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:

People’s Assembly in New York City, 2019

People’s Assembly in New York City, 2019

The Temple of Understanding participated in the recent People's Assembly in New York City, Sept 24- 25, 2019 as civil society gathered on the outskirts of the UN's General Assembly to raise our voices in unison.  The outcome document is a comprehensive call to action....

CSW63: Commission on the Status of Women

CSW63: Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women in NYC is an incredible opportunity for connecting with others doing advocacy around the globe. So many of the sessions offer truly inspirational resources and are crucial for the systemic transformations we need.

TOU at the 2019 Commission on the Status of Women #CSW63

TOU at the 2019 Commission on the Status of Women #CSW63

This interactive panel will focus on pragmatic aspects of women’s empowerment and sustainable development. Speakers include Puerto Rican women working towards a citizen’s audit of the debt, a chaplain working on ratification of CEDAW in the US, and a former guerrilla now grandmother speaking on personal practices of peace.

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions Report

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions Report

The Temple of Understanding greatly enjoyed connecting with colleagues and friends at this year’s Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Ontario. We are especially proud to have worked with environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate Dr. Vandana Shiva at her second Parliament.

Interfaith Education Programs

Interfaith Education Programs

As a leader in interfaith education for over 50 years, the Temple of Understanding creates programs to address the new challenges of an interconnected, global society.

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