The World Goodwill Newsletter is a regular publication highlighting the energy of goodwill in world affairs. The newsletter presents a universal spiritual approach to topics of concern. We draw attention to the work of uplifting humanity done in many different fields by civil society, the United Nations, and other actors. A sample of topics covered include: UN Reform; The impact and meaning of the 2004 Tsunami; Spiritual aspects of business, and; Laws, Goodwill and Justice.
THE UNITED NATIONS – EMBODYING IDEALS
IMAGINE A CHILD asked you, “what does the UN do?” It’s a simple question, and to answer it, you might search the Internet for news stories involving the UN. A couple of hours later, you might say to the child, “well, when it comes to important things – things that matter for people everywhere – there isn’t much that the UN does not do.”
BEYOND 2015: A GOODWILL VISION
In 2015 the United Nations Millennium Development Goals are due to expire. Eight clearly defined goals for human development, each with a set of measurable targets, were agreed by Heads of State at the UN during the visionary days leading up to the threshold of a new millennium on January 1 2000.
A REPORT ON “UNITED FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE THROUGH INTERFAITH HARMONY”
On 23 November 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the historic Resolution 65/5 proclaiming the first week in February to be observed annually as World Interfaith Harmony Week. This resolution “encourages all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill […] based on love of God and love of one’s neighbour […], each according to their own religious traditions or convictions.”
COMMENTARY: The United Nations: Humanity’s Challenge shows how the UN's many agencies and programmes represent a comprehensive attempt to meet human need in all its dimensions.
COMMENTARY: Signpost to Freedom: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights examines one of the major statements of spiritual values of our time: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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