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:
- Mining Working Group
- Women’s Major Group
- United Nations Environmental Program
- NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief
- Women’s Working Group on Financing For Development
- UN Committee on the Rights of Indigenous People
- Committee of Religious NGOs – Climate Working Group
During the opening session of the Assembly, President Barack Obama cited the importance of civil society proclaiming that “Civil Society is the conscience of our communities, and America will always extend our engagement abroad with citizens beyond the halls of government. We will call out those who suppress ideas, and serve as the voice for the voiceless.”
The MDGs adopted by the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000 committed nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty with timebound targets to be accomplished by 2015.
Sr. Joan Kirby, former chair and member of the Executive Committee, attended the 63rd annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in Melbourne, Australia, on September 1, 2010.
Nigeria: Adamawa Religious Leaders Parley On Peace, 24 June 2010 Yola — As part of efforts to ensure peaceful co-existence among Christians and Muslims, the Nigerian Inter Religious Council (NIREC) Adamawa State chapter yesterday started a meeting to discuss and …
Faith and Values Organizations Form Coalition to Advance UN Decade for Inter-religious Cooperation for Peace
Forty-five religious, interfaith, and value-based organizations from five continents agreed to form a coalition to advance a “United Nations Decade for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding, and Cooperation for Peace.”