UNA Coventry News April 2017

UNA Cov Forthcoming Events

Volunteer Party

We have about 40 volunteers, mostly from the two Coventry Universities but also others who support our various projects, and we would like to celebrate their achievements in our first fantastic year. The details of the party and the venue are still be decided. If you wish to become a volunteer, please register here.

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Schools Peace & Justice Resources Working Group

This working group will plan online resources and links to other websites containing resources useful to teachers for use in schools to include topics of peace & justice within the classroom. The Coventry Schools Peace & Justice Forum works to create a child-centred and (where possible) a child-led series of activities where peace and justice can be discussed and promoted. …

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Schools Peace & Justice Forum

Coventry is the city of peace and reconciliation, but how can these issues be addressed in schools? The Coventry Schools Peace & Justice Forum is working to create online resources and a child-centred and (where possible) a child-led series of activities where peace and justice can be discussed and promoted. Anyone is free to join this group. Please write to philip@unacov.uk if you …

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Community Information Fair

We will be running a stall in the Community Information Fair. Anyone who would like to help handing out fliers or signing people up for the newsletter would be very welcome

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Cine UNACov Launch

Cine UNACov Launch

We are working with the UN Regional Information Centre in Brussels on an exciting new project to launch Cine UNACov. It will follow the model of Ciné-ONU, one of the United Nations most successful outreach initiatives in Europe. It involves the screening of a film relevant to a specific UN issue, followed by a Q&A with reputed speakers - either connected to …

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UN Intern Q&A

UN Intern Q&A

At this event UN Interns and ex-Interns will share their experience with students who are considering applying to become interns. What are the benefits? What are the problems? This online event will be run via Skype and by telephone, so you must have either a Skype account or a land line. Sorry but mobiles cannot be used. Delegates If you want …

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Spot the Traffick Launch

Spot the Traffick Launch

Spot the Traffick will be launched within Coventry University by running short presentations within lectures. See their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/spotthetraffick/ for an example of the work of this group.

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Other Local Events of Interest

Women's Space for Peace

An afternoon for women to explore and reflect on how peace fits into their lives at all levels - home, work, communityr and world, but especially our own minds and hearts.

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Other Stories this Month

Matthew Rycroft Media Stakeout as UK Presidency of Security Council Ends

Matthew Rycroft Media Stakeout as UK Presidency of Security Council Ends

Published on 29 Mar 2017 Informal comments to the media by H.E. Mr. Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of March, on the situation in Yemen & other matters https://youtu.be/S30NmVrRtKI

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Secretary-General disappointmented and alarmed by Israeli to build a new settlement

Secretary-General disappointmented and alarmed by Israeli to build a new settlement

Statement issued 31 March 2017 The Secretary-General took notice with disappointment and alarm of the decision by Israel to build a new settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Secretary-General has consistently stressed that there is no Plan B for Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace and security. He condemns  all unilateral actions that, like the present one, …

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What #PeaceMeans to Me

What do you think of when you hear the word "Peace"? Download the #PeaceMeans page, either or A4 format A5 format. Fill it in, take a selfie. Tweet the image with the hashtag #peacemeans or add to Facebook with the hashtag #peacemeans We will add your photo to this page.

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What international issue is most important to you?

What international issue is most important to you?

UNA-UK Conference 2017 wants to know what international idea, concern or campaign is most important to its supporters. Please tell us by completing the form below by 11 April 2017. UNA Coventry will then consider your ideas and pick two to submit to the conference on 20 May. Thanks for your ideas.

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UNA Conference 2017

UNA Conference 2017

UNA Annual membership conference will be held on 20 May this year. The majority of the day will be spent on UNA's new campaign of Keeping Britain Global. Tickets and More Information Tickets are currently sold out but there is a waiting list. Details of how to get added to the list and more about the conference at https://www.una.org.uk/conference17

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Keeping Britain Global

Keeping Britain Global

UNA-UK is running a campaign called 'Keeping Britain Global' which aims to makes the case that Britain needs to champion global values, and invest in the health of our international system. Through this campaign, they will highlight practical recommendations for government action that support the vision of a global Britain that shows leadership on the world stage. More information at https://www.una.org.uk/what-we-do/keeping-britain-global and even more detail …

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Stand Up To Racism

The Chair of UNA Coventry, Shagufta Hamid-Khan, attended the Stand Up To Racism demonstration in London on Saturday 18th March. She reports: "At 12 noon 30,000 people marched from Portland place to the Houses of Parliament. Powerful speeches were delivered by MP's and dignitaries that conveyed the message of resistance, standing up against racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and in favour of welcoming …

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ShareTheMeal

More than 20 million people in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing famine or a credible risk of famine over the coming six months. But funding shortages have already forced the World Food Programme to cut rations in Yemen by more than half. More information on our website http://unacov.uk/famine-in-africa/ But anyone with a smartphone can easily feed …

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UN RSS Feeds

UN RSS Feeds

All are TV except the first, which is radio.

