Over 30 people attended “The United Nations and Palestine,” a program sponsored by the AFSC’s Middle East Peace Education Project (MEPEP) and Drake University’s Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance (MEPPA) on Tuesday, November 19 in Drake University’s Olmsted Center.
Joseph Gerson, Director of AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program.
Civil society statement to the UN high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament
Delivered by AFSC's Joseph Gerson
I want to begin by invoking the words of Yamaguchi Senji, one of the most seared and courageous Nagasaki A-bomb survivors, who passed away this summer. Speaking to the Second Special Session on Disarmament 31 years ago, he said:
Look at my face and hands. We should never allow people in the world or succeeding generations to suffer deaths and agonies from nuclear war as we, the Hibakusha, have done.
AFSC, joining other US based Churches, recently signed a letter sent to the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem reiterating our support for nonviolent Palestinian efforts to realize their rights, particularly their right to self determination. A copy of the letter may be accessed below.
The issue of Palestinian Statehood is expected to come before the UN this fall. This is a complex topic, with historical, technical and political dimensions. QUNO New York has put together an informal information resource covering matters relating to the current discussions. This will be periodically updated (latest update 18 August).
Each year, the Washington DC Human Rights Luncheon honors those who work long and hard in their communities for human and civil rights. This year, AFSC’s Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, Director of the DC Human Rights Learning Program, was honored with the prestigious Community Human Rights Award.
As the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms and Light Weapons was assembling at the United Nations in New York City, a smaller, quieter, but no less resolute group was convening on the same issue. On June 15, 2010, in the Church Center for the United Nations, a diverse mix of people and organizations came together to discuss the cancerous effect small arms and light weapons have on communities around the world.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the nearly 1,000 participants of the International Peace Movement Conference to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Secretary said that "Our shared vision is within reach...a nuclear-free world." And that "nuclear disarmament is my top priority."
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