In February we showed the film "Among the Believers" at Warwick University, followed by a very interesting discussion with a panel of experts on the issues of radical Islam and education in Pakistan.

As this newsletter was written we are about to start sending students from the two universities as UNA Ambassadors into schools to deliver workshops on the issues of War and Peace. It's a very exciting time for this Branch.

On 14 March we will be running a counter-terrorism conference in Coventry Council House at which two ex-terrorists will describe their experiences, followed by a discussion between that audience and a panel of experts. The aim is to help young people recognise the signs of when they are being radicalised. Find out more and register at e10.unacov.uk

On the same day, 14 March, we will show the next film in our Cine series: "Across the Tracks", 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. Book your place at e22.unacov.uk

We hope to see you at one or more of these events.

Philip Brown

Secretary, UNA Coventry Branch
philip@unacov.uk

Forthcoming Events

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

Fairtrade supports almost all the Sustainable Development Goals. Ann Farr urges everyone to support Fairtrade Fortnight. It’s that time of year again! Fairtrade Fortnight starts at the end of February. See the following link for resources and more information: https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Get-Involved/Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight Like me, I am sure you share my disappointment in the huge reduction in the number of Fairtrade goods stocked …

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Prosecuting Individuals for Crimes under International Law

Prosecuting Individuals for Crimes under International Law

Warwick District UN Association are holding their next event on Saturday 10th March, 2018 at the Leamington Spa Baptist Church (Warwick Hall), Chandos Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4RN.  from 12:00 pm till 2:15 pm. There will be Ploughman`s Lunch and coffee/tea (£3.50 per head) from 12:00 pm till 12:30 pm.  For catering purpose please Gian Clare (gianclareuna@gmail.com) to let him know you intend be …

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Counter-terrorism Conference

Counter-terrorism Conference

Students from Coventry University will organise a counter-terrorism conference at 14:00 on Wed 14 March in Coventry Council House to help young adults recognise when they are being radicalised and how to avoid it. Following some short presentations by survivors of radicalisation, there will be a discussion between the audience and a panel of experts including police from the West …

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Across the tracks: Cine UNACov

Across the tracks: Cine UNACov

Cine UNACov will show Across the Tracks on 14 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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United Nations News

Fairtrade and Sustainable Development

Fairtrade and Sustainable Development

In 1968 the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) used the slogan "Trade not Aid" to emphasise the need for fair trade in relations between developed and developing countries. Since then  "Fair Trade" has become a world-wide social movement aimed at helping producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and at promoting sustainable farming. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher …

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Help save the world's cities and win £50,000

With three million people moving to cities every week, the growth of the world's urban population is one of the most significant challenges facing society today. A new competition organised by the Chartered Institute of Surveyors in partnership with UNESCO UK asks you to propose solutions to specific issues affecting 24 global cities. The competition is open to all and …

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Making migration work for all: developing a human rights-focused approach

Making migration work for all: developing a human rights-focused approach

In this article originally published on The Elders website, ex-President of Ireland Mary Robinson calls on the international community to agree new ways of managing migration that recognise the realities of our globalised world, respects and protects human dignity, and shares the responsibility and benefits of integrating new migrants in a just and sustainable manner. One year ago, the world was reeling …

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UNA-UK statement on DFID Secretary's remarks on UN funding and SEA

UNA-UK statement on DFID Secretary's remarks on UN funding and SEA

This article was originally published by UNA-UK. UNA-UK has long campaigned for greater transparency and accountability in relation to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) committed by UN peacekeepers. In addition to suffering caused to individuals and communities that have already experienced the trauma of conflict, these allegations of sexual misconduct sap the legitimacy and credibility of UN peacekeeping, which are …

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The Elders call for urgent action on political and humanitarian crises in DR Congo

The Elders call for urgent action on political and humanitarian crises in DR Congo

This article was originally published on The Elders website. The Elders call on all political actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the wider international community to take urgent action to address the political and humanitarian crises in the conflict-riven country. The DRC is facing one of the worst ever humanitarian crises, with 4.5 million Internally Displaced Persons, …

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UN reform

UN reform

This article was originally published on the UNA-UK website. Secretary-General Guterres has announced wide ranging reforms of the UN system. Just over a year into his term we look at the three main strands of reform he has announced so far: to the UN’s development and peace and security pillars, and to the UN’s management. Here’s what has been announced …

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