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
In light of the current concerns regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19), CSW64 will suspend after one procedural meeting on 9 March. There will be no general discussion. All CSW side events on UN premises and all NGO parallel events have been cancelled. NGOs with...
Join us! Hear from youth, born after the pivotal Beijing conference, on their feminist perspectives and activisms they assess the continuing need for equality and change. This conversation will be by and for young people, many of them interns at the Temple of...
Report on Side Event to the United Nations 58th Session of the Commisson for Social Development(CSocD)
The priority theme for this year's CSocD was “affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness” and this side event covered legal mechanisms and social protections. Denise Scotto gave an overview of the UN system and the legal aspects...
At the United Nations 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development, with a focus on homelessness, Grove Harris was able to present a critique of austerity measures and a set of healthier alternatives. The American Heritage Dictionary tells us that economy is...
Listen to Rabbi David Rosen, who as "AJC’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs, has been advancing understanding and good relations between religious communities for more than forty years – from the time he served as rabbi of the largest Orthodox Jewish...
The Temple of Understanding is excited to welcome our 2018 student interns to New York City and the United Nations! Read on to meet our interns and learn about the projects they will be pursuing this summer.