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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Security and the Human Condition

    The First Committee of the United Nations is a forum for countries to hold a dialogue on all disarmament-related matters. Where some countries promote disarmament to strengthen security for their population, others oppose disarmament as a threat to the security of their...
    By Joanne Dufour | 11/28/2018
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  • Honoring Khashoggi's Legacy

    Jamal Khashoggi's defense of the free press and human rights should inspire us confront tyranny at home and everwhere these rights are threatened.
    By Roy Meredith | 11/26/2018
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  • Reclaim Armistice Day

    Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, changing the essence of the holiday to celebrating and honoring patriotism, the warriors, and the wars. What veterans really need is for society to reclaim the spirit of Armistice Day and unite in the common desire of the human...
    By Joanne Dufour | 11/14/2018
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  • The Amazing Disarmament Work Behind the Scenes of the United Nations

    Credit is seldom given to the daily work performed by international civil servants at the United Nations specialized agencies and programs. In the field of disarmament, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and others work to bring the range of weaponry and destructive conflict...
    By Joanne Dufour | 10/31/2018
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  • UN Day 2018: We Need the United Nations Now More Than Ever

    As the United States and other nationalist-trending countries pull away from diplomatic circles, Unitarian Universalists must maintain a strong voice at the United Nations.
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/24/2018
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  • An Educational Experience for President Trump at the United Nations

    Trump's memorable visit to the United Nations in September 2018 included a conversation at the Security Council about weapons of mass destruction. During that session, many countries highlighted the need for nuclear powers to comply with existing treaties.
    By Joanne Dufour | 10/17/2018
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  • Toward a Common Path to End the Existential Threat of Nuclear Weapons

    At a recent event at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in NYC, Chris King from the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs addressed the need for countries to come together to find a way to reduce nuclear weapons arsenals.
    By Sarah Nosal | 10/3/2018
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  • Autonomous Weapon Systems: An Ethical Basis for Human Control?

    The risks of functionally delegating complex tasks – and associated decisions – to sensors and data-driven algorithms is one of the central issues of our time, with serious implications across sectors and societies. Nowhere are these more acute than in relation to decisions to...
    By International Committee of the Red Cross | 9/17/2018
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  • The Case Against Lethal Drones and Autonomous Weapons Systems

    This blog post examines the consequences of lethal drones and autonomous weapons systems, on the rise in state and non-state weapons systems around the world.
    By Joanne Dufour | 9/5/2018
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  • Remembering Landmines

    This blog is dedicated to the upcoming anniversary of a landmark Mine Ban Treaty and the work done by the Canadian Government and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in their efforts to implement the treaty.
    By Joanne Dufour | 8/22/2018
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  • Pan African Cooperative Leadership Retreat

    In late July 2018, leaders from nearly every African Unitarian/Universalist community gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for a 3-day retreat.
    By Sara Ascher | 8/20/2018
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  • A Warm Hug of a Place: Reflections on Reimagining Interfaith

    Reflections from a Unitarian Universalist attendee on how to "do community" from the Reimagining Interfaith conference which took place in Washington, DC July 29 - August 1, 2018.
    By Emerson Finkle | 8/17/2018
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  • Dateline Nagasaki, August 9, 2018

    Jerry Ross describes his recent experience in Nagasaki at the 2018 World Conference Against Atom and Hydrogen Bombs where atom bomb survivors and activists represented a global mobilization to rid the world of nuclear weapons once and for all.
    By Jerald Ross | 8/15/2018
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  • The Plan We Need: United Nations Global Compact for Migration

    With migration becoming an increasingly critical issue across the globe, the new United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration is more needed than ever. Local and global communities must embrace and implement this Global Compact.
    By Bruce Knotts | 7/25/2018
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  • Embracing a More Courageous Identity

    By taking a historical approach to explicating the origins of racism in the United States, this blog post explores the legacy of slavery and white supremacy in contemporary society. The key to bring more justice to African Americans is to disrupt the narrative of racial...
    By Xiaopan (Jenny) Ye | 7/23/2018
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  • Sorting Out Important Nuclear Arms Treaties

    While there are a range of disarmament treaties that merit discussion, some recent ones mentioned in the news such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the New START, and the Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons are explained here more fully for our readers’ clarification.
    By Joanne Dufour | 7/18/2018
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  • UUA President visits Transylvania Unitarians

    Earlier this month, UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, visited Transylvania to participate in the inauguration of the Hungarian Unitarian Church’s new ‘House of Religious Freedom’ and related events commemorating the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda.
    7/13/2018
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  • Family Separation and Asylum: An Uncertain Future for Central American Women

