UN HQ Chanukah 12 26, 2019

Chanukah is an eight-day annual Jewish holiday. But it also lays claim as the start of western civilization. Not Jewish civilization, which was already old at the time of the first Chanukah in the second century before the common era, and not Hellenic (ancient Greek) civilization, which was also ancient. But the encounter of the West with Judaism, of reason with revelation, of Athens with Jerusalem: that began on Chanukah.

“Man,” said an ancient Greek philosopher, “is the measure of all things.” The Bible disagrees: “the fear of the Lord,” it says, “is the beginning of wisdom.” Who is right? A great debate about G‑d and man lies at the heart of the West. From Sinai to Babylon, from the lions to the Crusaders, from the Wars of Religion to the Age of Reason–and of Revolution, from Stalin to John Paul II, from eugenics to a belief that life is sacred, and from globalism to a respect for individual states – even Israel! — it remains the central question. Athens and Jerusalem still are what they always were, the struggling twins of the West.

Chanukah commemorates a miraculous victory in a war in 167 B.C.E. A Greco-Macedonian kingdom, centered in what is today Syria, had tried to outlaw the Jewish religion in its homeland in Judea and to replace it with Hellenic culture. Many Jews, in fact, supported that goal. But that is no surprise, because Hellenism had enormous appeal.

Hellenism seemed to have everything going for it. It was up-to-date, sophisticated, and intellectually satisfying. It offered wealth, health, art, and glamour. It represented the entrance ticket to an imperial civilization. Hellenism offered the opportunity to think big.

Judaism sat at the opposite end of the scale. It was old, small, and poor. It had no empire. It had nothing to offer except faith, trust, love, and strength. But those things, it turns out, are items that the human heart cannot do without.

So the miraculous happened. A small band, burning with faith, went on to defeat an empire.

There is, of course, a rational explanation; there always is. “The Syrian-Greek state had passed its prime.” “The Jews had short lines of communication.” “They mastered guerrilla tactics.” “The Greeks overplayed their hand.” “Judea wasn’t worth the bones of a Macedonian grenadier anyhow.” If rational explanations are enough for you, then take your pick.

But if you think that “the heart has its reasons that reason knows not of,” if you think that there is more to life than shifting particles, if you respect science without worshipping it – in short, if you doubt that man is G‑d, then wonder at the light of a miracle burning in the dark days of winter.




Rabbi Dr Shimon D Cowen in UN HQ

This week on 19 Kislev 5780 – 12 18 2019 guest speaker was Rabbi Dr Shimon D Cowen, son of a former Governor General of Australia, Sir Zelman Cowen OBM, has a dual background in secular and religious studies. He has a PhD in social philosophy and received Rabbinic Ordination.




Isaiah Wall

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Rabbi Y Goldstein in UN GA

Rabbi Goldstein address UN GA

6 28 2019. UN HQ today GA session on antisemitism with Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein together with HE Secretary General Mr. António Guterres opening with a powerful speech and Danny Danon of Israel .. with ambassadors from Hungary , EU and Ghana and others the list is too long ….fighting darkness with light , Hate with Love The Universal Noahide code for Universal peace for all nations.




UN watch Oct 2016

Human Rights foundation -Javier El Hage and UN Watch= Hillel Neuer with Irwin Colter of Raoul Wallenberg center for Human Rights at press conference in UN headquarters Peace and justice …




UN HQ conf 2016

High-Level Panel on The Role of Parliaments for Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies and Combating Violent Extremism

UN Headquarters, New York, 21 July, 15.00 -18.00

LIST OF SPEAKERS

Co-organisers UNESCO, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN, Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics

With the Patronage of H.E. Prof. Frederico Mayor, President, Fundacion Cultura de Paz

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • Mr Jehangir Khan, USG and Chairman of the Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force
  • Mr Jehangir Khan, USG and Chairman of the Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force
  • H.E. Ambassador Kiarat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazahstan to the UN
  • Video Address, H.E. Frederico Mayor

