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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Appeal from Burundi Unitarians for Emergency Support

    Since Sunday April 27th, the capital city of Burundi has been living in a difficult situation. Many areas of the city have seen people on the streets demonstrating against the third term of the current president. Communes like Kanyosha, Musaga, Nyakabiga, Ngagara, Cibitoke and...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/15/2015
  • Warning of 'empathy gap,' Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality

    A recent UN press release informed us that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly on April 22, 2015 to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding. He...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/4/2015
  • 2015 Spring Seminar Recap

    For the last 48 years, the Unitarian-Universalist United Nations Office has hosted annual Spring Seminars on pressing social, economic, and political issues. Participants in these seminars learn about a topic and are also asked to consider their own connections to the issue and...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/29/2015
  • Breakthrough in Nuclear Diplomacy - Time to Mobilize!

    The news about the breakthrough in nuclear diplomacy with Iran is immensely important, and the work that lies ahead to avoid an expanding nuclear arms race, or violent confrontation, is more important still. Join with UUs from around the US in the Peace & Planet mobilization...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/3/2015
  • The UU-UNO's contribution to the Commission on the Status of Women

    This week is the start of the 59th annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Every year, delegates from all over the world come to New York to discuss the challenges that women worldwide face. After discussing these issues, they come up with concrete plans...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/10/2015
  • Every Child is Our Child: Supporting Local Solutions to a Global Crisis

    My name is Jonathan, and I am the Every Child is Our Child (ECOC) intern here at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). In this post I will outline the mission of this program and highlight its role in bringing about development and empowerment. ...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/24/2015
  • Standing on the Side of Love in Australia

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7404,7405,7406"] Rev. Rob MacPherson, minister of the Unitarian Church of South Australia (UCSA), and his congregation are advocating on behalf of the rights of Australia's asylum-seekers. At a recent street protest outside the Adelaide offices...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/10/2015
  • Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference: Perspectives from Two UU-UNO Interns

    On Friday, January 30th, 2015, two interns from the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office attended the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations at the UN Secretariat. Danning Zhang and Brieanna Scolaro, both who are graduate social work students, were excited to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/6/2015
  • Religious Property Ownership Threatened in Transylvania

    Image by Rimager For the last 25 years, the Historic Hungarian-speaking Churches of Transylvania have expected the government of Romania to return their illegally confiscated properties. In a process that has been fraught with complication and delays, victories in favor of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/22/2014
  • "Our lamps may be different, but light is the same"

    In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Pakistan earlier this week, community leaders in Adelaide, Australia, organized a peace vigil to honor the innocent lives lost. Drawing a multicultural, interfaith crowd of over 300, all who attended came together to mourn and to...
    By Rob MacPherson | 12/19/2014
  • UU-UNO Climate Change Initiative: International Human Rights

    As part of our series on International Human Rights, we would like to highlight the important work of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office on Climate Change initiative.Climate change is posting an immediate and far-reaching threat to the basic elements of life for...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/18/2014
  • Migration Justice: Peace, Liberty, and Justice for all at the UU-UNO

    Thursday, December 18th , 2014 is International Migrant's Day , and the UU-UNO is celebrating by holding a special film screening on Migration Justice and reviewing its major accomplishments. Over the past year, the UU-UNO's efforts around Migration Justice have led us closer to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/17/2014
  • 2014: A Big Year for UU-UNO's Work on LGBT Human Rights

    My name is Raymond Firmalino and I am one of the UU-UNO 's LGBT Program interns. As part of our blog series on International Human Rights Day , I on behalf of the UU-UNO will highlight our work this year on one of the most pressing issues of our time: the plight of lesbian, gay...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/16/2014
  • UU-UNO Spring Seminars: International Human Rights

    As part of the human rights advocacy work of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, we host an annual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, where youth and adults from around North America come together to spend three days in New York City learning about an issue of...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/15/2014
  • UU-UNO Women's Initiative in Light of International Human Rights Day

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7187,7188,7189,7190"] CSW59 Image Retrieved from UN Women My name is Nazli, and I am the Women's Initiative intern here at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). As part of our series of posts on International Human Rights Day...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/11/2014
  • International Human Rights Day at the UU-UNO

    Adapted from original image by Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken Every year on December 10th, the world observes International Human Rights Day. Since 1950, this has been an occasion for people around the world to acknowledge and celebrate the fundamental rights that we all...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2014
  • A Recap of the International Human Rights Work at the UU-UNO in 2014

    December 10th is International Human Rights Day . Guided by our principles, Unitarian Universalists are called to advocate for international human rights; to be a voice for the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. Our Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2014
  • The God Wound

    by EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Rev. Tet Gallardo, minister of the Bicutan UU Church in Manila (Philippines), reflects on the challenging process of healing, grappling with doubt, the relativity of certainty, and resiliency in the face of natural disaster. The...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/8/2014
  • Social Entrepreneurs Challenge: International Bridges to Justice

    This guest blog post comes from Lara Fuchs, an MDiv student at Meadville Lombard Theological School working towards becoming a UU minister. She is also President of the UU's of Basel (Switzerland), Secretary of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists' Executive...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/3/2014
  • Shape the Global U/U Story: Participate in #GivingtUUsday

    In the United States, we have one day for giving thanks, two days for getting deals; now, globally, we have a day for giving back: #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, December 2nd, families, students, community centers, businesses, and charities around the world come together for the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/2/2014

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