Climate Justice Initiative at the United Nations
The goal of the Climate Justice Initiative at the Unitarian Universalist (UU) United Nations Office is to work under Commit2Respond to provide global climate change education and advocacy. We support the UU climate justice movement by collaborating with other climate change voices at the United Nations in order to support climate change mitigation and adaptation that is viable for us and future generations.
The UU-UNO Climate Justice Initiative values consist of the Unitarian Universalist Principles with an emphasis on the Seventh Principle, to “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” UUs have long been strong advocates and actors in the fight for climate justice. Delegates at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly in 2006 passed the "Threat of Global Warming, 2006 Statement of Conscience" and in 2015, passed an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) titled “Support a Strong, Compassionate Global Climate Agreement in 2015: Act for a Livable Climate”. This AIW is meant to convey the importance of an ambitious climate change agreement at the critical United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) being held in Paris, France in December 2015.
UU-UNO Climate Initiatives at the UN
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), part of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and working in collaboration with the Canadian Unitarian Council, promotes human rights, peace, and justice throughout the world. The UU-UNO supports the work of the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and feels its long-term vision is very much in tune with our moral, ethical, and survival imperative to ensure ecosystem health, livelihood, peace, and justice.
There can be no long-term solution to human rights concerns without effectively dealing with environmental justice issues; this includes climate change. Climate change makes a tangible impact on human survival on Earth. It is interconnected with many social justice and environmental issues including the themes focused on at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, where representatives developed a set Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Today’s world needs to address issues including: employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture, health and population dynamics. Local efforts will not be enough to solve them. Global action is needed, which can only be coordinated by the United Nations.