September 2003 to September 2004

Events sponsored:

Thursday, June 3, 2004The Value of the International Day of Peace The Values Caucus has supported the International Day of Peace since the Department of Public information began the Youth Observation Programme in 1997. We wanted to continue and expand that support to make the IDP on September 21, 2004 a most memorable one at the UN and throughout the world. We believe that humanity worldwide is yearning for peace and needs to know that the UN is calling for participation in IDP to show that peace, ceasfires and nonviolence are the values the UN promotes and nurture. Member States, UN Agencies and Departments and organizations were invited to: Be recongnized for their participation in 2003 and to shared ideas for 2004.

Thursday, May 6, 2004Water and the Value of Bio-Ethics for our Future Our Guest speaker was Dr. James J.Hurtak (Social Scientist and Futureist) is founder and president of the International Academy for Future Science. He is a noted archeologist, philosopher, researcher, author, and world-renowned authority on space research and ecology. He showed slides along with his presentation to a packed audience who had plenty of opportunity to ask him questions.

Thursday, March 25, 2004Dr. Ervin Laszlo’s latest book, You Can Change the World: The Global Citizen’s Handbook for Living on Planet Earth deals with the potential consequences of continuing to live in an environmentally unsustainable way and what each of us can do to avoid those consequences. The NGO comunity, UN Staff and General Public enjoyed this inspiring lecture.

Thursday, March 4, 2004 – Special screening of a segment of Women on the Frontlines This Annual CSW Community Discussion was lead by Colleen Kelly, from the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. A Project of Peace x Peace, “PEACE BY PEACE: Women on the Frontlines” profiles women building peace in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi and the United States, and premiered at the United Nations on the third anniversary of the signing of UN SCR 1325.

Thursday, December 4, 2003The Value of Knowing and Using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this installment of our community discussion series, we read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discused it’s relevancy today and the impact it has on people around the world.

Thursday, November 6, 2003What motivates people to end wars, work together, build community and forgive? Guest Speaker Dr. John Woodall, Director, Resilient Responses to Social Crisis Interfaculty Working Group at Harvard University’s Mind Brain Behavior Initiative, shared his ideas on constructing a shared identity between different groups based on common ethical motivations. He is a research fellow at the Judge Baker Children’s Center at the Harvard Medical School, a practicing psychiatrist with a special expertise in posttraumatic stress disorder and on the medical faculties of the University of Massachusetts and Tufts Medical School.

Thursday, October 2, 2003Value, Responsibility and Opportunity of being an NGO at the UN at this critical time Guest speaker Dr. Noel Brown President, Freinds of the UN and former Regional Director of the UNEP NOrth American Office. Reports from members of the Ethics and Values Caucus of the just completed PrepCom of the World Summit of the Information Society. Information was povided on how you can give feedback to the Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations.

Events co-sponsored:

Monday, April 26, 2004Reception and Networking was held in anticipation of The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, (2005-2014) This event was co-sponsored by the Values Caucus and hosted by: Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future; George Washington University Environmental and Social Sustainablility Initiative; University of New Hampshire Office of Sustainability Program. Information was learnt and shared about cooperative efforts underway at international and national level. Representatives of UNESCO spoke on the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Parnership: United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies; the US Coalition for the Decade of ESD; and others. Friends, good food and fellowship were experienced.

Thursday, February 12 , 2004The Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of the Mellennium Development Goals The Values Caucus partnered with The United Religions Initiative at the UN, the Spiritual Caucus and the The NGO Committee on Spirituality, Valeus and Global Concerns (Geneva) to present a Round Table Discussion to honor The 10th Anniversary of the Values Caucus. Featured Speakers were Alfredo Sfeir-Younis,Senior Advisor to the Managing Director of The World Bank and Carol Zinn, SSJ NGO Representative, Congregations of ST. Joseph and council member of The United Religions Initiative at the UN.

Coffee series:

Thursday, March 18, 2004H.E. Dr. Augustine Mahiga, Permanent Representative of United Republic of Tanzania

Thursday, February 12, 2004H.E. Mr. Jose Luis Guterres, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste