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News and updates from the UU-UNO to keep you informed.
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Greetings to all! Those who heard my UN Sunday sermon last year during congregational visits know that I'm a big holiday enthusiast. Guess what? Not even counting religious ones, there are a whole bunch of important holidays and events coming up in the next few weeks that we should all be aware of!

Tomorrow Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day (keep an eye out for an email from our Director Bruce Knotts tomorrow about World AIDS Day and our Every Child is Our Child Program.) Then Monday is the start of the two-week UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. A week from Monday is Human Rights Day on December 10th, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! That same day is the beginning of a two-day intergovernmental conference to adopt the Global Compact for Migration. Then (speaking of migration!) December 18th is International Migrants Day. It's a good time to take a minute amidst the bustle of Advent and Hanukkah and etc. to reflect on the importance of these other holidays - what actions can we take in our individual lives to celebrate or honor them?

You should have all received the most recent issue of Act Globally on Tuesday, which contains announcements & information about engagement with global U/U faith in action. So be sure to take a look at the Fall 2018 Act Globally - this Envoy News will be a little shorter than normal but there's still a lot going on!

Here are the minutes from our November Envoy conference calls with Derek Mitchell from the UU Holdeen India Program. We'll have our next meeting in a couple of weeks so get ready for that! Including the normal Envoy call on Dec. 13 (please RSVP here) and an online gathering for Youth Envoys at 8pm EST on December 11th.

In faith, love, hope, and justice,

Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate

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As the world marks Human Rights Day on December 10th, 2018, recognizing the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations will be engaged with two conferences that have enormous implications for human rights. The first is the COP24 climate change conference in Poland December 3-14 that will aim to establish guidelines for the achievement of the goals set forth 3 years ago in the Paris Agreement. The second is the Intergovernmental conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. That compact asserts the need for the universal human rights of all migrants to be respected, protected, and fulfilled at all times. Unitarian Universalists must be aware of these critical happenings in our world community and we must be vigilant in asserting their value despite national policies that may reject them. The Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations continues to keep the pressure on at the UN level, and they are counting on UUs to do the same locally.


Please complete the following tasks by the end of December.

  1. If you didn't already, add your congregation's event to the UN Sunday Services map. I've recently added an instruction sheet to that page. Contact me if you still have trouble.

  2. Are you keeping track of your progress in the Timeline for Envoys that I shared earlier this year? In case you forgot about it, this is a friendly reminder. It's there to help you!
"Quilt of Belonging" at 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions
A look behind, a look ahead

November 1-7: 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto, Canada.
November 6: Election Day in the United States.
November 9: UUA President's Council visits the United Nations and UU-UNO.
November 22-25: UUA Offices closed for Thanksgiving.
December 1: World AIDS Day.
December 1-6: UNO Director Bruce Knotts in Taiwan for annual summit of the World League of Freedom & Democracy.

December 3: Registration opens for UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar.
December 3-14:
COP24 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland.
December 10: Human Rights Day.
December 10: UU-UNO holds panel discussion on climate justice in NYC.
December 10-11: Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration in Marrakech, Morocco.
December 18: International Migrants Day.
December 22-January 1: UUA Offices closed for Winter Break.


The following "Time to Act" suggestions for January 2018 will be related to the Fifteenth Sustainable Development Goal: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss - focusing on target 15.1 (By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought, and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.) SDG 15? WHY IT MATTERS!

Well-managed protected areas support healthy ecosystems, which in turn keep our communities healthy. It is therefore critical for local communities to be involved in the development and management of these protected areas. Do your town or nearby areas have issues with land degradation? Take this issue up with your city council and see what's being done to work towards achieving this target locally by 2030.
  • Host a screening at your congregation of The Biggest Little Farm (in theaters Spring 2019), a documentary about one couple's adventure creating Apricot Lane Farms: turning land that's utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought into a rich and sustainable ecosystem full of life.
New York, NY - April 10-13, 2019

Seminar registration opens on Monday, December 3, 2018!
I look forward to seeing lots of Envoys next Spring at the UU-UNO's 2019 Intergenerational Seminar! As before, Envoys get a $50 discount on registration. If you plan to attend, be sure to register before January 22, as rates increase after that.
We've got some exciting programs being put together looking at the spectrum of gender and identities as well as the intersects of geography, nationality, ability, race, class, education, and sexuality alongside gender. A tentative schedule is available now with the draft program book coming soon. Stay tuned for more!

Find more at

Security and the Human Condition

By Joanne Dufour, Disarmament Volunteer

The First Committee of the United Nations is a forum for countries to hold a dialogue on all disarmament-related matters. Where some countries promote disarmament to strengthen security for their population, others oppose disarmament as a threat to their security.......

Honoring Khashoggi's Legacy

By Roy Meredith, UU-UNO Program Intern

Jamal Khashoggi's defense of the free press and human rights should inspire us to confront tyranny at home and everywhere these rights are threatened. His murder has brought a spotlight to the atrocities U.S. is complicit in through our alliance with Saudi Arabia.......

Reclaim Armistice Day

By Joanne Dufour, Disarmament Volunteer

Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, changing the essence of the holiday about peace to celebrating and honoring patriotism, the warriors, and the wars. What veterans really need is for society to reclaim the spirit of Armistice Day and unite.......

The Amazing Disarmament Work Behind the Scenes of the UN

By Joanne Dufour, Disarmament Volunteer

Credit is seldom given to the daily work performed by international civil servants at the United Nations specialized agencies and programs. In the field of disarmament, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and others.......

Keep yourself and your congregation informed about important news coming from the UN
Yemen war - The ongoing violence in Yemen has forced over a third of all schools there to close and others badly damaged or being used as shelters for displaced families, according to UNICEF rep. in Yemen.

Migrant Caravan
- Hundreds of people from Central America who joined the caravans travelling towards the U.S. have asked for assistance to return home and have been helped home by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Climate Conference - What's at stake at the COP24 UN climate change conference that's happening next week in Poland? Here's a break-down of what you need to know. VIDEO "Why is COP24 So Important?" -

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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