    Central American women fleeing violence are doubly victimized by the "zero-tolerance" policy that the Trump administration has unleashed upon refugees seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    By Jessica Sirico | 7/6/2018
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  • Maintaining an Army - Some Considerations

    Many governments often spend millions in order to strengthen their armed forces (or billions in the case of the United States), there are 22 nations that have made the decision to have no army at all.
    By Joanne Dufour | 7/4/2018
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  • Celebration and Resistance During Pride Month Around the World

    Throughout the month of June, LGBTQ Pride was celebrated around the world - in some places the tone was more celebratory than others, where the month was a time for political advocacy to push for LGBTQ human rights.
    By Louise Bednarik | 7/2/2018
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  • United States Withdrawal from United Nations Human Rights Council

    The Trump administration has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council over what the Trump administration calls the Council’s bias against Israel. What this decision shows is that this administration does not care about human rights being respected.
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/26/2018
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  • Poor People's Campaign and the Cost of Military Expenditures - How Much?!

    The four pillars of the Poor People's Campaign, poverty, racism, militarism and the war economy, and health and a healthy planet align closely with the initiatives of the United Nations - and this work must be shared.
    By Joanne Dufour | 6/21/2018
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  • Working to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons - One UU's Experience

    Jerry Ross, UU-UNO Envoy at First Parish in Bedford, MA, reports on his experiences attending nuclear disarmament conferences in New York City.
    By Jerald Ross | 6/6/2018
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  • Refugees, Migrants, and Resettlement in the Trump Era: What's Next?

    On the warm May evening of May 3rd, concerned individuals gathered at the Community Church of New York to engage in the critically-needed discussion on the refugee and migration crisis. Moderated by the Unitarian Universalist U.N. Office’s Refugee Program Intern Rani Allan, the...
    By Rani Allan | 5/29/2018
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  • Nuclear Weapons: Averting a global catastrophe

    This week's post in Disarming Our Planet is a statement by Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, reposted here from the ICRC's website as an appeal to States, global leaders, and citizens. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)...
    By International Committee of the Red Cross | 5/23/2018
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  • Brutal Attacks on Gaza Protesters

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, together with the United Nations community, condemns the lethal use of violence by the Israeli Defense Forces against Palestinian protesters who were protesting the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the U.S....
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 5/15/2018
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  • Rev. Homer Alexander Jack: A Model for Unitarian Universalist Disarmament Action

    How do you ever get the membership of the United Nations to sit down and talk about disarmament and even set off a large enough public response to have a significant downsizing of nuclear arsenals as a result? All we need is another Homer Jack. “And who is he?” you ask....
    By Joanne Dufour | 5/9/2018
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  • From UU Intern to Panelist - Advancing Women's Rights Locally and at the United Nations

    Identifying the connections between international treaties and local action for women's rights, a UU-UNO intern describes her experience putting together a panel at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women.
    By JoAnne McClure | 5/3/2018
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  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals Panel Discussion at the United Nations

    A summary of a recent panel discussion hosted by the Unitarian Universalist UN Office that examined climate justice at the intersection of environmental degradation and the racial, social, and economic inequities it perpetuates.
    By Mengluo Ren | 5/2/2018
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  • Female Genital Mutilation: Advancing Awareness and Advocating for Global Action

    A panel hosted by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office addresses best practices for ending the practice of Female Genital Mutilation during the 2018 Commission on the Status of Women at the UN.
    By JoAnne McClure | 4/27/2018
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  • Chemical Weapons and the Efforts to Control and Destroy Them

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that is investigating the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria is authorized to enforce the Convention, but punishment for use of these weapons is not clearly defined.
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/25/2018
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  • Sowing Seeds of Change at the United Nations

    JoAnne McClure writes about tying t ogether the work of community-based organizations with international treaties and more importantly, about the United Nations in general and why it merits our full support and engagement.
    By JoAnne McClure | 4/20/2018
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  • The Intergenerational Spring Seminar on Migration "When Crisis Calls" - What We Learned

    A group of youth and adults from First Parish Bedford (MA) Unitarian Universalist attended the 2018 Intergenerational Spring Seminar "When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All" in New York City. They describe their experiences at the Seminar and what they learned.
    By Jerald Ross | 4/17/2018
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  • New Technology and Nuclear Weapon Risks

