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.

The Temple of Understanding is accredited through ECOSOC with Special Consultative status. We are also accredited by the DPI (now the Department of Global Communications.)

Our current work at the UN is in coalition with a set of partners including:

Annually, we offer programming for Interfaith Harmony Week, and the NGO/CSW, and are active in the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and many other UN convenings. Our summer interns attend UN events and develop civic leadership skills.

Updates:

Towards Ending Poverty and Building Ecojustice for Women and Communities

Towards Ending Poverty and Building Ecojustice for Women and Communities

Friday, Mar 15, 2024, 2:30-4:00 PM ET

Speakers: Dr. Riane Eisler, Theresa Ardler, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Dr. Jason Hickel (TBC)

Host: Grove Harris, M.Div.

Topic: New (and old) ways to share care, wealth, and community resilience will be explored in this session, along with the political pathways to make this possible.

Toward Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Toward Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, the UN - Geneva convened a two-day gathering to reaffirm these founding principles and call on governments to place them at the center of policy and action. The event had an important level of...

UN Calls for Humanitarian Ceasefire

UN Calls for Humanitarian Ceasefire

The Temple of Understanding, as a UN Department of Global Communication accredited NGO, offers this information about UN humanitarian efforts in the Israel / Gaza crisis. We pray for the continuation of truce and for ceasefire. According to UN Secretary-General...

Buddhists Engaging at the UN: Environmental Policy Efforts

Buddhists Engaging at the UN: Environmental Policy Efforts

Buddhists Engaging at the UN: Environmental Policy Efforts June, 21, 2023, 3:30- 4:30 pm, School 3, St Salvator’s QuadrangleUniversity of Saint Andrews, Scotland The Temple of Understanding is pleased to offer this round table for the United Kingdom Association for...

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