Guided by our principles, Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are called to advocate for international human rights; to be a voice for the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. The Unitarian Universalist Office at the UN gives UUs a voice on the global stage. We carry out our global social justice work through several core program areas.
In partnership with UU Ministry for Earth and the Green Sanctuary program, the goal of the Climate Justice Initiative is to build the Unitarian Universalist (UU) climate change movement through education and advocacy and to collaborate with other climate change voices in and around the United Nations in order to promote a world with mitigated climate change that will be viable for us and for future generations.
- Learn more about our Climate Justice Initiative.
Every Child is Our Child
The Every Child is Our Child (ECOC) program is a partnership with the Queen Mothers Association of the Manye Krobo district in Eastern Ghana which provides school supplies and healthcare cards to children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. The ECOC program was started in 2005 to contribute directly towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals including achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, and combating HIV/AIDS.
- Learn more about the Every Child Is Our Child Program.
LGBTQ/SOGI Human Rights
A global initiative for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/ sexual orientation and gender identity (LGBTQ/SOGI) Human Rights focuses on promoting UU values of equality for all people at the UN. The UU Office at the UN works to garner support among the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) community, especially the faith-based community, to end criminal sanctions based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the world.
- Learn more about our LGBTQ/SOGI Human Rights Program.
In light of the United Nations declaring 2015-2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent, the racial justice program is committed to addressing structural anti-black racism on an international level.
- Learn more about our Racial Justice Program.
Women's Rights: Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
Women's Rights: Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) promotes awareness and action through education and advocacy in issues related to women's rights and health, bringing the voice of liberal religion to the UN's dialogue relating to SRHR.
- Learn more about our Women's Rights Program.