    Information direct from a UN staffer shows the risks in modern times relating to nuclear weapons, including recent efforts by nuclear-weapons states to modernize and develop new nuclear weapon technologies.
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/11/2018
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  • International U/U Council Calls, ANSWER Responds

    The Nepal-based organization ANSWER was founded by a Unitarian and was immensely helpful in making the 2018 Conference of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists in Kathmandu possible.
    By Sara Ascher | 3/30/2018
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  • I Join with the Youth to Appeal for Abolition

    Just as the initiation of recent student led advocacy from Parkland, Florida brings hope for positive change in this country, so too have students in Japan addressed the issue of nuclear disarmament in their country by sharing the stories of nuclear blast survivors.
    By Joanne Dufour | 3/28/2018
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  • Amazing Grace: The Role of the Holy See in the Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

    An overview of the contributions the Holy See made to the negotiations process leading up to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Pope Francis has been outspoken in support of nuclear disarmament.
    By Joanne Dufour | 3/14/2018
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  • Forced Migration due to Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

    Discussion of a recent event and what we can do about forced migration due to oppression based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and the All Souls Church NYC Peace and Justice Task Force.
    By Longjam Singh | 3/7/2018
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  • How the "Impossible" Became Possible

    This edition of Disarming Our World explores the story behind how the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came to be.
    By Joanne Dufour | 2/28/2018
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  • The Heart of Unitarian/Universalism - 2018 ICUU Conference

    What is the Heart of Unitarian/Universalism? What is at the core of our varied theologies and diverse cultural contexts that brings Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists together as a single faith? What does this faith call us to be and to do, today? These were the central...
    By Allison Hess | 2/27/2018
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  • Listening to Our Neighbors

    Nuclear disarmament may still be far away, but significant steps are being taken at the United Nations through the leadership of 122 countries who have declared nuclear weapons illegal. The other, nuclear-armed countries must listen and learn from them.
    By Joanne Dufour | 2/14/2018
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  • The Plight of Immigrants, in our community and in the world

    I’m sitting in the waiting room at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention center. I am one of two white faces in the crowd of many brown faces. The other white face is the guard. The brown faces look despondent, overwhelmed, some are frightened. I have just dropped off...
    By Jerald Ross | 2/7/2018
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  • Disarming Our Planet - An Introduction to Global Disarmament

    This new series on the UUA International Blog is devoted to building our knowledge of disarmament efforts then and now, with the goal of helping to create a more peaceful world with much fewer weapons. As the UN Charter indicates, there is a real need for security - and...
    By Joanne Dufour | 1/30/2018
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  • A Call to Action for the Australia & New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association

    At the 2017 conference for the Australia and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association (ANZUUA), the new ANZUUA president Rev. Rob MacPherson issued a growth challenge to member organizations in the region.
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/24/2018
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  • Every Child is Our Child, giving orphan children the chance at a bright future

    I visited the Every Child is Our Child program in Eastern Ghana from December 2-7, 2017. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) began its collaboration with the Manye Krobo Queen Mothers in 2005, launching this program which would go on to change so many lives...
    By Bruce Knotts | 12/19/2017
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  • Libya Alarms World in Footage of African Migrants Being Auctioned Off

    As African migrants attempt to reach Europe they are imprisoned and sold in slave auctions in Libya. The international community must respond with more than just words to this atrocity.
    By Rani Allan | 12/18/2017
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  • The Call from Pacific Islanders - Human Rights and Climate Change

    At the recent COP23 United Nations climate conference hosted by Fiji in Bonn, Germany, much focus was given to human rights and how to mitigate the harm of climate change upon human life and ecosystems. Explore how changes to our climate impact the interdependent web of all...
    By Mengluo Ren | 12/8/2017
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  • International Apathy Towards Rohingya Human Rights

    The refugee crisis worsens as Rohingya Muslims are persecuted in Burma and flee to Bangladesh. This blatant disregard for human rights continues in ever more frightening degrees, meanwhile, the international community hesitates to take meaningful action.
    By Katia Altern | 12/6/2017
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  • Women's Rights and Freedom of Religion

    The right to women's equality and the right to freedom of religion or belief are sometimes seen to conflict with one another, but in fact they ought to be understood as mutually reinforcing. Explore in depth the intersection of rights and freedoms across the world and throughout...
    By Sajeela Munir | 11/30/2017
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  • United Nations Marks Thirtieth Anniversary of Call to End Poverty

    On the occasion of the thirtieth International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, an event at the United Nations addressed progress made towards ending poverty and how to get the rest of the way there.
    By Rani Allan | 11/17/2017
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