UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • The Other Existential Threat - and What to Do About It

    We know we are facing an existential crisis with the advance of climate change; and what about the other existential threat? Nuclear weapons. Unless we arrest climate change, it will fundamentally change our civilization in a matter of decades, maybe threaten life on this planet...
    By Jerald Ross | 11/26/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Social Unrest in Chile Persists: Reasons Behind COP25’s Relocation

    COP25 canceled in Chile amidst large scale protests. Ever increasing economic inequality sparked outcries of grievances that have been piling up for decades. The protests show no signs of stopping anytime soon.
    By TingXuan Su | 11/15/2019
    Filed in: UUA International
  • In Opposition to "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons

    In the centennial year, while the world was getting used to writing or typing the year beginning with a “2” instead of a “1,” countries of the world were introduced to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals encouraging the 193 member states to adopt a set of 8 goals...
    By Joanne Dufour | 11/13/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Ancient Diverse Wonders

    The First UU Asia Pacific Regional Conference has just finished. It ran from October 23-27, 2019 in Dumaguete City, Negros Island, Philippines, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP) and attended by about 75 participants, with the theme “Ancient...
    By Ma Theresa Gustilo Gallardo | 11/7/2019
  • The 2020 Generation Equality Forum: 25 Years After the Beijing Declaration

    Women's rights groups at the United Nations are gearing up for the landmark year of 2020. 2020 marks a special year for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). In May, the Generation Equality Forum will start in Mexico City, Mexico from May 7-8...
    By Lindsey Mayer | 11/5/2019
  • In Praise of the Non-Nuclear World

    There are many aspects to helping our planet disarm meaningfully. 108 countries are now part of treaties that have established nuclear free zones around the world. They are making a concerted effort to create a nuclear free planet and that alone needs to be applauded and the...
    By Joanne Dufour | 10/30/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Happy 74th Birthday, United Nations

    On the 74th birthday of the United Nations, we celebrate the UN's accomplishments while also recognizing the urgency of taking action to keep it strong as it comes under threat from the rise of authoritarianism & isolationism around the world.
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/24/2019
  • Why Did UUs Buy Stock in a Gun Company?

    I’m a member of the Preventing Gun Violence Task Force at the Unitarian Society of New Haven (USNH). We recently bought shares in two companies that manufacture firearms. “What?!,” you may be asking. Usually activists shy away from investing in so-called “sin” stocks, looking...
    By Sally Connolly | 10/16/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Marching For Our Lives, Uplifting Love

    Young Adult Gun Violence Prevention Activist on Radical Kinship and Universal Love
    By Micaela Lattimer | 10/2/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Migrant Youth Informed Policy

    This summer I was the migration justice intern at the Unitarian Universalist UN Office. As I began my internship in June, the New York Times broke the story about migrant children being held in horrid, overcrowded, and unsanitary conditions at the U.S. border. Headline after...
    By Hana Mangat | 9/24/2019
  • Why I Protest

    Feel like the system is too big to change? Protest!
    By Bob Delastrada | 9/17/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Youth Strike to Halt Climate Change

    On August 28, 16 year old climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed into New York Harbor with the mission of bringing her message of climate justice to the United Nations. She was greeted by 17 sailboats, each representing a different Sustainable Development Goal.
    By Lindsey Mayer | 9/6/2019
  • A Look at the Issue of Cyber Security

    Much of the following text is taken from a blog post from the International Committee of the Red Cross: Human Cost of Cyber Operations—Key ICRC Takeaways from Discussion with Tech Experts. ICRC has encouraged readers to share this blog, and they invite feedback from readers. The...
    By International Committee of the Red Cross, Joanne Dufour | 7/10/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Appeal to Navy Personnel

    An appeal was recently distributed to navy personnel at Bangor Naval Base in Washington State, calling on navy personnel to "Refuse to engage in nuclear annihilation." This appeal is reprinted here with permission of the Ground Zero Center in Seattle, WA.
    By Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action | 6/26/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Highlights from a Disarmament Conference

    On April 14, 2019 the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ hosted a conference on Steps To A Nuclear Weapons-Free World.
    By Joanne Dufour | 6/12/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Youth Participant in UU-UNO Spring Seminar Values the Experience

    A youth participant from Canada speaks about their experience at the UU-UNO's 2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, "Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World".
    By Canadian Unitarian Council/Conseil Unitarien du Canada (CUC) | 6/5/2019
  • A Time of Crisis OR Opportunity?

    It is often stated – incorrectly – that the Chinese character for “crisis” includes the symbols for both “danger” and “opportunity.” While that may not be literally correct, the character does mean “a pivotal moment when things happen or change.” The world is at such a juncture...
    By Jerald Ross | 5/29/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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., 6200 Negros Oriental, | 5/7/2019
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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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