Dear Reader,

In preparation for the academic year, UNA Coventry have created a project in which students (and others) can create a video on one (or more) of the Sustainable Development Goals to encourage others to make small changes in their everyday lives and so help the planet be more sustainable.

We are also planning to update the presentations we developed last year for use by UNA Ambassadors.

And we are still working on the Restorative Justice project. Come to our RJ Conference to find out more!

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. 

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

Summary of Recent News

Sustainable Development Video Campaign

Sustainable Development Video Campaign

Want to help stop pollution, global warming, lack of water or any of the other major threats facing our planet? Want to make the world more sustainable, equitable and just? There are lots of things we can do from the comfort of our own couch or home, and others we can do in shops, restaurants, at work etc. Visit www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction for lots ideas. …

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Israel tightens its longstanding blockade on the Gaza Strip

OCHA reports that in July, Israel tightened its longstanding blockade on the Gaza Strip, worsening the already desperate humanitarian situation. Measures adopted by the Israeli authorities included restricting imports to mainly food and medicine; a complete halt to the exit of all goods; and a reduction of the fishing area from six to three nautical miles from Gaza’s coast. The …

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UN needs $4.5 million urgently for life-saving services in Gaza after US cuts to UNRWA

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, called on the donor community to immediately fund the procurement of emergency fuel to prevent essential services in the Gaza Strip from shutting down completely. “Life-saving services in the Gaza Strip rely heavily on donor-funded emergency fuel,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “We have now run out of funds and are …

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World Humanitarian Day 2018 Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPWEv-ckc-I

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The Elders mourn the loss of Kofi Annan

The Elders mourn the loss of Kofi Annan

The Elders are shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of their dear friend and colleague Kofi Annan, who was the globally admired and respected Chair of The Elders. A founding member of The Elders, Kofi Annan succeeded Archbishop Desmond Tutu as Chair in May 2013. He played a vital role in leading The Elders’ work, and was a voice …

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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

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. By linking science more closely with society, 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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