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 Statement on Human Right to Food at UN Human Rights Council

TOU Statement on Human Right to Food at UN Human Rights Council

In collaboration with the Mining Working Group and Franciscans International, the Temple of Understanding is honored to contribute a statement on the Human Right to Food for the thirty-first session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Special thanks to Sylvia Rossini for delivering the statement, entitled “Human Rights: Foreign Debt and the Right to Food.”

Harvard Launches Free Online Class To Promote Religious Literacy

Harvard Launches Free Online Class To Promote Religious Literacy

To combat this illiteracy, Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to the masses. The courses are being offered via an online learning platform called edX, which Harvard University launched with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012.

Interfaith Service at UN CSW, 3/18/16

Interfaith Service at UN CSW, 3/18/16

The Temple of Understanding is a co-sponsor and organizing partner of the “Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Gratitude” which was held Friday, March 18th in the Chapel of the Church Center for the United Nations as part of the 2016 Commission on the Status of Women.

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