The theme of this months UN-related news is mainly about Women, Peace and Security.

Moreover, this newsletter also includes news about what the Coventry UNA Branch have been doing to prepare for our next major project which will deal with Restorative Justice.

If you would like to get engaged with the exciting RJ project, please let me know. Or why not drop by our table at the Community Action Fair on 22 June in Smithford Way? See the Events section below for details.

Philip Brown

Secretary, UNA Coventry Branch
philip@unacov.uk

Summary of April News

Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS)

Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) is the UK’s only Women, Peace and Security civil society network. We are a membership organisation of 17 NGOs and experts in the field of development, human rights, humanitarian and peacebuilding. We were founded to progress the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Our role is to promote and hold the UK …

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Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Women, Peace and Security Agenda

This programme is organised by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). WILPF believes there are particular gendered dimensions to violence that have a disproportionate and differing impact on women. Although women are often active agents in peace and reconciliation efforts at all levels, women and gender analysis are regularly excluded from peace-making processes and decisions. WILPF believes that …

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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

More than 1200 delegates from 12 countries attended the International Congress of Women in the Hague in 1915, also known as the Women's Peace Congress or just The Hague Congress, aimed at proposing how to end the First World War through negotiation. Two participants, Jane Addams and Emily Greene Balch, would later receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This event marked the foundation of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom which …

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UNA-UK statement on relaunching a UN-facilitated peace process for Syria

UNA-UK statement on relaunching a UN-facilitated peace process for Syria

This article was originally published on the UNA-UK website on 27 April 2018. In the aftermath of the limited military strikes carried out by the US, UK and France in response to the alleged further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, UNA-UK calls for the UK and its allies to: Prioritise finding a negotiated end to the conflict in Syria …

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Restorative Justice Project News May 2018

Restorative Justice Project News May 2018

We have continued our research on how Coventry already implements Restorative Justice. In May we will be visiting Finham Park School and the Coventry Youth Offending Service to find out what they are doing and how we can work with them to help them deliver their goals. In June we are planning to visit the Sheffield Community Justice Panel to profit …

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Statement on potential military action in response to allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria

Statement on potential military action in response to allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria

Statement originally published by UNA-UK on 11 April 2018 UNA-UK is appalled by the apparent use of chemical weapons yet again in Syria. We are horrified by the reports received from UN agencies and partners on the ground that an estimated 500 people seeking assistance have signs of exposure to toxic chemicals, inculding respiratory failure. More than 70 people are …

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Human Rights In Action Training Program

Do you firmly believe that all human beings were born equal?   Are you committed to assisting the international community in ensuring that human rights are respected for all peoples, everywhere, at all times?   Then apply to the World Federation of United Nations (WFUNA) Human Rights In Action Training Program! From 27 to 31 August 2018 we will provide …

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Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Peace and Security is at the heart of the United Nations’ values and purpose. Today, while the overwhelming majority of peacekeepers are mandated to protect civilians, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) keeps occuring in high numbers under the UN flag.   The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) campaign “Not under the United Nations Flag” provides an opportunity for …

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US$2 Billion Pledged for People of Yemen

US$2 Billion Pledged for People of Yemen

Although international donors pledged more than US$2 billion on 3 April to support the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to millions of people in Yemen, nevertheless this leaves the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan nearly $1 billion short of the money it needs to deliver lifesaving assistance to 13 million people. Speaking at the event, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres  described Yemen …

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Forthcoming Events and International Days

Please get in touch if you want to help organise an event to help Coventry to celebrate one of the following UN-designated days. Please contact events@unacov.uk

World Press Freedom Day

3 May is World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. With the honest media in many countries currently being accused of peddling "fake news" by politicians who habitually lie to their own people, and who do not seem to understand the vital role that a free press plays in the democratic process, this is …

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International Day of Living Together in Peace

16 May 2018 will be the first time that the International Day of Living Together in Peace has been celebrated, having only been officially recognised by the General Assembly in December 2017. The adoption of this day was the result of efforts by AISA International. Background to their work can be found here. Their mission is "to create a worldwide movement …

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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

21 May marks World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Why does cultural diversity matter? Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development. Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more …

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International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May is International Day for Biological Diversity. Why an International Day for Biological Diversity? While there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities. The Convention on Biological Diversity is the international legal instrument for "the conservation of biological …

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International Day of UN Peacekeepers

29 May is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. "On this International Day of UN Peacekeepers we pay tribute to more than 113,000 ‘Blue Helmets’, UN Police and civilian personnel deployed to 16 missions. We acknowledge the contribution made by an ever-growing number of Member States to our operations. Their efforts on behalf of the international community are one of the …

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day

Beat Plastic Pollution World Environment Day is 5 June each year. The theme for 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. This is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. Chosen by this year’s host, India, the theme of World Environment Day 2018 invites us all to consider …

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

The UN General Assembly designated 8 June as World Oceans Day in 2008. It fits in well with Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development. What is threatening our oceans today? More Information World Oceans Day SDG 14 The Ocean Conference 2018

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World Day Against Child Labour

World Day Against Child Labour

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world …

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International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict in 2015. The aim is to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have …

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World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. More Information General Assembly Resolution on World Refugee Day UNHCR page on World Refugee Day UNHCR Convention and Protocol relating the the Status of Refugees

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Community Information Fair

On 22 June 2018 the UNA Coventry Branch will share a stall with Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation at the Positive Images Community Information Fair in Smithford Way, Coventry. Drop by and meet the team and find out more about what the United Nations Association is doing in Coventry and how you can get involved.

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International Asteroid Day

International Asteroid Day is celebrated each year on 30 June to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard and inform the public about the crisis communication actions to be taken at the global level in case of a credible near-Earth object threat. https://youtu.be/XGgMxUtVa4s How it all began In February 2014, Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and famed guitarist for the …

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