UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Pastoral Message on Coronavirus from the U/U International Joint Working Group

    As this health crisis reaches all corners of our global family of faith, we in the International U/U Joint Working Group wish to offer our heartfelt prayers, thoughts, and blessings to you and your communities. Our diverse faith, strong and united offers us the reminder that we...
    By Sara Ascher, Roger Bertschausen, Alicia Forde | 3/25/2020
  • Get Excited for the UU-UNO’s 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar

    The 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar on Climate Justice is almost here! Discussions and events surrounding climate justice will be held for three days. Here’s an overview of what to be excited about, from worship to workshops.
    By Alana Campbell | 2/19/2020
  • Remembering the Past and Mending the Present: The Value of Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

    The United States has made little effort to improve their relationship with Native Americans compared to what other countries have done with indigenous populations. Starting in the 1600s Native American history has been riddled with mass genocide, residential schools, and...
    By Lindsey Mayer | 1/28/2020
  • Bouncers and Sleep Deprivation at COP 25

    When I arrived at my hotel in Madrid the lobby was abuzz with a crowd of young people from Asia and Romania who had arrived to join Friday’s march of half a million people to demand climate action. The most visible public voice was Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who had...
    By Ahti Tolvanen | 1/24/2020
  • The Significance of a Treaty as it Applies to the New START Process

    If conflict is inevitable in human relations, so might be efforts to reconcile and reach a state of peace. ...
    By Joanne Dufour | 12/10/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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., Negros Oriental, | 5/7/2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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