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:

TOU and Convention on Biological Diversity

TOU and Convention on Biological Diversity

Temple of Understanding is proud to have received accreditation from the United Nations to participate in the upcoming convening of the parties on the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held in Montreal and virtually this December 2022. We will continue to...

Women Interfaith Visionaries

Women Interfaith Visionaries

ECO JUSTICE FOR ALL Dialogues present Women Interfaith Visionaries Free Webinar   Thursday, December 1, 2022, 1-2pm ETThree women leaders of Interfaith organizations that focus on the environment discuss the many challenges and opportunities that have helped shape...

Introduction and Interfaith Actions at COP27

Introduction and Interfaith Actions at COP27

The Temple of Understanding works with a set of colleagues who are participating face-to-face at the upcoming UNFCCC COP27 in Egypt.  This conference is expected to be huge, about 35,000 people, and the civil society inputs will mostly be held on the sidelines, in a...

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...

On Building a Sustainable, Regenerative Ocean Economy

On Building a Sustainable, Regenerative Ocean Economy

Official virtual side event of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference Can Harnessing Blue and Thematic Bonds Build a Sustainable, Regenerative Ocean Economy? Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 1:00-2:30 pm ET by Zoom The Temple of Understanding is proud to co-organize this event as a...

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