States can question the candidates and, time permitting, NGO representatives will also be able to pose questions.

June 7 - 8
Social Innovation Summit, Washington DC, USA

Those who are playing at the nexus of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business come together to investigate solutions and catalyze inspired partnerships that are disrupting history.

June 8
World Oceans Day

2016 theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet
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!

June 12
World Day Against Child Labour

2016 theme: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!
Supply chains are the sequence of activities/processes involved in the production and distribution of a product. With globalization, supply chains have become increasingly complex, involving workers, small producers, and enterprises around the world. … With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present. Enterprises need to be vigilant to ensure that their supply chains are free from child labour or risk having their reputations ruined and their business seriously damaged.

June 15
World Elder Abuse 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.

June 17
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

2016 theme: Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People
Land has been an overlooked component in sustainable development for years. 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.

June 20
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.
UNHCR is launching a petition #WithRefugees, to be presented to governments at the UN General Assembly in September. The petition asks governments to: Ensure every refugee child gets an education; Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live; Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.

June 20
Full Moon - Gemini

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.

June 21
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.

June 23
International Widows Day

This United Nations Day seeks to raise awareness of the high levels of violence and deprivation faced by widows in many parts of the world.
Widows are everywhere in the world, yet in many countries, they are nowhere to be seen or heard. They are hidden in the shadows, denied their basic rights and dignity. This [International Day] aims to shine a light on these women and their children, and put moral pressure on the guardians of the retrograde traditions that oppress them. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, First Lady of Gabon.

June 26
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

A day to focus on the global campaign against drug abuse and the criminal trade in drugs.

June 26
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.