UNA Coventry News July 2017

Below we list forthcoming local events and recent UN News articles on our website.

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UNA Cov Forthcoming Events

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Beyond Forgiving: Free film show

On Sat 1 July there will be a conversation with Letlapa Mphahlele, former South African liberation army commander, and protagonist in the award-winning film Beyond Forgiving, a powerful documentary about tragedy, reconciliation and hope in post-apartheid South Africa. There will be a screening of an excerpt of the flm during the course of the afternoon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inghPuBNSEE For more details about this …

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Working Towards a net Zero Carbon Economy

On 8 July in St Michael’s House, this conference is an expression of the Eco Church community commitment of Coventry Cathedral and is organised together with the Diocesan Environment Group. With James Buchanan of Operation Noah (keynote speaker) and local speakers Bob Sherman, George Browning and Tony McNally. The day is free, but your donation towards the sandwich lunch will be …

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Srebrenica Memorial Day

July 11 was recognised as Srebrenica Memorial Day by the European Parliament in 2009 to commemorate the events that happened between 11 and 22 of July 1995, when over 8000 Muslim men and boys were massacred by Bosnian Serbian soldiers in and around a small town called Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina where they had fled for safety. At the same time over …

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UK 25 Year Environment Plan - A debate

UK 25 Year Environment Plan - A debate

In this debate on 11 July considers the scope, ambition and content of the 25 year Environment Plan and asks what are the hallmarks of a plan that can really deliver long-term environmental improvement and meet challenges such as air pollution, poor water quality and loss of habitats and wildlife. Before the 2015 General Election, there was a rare cross-party …

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Launch of Educational Resources 2017

The Coventry Schools Peace and Justice Forum will launch their online database of resources for schools. Details yet to be finalised. More information about the Forum at coventrycityofpeace.uk/pj-forum More information about the educational resources at coventrycityofpeace.uk/educational-resources

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UN Intern Q&A

UN Intern Q&A

During this online event on 21 October, 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 broadcast on YouTube where you will be able to watch the interns and ask questions via an interactive panel or via social media. You can also …

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Cine UNACov Launch

Cine UNACov Launch

On 3 November UNA Coventry in partnership with the University of Coventry's Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations as well as 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 …

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UN News this month

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UK refuses appeal to attend nuclear ban treaty negotiations

UK refuses appeal to attend nuclear ban treaty negotiations

Negotiations are underway at the UN to create a legally-binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, with over 130 countries participating (www.un.org/disarmament/ptnw). However, the UK along with most NATO members is not attending. The UK’s non-participation raises serious doubts over the UK’s compliance with its international obligations, including its commitment to pursue negotiations on multilateral nuclear disarmament under the Treaty on the …

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Agenda for Humanity

Agenda for Humanity

The Agenda for Humanity is a five-point plan to prevent and reduce human suffering during crises. Through its 5 core responsibilities and 24 transformations, the Agenda for Humanity sets out a vision and a roadmap for how the humanitarian system can reduce humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability for the 130 million people who are affected by humanitarian crises and for …

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141 Million People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance

141 Million People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance

New numbers reveal that a staggering 141 million people across 37 countries need humanitarian assistance and a total of $23.5 billion is required to reach over a 100 million most vulnerable people. So far the global appeal is only funded at $6.2 billion. Learn more about the gap between resources and needs on OCHA’s microsite and read the remarks by …

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Warwick University MUN

Warwick University MUN

The Warwick Model United Nations (MUN) Society is the contact point with the United Nations’ work and core values for students at the University of Warwick. We are committed to familiarising our members, as well as the local public, with democratic dialogue, humanitarianism, equality, and other UN principles. The Society runs weekly training sessions to ensure our members are prepared …

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The Elders condemn US for quitting Paris climate agreement

The Elders condemn US for quitting Paris climate agreement

On 1 June 2017 the Elders condemned the decision by President Trump to quit the Paris Agreement on climate change. They insisted that the decision does not mean the demise of the Paris Agreement, and urged other signatories to continue to respect its provisions. Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “Climate change is the great existential threat of our …

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