Envoy News February 2020
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News and updates from the UU-UNO to keep you informed.
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February is always a busy month at the UU-UNO as we prepare for our upcoming events in March (Commission on the Status of Women parallel events) and April (Intergenerational Spring Seminar). This year is no different! As spring approaches, so does the next opportunity to engage in large-scale climate action: The 50th Earth Day is April 22 and Unitarian Universalists and climate activists around the world are gearing up for a global climate strike that week. There are so many ways to participate in the struggle for climate justice, and this month's Envoy News is full of them. Read carefully below and I hope your congregation will be able to participate in at least one.

Here are the minutes from the February Envoy conference calls. Our next call will be March 17 - please RSVP here.

Blue Ribbon Congregations will be announced in May and will receive their award plaques at the Canadian Unitarian Council's National Conference in Halifax, NS and at the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly in Providence, RI. Please send me a note if you think your congregation will qualify but you haven't heard from me yet.

In faith, love, hope, and justice,

Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate

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The work of the Unitarian Universalist office at the United Nations involves coalition-building and drumming up support among Member States and fellow non-governmental organizations for the issues UUs care about. The UU-UNO's work on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) human rights was successful a decade ago because of the support the initiative got from influential countries like the United States. As you might imagine, our UU United Nations Office can no longer depend on partnership with the United States in addressing human rights and social justice concerns at the United Nations. Our shared values of racial and immigration justice, climate justice, indigenous sovereignty, reproductive justice, SOGI rights and equality, and more are at stake in the upcoming national elections. The most important thing that we can all do is vote - and help others to register to vote - for local, state, and national governments that will promote respect for human rights, the rule of just and equitable laws, sustainable development, and all the values we hold dear.  A U.S. government with its mission to the United Nations working for our shared values will make the UU-UNO’s job at the United Nations much easier and more effective. In this political moment, UUs are called to join forces with all people who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. Visit to get involved.
Photo from UUA General Assembly 2019, by Isaac Humphrie
A look behind, a look ahead
March 2: Registration deadline for UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar
March 8: International Women's Day
March 9-20: Annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) forum at UN Headquarters in NYC
March 10: UNO hosts parallel-event on preventing discrimination against trans folx in healthcare as part of CSW.
March 15: Early registration deadline for UUA General Assembly
March 17:
UNO hosts parallel-event on doulas in at-risk communities as part of CSW.
March 17: March Envoy Conference Call featuring staff-person from UU the Vote campaign: Bring your questions!
March 19: UNO co-hosts parallel-event on women's leadership for sustainability as part of CSW.
April 15-18:
Intergenerational Spring Seminar
All In For Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet
April 18: UUA MidAmerica Regional Assembly in Rockford, IL
April 22:
50th Earth Day
April 24-26: UUA Pacific Southwest District Assembly in San Luis Obispo, CA
April 30: Registration deadline for CUC National Conference

May 15-17: National Conference and AGM for the Canadian Unitarian Council in Halifax, NS
May 21-27: Journey to Honduras for migrant justice with UUCSJ
June 24-28:
UUA General Assembly in Providence, RI


The following "Time to Act" suggestions for February 2020 will be related to the Seventh Sustainable Development Goal: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts - focusing on target 13.3 (Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.) SDG 13? WHY IT MATTERS!

  • Register to attend the Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet (Registration closes March 2):
  • Organize your congregation and local partners to participate in a global Climate Strike on April 22, the 50th Earth Day!
  • Make climate justice a key part of your UU the Vote activities

Host a screening in your congregation

UU Ministry for Earth is a proud Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary, The Condor and The Eagle, and has set a goal of holding 300 UU community film screenings on (or around) World Water Day (Sunday, March 22). Can your congregation be one of them?

These screenings will be opening celebrations for UU Ministry for Earth's Spring for Change: A Season of Sacred Activism and benefit events to catalyze UU Indigenous frontline solidarity through the Create Climate Justice initiative. Additional resources will be provided for congregations who wish to use the film screening as an entry into continued learning and action around the issues featured in the film.

April 16-18, 2020 - New York City

I hope to see lots of Envoys at the UU-UNO's 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In For Climate Justice: People Power Planet. Please be aware of the deadline for Registration: March 2, 2020. And remember: Envoys get a $50 discount with the code ENVOY. Registration is open through March 2 and those who are attending should consider applying to volunteer as a Collaboration Group Leader. We're excited about the programming in store and look forward to equipping participants with skills to take action during the Earth Day week following the Seminar and beyond!

Find more at

Get Excited for the UU-UNO's 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar

By Alana Campbell, Women's Rights Intern

The 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar on Climate Justice is almost here! Discussions and events surrounding climate justice will be held for three days. Here’s an overview of what to be excited about, from worship to workshops.......

The Two Breaths of Our Earth

By Sydney Boyer, UU-UNO Program Intern

"Our planet is made up of two breaths. One comes from the oceans and the other comes from the trees. Today, the oceans are under severe stress of being able to provide this to the world." These words were part of remarks delivered by H.E. Dr. Satyendra Prasad, Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN .......

Keep yourself and your congregation informed about important news coming from the UN
New protected species - Ten new migratory species, including Asian elephants, jaguars, and great Indian bustards, were added to a global wildlife protection agreement. This newly adopted Gandhinagar Declaration will be incorporated into a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework which is expected to be adopted in October at the UN Biodiversity Conference.

Violence in Cameroon - Four senior UN officials issued a joint statement on Friday deploring the continued human rights abuses committed against civilians, including women and children, in the south-west and north-west regions of Cameroon.

Weapons and terrorism - The UN has launched a new project to address the link between terrorism, arms, and crime. Cheap and easily accessible small arms are increasingly becoming the "weapon of choice" for many terrorist groups, the UN counter-terrorism chief said.

South Sudan - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) in South Sudan. He commended the parties for the "significant achievement in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan".
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