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United Nations Association (UNA)
The United Nations Association (UNA-UK) is a UK pressure group which tries to ensure the UK government fully supports the UN. It also has branches (such as the Coventry Branch) which inform the public about the UN.
UNA is not part of the UN.
Find out more about them at www.una.org.uk
UNA Coventry Branch
The Coventry Branch runs various projects which inform the people and children of Coventry about the UN and engage them in the topics which the United Nations thinks are important:
- peace and security;
- justice and human rights;
- sustainable development.
How to Volunteer
See below for our current projects and role vacancies. Pick the 3 projects/roles you prefer, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and tell us about yourself and what you want to do.
How to stay informed
Stay informed about our plans by joining our volunteer Whatsapp group. If you want to join this group, check the box that says you use Whatsapp on the application form below.
Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unacov/
Follow our Twitter Account at @UNACoventry
Follow our Instagram account at unacoventry
The Branch Secretary is available at any time to provide support as required. Relevant training can be provided to enable you to fulfil your selected roles.
Our Current Projects
Check out the projects and roles below. Pick the ones you are interested in then register using the form below.
You will research climate-related topics and write reports on our websites including covcan.uk. This will involve web-based research and perhaps interviewing staff from local businesses, research centres, the City Council, universities and members of the public to find out what they are already doing about climate change and what plans they have for the future. You will then write articles and create short videos for publication on the CovCAN website and elsewhere.
Linked to the above project and growing out of it we plan to create eco-forums starting with one for primary schools. The members will lead these forums which will help them share ideas, plan joint projects and obtain publicity for their achievements. We need a team to manage the forums and engage with schools and young people themselves. For more information see ecoforum.uk
Low Carbon Cookery Book
We have started work on producing a cookery book providing low-carbon recipes that will appeal to a wide audience and also showing how their carbon footprint compares to standard British food. We need people to check the accuracy of the carbon footprint calculator we have produced, to gather recipes (with photos), to assess their carbon footprints, to select them for taste, to produces pages containing the recipe, to edit the book and take part in the publishing process including design and marketing.
Some researchers from the University of Warwick will soon begin an Eco-Citizenship Project in which they will invite youth participants to explore local and global questions of environmental and ecological degradation using verbatim theatre, ethnography and digital media, to encourage an interdisciplinary conversation about the nature of intersecting global crises. It will involve participatory workshops that will use playful, ensemble-led and performative pedagogies to activate and capture diverse stories of youth eco-citizenship. The project will aim to position Coventry youth as active co-researchers. The project participants will present their collaborative creations in different sites across Coventry.
The project has not yet started so it is not yet clear what roles UNA volunteers will be playing, but there is space on the application for you to express your interest in getting involved.
UN75 is the global listening exercise the UN is running during 2020 to capture people’s hopes and fears for the world and to crowdsource solutions to global challenges. It is a unique opportunity to convey opinions (including critical ones) and ideas that will be presented to world leaders, the UN’s leadership and to the wider world. We need people who will organise and moderate conversations including meetings in schools, universities and businesses.
Restorative Justice Ambassadors
The Coventry RJ service is currently seeking RJ Ambassadors who will help them promote knowledge and availability of restorative justice in schools, universities and among communities. For more information and how to apply see this page.
Climate Change and Mental Health Ambassadors
The link between climate change and mental health is important and increasingly recognised. Sometimes it is called eco-anxiety or climate anxiety. We are looking for people interested in Climate Change and its impact on Mental Health. We are planning to organise a workshop with the Mental Health Department from Coventry and Warwick University and students can get involved in the creation of the proposal as well as the organisation of the workshop. Volunteers can help in creating and conducting surveys in order to raise awareness on the issue. More information at https://covcan.uk/climate-emotion/ and https://covcan.uk/climate-anxiety-is-normal-and-healthy/.
We need people who can help us promote all the above activities on social media, on our websites and in the broadcast and published media.
We need people to help us run fun events that can help us raise funds to cover the cost of our activities.
Now please enter your details below and tell us which projects you are interested in.