Dear Reader,

The principal focus of UNA Coventry is currently on developing a restorative justice project aimed at making the people of Coventry more aware of and able to take part in restorative justice (RJ) to resolve conflicts or find resolution after crimes. For more information see the CovRJ website.

We feel this fits in well with the aim of all three of the United Nations pillars: to prevent wars from recurring, to promote justice and to build sustainable communities. In an international setting RJ is called Transitional Justice.

However the UN is currently not focussed on this task. Its original purpose was to prevent wars between nations, whereas wars are now mostly between communities within nations. ECOSOC supports it, as we explained in this article, but there is much more that can and should be done.

The UN needs to accept reconciliation after conflict as part of its core tasks. We believe that RJ is a way to bring this message and these benefits to the people of Coventry. Come to our RJ Conference to find out more!

Finally note that it's not too late to book your seat at the Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture in November by the well-known journalist and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on the subject "Keeping Faith in Just Values in an Age of Populism". Seats are likely to be short supply so best to book here as soon as possible. 

And if you are a community leader and would like to have tea with Yasmin and the Lord Mayor before the lecture, please write an email to me as soon as possible explaining why you want to meet her, and I will send you an invitation.

Thank you for your continued support of our work in promoting international and UN issues to the wider public.

Philip Brown

Secretary, UNA Coventry Branch
philip@unacov.uk

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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

UNA Coventry at Warwick Volunteer Fair

On 20 September, UNA Coventry will have a table at Warwick University Volunteer Fair again this year. Last year around 200 students visited us to find out more about what we do.

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Coventry University Volunteer Fair

Coventry UNA will have a table at Coventry University Volunteer Fair again this year on 24 October. Last year around 100 students came to find out what we do. Note the date and times are provisional but probably correct.

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Deadline for Kids Global Human Rights Art Competition

October 31, 2018 is the deadline for submitting drawings to the Kids Global Human Rights Art Competition. More Information #Kids4HumanRights

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International Conference on Restorative Practices 2018

International Conference on Restorative Practices 2018

This Conference will be held in Metropolitan State University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA on 9 to 11 August 2018. For details see the Conference website: irpcminnesota.com

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World Science Day for Peace and Development

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Coventry Peace Lecture 2018

Coventry Peace Lecture 2018

Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2018 will be held on Tuesday 13 November in St Mary's Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry. We are delighted to announce that the speaker will be Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, an articulate journalist and author who takes a progressive stance on social justice issues. The title of the lecture will be Keeping Faith in Just Values in an …

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Coventry Restorative Justice Conference 2018

Coventry Restorative Justice Conference 2018

This conference on 14 November is designed for those who might be considering introducing restorative justice (RJ) into their institutions to find out more and meet people who are already delivering it. It is also intended to engage people who are thinking about volunteering as RJ and let them find out more. Finally it is aimed at the wider public, …

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