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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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
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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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