UNA Coventry News May 2017

Introducing Kenilworth Climate Action Network

When we hear about climate change in the news, it all seems so far away; island countries in the Pacific Ocean getting flooded, hurricanes in the Mexican Gulf and droughts in Australia; and the temperature rise seems so small, 1.5 degree Celsius or Fahrenheit. However, the reality is that Climate Change is going to affect us all in a major way, as contrary to our beliefs all the societies on earth are interconnected and so are the global climates. Climate Change is here, and it is going to make an impact, and if we do not make a serious effort to reduce C02 emissions further it is going to seriously upset our society, far more than Brexit and the other political squabbles.

The main problem our society will face is that the weather will be fluctuating, giving the farmers low odds at successful harvests. Then there is the problem of mass migration from countries where Climate Change has made survival impossible. It does not help to exit EU, as the migration will be from countries outside the union. However, the good part is that the technologies for preventing or reducing CO2 emissions are available. We just have to implement them, as well as change our habits in ways that not only reduce CO2 emissions but also makes financial sense and supports the local society.

The Kenilworth UN Climate Action Network has been established to help this implementation and to promote sustainable living in the area. Currently, we have a Facebook page and our KenCan.uk page where you can find information about how to help prevent Climate Change, but we are also planning to have an event in Kenilworth. If you would like to help or volunteer, then we can always use a helping hand; you can email jzeuthendalgaard@gmail.com for more information.

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UNA Cov Forthcoming Events

UNA Coventry Birthday Party and AGM

The Coventry UNA Branch has been recognised by the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) since 25 June 2016. We will therefore run our first Annual General Meeting on the nearest convenient date. We plan to go through the boring bits as quickly as possible and then celebrate our fantastically successful first year by having a party to …

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Biodiversity: How and why it affects us?

(Note the exact topic of this event has not yet been finally decided.) Biodiversity describes the whole range of the different varieties of living things and systems on this earth. Biodiversity can be found everywhere – it includes animal species, plant species, genes, ecosystems and landscapes. Guest Speaker: Edmund Green, MA, PhD Chief Executive – Warwickshire Wild Life Trust Ed …

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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 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. This meeting will review progress, especially of our Resources working group and continue …

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Community Information Fair

We will be running a stall in the Community Information Fair in Smithford Way on 16 June. 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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UN News this month

Urgent UN Yemen Appeal

Urgent UN Yemen Appeal

19 million people need urgent humanitarian support in Yemen. Two years of violent conflict have devastated Yemen, leaving 19 million people in need of humanitarian and protection assistance including over 10 million in acute need, many on the brink of starvation. The conflict is rapidly pushing the country towards social, economic and institutional collapse. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian …

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UN Secretary-General in London 10 May

UNA-UK will host H.E. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, for his first major public speech in the UK on the afternoon of Wednesday 10 May at Central Hall Westminster. We expect this event will take place between 1pm and 3pm subject to confirmation. Mr Guterres’s speech will be followed by an interactive session. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Secure your place here. …

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Coventry City of Culture Bid

Coventry is bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2021. If the city wins it will be able to take centre stage and show the world all that Coventry has to offer. Becoming City of Culture is a competition and the city needs the support of everybody, not just in Coventry but around the world if it is going to …

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Help Address and Prevent Famine

Help Address and Prevent Famine

More than 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are experiencing famine or the risk of famine over the next six months. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched an interactive website where you can find a comprehensive overview of the four crises, along with resources including updated maps, infographics, humanitarian reports and …

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UNA-UK's Head of Policy on Al Jazeera

UNA-UK's Head of Policy on Al Jazeera

https://youtu.be/5eLiJcHXycg UNA-UK's Head of Policy, Fred Carver, appeared on Al Jazeera English on 11 April 2017, encouraging UN peacekeeping reform in light of recent reports of sexual abuse and violence committed by troops in Africa and Haiti. In the interview with Al Jazeera, Fred underlined the failure of the United Nations to get to grips with the problem of sexual exploitation …

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Peacekeepers’ Day Conference

Peacekeepers’ Day Conference

This year's International Day of UN Peacekeepers conference will take place at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET on the 24 May between 0930 and 1615. The conference fee of £20, with a special rate of £10 for students, includes related documents, morning refreshments and lunch. Tickets for the conference are available here. This annual conference, jointly …

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Failed Security Council Resolution Condemning Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Failed Security Council Resolution Condemning Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

On 12 April 2017, the Security Council rejected a draft resolution that would have condemned the reported chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun and expressed its determination to hold the perpetrators accountable. The following is a UN report for information media and is not an official record. Defeated by 10 votes in favour, to 2 against …