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Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach

Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach

The following video message was delivered by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ on 9 March 2017 upon the launch of the report “Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:  A New Approach”. The full text is shown below the video. https://youtu.be/RTAAL4J-6s8 Full text One of my most unforgettable experiences has been listening to the victims of rape, sexual …

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The Elders welcome Secretary-General’s commitment to fight sexual exploitation

The Elders welcome Secretary-General’s commitment to fight sexual exploitation

On 16 March 2017, the Elders welcomed the commitment from the new Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres to personally lead efforts to eradicate sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff. Sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable women and children by United Nations personnel is a betrayal of trust and an assault of the victims’ human …

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Work at the UN

Work at the UN

Before you start looking for work at the UN you should be aware that there is an increasing number of fake job offers soliciting fees from applicants circulating on the Internet. Note that the United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). The United Nations …

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Security Council Urges Member States to Increase Representation of Youth in Decision-Making at All Levels

Recognizing the threat to stability and development posed by the rise of radicalization among young people, the Security Council today urged Member States to consider ways to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels. Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 2250 (2015), which defined youth as persons aged 18 through 29, the Council also urged Member …

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World Federation of United Nations Associations

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations (UNAs) and their thousands of constituents. Guided by our vision of a United Nations that is a powerful force in meeting common global challenges and opportunities, WFUNA works to strengthen and improve the United Nations. …

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WFUNA Youth Network

WFUNA Youth Network

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) believes that youth, as civil society activists, have the power to be significant agents of positive change. You can take part in our efforts by building support for the UN in your own community. The WFUNA Youth Network is an informal network of UN Youth Associations and UNA youth wings/sections from all …

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ECOSOC Youth Forum 2017

Article originally published 1 Feb 2017 on World Federation of United Nations Associations website Between 1-2 February, the 5th edition of the ECOSOC Youth Forum brought together young representatives from civil society and youth led organizations, UN representatives and Ministers of Youth or government officials working on youth to discuss young people’s role, particularly in connection to Sustainable Development Goals …

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Civil society urges Guterres to build a more inclusive UN

Civil society urges Guterres to build a more inclusive UN

Article originally published by UNA-UK on 1 March 2017 UNA-UK is working with civil society actors from around the world to urge newly appointed UN Secretary-General António Guterres to be a champion for civil society and to take concrete steps to build a more inclusive UN. The United Nations Association - UK, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office, CIVICUS and Avaaz, four of …

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The Elders voice alarm at new Israeli settlement law

The Elders voice alarm at new Israeli settlement law

Press release issued 10 February 2017 The Elders today expressed alarm at new measures adopted by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on 6 February that retrospectively recognise Jewish settlements in the occupied territories that are built on confiscated Palestinian land. The so-called “Regularisation Law” constitutes a provocative violation of international law that further blights the chances of a just and …

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The Elders' statement on US reintroduction of "Global Gag Rule"

The Elders' statement on US reintroduction of "Global Gag Rule"

Press release dated 30 January 2017 The Elders today expressed concern at the decision by the new US Administration to reintroduce the so-called “Global Gag Rule” that cuts US funding to organisations that help provide abortion services. When the rule has been enacted by previous US Presidents over the past three decades, it has jeopardised the health and wellbeing of …

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Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum 2017

Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum 2017

Many Languages, One World® 2017 is a Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum which enables students aged 18 and over to win a chance to speak at the United Nations General Assembly! Contest deadline is 16 March 2017. Enter now: http://ManyLanguagesOneWorld.org Official Contest Rules Many Languages, One World 2017 Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum The United Nations …

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Young Democracy Project

Young Democracy Project

Background This project was developed following a message to UNA Coventry Branch by a member of Coventry Youth Council (CYC): The key to democracy is discussion and debate and I think a lot of young people harbour views like that of the young people in but never express it which is so dangerous because not only does it allow the …

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