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ENVOY NEWS
September 2015
Dear ,

Greetings! Big news from the UN: The United Nations General Assembly met this past weekend for the Sustainable Development Summit and formally adopted the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda (including the Sustainable Development Goals) that will push our world towards development by 2030. When the Millennium Development Goals were adopted in the year 2000, one major barrier to success was the fact that hardly anyone even knew about the goals until 2010. It's important that this does not happen again for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - and lots of organizations, companies, and groups are teaming up to make sure that doesn't happen. That includes you! One of your jobs as an Envoy is to let your congregation know about the important work of the UN and this is a big one. If lots of people are aware of the sustainable development agenda that our governments have committed to, we can hold them accountable and help them to make the goals a reality by 2030. So, let's spread the word! Below I have provided a sample bit of text you can use in your congregation's newsletter to spread the word about the SDGs:

On September 25, 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals show our governments' commitments to wipe out poverty, tackle climate change, fight inequality, and enhance medical and educational access over the next 15 years. But between now and 2030, they will need our help to successfully achieve these 17 goals! Let's do what we can as a congregation and as individuals to contribute to this global effort. Visit sustainabledevelopment.un.org to learn more and spread the word.

Join your fellow Envoys and me for our bi-monthly Envoy conference call in October. You can RSVP here! In the meantime, you can always be in touch with fellow Envoys through the "UU-UNO Envoys" Facebook group. More info on how to use the Facebook group here.

When planning your UN Sunday service, remember to keep in mind the Blue Ribbon Congregation requirements if you'd like your congregation to try for that award this year!

In faith, love, hope, and justice,

Allison Hess
Envoy Coordinator
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
TIME TO ACT
Sharing information and news is important, but you want to make change in your local and global community. Here's how.  

Sustainable Development Goals
In light of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the following "Time to Act" suggestions will be related to the First SDG: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.  

ENVOY TASKS
Please complete the following tasks by the end of October.
  1. Please email me a few pictures of your UN Sunday service!

  2. Educate yourself on the Sustainable Development Goals and see if you can post something about them (suggested blurb in intro note above) in your congregation's newsletter.
September Review: (1) Tell me when your UN Sunday service will be (2) Join the Spring Seminar Planning Committee
Upcoming Events
A look behind, a look ahead


September 7: UU UN Office closed for Labor Day

September 11-18: Allison out of office.

September 15: Opening of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

September 21: International Day of Peace

September 25-27: UN General Assembly Sustainable Development Summit


October 6-7: Bruce in Washington DC representing the UUA at a Multi-Faith Consultation on the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs

October 12: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 20
: UU-UNO hosts an LGBTQ Asylum Event at the UN Church Center

October 24: United Nations Day - 70 Years since the signing of the UN Charter!

October 25: UN Sunday
 
SDGs v. Global Goals?
Perhaps you have heard of the "Global Goals for Sustainable Development" and wondered if this was the same thing as the SDGs? Indeed! In some (often more conservative) circles, reference to the UN is frowned upon. But we need those people also to help the world move toward sustainable development! So the Global Goals is a term that is more "accessible" and can be used when speaking to people who aren't so keen on the UN. Feel free to check out www.globalgoals.org for some tips and resources to spread the word!
UN Sunday
These are the UN Sunday services scheduled as of August. Please let me know if you are having a service or event so I can add you to the calendar! If we're not already booked, Bruce and I are happy to come speak at your congregation.
October 4: Unitarian Fellowship of Huntington, NY (Allison speaking)
October 11: Fourth Universalist Society in New York, NY (Bruce speaking)
Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, MD
October 18:  Germantown Unitarian Society in Philadelphia, PA
Durango UU Fellowship in Durango, CO
Grand River Unitarian Church in Kitchener, ON
UU Church of Marblehead, MA (Bruce speaking)
Northshore UU Church in Danvers, MA (Bruce speaking)
First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, ON
Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, NY
UU Church of Surprise, AZ
First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, ON
South Fraser Unitarian Congregation in Surrey, BC
October 25:  All Souls UU Church in Watertown, NY (Allison speaking)
UU Fellowship at Salisbury, MD (Bruce speaking)
Mountian Vista UU Congregation in Tucson, AZ 
UU Congregation of Castine, ME
First Unitarian Church of St Louis, MO
Glacier UU Fellowship in Kalispell, MT
UU Church of Olinda in Ruthven, ON
November 29: Conejo Valley UU Fellowship in Thousand Oaks, CA (Allison speaking)
January 10: First Unitarian Society of Wilmington, DE (Bruce speaking)
Compassionate Connections
UU-UNO's Annual Fall Fundraiser
You can help us!

