United Nations

Over fifty-five years of service to the global community through our work at the United Nations.

As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council, the TOU is an active member of the NGO community working on the inside of the United Nations to advance social justice. The TOU actively supports the aims and principles of the United Nations by attending world summit meetings, sponsoring programs for NGOs, and participating on committees and coalitions of NGOs with similar values.

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The Temple of Understanding is accredited through ECOSOC with Special Consultative status. We are also accredited by the DPI.

AccreditationsWhat is ECOSOC?

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was established under the UN Charter as the principal entity to coordinate economic, social and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions.


Non-governmental organizations have been partners of the Department of Public Information (DPI) since its establishment in 1947. NGOs with effective information programs disseminate information about issues on the UN’s agenda and the work of the Organization. Through associated NGOs DPI seeks to reach people around the world and help them better understand the work and aims of the United Nations.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Temple of Understanding is engaged in work towards the Sustainable Development Goals, which have replaced the Millennium Development Goals as focal points for global efforts to eradicate poverty and guide development in sustainable
directions. The United Nations has a number of web portals on this work, as part of the effort to engage the global community.

UN Summer Student Internship

Since 2005, the Temple of Understanding has implemented its commitment to education of young people by hosting a Summer Internship at the United Nations.  High school students from different parts of the USA as well as many other countries spend five intensive weeks learning about the United Nations by attending open meetings of the Security Council, the General Assembly and their various Committees. Learn more about TOU’s UN Student Internship or apply >>

More UN Links

Calendar of UN Observances: Days of the year when the UN spotlights issues of critical global importance.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Webcast: Streaming to the World

Moral Imperative Initiative

Other TOU/UN Partnerships and Initiatives