The Spiritual Work of the United Nations:
Building a Planetary Consciousness

Thursday, October 21, 1999, 3-5:30 p.m.
United Nations, Conference Room B


"You are not the oil, you are not the air-merely the point of combustion, the flash point where the light is born. You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, Give, and possess the light as a lens does."
(Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary-General (1953-1961)

3:00 - 3:20 Welcome, Introduction and Opening Meditation

3:20 - 3:50 Three Keynote Presentations

  1. Planetary Consciousness and Spirituality-Throughout the Work of the United Nations-Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, World Bank Representative to the United Nations
  2. The Development and Expression of Planetary Consciousness-Deborah Moldow, World Peace Prayer Society
  3. Creating A United Nations Spiritual Forum-Luciano Meira, Legion of Good Will

3:50 - 4:30 Small Group Discussions

  1. How Do I Understand Spiritual and Planetary Consciousness? How can this consciousness be more fully cultivated and expressed within me and within the United Nations?
  2. Is a Permanent Spiritual Forum at the United Nations Needed? What Might It Look Like? How Can We Participate? What Immediate Steps Can Be Taken to Create Such a Forum?

4:30 - 5:15 Plenary Discussion

5:15 - 5:30 Closing, Meditation

"This house must have one room, one place which is dedicated to silence,
dedicated to silence in the outer sense and stillness in the inner sense."

~Dag Hammarskjöld writing about the United Nations Meditation Room, 1957~