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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
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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
    Filed in: Disarmament
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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
    Filed in: Disarmament
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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
    Filed in: Disarmament
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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
    Filed in: Disarmament
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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
    Filed in: Disarmament
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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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  • New York City Symposium Recognizes Need for Refugee Action

    Governments and civil society must be responsive to the needs of vulnerable populations, supporting migrants and preventing future refugee crises from occurring.
    By Rani Allan | 11/3/2017
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  • Gun Control or Self Control? A Comparison of Countries’ Gun Control Laws

    Explore lessons the United States can take from other countries' gun control policies to reduce the risk of recurring tragedies such as the recent Las Vegas shooting.
    By Samantha Hussey, Katia Altern | 10/30/2017
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  • A Statement to the Global Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (U/U) community

    The Hungarian Unitarian Church (HUC) – a leader in global U/Uism and a partner with whom we have a long history and a committed relationship – is currently struggling with its institutional position on marriage equality. Earlier today, October 28, 2017, the HUC Synod issued a...
    10/27/2017
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  • The United Nations - It's Your World

    On United Nations Day on October 24th, celebrate the hope and promise of the UN towards our 6th Principle goal of world community with peace, liberty, & justice for all.
    By Allison Hess | 10/19/2017
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  • Almost No One Here Is Armed

    Rev. Rob MacPherson reflects on Australia's experience with gun violence and gun control laws, as well as his own childhood in a gun-owning household in Baltimore.
    By Rob MacPherson | 10/5/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
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  • Denouncing United States Vote Against Death Penalty Ban at the United Nations

    On Friday, September 29, the Human Rights Council voted in favor of a resolution which condemned the “imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations.” The Independent reported...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/4/2017
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  • 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Answering Common Questions and Concerns

    The United Nations GA voted to begin negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This critically important treaty calls for a complete ban of the use, production, possession, testing, and transfer of nuclear weapons.
    By Samantha Hussey | 9/12/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
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  • Faith on the Fast Track to Stop AIDS

    On September 6th, 2017, I represented the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) at an interfaith conference to stop AIDS. It was an inspiring meeting led by Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer (United Church of Christ) and Bishop Yvette Flunder (United Church of Christ and Presiding...
    By Bruce Knotts | 9/12/2017
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  • Not Just A Statistic: 2017 DACA Repeal

    On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—an Obama-era program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. DACA was introduced on June 15th,
    By Katia Altern | 9/12/2017
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  • Educating Refugee Girls: Finding Solutions When Two Problems Collide

    Education refugee girls can protect them from child marriage, empower them to take control of their own futures, and lead to a more peaceful society as a whole.
    By Amy Perry | 8/9/2017
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  • A Big Leap: Highlights of the Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals

    On August 1st, a day-long event was held at United Nations Headquarters entitled “Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals.” The organizing body for this event was the NGO DPI Executive Committee *. The event opened with remarks by the organizers, UN and...
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 8/7/2017
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  • Empower Women: Empower the World

    While gender equality is in itself important, examining the other ways in which gender equality benefits broader society is necessary to garner more support for the movement.
    By Kate Mays | 8/3/2017
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  • Youth and Adults Lead at the Intergenerational Spring Seminar

    The applications to join the Seminar Staff as a Youth Dean or Adult Dean for the 2018 Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Intergenerational Spring Seminar are now open and are due August 2nd, 2017! The 2018 Seminar, on the topic of refugees and the global migration...
    7/21/2017
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  • Gender Equality and Violent Extremism Event at the United Nations

    On Thursday, July 13th, five speakers shared their diverse experiences working at the crossroads of counterterrorism strategy and gender equality at the UU-UNO's 2017 High-Level Political Forum Side Event.
    By Andrea Floersheimer | 7/19/2017
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  • Inclusivity in United Nations Nuclear Weapons Treaty: Diversity & Disarmament

    The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a legally-binding and long overdue treaty to promote nuclear disarmament around the world. This treaty is a critical step toward ensuring that nuclear weapons no longer pose a threat to present and future generations.
    By Katia Altern | 7/19/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
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  • Gender-Sensitive Urban Planning: The Future of Safe Cities

    Worldwide, women feel less safe than men in public spaces. Issues of safety and perceived safety for women are critical United Nations values, and also Unitarian Universalist values.
    By Amy Perry | 7/18/2017
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  • The Chechen Genocide and Global Fight for LGBTQ Rights

    In April of this year, reports surfaced that the Chechen government had begun to out, detain, torture, and kill any Chechen man who is perceived as gay or bisexual.
    By Kate Mays | 7/11/2017
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  • Why the 2017 Nuclear Ban Treaty Matters to Unitarian Universalists

    Negotiations are underway at the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons. That is a remarkable statement. Last October, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to begin negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading...
    By Jerald Ross | 6/30/2017
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  • World Refugee Day and our Interdependent World Community

    Every year, June 20 marks World Refugee Day, a time to honor the courage and strength of those who are forced to flee their homeland because of conflict, violence, or persecution.
    By Kate Mays | 6/20/2017
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  • 2017 Religious Freedom Conference in India

    The India Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) conducted a national conference in Pondicherry, India from the 26th to 27th of May, 2017. Representatives from many states attended - giving all participants a good opportunity to interact with IARF...
    6/2/2017
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  • Climate-Induced Migration: United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues

    The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) is a two-week long conference that was established on July 28th, 2000 by the United Nations to address the unique issues indigenous comminutes face related to economic and social development, ecological and cultural preservation,...
    By Lyle Davison | 5/17/2017
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  • First in Asia: Progress towards Marriage Equality in Taiwan

    For the past two years, it has been my honor to chair the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, which represents about 1,500 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) affiliated with the Department of Public Information (DPI) at the United Nations. For many years, the chair of the NGO/DPI...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/8/2017
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  • Seeking Reproductive Justice: Roadblocks to Women's Economic Empowerment Around the World

    By Emma Langsner The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a two week long conference where events are hosted in and around the United Nations Headquarters by member states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and civil society. During the conference, which takes place...
    4/19/2017
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  • Intergenerational Seminar 2017: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet

    Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith gathered in April 2017 for a whirlwind 3-day conference in New York City. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office’s annual Intergenerational Spring Seminar this year was centered on the theme “ Arm in Arm: Interfaith...
    4/14/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
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  • International Flower Communion

    This exciting invitation to Unitarian Universalists in the United States comes from the Unitarian community in Prague, on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the Flower Communion this June. Dear Friends, Unitarians in Prague are celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the Flower...
    3/27/2017
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