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  • A Bit of History on War and the License to Kill

    While disarming our planet in today’s world includes among other things the goal of eliminating the use of weapons of mass destruction in large- and small-scale combat situations we generally describe as war, one wonders when and how did the notion of “war” and a soldier’s “...
    By Joanne Dufour | 5/15/2019
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  • First General Assembly of the UU Church of the Philippines

    The recently concluded 64th Founding Anniversary and First General Assembly (formerly General Convention) of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines was attended by almost 80 delegates from 23 congregations. Delegates officially adopted the UUCP’s new Constitution...
    By UU Church of the Philippines Inc. | 5/7/2019
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  • Incorporating Intersectionality into Your Activism - Intergenerational Spring Seminar 2019

    “Why do we talk about privilege?” Ericka Hart, the keynote speaker for the 2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, asked the audience. ...
    By Alisha Zou, Yasarina Almanzar | 5/2/2019
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  • A Hopeful Sign from the U.S. Department of State About Disarmament

    According to a press release from the United Nations Office in Geneva, Part I of the Conference on Disarmament held on March 26, 2019 had concluded with a proposal from the United States. Its “Create an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament” Initiative hopes to bring together as...
    By Joanne Dufour | 5/1/2019
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  • Clean Energy Policies Lead to Empowered Women

    The renewed emphasis on climate change is the most encouraging trend in American politics. More Americans across the political landscape are realizing that the costs of inaction are too high. Awareness of a problem, of course, is good for little if it doesn’t lead to action. One...
    By Roy Meredith | 4/29/2019
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  • In Opposition to Killer Robots

    Work to disarm our planet continues. Some good news of late reveals increasing support of the Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons with the ratification by South Africa, the 22nd country to do so with the distinction of being the only country which gave up its program to develop...
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/17/2019
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  • CSW63: Dismantling Gender Discrimination

    On Monday, March 11th, in a packed drawing room of the Manhattan Public Library, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office hosted its annual parallel event in collaboration with the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd session. The event, “Combating Structural Gender...
    By Christopher Longo | 4/9/2019
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  • Are Tech Workers on the Road to Disarming Our Planet?

    Recent news from companies like Salesforce, Google, and Microsoft has seen a segment of their work force protesting their companies’ connections with military policies in support of issues of major concern to those working for disarmament. ...
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/3/2019
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  • We Can Save the Earth

    I suggest a new rule for any discussion we have about climate change. The rule is simple: from now on, every article we write on the subject for a broad audience must include some variation of the phrase “we can solve global warming”. It has the virtue of not only being true,...
    By Roy Meredith | 3/27/2019
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  • Working Cooperatively Works

    It seems time for some more good news. In opening up the homepage from the International Atomic Energy Agency website, the lead article read: “EU and IAEA Review Progress and Agree on Priorities in Nuclear Cooperation at Annual Meeting.” There it was: an actual story of...
    By Joanne Dufour | 3/20/2019
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  • The INF and the Danger of a Renewed Nuclear Arms Race

    On Feb. 1, the Trump administration announced it will pull the U.S. out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF), thus undoing one of the pillars of global security and potentially plunging the world into a new nuclear arms race. The 1987 signing of this treaty by U...
    By Jerald Ross | 3/6/2019
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  • Saving Democracy in Syria

    In northern Syria, an experiment in grassroots democracy is under threat from the Turkish military. The United States should not withdraw its military so quickly.
    By Roy Meredith | 3/1/2019
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  • Racist Incident at NYU Silver School of Social Work

    Unitarian Universalists at the UN respond to a racist incident among students at NYU's Silver School of Social Work, urging UU action to dismantle structural racism and cultures of oppression.
    By Christopher Longo | 2/21/2019
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  • Reviving A Sound Approach For Central America

    If you are old enough to have lived through it or have studied it, do you remember the Marshall Plan? Officially known as the European Recovery Program, the Marshall Plan was a 1948 American initiative to aid post-WWII Western Europe to rebuild their economies through economic...
    By Joanne Dufour | 2/20/2019
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  • The Wasteful and Dangerous Worldwide Nuclear Modernization Craze

    This article originally appeared as the Introduction to a Special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Spotlight on nuclear modernization on January 7, 2019, and is republished here with permission. ...
    By John Mecklin | 2/6/2019
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  • Renew Nuclear Arms Control, Don't Destroy It

    The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the enterprise of nuclear arms control are at risk, as Andrew Lichterman of Western States Legal Foundation and John Burroughs of Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy explain in this opinion piece from January 2, 2019....
    By John Burroughs | 1/23/2019
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  • Building a Just World Through Climate Action

    Swift action on climate change is a moral imperative, and an effective strategy requires listening to diverse voices. Although time is running out, activists of all stripes are finally making climate change a bipartisan cause in the US.
    By Roy Meredith | 1/10/2019
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  • A Personal View on Disarmament

    The following was graciously submitted by Georgina Long, the Interfaith Coordinator for the Brahma Kumaris UK, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the World Parliament in Toronto, Canada in November. ...
    By Joanne Dufour | 1/7/2019
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  • A New Year's Resolution Proposal: Put Disarmament on the Agenda for Immediate Attention

    The following blog is taken from a talk given by Guy Quinlan to the Harvard Club of New York City in September 2018 on the book by Daniel Ellsberg, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, and is reprinted with his kind permission. Please refer to this...
    By Joanne Dufour | 12/26/2018
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  • Report from COP 24 Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland

    The steps taken by politicians at the COP 24 climate change conference will fall far short of the commitments needed to save our planet as a livable habitat for generations to come. People of faith must take action to preserve the planet.
    By Bruce Knotts | 12/13/2018
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  • A tribute to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No Nationalism, No Globalism, only Humanitarianism

    This blog is dedicated to the humanitarian workers of the world for their efforts to directly implement human rights values in working to disarm our planet. One such organization is the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, whose Executive VP reflects here on Tzu Chi's work at a Tijuana...
    By Joanne Dufour | 12/12/2018
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  • Creating and Working Towards Justice on Human Rights Day

    This special anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an alert call to the world, reminding us that these human rights have been affirmed by all countries of the UN, but that listing them is not enough: They must also be fulfilled. We have a lot of work to do.
    By Allison Hess | 12/10/2018
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  • 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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