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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • 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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  • 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
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  • Embracing a More Courageous Identity

    By taking a historical approach to explicating the origins of racism in the United States, this blog post explores the legacy of slavery and white supremacy in contemporary society. The key to bring more justice to African Americans is to disrupt the narrative of racial...
    By Xiaopan (Jenny) Ye | 7/23/2018
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  • Family Separation and Asylum: An Uncertain Future for Central American Women

    Central American women fleeing violence are doubly victimized by the "zero-tolerance" policy that the Trump administration has unleashed upon refugees seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    By Jessica Sirico | 7/6/2018
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  • Celebration and Resistance During Pride Month Around the World

    Throughout the month of June, LGBTQ Pride was celebrated around the world - in some places the tone was more celebratory than others, where the month was a time for political advocacy to push for LGBTQ human rights.
    By Louise Bednarik | 7/2/2018
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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    The Trump administration has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council over what the Trump administration calls the Council’s bias against Israel.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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  • Refugees, Migrants, and Resettlement in the Trump Era: What's Next?

    On the warm May evening of May 3rd, concerned individuals gathered at the Community Church of New York to engage in the critically-needed discussion on the refugee and migration crisis. Moderated by the Unitarian Universalist U.N. Office’s Refugee Program Intern Rani Allan, the...
    By Rani Allan | 5/29/2018
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • An Afternoon of Accepting Others and Breakings Stigmas

    By Emma Langsner The afternoon of Friday January 27, 2017 I experienced one of the most empowering events at the United Nations Headquarters. It was the 18th annual Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) conference titled: Refugees the 21st Century Challenge. The...
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 3/2/2017
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  • 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 experience...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/1/2017
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  • Asian LGBT Communities: Creating Safe and Tolerant Space

    By Mengxi Zhao Recently the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) held a discussion panel themed “Creating Safe and Tolerant Space for Asian LGBT Communities” in the UN Church Center. Four panelists: Robert Kaku Gunn, Lu Jun, Rashima Kwatra, and Omair Paul...
    2/14/2017
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  • Human Rights Day in an unjust world

    Every year on December 10th, the world celebrates Human Rights Day. It is the anniversary of the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This year marks 68 years since these rights were acknowledged to belong inherently to every human...
    By Allison Hess | 12/8/2016
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  • The Future of Human Rights Protection at the United Nations

    A troubling new initiative has just been proposed at the United Nations which threatens all human rights protection, but focused on sexual orientation/gender identity human rights. On Monday, the NGO Committee on Human Rights, of which I am a co-chair, met the newly appointed...
    By Bruce Knotts | 11/14/2016
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  • UN Report Shows Burundi Regime's True Colors: Brutal, Cruel, and Defiant

    The Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, minister of the Unitarian Church of Burundi, provides a reaction to the recent UN Human Rights report following their investigation into events in Burundi. Since April 2015, when people massively took to the streets to oppose a controversial third...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 10/17/2016
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  • 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
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  • My First Meeting for FENICC

    by Dave Chapman, UU-UNO Envoy First UU Fellowship of Hunterdon County The announcement and invitation read, “Ryan Smith from the Presbyterian United Nations Office will be speaking on the importance of an interfaith presence at the ICC. Join us for this interfaith dialogue on...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/6/2011
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