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  • Californians are Thirsty But the State’s Fracking Wells Aren't

    As many of you may know, the UU United Nations Office is dedicated to combating climate change and environmental degradation. Staying abreast of both domestic and international issues, we are very concerned about the water crisis in California. In the midst of one of the worst...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/25/2014
  • 5 Day Fast For Climate Change

    My name is Caroline, and I am a graduate student intern with the UU-UNO Climate Change Program. In light of the Typhoon disaster in the Philippines, I have decided to fast during the last week of the Warsaw Conference . From sunrise Monday the 18th, until sundown Friday the 22nd...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/17/2014
  • IARF World Congress: Challenges for Religious Freedom in the Digital Age

    Registration is open for the IARF 34th WORLD CONGRESS which will be held from 24-27 August, 2014 at Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK . The keynote speaker is Karen Armstrong, leader in the creation of THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION. Small group sessions and outings will...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/14/2014
  • Sacred Roots: Indigenous Rights, Resistance, and Reclamation - Recap

    Since 1957 the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has hosted an annual Spring Seminar. In 1998 the event became an intentionally inter-generational space that brought together youth, young adults, and adults in shared dialogue around issues that matter to our Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/14/2014
  • The Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge

    Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, who became the icon of forgiveness as the Chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, are issuing a Global Forgiveness Challenge to coincide with the release of their long-anticipated...
    By Eric Cherry | 4/2/2014
  • CSW 58 in Review

    After two weeks of discussion, argument, song, dance, discernment, and community building, the 58th Commission on the Status of Women has drawn to a close. Hundreds of individuals from all over the world to foster dialogue regarding the role of women in the Post-Millennium-...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/21/2014
  • In Remembrance of the Manya Krobo Paramount Queen Mother

    In Remembrance of Madam Mary Rose Quist (Nana Manye Mamle Okleyo) Manya Krobo Paramount Queen Mother (1920-2013) During our February 7-14 visit to the Every Child is Our Child Project in Ghana, we were saddened to learn of the passing of the Paramount Queen Mother of the Manya...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/17/2014
  • Healing Our World and Ourselves

    Thanks to generous donations from members of the Climate Change Task Force and the fundraising efforts of Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida , the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office's (UU-UNO) Climate Change program intern, Caroline Achstatter, was able to attend...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/12/2014
  • Meet Susan: Every Child is Our Child Student and Future Nurse!

    During our 2014 Every Child Is Our Child site visit I had the pleasure of meeting Susan and was immediately taken aback by the fire and determination in her eyes. Susan is one of our four Senior High School Students and the only one who is not boarding at her school. It is...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/11/2014
  • CSW's 58th Session and the UU-UNO's Parallel Events

    Background of CSW The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It was established on 21 June 1946. It is the principal global intergovernmental policy-making body that dedicated to the promotion of gender...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/10/2014
  • Spring Seminar in Retrograde: Top Five Countdown!

    By Dylan Debelis Since 1957 the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has hosted an annual Spring Seminar. In 1998 the event evolved into an intentionally intergenerational space that brought together youth, young adults, and adults in shared dialogue around issues that...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/6/2014
  • An Open Letter to World Leaders

    Calling to end pushing LGBTIs into double victimization! First, donors do not fund LGBTI support programs (except few exceptions over the recent years and its too little). Second, donors continue funding governments ignoring their human rights violations against LGBTIs. As an...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/5/2014
  • Uganda and Beyond

    by Val Kalende ( Reposted from the Huffington Post) Uganda's "jail the gays" bill will likely become law anytime soon perhaps as soon as this week. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promised Ugandans that he will assent to the bill after receiving medical evidence from...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/4/2014
  • Basic Freedoms in a Homophobic World

    On February 27th, 2014 the NGO Committee on Human Rights and Unitarian Univeralist United Nations Office held a panel discussion on Homophobia around the world.The panel centered on actions taken by the Russian, Ugandan, Nigerian, and Indian governments against the LGBTQIA...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/4/2014
  • 2014 Every Child is Our Child Site Visit

    In early February, Bruce Knotts, UU-UNO Director, and Maria Militano, Every Child is Our Child (ECOC) intern, traveled to Odumase Krobo, Ghana for our yearly monitoring visit. The purpose of this visit was to maintain our relationship with the ECOC leaders, build new...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/26/2014
  • Meet Susan: Our Wonderdul High School Student

    During our 2014 site visit (INSERT LINK), we had the pleasure of meeting a very special student that has been in our program since 2010. Susan is an inspiring young woman whose resilience and perseverance shines through. She is 18 years of age and is in her first year of Senior...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/24/2014
  • 'Anti-gay' bill becomes law in Uganda (updated)

    It was dreadful to wake up this morning to the news that the President of Uganda had signed the 'anti-gay' bill into law. Though this action has looked likely for weeks, there has been some hope that Museveni would challenge the popular will in his country. Instead, he re-...
    By Eric Cherry | 2/24/2014
  • Final Session of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development

    We are Here, and We are Heard Once again, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) played an active role during the final session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development. Between the dates of February 3rd and 7th, the OWG8 discussed important...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/21/2014
  • Eleanor Mason

    Our esteemed colleague and beloved friend Eleanor Mason passed January 29th, 2014, peacefully in her daughter's arms at the age of 94. A founding member of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (MUF), Eleanor was the UU-UNO volunteer Envoy Coordinator for many years, succeeded by...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/18/2014
  • KUJENGA MADARAJA: Spanning Cultures

    New York became the World Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist community hub when 120 participants from 25 different countries gathered January 27-31 for the Council Meeting and Conference of the International Council of Unitarian Universalists (ICUU)). This was first time that...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/14/2014

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