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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Brutal Attacks on Gaza Protesters

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), 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....
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 5/15/2018
  • Chemical Weapons and the Efforts to Control and Destroy Them

    Toxic weapons made of chemicals are nothing new. They’ve been around for thousands of years as poisoned arrows, lethal smoke, or noxious fumes, but -- following their use-- they were eventually considered too cruel and unfair for ”civilized battle,” and efforts were made to ban...
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/25/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • How the "Impossible" Became Possible

    Recent reports about the use of chemical weapons in Syria in 2017 and the international responses help demonstrate the way that international law works. A treaty to ban the use of chemical weapons officially became international law in 1997 when the minimum number of countries (...
    By Joanne Dufour | 2/28/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Disarming Our Planet - An Introduction to Global Disarmament

    Welcome to Disarming Our Planet. This new addition to 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...
    By Joanne Dufour | 1/30/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • The United Nations - It's Your World

    Over the last few years, I have felt myself going back and forth between waves of fear, anger, sadness, shame, and mourning when I read the news. With each breaking news alert, I brace myself for another wave. When was the last time I got a breaking news alert that contained...
    By Allison Hess | 10/19/2017
  • Gender Equality and Violent Extremism Event at the United Nations

    On Thursday, July 13th, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) co-sponsored a 2017 High-Level Political Forum Side Event on gender equality and violent extremism. The event was co-sponsored by the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Human Rights...
    By Andrea Floersheimer | 7/19/2017
  • Inclusivity in United Nations Nuclear Weapons Treaty: Diversity & Disarmament

    On Friday, July 7th, 2017, 122 countries approved a new treaty to ban the use, testing, production, and possession of nuclear weapons. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a legally-binding and long overdue treaty to promote nuclear disarmament around the world....
    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,...
    By Jerald Ross | 6/30/2017
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • 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....
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 3/2/2017
  • 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...
    By Chris Antal | 8/5/2016
    Filed in: Disarmament

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