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:

Stand Up for the Earth: Affirm the Paris Agreement

Stand Up for the Earth: Affirm the Paris Agreement

The Temple of Understanding, one of the oldest interfaith organizations in North America, stands with our many partners, the Parliament of World Religions, faith leaders of all traditions, corporations, universities and concerned citizens in condemning President’s Trump’s unconscionable action pulling out of the Paris Agreement. 

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.

Faith Groups at People’s Climate March, April 29, 2017

Faith Groups at People’s Climate March, April 29, 2017

Grove Harris represented the Temple of Understanding at the April 29 Climate March in D.C. as part of the Interfaith Groups mobilization for People’s Climate Marches. Rev. Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith led the interfaith contingent in sitting down in silence, then joining in a common heartbeat rhythm, and finally rising up in voice, as a special part of the march.Overall, more than 200,000 gathered in Washington DC and millions joined in over 375 marches around the globe, all standing up in concern for our climate and against regressive politics. The 91 degree heat in April did not deter marchers; rather it reinforced concern.Faith in Place: Faithful People Caring for the Earth provided reflections on the People’s Climate March.

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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