Many of you Envoys are not nearby New York City, so probably won't be able to make it to our Fall Fundraiser on November 5th. But you can still be involved and help the UU-UNO raise money! 

How's that? 

By donating something to our auction!

The event will include both live and silent auctions and we are very happy to accept any kind of donation. It might be:

- a beautiful necklace you never wear

- a week at your cozy mountain lodge

- a voucher for a 10 piano lessons

- a basket of luxurious beauty supplies

or anything you have to give that someone else might enjoy! These donations will help the UU-UNO raise the money to continue the crucial work we do to protect the rights of all people and our planet. Please help us however possible!

News: United Nations
Include the following in your congregation's newsletter, website, and/or bulletin!   
LGBTQ rights - The first ever joint statement on ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people was released on Monday September 29 from 12 UN agencies. This is a hugely important step as it puts pressure on governments worldwide to take action to fight homophobic and transphobic violence.

Violent Extremism - A large focus of the UN General Assembly this week has been countering the threat of violent extremism. US President Barack Obama hosted a summit to address this threat which continues to grow in the form of groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is critical for the United Nations to work together, as is its mission, to achieve peace.

Libya - Warring factions in Libya serve as an obstacle as Libyans struggle to rebuild their country. Meanwhile, the country's acting Head of State demanded united UN action against ISIL which also poses a threat to Libya's fledgling democracy by destabilizing and spreading chaos "from Mauritania to Bangladesh."

Refugees - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a high-level meeting at the UN this week to address the refugee crisis in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Member states discussed challenges faced and the need to be prepared for migrants, as well as techniques for how to handle the huge number of displaced people.
Program Updates
For more information on any of the program areas, email unintern@uua.org with "Attn: [program]" in the subject line.
LGBTQ Human Rights

We are working on bringing a focus on LBTI (lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) issues to the Commission on the Status of Women forum at the UN in March, addressing issues of identity and finding/exploring one's faith.
LGBTQ Asylum/
Refugees


We are putting together a workshop on Oct. 20 entitled "LGBTQ Asylum Seekers: Where Do We Go Now?" We're also working on a workshop proposal for the Faith & Justice section of the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference.
Every Child is Our Child

The ECOC program was very grateful to receive a grant recently from the Council for Faith in Action! We are currently focusing on ways to ensure that girls stay in school as well as preparing for our staff visit to Ghana in Nov. 
  
Women's Rights

We're working to start a conversation about language used for sexual and reproductive rights that reach both liberals and conservatives. We are preparing for a panel with representatives from different faiths to address how their faith traditions discuss sexuality and reproductive health.
Climate Justice

The UU-UNO is eagerly preparing for our event a the upcoming international climate conference in Paris. A UUA delegation will discuss the importance of ethics when countries commit to national carbon reductions.
Racial Justice

The UU-UNO has long been committed to racial justice, and it is now a formal new program area. With a focus on the discrimination people of African descent face all over the world, we are currently planning an event at the UN to address this structural racism as a human rights issue.
 
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Central East Region of the UUA
100 W 10th Street Suite 1008
Wilmington, DE 19801
United States