Bruce Knotts

High impact career as director of the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations which advocates for human rights, climate justice and demilitarization of the police. Bruce?s career included service in the US State Department with diplomatic assignments worldwide.

Bruce Co-chairs the UN Non-Governmental Organizations Committee on Human Rights; chairs the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security; and serves on the steering committee of the NGO Working Group on the UN Security Council.

Adept in the pragmatic issues of running an organization, from defining strategic mission to negotiation of contracts, real estate and banking arrangements. Make progressive change happen. Proven ability to guide and energize service-focused organizations in achieving tough goals despite opposition, financial limitations and universal red tape.

Successful in championing the rights of indigenous people, women’s sexual and reproductive health rights, anti-racism, climate change action and more.

Pushed discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity human rights at the United Nations from near total apathy on the subject to total and positive engagement and advocacy for equal rights for all regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation or other such characteristics.

Understands how to integrate social and economic goals, and how nonprofit values and structure can help benefit-focused for-profit businesses committed to providing a public betterment alongside their services. Bruce is dedicated to interfaith action. In addition to serving on the Parliament Board, he also is a co-moderator of Religions for Peace, USA.

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Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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