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UUA International Blog Archive
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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • 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

    Were you aware of the fact that 22 countries in the world do not have an army? How can that be? While many may think that armed forces are an indispensable part of any nation, and many governments often spend millions in order to strengthen their armed forces (or billions in the...
    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    The Trump administration has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council over what the Trump administration calls the Council’s bias against Israel.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...
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
    7/21/2017
  • 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
  • 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
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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
  • 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
  • Defend Our United Nations from US Budget Cuts

    Donald Trump destroys what he doesn’t have the knowledge to understand nor appreciate. This has been clear since the 1980s, and on numerous occasions he has shown tragic disregard for historical and artistic treasures. Fast forward to 2017. The President’s proposed budgets last...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/21/2017
  • Thinking Equal in Vietnam

    Bruce Knotts is the Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. In January, he travelled to Vietnam to endorse the Think Equal initiative and to China to encourage greater civil society participation at the United Nations. Here, he writes about his...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/1/2017
  • 17 Goals for a World Community - with peace, liberty, and justice for all

    Goals work. Lose weight, save money, set up a study schedule to improve grades. Set some goals and work towards achieving them and whether or not you achieve your goals, you’ll have improved performance over what would have been the case without goals. You’ve probably also...
    By Bruce Knotts | 9/15/2016
  • What Americans Owe the Hibakusha

    On the morning of August 6, seventy years after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb, I was in Hiroshima. I entered sacred time and space in a ceremonial ritual at a place called “The Mound”—said to contain remains of the 70,000 people incinerated in the blast. A Buddhist monk stood...
    By Chris Antal | 8/5/2016
    Filed in: Disarmament

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