Monday, September 15, 2014


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

What’s at stake:  "On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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From Friday, Sept. 19 through Sept. 21, OMNI will display national flags from around the world on the Square of Fayetteville, AR. 
On Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m., at Town Center, OMNI will celebrate the Day of Peace with talks and music. 
The event will also celebrate the United Nations Climate Summit and national march in NYC in support of the Summit. 
Please join us

To mark the theme of this year’s 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace.” This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

Climate March in New York City!
Biggest Climate March Ever
Invitation to change history
You can be there.  Help Arkansas take its rightful place in history.  Take the Climate Bus to New York City for this amazing event.
The bus leaves Little Rock on Friday Sept 19, returns Monday Sept 22. 
Contact Edward at  - 479-444-0888

See the documentary Disruption about the facts of climate change and preparation of the march:    Disruption,     

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Amy Davidsen is helping curate more than 100 events during Climate Week NYC Photo: Tom Watkins Permalink Gallery
Energized by the Climate Change Summit, ClimateWeekNYC2014 redoubles its efforts
A REVERSE CHRONOLOGY FROM SEPT. 2013 TO PRESENT.   I have given this lengthy yet extremely abbreviated chronology to allow us to glimpse the vigorous leadership of Ban Ki-moon and the UN during the past year to construct a productive Summit Sept. 21.  --Dick

September 15 — Cramped inside a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in Midtown Manhattan, about half a dozen people are toiling to, well, save the world.  Their short-term goal may be more modest, but is no less important: “Our goal is to keep the spotlight on climate.

September 15th, 2014 Read More
Mr. Ban saw renewable-energy efforts this month in Taupo, New Zealand, where he toured a greenhouse heated by geothermal energy.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider Permalink Gallery
120 Heads of State to attend Climate Summit in New York

15 September -- More than 120 heads of state and government have committed to attend the Climate Summit, making it the largest gathering seeking to tackle climate change in history.

September 15th, 2014 Read More
ClimateSolutions_10 Permalink Gallery
UN seeks to open Climate Summit to the public — and gain their input — via social media
15 September – Social media efforts to raise awareness about the upcoming Climate Summit are heating up the Internet — well ahead of the 23 September event that will bring more than 100 world leaders to the UN headquarters in New York.

That is important […]
September 15th, 2014 Read More
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Press briefing on preparations for Climate Summit 2014

15 September— Ahead of the Climate Summit that will take place on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Selwin Hart will brief the media on the Summit, as well as on logistics, preparations, and media opportunities throughout the day.

September 14th, 2014 Read More
2014 SEED Africa Award: Girls Agro Investment Permalink Gallery
From Mobile Solar Computer Classrooms to Novel Baobab Products: Green Entrepreneurship is Thriving Across Africa and Beyond

2014 SEED Awards Honour Low Carbon and Women-Led Enterprises
Innovative social and environmental start-up enterprises are being recognized by the 2014 SEED Awards in Nairobi Kenya, the United Nations Environment Programme announced today.

From an enterprise that produces premium outdoor furniture out of recycled plastic and organic […]

September 10th, 2014 Read More
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Big Data Climate Challenge winners show how big data can drive climate action
The winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge have been announced as part of the buildup to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York.

The winners include a monitoring system that provides real-time information on forests, and a […]

September 3rd, 2014 Read More
Absent action, scenes like this one from outside Juba in South Sudan this year will become more common, forecasters predict. UN Photo/Isaac Billy Permalink Gallery
Absent a change in course, scenarios for 2050 predict drought, heat waves

And now, the weather, for 2050.
Extreme weather events will become more frequent and more extreme – and will include mega-droughts, deadly heat waves and a year’s rainfall in a month in some places.

The long-range forecast: coastal cities under water, ocean life destroyed, pests in […]

September 1st, 2014 Read More
Ban Ki-moon visits a climate-displaced community with the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa. Photo: UN Permalink Gallery
In Samoa, Ban urges corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy

Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides toward sustainability.

“Oceans isolate small islands – but when they are managed well they become a constant […]

August 31st, 2014 Read More
Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Photo: United Nations Permalink Gallery
Health experts called on the medical sector to pull their investments out of fossil-fuel companies and invest instead in renewable energy as a step toward protecting humans from the ill effects of climate change.

The call came Friday at the conclusion of the World Health […]

August 29th, 2014 Read More
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NGOs urge ‘strongest possible’ action on climate change
Thousands of representatives of non-governmental organizations urged Friday that governments worldwide take “the strongest possible” action to address climate change.