Moderator: Gianni Picco, former USG
Panelists:
Panel 1 – The Call for National Legislation to Implement the Culture of Peace and Combat Violent Extremism

  • MEP. Lara Comi, EU Parliament Representative (Italy)
  • M.P. Saman Jafri, Member of Parliament of Pakistan
  • The Honorable Diane Watson, U.S. Congress(rt) and former Ambassador
  • M.P. Oezcan Mutlu, Representative from Bundestag, German
  • M.P. Jalila Morsli, Member of Parliament of Morocco
  • Video Address – Senator Pier Ferdinando Casini, Chairman, Italian Senate Foreign Affairs Committee

Panel 2- The Multi Track Partnership of Religious Leaders, Educators and the Media in Putting the Legislation into Action

  • Dr. Lahoucide Khabid, President, Atlas Center for Diplomacy in Morocco
  • Dr. Boris Pincus, President, Religions in Dialogue
  • Imam Agha Jafri, Founder, American Muslim Congress
  • Rabbi Yakov David Cohen, President UN NGO Institute of Noahide Code
  • Dr. Wafik Moustafa, Chairman, Muslim Conservative Network UK
  • Rev. Thomas Del Balle-Reyes, Catholic Holy Cross Church

Moderator: Mayor Martin Oliner
Affiliated Sponsors: 

  • Alsadiqin
  • American Muslim Congress
  • American Association of Central Asian and Caucasian Countries Religions in Dialogue
  • Australia Oriental Media Buddhist Charity Association
  • The Institute of Noahide Code, UN NGO

22.07.2016 – ODG

Building peace starts on the parliamentarians’ benches as much as on the benches of schools

On 21 July, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, addressed a High-Level Panel on “The Role of Parliaments for Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies and Combatting Violent Extremism”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Interparliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics, at UN Headquarters in New York.
“Building peace and preventing violent extremism cannot be won with hard power only”, stated the Director-General. “We need soft power also, we need to win the battle of ideas, through education, through democratic debate, through a better understanding of each other’s cultures and religions” she continued. “Parliaments play a critical role to address the challenges of our times, when not everything can be solved at the level of Governments or United Nations Agencies alone,” said the Director-General in her opening speech highlighting that “parliamentarians have the unique power to bring solutions closer to the people, and make sure their needs and concerns are at the heart of our response.”

The event brought together parliamentarians and representatives of the diplomatic community, the United Nations system and civil society in an effort to establish a closer collaboration on the development of a culture of peace and preventing the unprecedented rise of violent extremism. It aimed at the adoption of legislation for mandatory education on culture of peace and measures to prevent terrorism and violent extremism. It also aimed at strengthening the multi-track diplomacy partnership, to engage governments, the UN system, religious, academic, and media leaders to fulfil their respective roles to implement such aligned legislation. The Director-General gave an overview of UNESCO’s action worldwide to prevent and counter violent extremism stating that “this starts on the benches of school, it must start with peace education, with textbooks and curricula that teach human rights, to prepare individuals to live as responsible citizens. Ms Emilia Gatto, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, stressed that “there are no easy answers… we need to tackle the root causes of violent extremism, including marginalization, inequalities, discrimination, human rights violations, and hate speech, using the full toolbox offered by Agenda 2030”. H.E. Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, urged that a long-term and comprehensive approach was needed to preventing and countering violent extremism, involving also regional and international cooperation, as a true requirement to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

In his intervention, Mr Jehangir Khan, Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, noted the key importance of dialogues with parliamentarians who represented the “citizens of the world”. He argued that violent extremism was one of the great challenges of the 21st century in particular in terms of preventing and saving the young generations from engaging in violent extremism. He also recalled the UN Secretary-General’s global plan of action, developed by the entire UN system.

Ms Hanifa Mezoui, Senior Advisor of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, commended UNESCO for having issued the Organization’s 2016 “Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism”. Ms Mezoui presented projects of the Alliance of Civilizations, aimed at strengthening religious cooperation and working through mediation as a form of preventive diplomacy.

