UN-Days-Updates-Events – UNITED SIKHS Blog https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UNITED SIKHS participates at the INTERFAITH VIGIL at the UN Church https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/07/united-sikhs-participation-at-the-interfaith-vigil-on-the-final-eve-of-the-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations/ Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:29:34 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1397 New York,USA : UNITED SIKHS participated at the Interfaith Vigil for the United Nations Negotiations for an Arms Trade Treaty on 26th July at the Church Center for the United Nations. The evening brought together leaders, scholars and representatives of different religions and faiths across the world to pray and advocate for a strong and binding Arms Trade Treaty.

The United States and 192 other countries are nearing the end of negotiations at the United Nations on a global treaty aimed at
controlling the trade in conventional weapons. The estimated $60 billion international arms trade is unregulated, though countries including the U.S. have their own rules on exports.

Representatives of different traditions collaborated and read prayers to support the desire for real transformation from violent conflict to restoring of communities and reconciling of relationships. Jasminder Kaur, a UNITED SIKHS volunteer, read an excerpt from the Sikh’s Holy Scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji along with its English translation to mark the representation of Sikh faith towards this cause.

The event concluded with  everyone lighting a candle in the hope for a positive outcome at ATT negotiations .

Link to the prayer video :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_22-RoZG5c&feature=channel&list=UL

English translation : – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APeqZtmR3xU&feature=channel&list=UL

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UNITED SIKHS invited to be a part of United Nations Arms Trade Treaty negotiations https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/07/united-sikhs-invited-to-be-a-part-of-united-nations-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations/ Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:49:34 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1387 New York, USA

UNITED SIKHS has been invited to represent Sikh Faith at the UN Arms Trade Treaty final day of negotiations at the UN Church Center . The eve will mark as an interfaith gathering where people from all faiths will concertedly pray/meditate for a miraculous closing to what is a difficult political negotiation between member states regarding rules and regulations surrounding the international trade in conventional weapons.

We hope you’ll be a part of the cause with us no matter whether you’re to speak or to stand and will pray with us, with or without physical presence, in solidarity with those who suffer because of the immoral trade in conventional weapons and with those who are working hard to make something good happen for the world.

No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/10/no-one-should-be-punished-for-seeking-un-help-to-defend-human-rights/ Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:07:35 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1170 No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights“The UN exists to serve those in whose name it was conceived … “WE THE PEOPLES”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

HIGH-LEVEL panel discussion

 “Stopping reprisals for cooperating with the UN in the field of human rights – a priority for all”

FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2011, 13:00 – 15:00

 Conference Room 4

You are cordially invited to attend a discussion by eminent panellists with various and complementary experiences and perspectives on ways to address this worrying practice.


Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights

H.E. Ambassador Klara Breuer, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary

Mrs. Mehr Khan Williams, Chair of the Board of the International Service for Human Rights

Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

Mr. Philip Alston, former Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions


The side-event is organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with the support of the Government of Hungary

Refreshments will be provided



UN’s message on World Autism Day https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/04/uns-message-on-world-autism-day/ Mon, 13 Apr 2009 16:49:29 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=61

2nd April is designatd as the World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations General Assembly has helped to galvanize international efforts to promote greater understanding about autism.

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2 April 2009


By designating 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations General Assembly has helped to galvanize international efforts to promote greater understanding about autism.  This year’s observance is being marked with lectures, briefings, screenings, musical performances, video conferences, art installations and other activities carried out by the UN family and a full constellation of partners.


            I welcome this growing international chorus of voices calling for action to enable children and persons with autism to lead full and meaningful lives.  This is not a far-off dream; it is a reality that can be attained by promoting positive perceptions about autism as well as a greater social understanding of this growing challenge.


            I have seen what caring people who work tirelessly for this goal can achieve. Last year, the United Nations hosted a rock concert by Rudely Interrupted, whose members have various disabilities, including on the autism spectrum. They brought the audience to its feet with warm, communicative songs and showed, through the sheer joy of their performance, how much people with disabilities can offer the world.


The words of lead singer Rory Burnside were especially inspiring.  “My advice”, he said, “to kids who have some form of disability is: don’t let it stop you. Use it as your strength; don’t use it as your weakness. One red light can lead to a whole bunch of green lights, with a few orange lights thrown in. And the red lights are just a bit of a test. There are definitely more green and orange”.


On World Autism Awareness Day, let us capture and share this spirit, and let us intensify global efforts to ensure that children and persons with autism everywhere can benefit from the supportive environment they need to reach their full potential and contribute to society.