That conclusion was reached after three days of meetings at UN Headquarters in New York, where the participants noted that efforts to reach a meaningful […]

August 29th, 2014 Read More
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Korean pop singer serenades UN conferees, weighs climate change
What does Korean pop star and social activist Seung Chul Lee plan to do in the face of climate change?
“I better sell my car and get a bike!” he said in an interview between songs Wednesday at the opening to the 65th Annual UN […]

August 29th, 2014 Read More
Odo Tevi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations.  Photo: UN Permalink Gallery
For Pacific islanders, climate change is worsening a host of other woes
Climate change is exacerbating many of the challenges facing people in Pacific Island countries, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations Development Programme.
“For the low-lying atolls, it’s a big challenge,” said Ambassador Odo Tevi, the Vanuatu Permanent Representative to the United […]

August 28th, 2014 Read More
Traffic and pollution, Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Kim Eun Yeul / World Bank Permalink Gallery
Quick action on climate change could save millions of lives: World Health Organization
Rapid action to limit climate change could result in millions of lives saved each year, according to the World Health Organization, which kicked off a three-day conference on the topic on Wednesday.
“The evidence is overwhelming: climate change endangers human health,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, […]

August 27th, 2014 Read More
The negative effects of climate change could wipe out progress made on other fronts, Power says. Photo: Tom Watkins Permalink Gallery
NGOs seeking ambitious partnerships for post-2015 goals, climate change
More than 2,000 representatives of 902 non-governmental organizations convened Wednesday at the United Nations to discuss climate change and an action agenda for how to proceed after 2015, the target date set in 2000, when UN member states adopted the Millennium Development Goals.

The conference […]

August 27th, 2014 Read More
Video on renowned photographer Salgado supports Climate Summit
A glacier lording over the ocean, its icy parapets melding with the clouds; an island so small that it can hold no more than a few dozen trees; an elephant framed by sunlight in the brush; a penguin leaping into the ocean from […]

August 22nd, 2014 Read More
Ban is seeking civil -society representatives at the table.  Photo: United Nations Permalink Gallery
Hundreds of applicants from civil society seek a place at the Climate Summit
22 August–By the time the August 15 deadline passed, 544 people from 115 countries had been nominated to attend next month’s Climate Summit at the UN, and now it is up to a civil society selection committee to begin deciding who gets to fill […]

August 22nd, 2014 Read More
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Secretary-General assembles High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

11 August--The UN Secretary-General has announced the members of an advisory group that is charged with promoting sustainable transport systems to further growth and development while protecting the environment and limiting the impact on climate change.

August 11th, 2014 Read More
UN searching for passionate climate advocates to attend Climate Summit
The United Nations is casting a wide net to find dozens of people from around the world who feel passionately about the impact of climate change, have translated that passion into action and would like to attend next month’s Climate Summit at the UN.

August 8th, 2014 Read More
Mary Robinson next to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations, New York, 2010. UN Photo/Ky Chung Permalink Gallery
14 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson as his Special Envoy for Climate Change to mobilize political will and action ahead of the climate summit that the United Nations chief will convene in September.
Mrs. Robinson, who will […]

July 14th, 2014 Read More
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‘Time is not on our side’, says Ban, hailing new report on curbing carbon emissions

8 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, introducing a new United Nations-backed report outlining pathways major industrial economies can use to cut their carbon emissions by mid-century, called today for broad cooperation and “bold” action or the world will face dangerous and irreversible climate […]

July 8th, 2014 Read More
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UN officials hail ‘significant’ move by US to curb power plant emissions
2 June 2014 – United Nations officials today welcomed the initiative announced by President Barack Obama to limit emissions from power plants in the United States, voicing their hope that it will spur other countries to take concrete action to combat climate change.

In a […]

June 2nd, 2014 Read More
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14 May 2014– United Nations Global Pulse, an initiative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has launched the Big Data Climate Challenge to help catalyze climate action and innovation ahead of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September 2014. Winning submissions will be showcased at the […]

May 14th, 2014 Read More
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UN partners with private sector to map disaster risks for local communities
Abu Dhabi Ascent, News
UN partners with private sector to map disaster risks for local communities

Abu Dhabi, 5 May 2014 – New technologies that enable communities to visualize disaster risk and take action, are to be made available for cities worldwide as a result of collaboration between Esri and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Abu Dhabi, 5 May 2014 — In a major shift from negotiations to engagement on action, more than 1,000 participants, including 70 government ministers voiced support for the development of a range of bold initiatives to address climate change at the Abu Dhabi Ascent which […]
May 5th, 2014 Read More
Secretary-General along with H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber Permalink Gallery
Abu Dhabi Ascent Links Prospects for Greater Prosperity to Action on Climate Change

Abu Dhabi, 4 May 2014 — Action taken now to address climate change can provide the foundation for sustainable economic growth, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a two-day meeting aimed at forging new initiatives that will be announced at the Climate […]

May 4th, 2014 Read More
 “The race is on, it is time to lead”, Ban tells Abu Dhabi Ascent

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 4 May 2014 – From the poorest countries to the richest, climate change impacts are already widespread, costly and consequential, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging stakeholders gathered in Abu Dhabi to consider concrete actions to tackle the phenomenon […]

May 4th, 2014 Read More
Gas emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto Permalink Gallery
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 4 May 2014—More than 1,000 participants, including 100 government ministers, have gathered in Abu Dhabi to chart new routes for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate resilience.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is co-hosting the two-day Abu Dhabi Ascent […]

