In December, Coventry UNA was working on our two main projects and a number of smaller ones.

For UNACov Ambassadors, we have created two workshops to present to schools, and we will be training our Ambassadors from the two universities to present them in the spring term of the new year.

For CineUNA we have been working on venues and speakers for the forthcoming films. More information below.

We are also working with volunteers from Coventry University to organise a counter-terrorism conference.

We are happy to include UN-related articles written by our readers on our website. Please let me know if you have a topic you would like to write an article about.

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

Forthcoming Events

Among the Believers: Cine UNACov

Among the Believers: Cine UNACov

This film will be shown at 16:00 on 7 February at the University of Warwick as part of the Cine UNACov programme. The exact venue will be announced here in the near future. 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 …

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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 Humanitarian Overview 2018

Global Humanitarian Overview 2018

The Global Humanitarian Overview produced by UNOCHA is the most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of world humanitarian needs. The GHO is based on detailed analysis of comprehensive data from a wide range of sources, and face-to-face interviews with hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by humanitarian crises across the globe. Our global plan facilitates effective, rapid and coordinated …

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World Food Programme

World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. It delivers food assistance to around 80 million people in around 80 countries each year in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. While the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal 2), at present about one in nine …

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Elders condemn US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital as grave risk to peace

Elders condemn US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital as grave risk to peace

On 6 December the Elders condemned US President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a grave threat to peace across the Middle East. They reaffirmed their own position that the city of Jerusalem must be shared between Israelis and Palestinians as part of a two-state solution based on the internationally-recognised 1967 border, which …

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SDG16: Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

SDG16: Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. Targets Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture …

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One Planet Summit

One Planet Summit

On 12 December 2017, two years after COP21 created the Paris Agreement, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, addressed the ecological emergency for our planet by calling together in Paris international leaders and committed citizens from around the world at the …

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The Elders applaud French climate leadership

The Elders applaud French climate leadership

The Elders visited Paris from 11-12 December to meet President Emmanuel Macron for a discussion on global challenges from climate change to conflicts across the Middle East, and to participate at the One Planet climate summit. Kofi Annan, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Ban Ki-moon, Lakhdar Brahimi and Mary Robinson met President Macron at the Elysée Palace on 11 December. They discussed climate action with the President, welcoming …

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Another silent night

Another silent night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX6GVEEpadQ To mark this season of giving, the Central Emergency Response Fund is featuring a campaign that tells the stories of loss, struggle and survival through a unique version of a famous holiday carol. Sung by Pihcintu, a choir of 32 refugees from 17 countries, the new lyrics to Silent Night, remind us all that humanitarian aid can be a …

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The 'F' Word: UNA-UK Magazine Dec 2017

The 'F' Word: UNA-UK Magazine Dec 2017

The December 2017 issue of the UNA-UK magazine looks at the idea of a feminist foreign policy, and what that means for the UN and the UK in particular. As Natalie Samarasinghe writes in a hard hitting editorial, women are still battling for their basic rights and safety; suffering economic, political and social discrimination in the UK, at the UN and …

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Restorative Justice

Wikipedia defines this as an approach to justice that personalizes the crime by having the victims and the offenders mediate a restitution agreement to the satisfaction of each, as well as involving the community. This contrasts to more punitive approaches where the main aim is retributive justice or to satisfy abstract legal principles. Restorative Justice Council The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is the …

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United Nations and Restorative Justice

United Nations and Restorative Justice

Criminal justice reform is at the heart of the mandate of the United Nations. Restorative Justice is frequently mentioned as an important way forward, including in post-conflict reconstruction. Below we site some examples. In 2000, ECOSOC requested the UN Secretary-General among other things to seek comments from Member States and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the institutes of …

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UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

UNAOC aims to improve understanding and cooperation among nations and peoples across culture and to reduce polarization at local and global levels. It helps develop more inclusive societies, in which diversity is experiences as an asset. Vision Statement Guided by the principles of the UN Charter, the report of its High-Level Group, and the priorities of the Secretary-General, the UN …

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