UNA Coventry News Sept 2017

This month we will launch the peace database for schools and invite all Coventry Schools to send a representative.

Our plans for the new Cine UNACov are also well advanced. Details below, as well as links to our forthcoming events and recent UN News articles. Our articles during the past month have focussed on

• Human Rights and Rights of the Child

• Corruption

Philip Brown
Secretary, UNA Coventry Branch
philip@unacov.uk

Forthcoming Events

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Launch of Educational Resources Database

Launch of Educational Resources Database

  On International Day of Peace 21 September the Schools Peace & Justice Forum will launch the educational resources that they have developed to help schools introduce these topics to their pupils. Find out about the database of over 50 resources, including both primary and secondary schools. Programme 14:30 Registration and light refreshments 14:45 Introduction to the Schools Peace & …

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North Korea's Nuclear Ambition and International Politics of Asia/Pacific

North Korea's Nuclear Ambition and International Politics of Asia/Pacific

On 23 September, Warwick and District UNA will organise a talk to explore issues raised following the painful international sanctions unanimously agreed by the UN Security Council. Nevertheless, North Korea has continued to push its belligerent pursuit of nuclear and missile weapons testing.   Given Kim Jong-Un’s avowed aim of increasing North Korea of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, the US …

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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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Beyond Forgiving: Cine UNACov

Beyond Forgiving: Cine UNACov

In a world of conflict and discord, we launch Cine UNACov in Coventry University on 3 November during Coventry Peace Festival with the moving and hope-giving film "Beyond Forgiving". This documentary depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to South Africa. The film will be followed by a discussion with Howard Grace, the executive producer of …

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Annual Peace Lecture 2017

Paul Oestreicher will deliver the Coventry Annual Peace Lecture 2017 on 13 November in Coventry Cathedral on the subject   Justice And Peace – can we have both?   Revd Canon Paul Oestreicher is an Anglican priest, Quaker, peace and human rights activist. He is a Vice President CND and former Director of Coventry Cathedral’s Centre for International Reconciliation. In 2011, Paul …

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Schools Peace & Justice Coordinator Meeting

This meeting, provisionally booked for some time during the week beginning 27 November, will make plans for forthcoming activities and the introduction of some new resources and activities. The exact date, time and venue have yet to be decided. Please register here to reserve a place.

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Among the Believers: Cine UNACov

Among the Believers: Cine UNACov

This film will be shown on 2 February at the University of Coventry as part of the Cine UNACov programme. Intimate and shocking, "Among the Believers" offers rare insights into the ideological battles shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world. The film has been nominated for an Emmy Award and has received many others, but has been banned in Pakistan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YG1YdeR0Yo This …

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Across the tracks: Cine UNACov

Across the tracks: Cine UNACov

Cine UNACov will show Across the Tracks on 2 March, which addresses Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all, followed by a discussion between the audience and a panel of experts.   As the Clean India campaign gets underway, with its ambitious target of a toilet for every household by 2019, WaterAid explores how something …

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4 May Cine UNACov

4 May Cine UNACov

On 4 May Cine UNACov will show another film related to an international topic, followed by a discussion with the audience and experts. We are currently finalising our selection of film and speaker.

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Remembering Srebrenica Cine UNACov

Remembering Srebrenica Cine UNACov

On 6 July Cine UNACov will show the film "Remembering Srebrenica" in commemoration of the massacre of over 8,000 Muslims, mostly men and boys, killed by Bosnian Serb troops under the command of former General Ratko Mladic at Srebrenica in July 1995, the worst mass killing on European soil since World War Two. The failure of UN peacekeepers to protect the Muslims …

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UN News this month

Declaration of the Rights of the Child

Declaration of the Rights of the Child

Adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 1386 (XIV) of 10 December 1959   WHEREAS the peoples of the United Nations have, in the Charter, reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human person, and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,   WHEREAS the United …