The keynote session concluded with an address by Federico Mayor, President of the Foundation Culture de Paz, who recalled the important role of the UN High-Level Forum on a ‘culture of peace’, and urged parliamentarians to be at the forefront of the fight against extremist ideologies.




UN HQ conf 2016

High-Level Panel on The Role of Parliaments for Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies and Combating Violent Extremism

UN Headquarters, New York, 21 July, 15.00 -18.00

LIST OF SPEAKERS

Co-organisers UNESCO, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN, Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics

With the Patronage of H.E. Prof. Frederico Mayor, President, Fundacion Cultura de Paz

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • Mr Jehangir Khan, USG and Chairman of the Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force
  • Mr Jehangir Khan, USG and Chairman of the Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force
  • H.E. Ambassador Kiarat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazahstan to the UN
  • Video Address, H.E. Frederico Mayor

Moderator: Gianni Picco, former USG
Panelists:
Panel 1 – The Call for National Legislation to Implement the Culture of Peace and Combat Violent Extremism

  • MEP. Lara Comi, EU Parliament Representative (Italy)
  • M.P. Saman Jafri, Member of Parliament of Pakistan
  • The Honorable Diane Watson, U.S. Congress(rt) and former Ambassador
  • M.P. Oezcan Mutlu, Representative from Bundestag, German
  • M.P. Jalila Morsli, Member of Parliament of Morocco
  • Video Address – Senator Pier Ferdinando Casini, Chairman, Italian Senate Foreign Affairs Committee

Panel 2- The Multi Track Partnership of Religious Leaders, Educators and the Media in Putting the Legislation into Action

  • Dr. Lahoucide Khabid, President, Atlas Center for Diplomacy in Morocco
  • Dr. Boris Pincus, President, Religions in Dialogue
  • Imam Agha Jafri, Founder, American Muslim Congress
  • Rabbi Yakov David Cohen, President UN NGO Institute for Noahide Code
  • Dr. Wafik Moustafa, Chairman, Muslim Conservative Network UK
  • Rev. Thomas Del Balle-Reyes, Catholic Holy Cross Church
  • Shoshana Nicole Bekerman, Director, Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics

Moderator: Mayor Martin Oliner
Affiliated Sponsors: 

  • Alsadiqin
  • American Muslim Congress
  • American Association of Central Asian and Caucasian Countries Religions in Dialogue
  • Australia Oriental Media Buddhist Charity Association
  • The Institute for Noahide Code, UN NGO, Atlas Center for Diplomacy

22.07.2016 – ODG

Building peace starts on the parliamentarians’ benches as much as on the benches of schools

On 21 July, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, addressed a High-Level Panel on “The Role of Parliaments for Building Peaceful and Inclusive Societies and Combatting Violent Extremism”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Interparliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics, at UN Headquarters in New York.
“Building peace and preventing violent extremism cannot be won with hard power only”, stated the Director-General. “We need soft power also, we need to win the battle of ideas, through education, through democratic debate, through a better understanding of each other’s cultures and religions” she continued. “Parliaments play a critical role to address the challenges of our times, when not everything can be solved at the level of Governments or United Nations Agencies alone,” said the Director-General in her opening speech highlighting that “parliamentarians have the unique power to bring solutions closer to the people, and make sure their needs and concerns are at the heart of our response.”

