This is the month that students return to the two universities and UNA Coventry is busy informing and engaging them with our programme of events.

Below you will find a list of our forthcoming events plus UN-related news.

We welcome contributions to our website and newsletter about issues of international importance. If you wish to contribute please send me an outline of your idea.

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

Forthcoming Events

Schools Peace & Justice Forum Meeting 4 October 2017

Meeting of Schools Peace & Justice Forum Meeting to discuss forthcoming events and plan for the Coventry Schools Peace Song Search Launch on 9 November. Contact Philip Brown Chair philip@unacov.uk

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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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Coventry Peace Festival 2017

The annual Peace Festival will run from 1 to 14 November 2017. Details of how to find planned events will be published here as soon as they become available.

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Beyond Forgiving: Cine UNACov

Beyond Forgiving: Cine UNACov

This inspirational documentary to be shown in Coventry University on 3 November during Coventry Peace Festival 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 the film and Talia Smith who works full time for Initiatives of Change (the group which …

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Launch of Coventry Peace Song Search

Launch of Coventry Peace Song Search

Coventry Schools Peace and Justice Forum will launch their search for the Coventry Schools Peace Song on 9 November during Coventry Peace Festival 2017. Kawai Digital Piano CN32 The composer of the selected song will receive a beautiful digital piano worth over £1000. For details see the Coventry Schools Peace Song page. Coventry Schools are invited to send a delegate to …

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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

Global Britain Scorecard

Global Britain Scorecard

UNA-UK has initiated a "scorecard" setting out the policy goals they believe are necessary for a  “Global Britain” and assessing the UK’s performance across these issues. To see the latest scores, visit www.una.org.uk/scorecard

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UK Failing to Discharge "Special Responsibility"

UK Failing to Discharge "Special Responsibility"

In her speech at the UN General Assembly on 20 September, Prime Minister Teresa May acknowledged the "special responsibility" that the UK has as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and her support for the Secretary-General's reform agenda.   The speech, which contained a powerful vision for the role the UK could play as a supporter of the "international …

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Donald Trump on Reform of the UN

Donald Trump on Reform of the UN

The following remarks were made by US President Trump at the Management, Security, and Development Meeting of "Reforming the United Nations" on September 18 2017. For a video of his later speech to the UN General Assembly see below. Well, thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you. I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with …

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Coventry Schools Peace Song

Coventry Schools Peace and Justice Forum will launch their search for the Coventry Schools Peace Song on 9 November during Coventry Peace Festival 2017. The composer of the selected song will receive a beautiful digital piano worth over £1000 (details below). Coventry Schools are invited to send a delegate to find out more information and register their interest in taking part …

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Reconciliation Associates Programme 2017

Coventry is known internationally as a City of Peace and Reconciliation, but what does this actually mean in practice? How does it impact society, our relationships and our own lives? During 2017-18 the Reconciliation Ministry Team at Coventry Cathedral are inviting local business and community leaders to explore what it means to live lives of reconciliation in their own contexts. …

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