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Rights of the Child

Rights of the Child

Declaration of the Rights of the Child The first Declaration of the Rights of the Child, sometimes known as the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child, was an international document promoting child rights adopted by the League of Nations in 1924. In 1946 the newly formed United Nations resolved to adopt the document, in a much expanded version, as its own …

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Security Council Urges States to Engage Youth in Decision Making

Security Council Urges States to Engage Youth in Decision Making

Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) Urges Member States to Increase Representation of Youth in Decision-Making at All Levels Full text of Resolution 2250 here Recognizing the threat to stability and development posed by the rise of radicalization among young people, the Security Council urged Member States to consider ways to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, …

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Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. …

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UN Human Rights Council Criticises "Prevent"

UN Human Rights Council Criticises "Prevent"

In his report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2017 regarding the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai criticised the "Prevent" strategy as "inherently flawed". The report said the policy was "inconsistent with the principle of the rule of law" and appeared to …

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UN Teaching Resources

The UNESCO Associated Schools Programme is a global network of schools, which educate for sustainable development allowing every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. The global network of over 10,000 educational institutions from 181 countries is coordinated internationally …

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Convention Against Corruption

Convention Against Corruption

The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) entered into force in 2005. In his Foreword, Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan wrote: Corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other …

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Fight against Corruption in UK

The following bodies are fighting corruption within the UK: All-party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption We are a group of UK Parliamentarians passionate about tackling domestic and international corruption. The effects of corruption are profound, impacting the lives of both UK and global citizens. This is why we believe we must play our part in tackling this issue and in ensuring …

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International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December

Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance. Corruption is …

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Dutch UN Peacekeepers Partly Liable for Srebrenica Massacre

Dutch UN Peacekeepers Partly Liable for Srebrenica Massacre

On 27 June 2017 the Hague Appeals Court upheld an earlier decision that the Netherlands was partly liable for the deaths in 1995 of some 300 Muslim males who were expelled from a Dutch UN base after the surrounding area was overrun by Bosnian Serb troops. Dutch UN peacekeepers sit on top of an armoured personnel carrier as Muslim refugees …

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Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

On July 7 a Conference convened by the UN General Assembly adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The text of the treaty can be found here. The vote which decided the text of this Treaty was agreed to by 122 (list here) of the 193 members of the United Nations. The UK along with most other members of NATO …

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SDG6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

SDG6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean, accessible water is essential to live a healthy life, and there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Therefore Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to ensure access to …

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UN-Water

UN-Water

UN-Water is made up of Members that are UN agencies, programmes and funds with a water-related mandate are of UN-Water, and Partners who are international organizations, professional unions, associations or other civil-society groups that are actively involved in water and that have the capacity and willingness to contribute tangibly to the work of UN-Water. Members and Partners work together to …

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World Water Day

World Water Day

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. Themes 2018: World Water Day – Nature for Water – Coordinators: CBD, UN Environment, UNESCO 2019: World Water Day –  Leaving No One Behind (Human Rights and Refugees) 2020: World Water Day –  Climate Change For previous themes, …

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World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected and shrouded in taboos. Today, 2.4 billion people are struggling to stay well, keep their children alive and work their way to a better future – all for the want of a toilet. In 2013, the United …

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World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day

Every year, the global community commemorates World Humanitarian Day on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. Find out more about World Humanitarian Day at worldhumanitarianday.org In 2017 OCHA asked people to sign a petition and stand with the UN Secretary-General …

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What Rights Do Refugees Have?

What Rights Do Refugees Have?

Who is a Refugee? A refugee is a person who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country …

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How is the UN funded?

How is the UN funded?

This briefing was first published on the UNA-UK website. The UN is actually very cheap. The entire UN system - peacekeeping missions, humanitarian programmes, secretariat and staff - costs less per year than Wall Street bonuses. But the perception of an expensive and wasteful organisation persists. Given the highly political nature of UN funding, many member states are keen to perpetuate this …

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