Envoy News September 2020
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News and updates from the UU@UN to keep you informed.
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This year's United Nations General Assembly was different from any other year. I'm sure no one who lives in Manhattan missed the deluge of motorcades and street blockages that normally comes from the annual Heads of State pilgrimage to UN Headquarters. With addresses being delivered remotely this year, Manhattan stayed quiet. (Supposedly! I've only actually been to Manhattan a handful of times since March to get the mail from our office.)

Speaking of which, let this be a reminder that all donations should please be sent directly to be processed at the UUA in Boston (UUA, Attn: Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210), not to our office in NYC. Just be sure to make out checks to UU Office at the UN.

The big news these days is all about the UN's 75th anniversary. The UN conducted a survey earlier this year and have issued a report that summarizes where the world wants the UN to focus its efforts in the years ahead. Read about that UN75 report here and watch a summary of the UN General Assembly's UN75 commemoration event.

As a reminder, please note the details of the Sixth Principle Congregation Award, announced last month, which takes the place of the Blue Ribbon Award. Feel welcome to share this announcement to encourage your congregation to achieve the award!

Monthly Envoy Meetings:

In faith, love, hope, and justice,

Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate

Some recommended text to put in your congregation's newsletter.

This year, the United Nations is celebrating its 75th birthday, and the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the UN, in collaboration with the Canadian Unitarian Council, will be commemorating that anniversary with a special virtual event co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Human Rights: "Our Goal of World Community: the United Nations at 75." In the current moment of simultaneous global political, social, economic, health, and climate crises, continued involvement with and investment in international cooperation could not be more critical. During this event we'll talk about how Unitarian Universalists can make our mark for global justice. The event will feature speakers from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs, and the UN Department of Global Communications, as well as from the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Canadian Unitarian Council. All are welcome to join via Zoom on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Eastern. See details and register ahead of time to attend:
This year's UN General Assembly included socially distanced delegates and mask-wearing.
A look behind, a look ahead

September 14: UU@UN Interns begin for the academic year.
September 22: September Envoy Conference Calls
September 21:
International Day of Peace, and Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations: "The Future We Want, the UN We Need"
September 30: United Nations Biodiversity Summit
October 20:
October Envoy Conference Call?
October 22: UU@UN hosts "Our Goal of World Community: The UN at 75" virtual event to honor the UN's 75th anniversary.
October 24:
United Nations Day
October 25:
Recommended date for UN Sunday
November 13-15: Canadian Unitarian Council National Fall and Regional Gathering
December 10: Human Rights Day


The following "Time to Act" suggestions for September 2020 will be related to the Second Sustainable Development Goal: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture - focusing on target 2.1 (By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round) SDG 2? WHY IT MATTERS!

Before the covid-19 pandemic, the world was already seeing global food insecurity on the rise: the global population with moderate to severe food insecurity grew from 23.2% in 2014 to 26.4% in 2018. The pandemic has only made this worse, adding an additional threat to food systems that were under stress from climate shocks, conflict, and the locust crisis in East Africa and Yemen. You can use your power as a consumer and voter, demanding businesses and governments make the choices and changes that will move towards making Zero Hunger a reality. You can join the Global Movement for Zero Hunger by joining the Zero Hunger Challenge ( to learn more, including more ways to take action.


This year's UN Sunday theme is "All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet." If you haven't yet, click below to check out the UN Sunday resources which is full of resources for planning a service and related congregational action along this theme. These are the congregations I know of that have UN Sunday service or event scheduled (and if either Bruce or I will be making a virtual appearance):
September 27: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa, ON (Bruce)
October 18: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, MD (Bruce)
October 25: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Long Beach, CA (Bruce)
Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, MD (Bruce)
                    Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, NY (Bruce)
                    Unitarian Church of All Souls, NYC (Allison)
                    All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Watertown, NY (Allison)
                   San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, TX (Bruce)
                   Red River Unitarian Universalists, TX (Bruce)

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Keep yourself and your congregation informed about important news coming from the UN
COVID cooperation - The UN Secretary-General called for all nations to provide further urgently needed funds – the equivalent of the total spent on cigarettes worldwide every two weeks – on behalf of global COVID-19 vaccine efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere, gets protection from the virus.

Gender in Thailand - Chief executives of 110 companies in Thailand have signed up to a new set of UN principles on women’s economic empowerment, pledging to improve gender equality in the boardroom, equal pay for equal work, and safer and more inclusive workplaces.

South Sudan floods - Torrential rains and flooding across South Sudan have created the threat of "catastrophic" levels of hunger and left hundreds of thousands homeless, UN humanitarians said.

Biodiversity Summit - Read special live coverage from UN News of the UN Summit on Biodiversity, where activists and senior UN officials are calling for urgent action on biodiversity, to help ensure sustainable development for all.
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