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November 2017

Dear ,

Greetings! During November, many of us watched the COP23 UN climate change conference in Bonn. It was heartening to see youth leaders standing up to protest the official U.S. delegation's insistence on increasing fossil fuel use, and to see faith leaders coming together to promote sustainable lifestyles.

Here are the minutes from the November Envoy calls. It was great hearing about what so many of you did for UN Sunday, as well as the other programs you have going on! Take a look in the pink box below and please join and take advantage of the Google Group to be in direct contact with your fellow Envoys! Beyond just conference calls, you'll be able to share ideas and inspiration with one another and even work together on projects.

Our next conference call will be December 12th, at which UNO Director Bruce Knotts will talk about his recent visit to the Every Child is Our Child program in Ghana, and how the program is doing after 12 years of partnership with the Queen Mothers of Manye Krobo. You won't want to miss this one! Please RSVP here so we can get a head count.

In faith, love, hope, and justice,

Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate

Envoy Communication

Join the UU-UNO Envoys Google Group!
On recent Envoy conference calls, there has been an interest in finding ways for Envoys to be in touch with each other, communicating directly on a more frequent basis than the monthly Envoy conference calls.
We've started a Google Group! This Google Group will allow Envoys to communicate with one another via email, to share advice, information, and ideas. Click below to join! Our Facebook Group is still active, but everyone should please consider joining the Google Group as well and... don't forget to share things! These are tools for your use!


The United Nations recently wrapped up the COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. For ten days in November, world leaders, activists, businesses, and others met to address how the world can meet the goals set two years ago in the Paris Agreement. At the conference, delegates adopted a Gender Action plan to support the crucial role of women in combating climate change, as well as a Local Communities and Indigenous People's Platform to support and further the rights and participation of indigenous peoples in climate decisions. While the official U.S. delegates at COP23 were promoting use of fossil fuels, a separate delegation of elected officials and business leaders, as well as a large contingent of youth and faith leaders (including UUs!), were prominent throughout, saying #WeAreStillIn and ensuring that the U.S. remains a global leader and achieves our Paris Agreement goals.
A look behind, a look ahead

November 2: YOUnited Youth Briefing at the UN on how youth can affect change.

November 5: UNO Climate Justice Intern Mengluo's birthday!

November 6-17: UN FCCC COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

November 22-24: UUA offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

December 1: Registration opens for 2018 Intergenerational Spring Seminar "When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All".

December 1: World AIDS Day.

December 1-8: UNO Director Bruce on site visit to Every Child is Our Child program in Ghana.

December 10: Human Rights Day.

December 14-16: UNO Director Bruce in Taiwan for annual summit of the World League of Freedom & Democracy.

December 18: International Migrants Day.

December 23-January 1: UUA offices closed for winter break.


The following "Time to Act" suggestions for November 2017 will be related to the Sixth Sustainable Development Goal: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all - focusing on target 6.1 (By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all), and target 6.3 (By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials...)

Intergenerational Spring Seminar 2018
April 5-7, New York City

Registration Opens this Friday!

Join us in New York City
April 5th - 7th, 2018
Details at
This year's Intergenerational Seminar, When Crisis Calls - Advancing Just Migration for All, will give participants a chance to learn about global movements to address the refugee crisis, and how individuals and congregations can take action.

The tentative schedule is now available online, and programs and additional details will continue to be updated in the coming weeks! Registration opens on Friday, December 1, 2017 - be sure to register early as rates will increase after January 22. Remember: Envoys are entitled to a $50 discount on seminar registration!

As mentioned on the November Envoy call, coming up next year is a huge anniversary for Unitarian history. January 13th, 2018 will be the 450th anniversary of when the Edict of Torda was adopted in Transylvania - the first proclamation of religious freedom that also was the creation of the Hungarian Unitarian Church. All year long there will be events and opportunities to engage with "Torda450" and explore the real meaning of religious freedom in today's world. Some of the opportunities to look forward to include... worship, theological reflection, and pilgrimage. And be sure to let your ministers know about the sermon award!

From the International Blog

Women's Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief

By Sajeela Munir, UU-UNO Religious Freedom & Refugees Program Intern

After the initial passing of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the United Nations in 1981, many states declared "reservations." These reservations related to implementing the document's provisions in their respective states...

UN Marks Thirtieth Anniversary of Call to End Poverty

By Rani Allan, UU-UNO Refugee Program Intern

A large group of concerned and socially-conscious people gathered at the United Nations Headquarters building to remind the world of the fundamental and critical call to end poverty. "Answering the Call of October 17 to End Poverty: A Path Toward Peaceful and Inclusive...

NYC Symposium Recognizes Need for Refugee Action

By Rani Allan, UU-UNO Refugee Program Intern

An annual academic and policy symposium titled Whither Migration? New Directions in Research and Policy in an Era of Nationalism was held in early October at the Center for Migration Studies in New York City. The day-long event covered a number of topics related to the worldwide...

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Attack on UN in Mali - On November 24th, an attack on the UN mission in Mali killed 5 and wounded 21. The attack targeted UN peacekeepers, so Secretary-General Antonio Guterres responded by guaranteeing to ensure the safety and security of UN peacekeepers.

Eliminating Violence - Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that unless the international community combats violence against women, the world will not eliminate poverty or reach any other Sustainable Development Goals. The UN has set up a UN Trust Fund to End Violence against women in order to promote supporting women’s rights.

Forgotten Minority - UNICEF declares that there is a "forgotten minority of children" who are more likely to exist in extreme poverty, be out of school, or be killed by violence compared to the children in those same countries 20 years ago. The UN is working with UNICEF to "take-over" the UN complex to spread awareness.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - Every two weeks the UN posts articles and videos summarizing noteworthy news developments over the past two weeks in the UN system. Find it here!       
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