United in Action episodes will explore topics related to UN and Tzu Chi missions, shedding light on inequity and action.


Watch our most recent episode as we examine how together we can make a difference, empowering those in need of aid,  with Tzu Chi USA Chief Executive Officer Debra Boudreaux and UNICEF USA Deputy Director of Emergency Coordination Andres Kragelund.

TUESDAY,  June 21, 2022
1 PM ET | 10 AM PT
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About “United in Action”

Filmed at Tzu Chi Center and in collaboration with the Tzu Chi Global Affairs Team, United in Action is an in-depth conversation between our host, Steve Chiu, and representatives from the United Nations community. 

For 30 minutes, we deep dive into topics included in Agenda 2030 from gender equality to climate action with two topic experts. Together they will explore topics aligned with Tzu Chi and the UN 2022 mission to: 

  • improve lives and transform communities by eradicating poverty
  • promoting development and
  • upholding human rights.

These webinars are free and open to the public.
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Episode 4

United in Action: Responding to Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis

Since war broke out in Ukraine this February, millions have been forced to flee from their homes to neighboring countries. Tzu Chi is partnering with international NGOs, like UNICEF, IsraAID, and others, to provide relief supplies, medical services, educational services, psychosocial support, and more to those seeking refuge. We’ll reflect on the emergent challenges of displacement and talk solutions with those working on the front lines in Poland, Moldova, and Romania. From those in affected countries to right here in your local community, everyone can take part in providing those in need with a flourishing future. 

Join us for our episode on Tuesday, June 21st, as we examine how together we can make a difference, empowering those in need of aid,  with Tzu Chi USA Chief Executive Officer Debra Boudreaux and UNICEF USA Deputy Director of Emergency Coordination Andres Kragelund.

About Our Speakers

Debra Boudreaux

Debra is the Chief Executive Officer of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, also known as Tzu Chi USA. She has more than 30 years experience working on major projects related to charity, medicine, education, and humanitarian aid.
Debra is the former Chief Executive Officer of the
Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. She leads Buddhist and Catholic interfaith dialogues and serves as co-chair of the Multi-faith Advisory Council with the UN Interagency Task Force for Religion and Sustainable Development.

Andres Kragelund

Andres leads UNICEF USA’s emergency response for UNICEF-supported emergencies abroad. He coordinates activations for sudden onset and protracted emergencies around the globe, providing insights on UNICEF’s programmatic efforts to address the needs and rights of children.
In previous roles at UNICEF USA, Andres has provided resource mobilization services in the areas of emergency nutrition, health, and sports for development. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Florida and MA in International Development from Northeastern University.

About Our Host

Steve Chiu is Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s Representative at the United Nations. In alignment with Tzu Chi’s work across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Steve works to build relationships, share best practices and develop programs with other organizations to make tangible impacts on the ground, with the mission of alleviating the suffering of those in need. With over 23 years of experience in community-based development and local interfaith partnership, Steve seeks to connect the importance of grassroots action to policies that are being developed on the international level.

Previous Episodes


United in Action: Women and the Climate Crisis

Climate change impacts are here already, and, for now, they’re here to stay. Climate change disproportionately impacts vulnerable communities, which translates to exacerbated gender inequality.

In this premiere episode of United in Action: A Dialogue at the Tzu Chi Center for Compassionate Relief, we discussed the ways we can uplift women and face climate change, turning crisis into opportunity with our two guests Cristina Tirado one of the lead authors of the IPCC 2022 AR6 Report and Saphira Rameshfar, representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.

Upcoming Events

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A woman utilises ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of North Macedonia. When a neighbouring family tries to do the same, it becomes a source of tension as they disregard her wisdom and advice.

Directed by Ljubo Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska
Screening on FEB 25, 2021

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Stung by Climate

Bees pollinate one third of our food, but in recent years beekeepers have seen many of their colonies dying without knowing why. Like many animals, bees depend on weather and, as the climate changes, beekeepers all over the globe may face unprecedented challenges.

Directed by Nils Aucante
Screening on FEB 25, 2021

Tea Mountain Tzu Chi USA
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Tea Mountain: A Life Steeped in Gratitude

The organic tea produced here by a dedicated team of workers has already made a mark on the Taiwanese tea market. Will their heartfelt perseverance set the farm on a path where it can prosper for generations to come?

Directed by Ting Fan
Screening on APR 29 – MAY 28, 2021

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Monk with a Camera

Nicky Vreeland, son of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, gave up photography to become a Buddhist monk. Years later, he picked up his camera again to earn money to rebuild his monastery.

Directed by Tina Mascara & Guido Santi
Screening JUN 24 to JUL 23, 2021

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My Year of Living Mindfully

My Year of Living Mindfully is filled with compelling stories, groundbreaking science, and unexpected insights that go to the heart of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

Directed by Shannon Harvey
Screening on AUG 26 – SEP 25, 2021

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Finding Liberation in Trauma

It takes an incredibly compassionate and peaceful soul to inspire the same in others. Staff Chaplain Justin Von Bujdoss is one of those people, working with 9,000 correctional officers at the New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility. 

Directed by Ida Eva Zielinska
Screening on AUG 26 – SEP 25, 2021

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Through encounters with a mother sow (the eponymous Gunda), two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken, Kossakovsky movingly recalibrates our moral universe, reminding us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal consciousness, including our own.

Directed by Victor Kossakovsky
Screening on NOV 10 –  16, 2021

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From the foothills of the Himalaya in Nepal to Bodh Gaya in India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, this documentary takes us on a vivid journey, tracing the path of compassion in action as practiced by Karuna-Shechen, a non-profit co-founded by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard.

Directed by Héctor Muniente
Screening on FEB 24 – MAR 26, 2022

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The Peace Inside

This dramatic film presents the true story of a friendship that spans twenty years and continues, revealing how Buddhist wisdom can lead to inner transformation, bringing peace and solace to even the most troubled heart.

Directed by Daniel Ferrara

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Love Saves

Each life story can be an inspiration. Prepare to be moved by our new “Love Saves” short film series, inspired by the remarkable people Tzu Chi volunteers meet during their many missions to help others.

Directed by Daniel Ferrara

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