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  • Climate Change Conference Roundup: Commit2Respond NOW to Mitigate Climate Change

    I had the privilege of speaking at, leading discussions, and participating in two amazing meetings on Climate Change. The first was the week-long International Affairs Conference on Climate Change on Star Island, NH, featuring several amazing leaders in this field of climate...
    By Bruce Knotts | 8/18/2015
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  • Potential Government Shut Down Due to Funding Dispute Over Planned Parenthood

    Over the past two weeks, two videos have been released showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue after abortions and even negotiating the prices charged for that tissue. Planned Parenthood condemned the scam for deceptively characterizing its...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/7/2015
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  • Women in a Changing Cuba: a discussion with Reverend Dr. Ofelia Ortega Suárez

    “Vivir en la esparanza; Live in Hope”. This quote comes from Reverend Dr. Ofelia Ortega Suárez. She spoke at the UN Church Center Friday, July 17, 2015, on the topic of “Women in a Changing Cuba”. You could not ask for a better person to speak on this topic than Dr. Suárez. She...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/21/2015
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  • Human Rights Roundtable: Civil Society Engages with Permanent Mission of China for the First Time

    On Thursday, July 2nd, the Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO) Committee on Human Rights hosted a roundtable discussion with the Permanent Mission of People’s Republic of China to the United Nations. With the help of keynote guest speaker Yao Shaojun, counsellor of the Chinese...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/17/2015
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  • Building a New Way Globally at General Assembly 2015

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7625,7616,7627,7622,7618,7619,7617,7624"] The 54th anniversary of the UUA’s General Assembly was a rich and interconnected hub of activity on the international front as we hosted guests representing over eight nationalities. Additionally,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/13/2015
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  • Emergency Burma Meeting - Raising Awareness About Violence Against Religious and Ethnic Burmese Minorities

    On June 2nd, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office co-sponsored the meeting, ‘ Burma Refugee Emergency Roundtable: Democracy or Demonizations? ’ with Burma Task Force USA and the Amnesty International United Nations Office. Stakeholders such as Amnesty International,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/17/2015
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  • UU Puerto Rico Marches with Pride!

    [gallery type="rectangular" ids="7593,7592"] Rev. Mark Bowen, leader of Unitarios Universalistas de Puerto Rico , shares the following update: UU Puerto Rico was proud to march in the 25th Annual San Juan Pride Parade on Sunday June 6th! Our small, but growing, congregation...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/16/2015
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  • Peace and Planet Mobilization and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference

    The 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT Rev Con) took place at the UN from April 27th to May 22nd. Though the NPT is a legally binding treaty that calls on nations that possess nuclear weapons to negotiate "in good faith" toward the goal of total...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/1/2015
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  • From the Director: Women’s Rights and Human Rights: The Path to Full Participation, April 28th Breakfast

    Over the past twelve months, I’ve found myself a regular invitee at the Council on Foreign Relations here in New York City. Richard Haass is the Director. I met him from time to time when I was an American Diplomat in Kenya and Sudan. On April 28th I was invited to a breakfast...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/29/2015
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  • A Unitarian Pilgrimage to Transylvania

    Reverend Kent Saleska, minister of the UU congregation in Wayzata, MN has provided terrific blogposts and photos from the UU Partner Church Council's most recent pilgrimage to Transylvania . ...this religious pilgrimage moved and changed me. First, I saw history come alive: I...
    By Eric Cherry | 5/15/2015
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • "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
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