CUC and the UU United Nations Office

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s representative at the UN. The UU-UNO is a membership organization of individuals, congregations and institutions in the United States and Canada dedicated to achieving a democratic world community. It is committed to peace, freedom and environmental responsibility, as well as social, civil and economic justice for all.

The Unitarian Universalist Association holds official consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This enables UU delegates to attend UN conferences and summit meetings, submit position papers to ECOSOC bodies, and participate on NGO committees to affect policy concerning UN business. Further, the UUA’s status as a Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) allows UU-UNO members to attend the Annual DPI/NGO Conference in September, Thursday morning briefings in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, and use the DPI/NGO Resource Center and the Dag Haamarskjold Library.

For more information on the UU-UNO, please go to the UUA’s United Nations Page.

The CUC, in partnership with the UU-UNO, is moving forward in United Nations activities. The CUC has a CUC-UN Advisory Council to provide policy advice to the CUC on United Nations activities, and to coordinate the activities of envoys for congregations. These forward-looking initiatives are a result of the CUC – UU-UNO Partnership Agreement renewed in 2017.

CUC – UN Advisory Council

The CUC-UN Advisory Council creates policy on UN activities among Canadian congregations, and supports the CUC in developing and strengthening the network of UN envoys in congregations, and in its UN and UU-UNO related outreach and communication to constituents, donors and others.

Read the Terms of Reference for the CUC-UN Advisory Council. The New CUC-UNO Advisory Council has been formed, and is looking for more participation and membership. Please contact cuc-uno@cuc.ca for more information.

The UU-UNO and CUC Partnership Agreement

The UU-UNO and the CUC signed a partnership agreement in April 2011, which was necessitated by shifts the in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and UU-UNO relationship and their subsequent merger. This, in turn, has an impact on how UU-UNO work is carried out in Canada, hence the CUC and UU-UNO partnership agreement.

The main points under the CUC – UU-UNO agreement are:

  • The UUA assumes governing power for the UU-UNO in the US; the CUC assumes governing power over UU-UNO activities in Canada within the UUA context.
  • The CUC has a staff person designated to Canadian participation in UU-UNO.
  • All communication from UU-UNO to Canadian constituents, envoys and donors goes through the CUC.
  • The UU-UNO has an Advisory Board which helps the UU-UNO department of the UUA in making policy decisions. The CUC is represented by two members on this Advisory Board.
  • The CUC has set up the Canadian UU-UNO Advisory Council which provides the CUC with policy and operational advice on UN initiatives in Canada, priorities, the roles of envoys, etc.
  • All Canadian contributions to UU-UNO will be received by the CUC and sent to the UU-UNO office twice a year. 25% will be retained by the CUC for Canadian priorities within the UU-UNO framework.
  • The CUC has a specific agreement, which meets Canada Revenue Agency requirements for charities operating outside Canada, with the UU-UNO to enhance the work of international UUism in Ghana through the Every Child is Our Child project.
  • The agreement is reviewed and updated annually.

Donations to the Every Child is Our Child project

Canadian donations to the project:

  1. On-line donations can be made. on this page. Choose the appropriate fund.
  2. Send a cheque to the CUC office at 4110-215 Spadina Ave | Toronto ON M5T 2C7
  3. Your congregation’s special collections. Make cheques payable to the CUC, with UU-UNO in the subject line.

For Envoys and UNO Friends

The CUC-UN component of the UU-UNO needs to maintain an accurate idea of the number of UNO envoys in our congregations, and level of interest in UNO activities. Please help us out contacting cuc-uno@cuc.ca if you are an envoy, or are interested in being an envoy.

Communications and Staying in Touch
To communicate with other Canadian UNO supporters and envoys, you can join the email group by sending an email to info@cuc.ca

Upcoming UN Events

Please refer to the UUA UNO site for events, dates and activities, and check out their FaceBook page.

Questions?
Email cuc-uno@cuc.ca