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:

We Stand for Religious Freedom

We Stand for Religious Freedom

The Temple of Understanding has long championed the freedom of religion and the separation of Church and State, as declared in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Religious freedom also means freedom from the imposition of religion. We stand with multiple...

8th annual CSW66 Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Remembrance

8th annual CSW66 Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Remembrance

Dear Friends, Please join us March 23, 2022 (ET) at 2 pm for the 8th annual CSW66 Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Remembrance. The Temple of Understanding is again honored to collaborate on this important annual event with colleagues from NGOCSW, URI, United...

Women’s Initiatives

Women’s Initiatives

As a leading interfaith organization founded by a woman, Juliet Hollister, the Temple of Understanding has long been interested in women’s full contributions to society as a pathway to peace. Our most recent Hollister award recipient is Ela Gandhi, an internationally...

Chief Arvol Looking Horse to open FORUM2020

Chief Arvol Looking Horse to open FORUM2020

We are very honored to announce that Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle for the Great Sioux Nation, will be offering opening prayers for our online FORUM2020 this year as well as giving a keynote address....

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