May 4th, 2014 Read More
Abu Dhabi palm island Permalink Gallery
Leaders to gather in Abu Dhabi this weekend to discuss how to take concrete actions on climate change

2 May, 2014 —Ministers, experts and officials from government, along with business and civil society leaders will gather in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 4-5 May to lay the foundation for a platform that will launch concerted action on climate change at this […]
May 2nd, 2014 Read More
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‘High speed mitigation train needs to leave the station,’ concludes long-awaited UN climate report

April 13, 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released earlier today in Berlin and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal [climate] […]

April 13th, 2014 Read More
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In Brussels, Ban says ‘much heavy lifting’ required by all to curb impacts of climate change

April 03, 2014 -From the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the poorest countries to the wealthiest, the ominous signs of climate change are profoundly visible, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, calling for transformative collective action […]

April 3rd, 2014 Read More
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Secretary-General renews call for action on climate change following IPCC findings

31 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call on countries to step up their efforts to combat climate change, following the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report released today in Yokohama, Japan.
March 31st, 2014 Read More
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In Greenland, Ban spotlights urgency to take action on climate change

27 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travelled to the Ilulissat Icefjord today as he wrapped up his visit to Greenland, which was aimed at building momentum ahead of the summit he will convene in September on climate change.

Designated a World Heritage site by the UN […]

March 27th, 2014 Read More
Assistant Secretary-General Robert Orr briefs delegates on the Abu Dhabi Ascent Permalink Gallery
Climate Summit to Open Opportunities for World Leaders to Show New Actions

10 February — World leaders should come to the Climate Summit this September prepared to announce “bold and forward-looking actions that show new determination and ambition to address climate change,” UN officials said in a briefing to Member Summit preparations.

“This will be a solutions-focused […]

February 10th, 2014 Read More
Secretary-General Meets Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Cities and Climate Change. Permalink Gallery
Secretary-General appoints Michael Bloomberg of United States Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
Mr. Bloomberg will assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with mayors and related key stakeholders, in […]

January 31st, 2014 Read More
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Secretary-General appoints special envoys on climate change to engage global leaders ahead of 2014 Climate summit

23 December 2013 – The Secretary-General has asked the Special Envoys to assist in engaging Heads of State and Government around the world in order to mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit that he is […]

December 23rd, 2013 Read More
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UN Secretary-General Announces 23 September for 2014 Climate Summit

Warsaw, Poland, 5 November 2014 – The 2014 Climate Summit will be held in New York next 23 September, United Nations Secretary-General announced to participants at the Warsaw Climate Conference.
The Secretary-General thanked delegates for supporting his initiative to convene a Climate Summit next year in New […]

November 5th, 2013 Read More
Secretary-General Receives Climate Change Declaration from Pacific Island Leaders Permalink Gallery
Pacific Island Leaders Pledge Support for 2014 Climate Summit to be Hosted by UN Secretary-General

27 September 2013 – Pacific Islands Forum Chair and President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak, presented the Secretary-General with the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership, adopted earlier in the month by leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Majuro, Marshall […]

September 27th, 2013 Read More
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Ban Ki-moon Invites World Leaders to a Climate Summit in 2014
24 September – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited world leaders to a Climate Summit one year from now in his opening speech to the General Assembly today, and challenged them to bring  bold pledges that will help set the world on a low-carbon path.

“Let us seize the […]


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Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

To mark the theme of this year’s 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace.” This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67PDF document of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.

In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282PDF document, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites 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.

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In 1999, Jeremy founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organization, and in 2001   the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global peace.   In 2014 POD encourages all to make love, not war.  Click here for numerous activities including films.

Next Time You Hear Someone Complain About UN Peacekeepers, Ask Them to Tell the President and Their Representatives to Fund Them Properly.  --Dick
January 27, 2014
Tell Washington You Stand with UN Peacekeepers

Congress and the Obama Administration agreed to slash funding for UN peacekeeping last week, which included providing no funds for the newest mission in Mali and cutting funds for the mission in South Sudan. Now we need your help to let them know that this is unacceptable.

If you care about supporting UN peacekeeper's critical, life-saving work worldwide, then make sure Washington knows by sending the message now.

Right now, peacekeepers in Mali and in South Sudan are risking their lives to restore peace and democracy, and we’re repaying them by denying the resources they need to do the jobs we asked for. You can learn more about how this cut to funding will affect vital UN peackeeping around the world in this Foreign Policy op-ed co-authored by Better World Campaign Executive Director Peter Yeo.

A note from UNA-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley

Stand Up For Those Who Stand the Line

Just as peacekeeping is proving its worth, Congress and the Administration have decided to cut U.S. support for UN peacekeeping by 12 percent. Moments like this define the role of UNA-USA as a grassroots organization.  It is time for Americans who believe in the fundamental peacemaking role of the UN to stand up for those who stand on the line in the most dangerous regions of the world.

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