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‘Philosophy is an Art of Living Together’ on World Philosophy Day

New York, N.Y. Marking World Philosophy Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is encouraging people of the world to share their philosophical heritages and “dare to open spaces for free, open and tolerant thinking.” Sculpture “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin. World Philosophy Day takes place every November. Photo: Hans Andersen. The […]

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‘Tolerance’ is a Commitment to Seek in Our Diversity, and Unite Humanity

New York, N.Y. Underscoring the importance of tolerance, particularly in today’s diverse world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have called for seeing the world through the prism of “we the peoples” and to collectively build societies that are more inclusive, more peaceful and […]

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Shelter, Clean Water to Families Amid Iraq’s Mosul Offensive

  New York, N.Y. With the military offensive still unfolding in Mosul, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are rushing to provide shelter, drinking water, and sanitation services for displaced families and children. Internally displaced persons flee to Debaga camp in Erbil Governorate, northern Iraq, […]

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Central African Republic Needs Help Taking on ‘Peacekeeping Chief’

New York N.Y. Recent unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) demonstrates that the situation there remains fragile, and “spoilers are still active, on both sides,” the United Nations peacekeeping chief said today, telling the Security Council that the international community must stand firm and support the Government’s efforts to ensure lasting peace. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General […]

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Hurricane Makes Landfall in Haiti, U.N. Relief Agencies on Standby

New York, N.Y. Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in Haiti, bringing strong winds and torrential rains to the tiny island, the United Nations weather agency reported today, while UN relief agencies announced that they are mobilizing to assist, if requested, countries that are in the path of the dangerous Category 4 storm that is pummelling […]

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The Best Humanitarian Relief is to End the Conflict

New York, N.Y. Concluding a three-day mission to Yemen, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today called on all warring parties to grant humanitarian access and uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians in a conflict that has injured and killed thousands of innocent civilians, and displaced some three million people. Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian […]

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The Heart of Mental Health and Well-being at the United Nations

New York, N.Y. In the normally staid halls of the U.N., energy exploded as Bolivian musician Hillario Soto entered a large conference room at the back, playing his home-made bass flute, followed Pied-Piper-style by a troupe of musicians, adult vocalists, and youth singers. Leading the revelry on keyboards was internationally-acclaimed composer and singer/songwriter Russell Daisey performing […]

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At One, Bauer Fund Raises Cash, Awareness, Random Acts of Kindness

New York, N.Y.  One year ago this week, my friend and high school classmate informed me that his son had taken his own life. Not the call I wanted to get – and sure as hell not the call he wanted to make. With news that just makes the world stand still. News that alters […]

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Model To Monk, A Spiritual Journey Into Tibetan Buddhism

Memories of Thanksgiving at Standing Rock

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Fountain House Gallery Artists Make Magic at “Mad About Art”

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