A Brief History: The Unitarian Universalists have been involved with the United Nations since 1946. Both the Unitarians and the Universalists were active in the League of Nations and later closely monitored the creation of the United Nations. In 1956, the Universalists and Unitarians convened the first annual UN Seminar. In 1961, the two denominations merged to form the Unitarian Universalist Association, and opened an office at the UN the following year.
Since that time, the UU-UNO has made history in promoting religious cooperation for peace, the formation of the International Criminal Court, and promoting equal human rights regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. In these three critical areas, the UU-UNO can justly say that it changed world history at the United Nations over its first 50 years.
From 1962-1970, the UU-UNO operated as an office of the UUA. From 1971-2011, it operated as an independent office in association with the UUA. Since July 2011, it operates again as an office of the UUA with both United Nations ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and DPI/NGO (Department of Public Information/Non-Governing Organization) consultative status, which gives the UU-UNO the ability to engage with the UN in powerful and influential ways.
For more information, please see Ned Delaney (UU-UNO Envoy) after service or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.