Bruce Knotts

Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations Director

UU Office at the United Nations in International Resources

Email: bknotts@uua.org

Telephone: (703) 629-5212

Image of Bruce Knotts in front of the flags at UN Headquarters in NYC

Bruce Knotts is the Director of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations. He was born and raised in Southern California. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Pepperdine University and his Master’s Degree in International Education from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; both in California. Bruce was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. He worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia and on a World Bank contract in Somalia, before he joined the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. In 2004, Bruce was elected to the Board of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA). Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and joined the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations as its Executive Director at the beginning of 2008.

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International Unitarian Universalism

No More Time to Procrastinate

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
When it comes to the climate crisis, there is no room for the usual political games and procrastination. Decisive action is required right now.
Faced With a False Dilemma

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
We need to address the root causes of violence by addressing the needs of affected communities, rather than through militarized repression and control.
Authoritarian Leaders on Notice

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
The world seems to be witnessing a growth in authoritarian governments. Especially during difficult times, we must hold human rights violators accountable.
Police Killings and the United Nations

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
A new UU@UN initiative aims to have the UN classify police killings as extrajudicial, pushing for an end police militarization globally.
To Counter Indifference

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
UU@UN Director Bruce Knotts urges readers to reject indifference in the face of urgent issues like climate justice and food equity.
White Supremacy Is a Scourge on the World

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
White supremacist and nationalist ideologies are rising to power globally, a trend that manifests in surging anti-immigrant policies.
A Virtual Future for the UUA Office at the United Nations

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
The UUA Office at the United Nations will continue with 100% virtual operations for the foreseeable future.
Human Rights: What and How?

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
A reflection from UU@UN Director Bruce Knotts on where human rights come from and who is responsible for making sure we all have access to human rights
Defending Democracy in an Autocratic World

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
Despite the swearing-in of a new U.S. president, threats to democracy remain around the world, including in the United States.
Why Maintain a UU Presence at the United Nations?

Bruce Knotts

From UUA International
The UU@UN’s role is to be part of the conversation at the UN where global decisions are made. 2020 saw this advocacy continue in virtual settings.

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