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Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

The Competition invites young entrepreneurs aged 15-35 from around the world to submit their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact that champions and implements one or more of the 17 SDGs. The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global programme and an online platform to empower young entrepreneurs to engage in a more peaceful world by mobilizing youth-led …

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UNA-UK report urges UK to Strengthen UN Human Rights action

UNA-UK report urges UK to Strengthen UN Human Rights action

As the UK prepares to be scrutinised on its human rights record by up to 192 member states, UNA-UK is urging the Government to lead by example in strengthening the most neglected of the UN's three pillars - the human rights system. The UK's welcome re-election to the Human Rights Council gives us a voice in the global debate on …

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Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. Almost all states who are members of the N are also members of OPCW. They are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons. OPCW's Goal The OPCW Member States share the collective goal …

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10 Easy Ways

10 Easy Ways

  10 Easy Ways to Help Save Energy, Save Money in the Process and Prevent Climate Change. Click on the Images below: Change to LEDs Cycle or Walk Recycle, Reuse or Repair                     Avoid Food Waste Eat Less Meat Buy Green Electricity                   …

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Citizenship

Citizenship

We humans cannot live long, happy, healthy and prosperous lives without the help and support of thousands of other people whom we have never met. And they, in their turn, require that we help and support them in some small way as they live their lives. This is the incredible network we call civilization, the most amazing achievement which mankind has …

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What is Citizenship?

What is Citizenship?

According to Wikipedia: Citizenship status, under social contract theory, carries with it both rights and duties. In this sense, citizenship was described as "a bundle of rights -- primarily, political participation in the life of the community, the right to vote, and the right to receive certain protection from the community, as well as obligations." Citizenship is seen by most …

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Kenilworth Climate Action Network

Kenilworth Climate Action Network

UK Spring Forest- Haywood Forrest    LINK: On the Urgency of a Global Response to Climate Change LINK: On the Problem of Plastic in our Oceans   IT IS EASY TO HELP PREVENT CLIMATE CHANGE. LET’S DO IT TOGETHER – IT IS NOW OR NEVER!  Climate Change is Real, it is starting to affect us all, and we have to respond to …

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UNA-UK launches expert report on moving the Sustainable Development Goals from promise to practice

UNA-UK launches expert report on moving the Sustainable Development Goals from promise to practice

UNA-UK has launched a new report 'Sustainable Development Goals: From promise to practice'. The publication sets out how to take forward the UN's new global development agenda, which began in January 2016. “Parliamentarians, civil society organisations, the private sector, members of the scientific and academic communities and other stakeholders were important in formulating the SDGs. They need also to play …

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Parliamentarians scrutinise UK's human rights record ahead of UN review

Parliamentarians scrutinise UK's human rights record ahead of UN review

The following article was published by UNA-UK on 3 April 2017 UNA-UK co-organised a parliamentary meeting on 27 March, examining whether the UK has lived up to its commitments on human rights ahead of a review by the United Nations next month. Co-Chaired by Dominic Grieve QC MP and Mike Gapes MP, the joint meeting examined priorities for the UK's forthcoming Universal Periodic Review …

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UNA Chair on US Syrian Air Strikes

UNA Chair on US Syrian Air Strikes

The following article was published by UNA-UK Chair, Lord Wood of Anfield on 7 April 2017 The appalling chemical attack on 4 April was the most recent in a long line of atrocity crimes committed by the Syrian Government. As UNA-UK has consistently argued, it is long overdue that the international community comes together to take firmer action to bring …

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Elders deplore new famines

Elders deplore new famines

Press release LONDON, 5 April 2017 The Elders expressed their great concern about the famines now threatening South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. This catastrophic situation is a damning symptom of political failure by national leaders and the international community, they said today. Each of these country situations is different and driven by a mix of short and long-term factors, from …

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On the Urgency of a Global Response to Climate Change

On the Urgency of a Global Response to Climate Change

Article by Dr Jacob Z. Dalgaard University of Warwick, Coventry, England, UK. jzeuthendalgaard@gmail.com   It is now evident that climate change is real, and that it is happening at an alarming rate (1-3). The Arctic, Antarctic and glaciers all over the world are melting; ocean levels and the average global temperature are rising. It is evident, that climate change is …

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Coventry University UN Society

The Coventry University UN Society has been re-launched thanks to the enthusiastic work of students and held their first event. They are planning a Debate Night at 18:00 to 20:00 on Wed 5 April on the grass outside the Lanchester Library. More Information https://www.facebook.com/cuunsoc/

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