International Justice and Action: UU Office at the United Nations
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UU Office at the UN Program Areas

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.

Program Areas

Climate Justice

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.

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.

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.

Racial Justice

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. 

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. 

UU Voice at the UN

UU Office and the UN staff and interns attend sessions at the United Nations and meet with representatives of UN Member States, Agencies, and affiliated organizations to advocate for Unitarian Universalist values of human rights, justice, and peace.

How we work at the UN

A view of the United Nations headquarters against the New York City skyline, viewed from Roosevelt Island.

View of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City