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Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) is engaged in international advocacy work at the United Nations (UN) based on Unitarian Universalist values.

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Global Social Justice Work

  • Every Child is Our Child focuses on children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and works toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals of universal primary education, fighting HIV/AIDS, reducing hunger and poverty, and promoting gender equality.
  • The Faith and Ethics Network for the International Criminal Court (FENICC) believes that the principals embodied in the International Criminal Court—justice and brotherhood—gives religious organizations a unique obligation to raise awareness at a grassroots level and shape this still young institution of international justice.
  • A global initiative for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/ sexual orientation and gender identity (LGBT/SOGI) Human Rights focuses on promoting UU values of equality for all people at the UN.
  • Women: Security and Peacebuilding promotes awareness and action through education and advocacy in women's global security and their role in peacebuilding and peace-keeping efforts, and the ratification of Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (U.S.) and international implementation.
  • Climate Change Initiative is to build the Unitarian Universalist (UU) climate change movement through education and advocacy and to collaborate with other climate change voices at the United Nations in order to promote a world with mitigated climate change that will be viable for us and for future generations.

    One exciting element of our Climate Change Initiative is the creation of our Climate Action Teams, which launched during the summer of 2013. UU-UNO Climate change promotion at the UN is effective when fully supported by UU congregations. In order to build this congregational backing, the UU-UNO is facilitating the creation of networked Climate Action Teams (CATs), which work to encourage their members of Congress to support U.S. leadership at the UN to take a leading role on climate change issues. CATs will also work to reduce their congregation’s carbon footprint, promote socially just climate change solutions, and add to the network of UUs active on climate change. The values of these teams are founded in the UU principles and in the 2006 UUA Statement of Conscience: Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change.

Building Awareness

  • Intergenerational Spring Seminar occurs annually in April in New York City. This multigenerational event draws people from across the U.S. and Canada (and beyond!) to tackle different international human rights issues.
  • United Nations Sunday celebrates the work of the UN and the UU-UNO. Each year we choose a Sunday close to UN Day (October 24th) and invite congregations to have a service and/or event that embraces a multigenerational, international theme to get the whole congregation involved in affirming the importance of human rights education and advocacy. We have resources available to assist with planning!
  • Dana Greeley Sermon Award honors the first Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President, Rev. Dana Greeley, who was an advocate for both the UN and the work of the UU-UNO. Submit your UN Sunday sermon or address for the chance to win. The winner receives an honorarium and has the opportunity to present their paper at UUA General Assembly (GA). Keep an eye out for the Dana Greely winner!
  • The UN Me Religious Education Curriculum has five units, each with a different theme and objective. Students will have the opportunity to learn about global issues, peacebuilding, the function of various organizations of the United Nations, and more! There is also a document of activities for children and youth interested in further education and possible leadership opportunities, adapted from the Girl Scouts of America badge “Our Rights, Our Responsibilities” on the rights of the child.

UU-UNO Vision and Mission

Vision: A peaceful, just and sustainable world community as called for in the United Nations (UN) Charter.

Mission: The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) has a two-fold mission:

  • We engage in the work of the UN to advance a peaceful, just, sustainable and pluralistic world community that promotes human rights.
  • We engage and inspire Unitarian Universalists and others to support and participate in this work.

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Last updated on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

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