The event brought together parliamentarians and representatives of the diplomatic community, the United Nations system and civil society in an effort to establish a closer collaboration on the development of a culture of peace and preventing the unprecedented rise of violent extremism. It aimed at the adoption of legislation for mandatory education on culture of peace and measures to prevent terrorism and violent extremism. It also aimed at strengthening the multi-track diplomacy partnership, to engage governments, the UN system, religious, academic, and media leaders to fulfil their respective roles to implement such aligned legislation. The Director-General gave an overview of UNESCO’s action worldwide to prevent and counter violent extremism stating that “this starts on the benches of school, it must start with peace education, with textbooks and curricula that teach human rights, to prepare individuals to live as responsible citizens. Ms Emilia Gatto, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, stressed that “there are no easy answers… we need to tackle the root causes of violent extremism, including marginalization, inequalities, discrimination, human rights violations, and hate speech, using the full toolbox offered by Agenda 2030”. H.E. Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, urged that a long-term and comprehensive approach was needed to preventing and countering violent extremism, involving also regional and international cooperation, as a true requirement to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

In his intervention, Mr Jehangir Khan, Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, noted the key importance of dialogues with parliamentarians who represented the “citizens of the world”. He argued that violent extremism was one of the great challenges of the 21st century in particular in terms of preventing and saving the young generations from engaging in violent extremism. He also recalled the UN Secretary-General’s global plan of action, developed by the entire UN system.

Ms Hanifa Mezoui, Senior Advisor of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, commended UNESCO for having issued the Organization’s 2016 “Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism”. Ms Mezoui presented projects of the Alliance of Civilizations, aimed at strengthening religious cooperation and working through mediation as a form of preventive diplomacy.

The keynote session concluded with an address by Federico Mayor, President of the Foundation Culture de Paz, who recalled the important role of the UN High-Level Forum on a ‘culture of peace’, and urged parliamentarians to be at the forefront of the fight against extremist ideologies.




Rabbi YD Cohen -INC and Muslim leaders

UN HQ Oct 8, 2018 reclaiming intellectual primacy & promoting PEACE in ECOSOC UN HQ by OIC, ARSH, HOLY SHRINE and Imam Agha Shaukat Jaffri and myself on Universal Noahide UN and Rav Moses Maimonides as a role model for a bridge between religious and academic … as he was Rabbi , Dr , philosophy and Peace maker

 




Foundation for a Drug Free World The Americas Chapter

The Drug-Free World New York chapter takes June by storm with events across the city from the Puerto Rican Day Parade, to the United Nations, to a Heroes Awards Gala and more.

To say that our New York Drug-Free World (DFW) chapter has been busy is an understatement. When the US Department of Health and Human Services declares the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, there is no time to rest.

June 2018 is but one example of their tireless work. It all started with a Drug-Free Basketball Tournament at the Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, co-hosted by Bobby “Zorro” Hunter, Chairman of the Retired Harlem Globetrotters.

Next came the 11th Annual Drug-Free Heroes Awards Gala, recognizing 15 awardees for their dedication to drug education. They included members of the New York Police Department, a New York state trooper, Miss New York and others. .. with Hugues SANON/ Ambassador for a Drug Free world and Human Rights advocate joined State …  

On its heels followed the 2nd Annual Truth About Drugs Concert in Brooklyn’s Canarsie Park, joined by the nonprofit My Time Inc., the Speak Life Tour, the local New York Police Department and various artists.

On that same day, held at the United Nations was the International High-Level Conference on Drug Education, Sports and Cultural Empowerment, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Senegal and the International Human Rights Commission. Also speaking was General Edwin Najera, Director of DFW Guatemala, officials from New York City and more.

When the US Department of Health and Human Services declares the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, there is no time to rest.

But in the city that never sleeps, they rolled right into a Drug-Free World float in the Puerto Rican Day Parade, joined by the Harlem Wizards and Miss Manhattan, Michelle Ley. The Wizards performed basketball acts with the crowd and 4,000 The Truth About Drugs booklets were distributed along the way.




Universal Noahide UN on Capital Hill

Washington DC Nov 25 2018 With Ezra Friedlander on Capital Hill  to express my appreciation to the LA based co chairs Sol Goldner  and Gold medal  of Commission for their extraordinary leadership in ensuring the passage of the Gold Medal legislation, Egypt ambassador, Mr Joseph Stamm . Mr Stanley Treitel and Mr Shafik Gabr to name a few …