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:

Religions for the Earth Conference

Religions for the Earth Conference

We are proud that Grove Harris, our representative to the United Nations, has been invited to particpate in the Religions for the Earth conference at Union Theological Seminary.

Report on the 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Declaration

Report on the 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Declaration

The 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Declaration was adopted by the conference on August 29, 2014. The TOU’s Grove Harris participated on the drafting team that worked to incorporate contributions to the document over the days of the conference and create a statement that can be used to move the work towards a transformative agenda forward.

TOU at the United Nations: 2015 and Beyond

TOU at the United Nations: 2015 and Beyond

In August, four representatives of the Temple of Understanding will attend this year’s NGO/DPI conference. The theme is 2015 and Beyond, and the outcome document will feed into the UN’s sustainable development goals process.

Cultural Understanding and the Abrahamic Traditions

Cultural Understanding and the Abrahamic Traditions

The multi-part videotaped series Children of Abraham: A Cultural Mosaic explores the influence and impact of the Abrahamic Traditions on all aspects of modern Western culture to create greater awareness and acceptance across all ethnicities and traditions.

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