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Gender Action Plan Integrates Gender Issues into Climate Policies at COP23

Gender Action Plan Integrates Gender Issues into Climate Policies at COP23

Women of Faith Speaking to Structural Change:Empowering Rural WomenThis panel will address systemic problems and solutions that impact rural women and their urban counterparts. Access to education, to decent food, to land and other resources, including safety and respect, profoundly impact women’s enjoyment of human rights. The roots of sex trafficking, of violence against women, and the threats to (and murder of) women frontline human and environmental rights defenders are “cross-cutting” concerns; the panel will focus on solutions and solidarity.

World Interfaith Harmony Week: Feb 1-7, 2018

World Interfaith Harmony Week: Feb 1-7, 2018

The 2018 World Interfaith Harmony Week is coming! World Interfaith Harmony Week is an official observance of the United Nations. It is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative, which in 2007 called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common religious Commandments: Love of God and Love of the Neighbor.

Spiritual Leaders Deliver Interfaith Climate Declaration at COP23 – By Bicycle

Spiritual Leaders Deliver Interfaith Climate Declaration at COP23 – By Bicycle

The COP23 Interfaith Climate Statement on Sustainable Lifestyle, entitled Walk Gently on Earth (Download Here), represents a shared assertion by religious leaders globally that widespread sustainable behavior change is required if global temperature rise is to meet the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement. 

New Water Justice Guides

New Water Justice Guides

The report highlights the impacts decades of trade agreements have had on global freshwater supplies and on the human rights  to water and sanitation. It warns of the dire consequences of a new generation of trade agreements and calls for a drastically different trade regime that would protect people and the environment.

Religious Actors Preventing Violence

Religious Actors Preventing Violence

The inaugural event was held during the July 2017 High Level Political Forum. The Temple of Understanding is proud that our board member Dr. Ephraim Isaac spoke at the September session, as the UN encourages broad stakeholder participation in this crucial initiative. His full address, which is offered below, focuses on personal experience of atrocity, and recommends art and music as part of the solution.

Women’s Human Rights and the SDGs (HLPF 2017)

Women’s Human Rights and the SDGs (HLPF 2017)

In July 2017, a second set of countries presented their progress on the SDGs to the United Nations. Civil society (NGOs and other nonprofits) raised concerns on many fronts, including the shrinking space for diverse people’s voices, the degree of progress, and the rise in attacks on front line human rights defenders around the globe. The Temple of Understanding worked with the Women’s Major Group, mourning the deadly violence against women human rights defenders.

Meet Our 2017 Temple of Understanding Summer Interns!

Meet Our 2017 Temple of Understanding Summer Interns!

On June 26, the Temple of Understanding’s 2017 student interns will arrive at the United Nations! We can hardly wait to meet these talented young people in person. Read on to meet our interns and learn about the projects they will be pursuing at the UN this summer.

Indigenous Issues Events April 25 & 26 in NYC

Indigenous Issues Events April 25 & 26 in NYC

Held during the 2017 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City, these events are open to the public! The Mining Working Group (a coalition of which TOU is a member), the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), and the NGO Committee on Indigenous Peoples will host:Indigenous Stories, South & NorthWhat is the Impact of UNDRIP?   Indigenous Peoples’ Human, Land & Water Rights Cases from the Amazonian Region and Beyond

Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Remembrance (CSW61)

Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Remembrance (CSW61)

The UN Department of Public Information (DPI), in partnership with the Temple of Understanding, presents. Women as Roots of Change: Sustainable Food Production and Sovereignty. Part of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women.

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