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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • 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
  • A Call to Action for the Australia & New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association

    At the 2017 conference for the Australia and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association (ANZUUA), the new ANZUUA president Rev. Rob MacPherson issued a growth challenge to member organizations in the region.
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/24/2018
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Statement to the Global Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (U/U) community

    The Hungarian Unitarian Church (HUC) – a leader in global U/Uism and a partner with whom we have a long history and a committed relationship – is currently struggling with its institutional position on marriage equality. Earlier today, October 28, 2017, the HUC Synod issued a...
    10/27/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Not Just A Statistic: 2017 DACA Repeal

    On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—an Obama-era program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. DACA was introduced on June 15th,
    By Katia Altern | 9/12/2017
  • 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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