UN Matters Newsletter April / May 2012

April / May 2012 What is UNA-UK?
Dear Friends,

Welcome to the April/May issue of UNA-UK’s newsletter, UN Matters. We are delighted to announce that our application to establish a new charitable organisation has been successful.The new charity will effectively merge UNA-UK and the UNA Trust into a single entity. We are now working on the next steps, including elections for English geographic area Trustees – see below for information on how to cast your vote.

We are also delighted to present a short film showcasing our inaugural Model UN schools tournament. Over 200 students from across the UK took part in Security Council simulations to discuss ways in which the ideals of the Olympic Truce could be used to further international peace and security.

The Truce is one of the topics that will be discussed at UNA-UK’s UN Forum on 14 July 2012. Lord Bates, who walked from Olympia to London to raise awareness of the Truce, will join Dame Margaret Anstee, Margaret Beckett MP, Lord Browne, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Lord Hannay, Wilfried Lemke, David Nussbaum, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Honey Thalijeh, Baroness Williams and many other high-level speakers at our biggest event of the year. Don’t miss out by booking your place now!

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UNA-UK is the UK’s leading source of independent analysis on the United Nations and a UK-wide grassroots movement campaiging for a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.

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Students triumph at Model UN schools competition

On 10 March, over 200 students from schools across the UK gathered at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization in London for UNA-UK’s inaugural Model UN schools tournament: ‘Uniting the Nations’.

The tournament is part of our new Generation United Nations programme, which engages 13-18-year-olds and their schools in the work and values of the UN.

Click here to watch a short film of the event

Last chance to vote in new charity trustee elections

Following our successful application to the Charity Commission, UNA-UK and the UNA Trust are now preparing for their effective merger into a single, new charitable organisation. It is hoped that the new charity will be operational from July 2012.

In addition to administrative and legal tasks, elections for the new charity’s Trustee Board are now in process. Four Trustees are to be elected by ballot from four English geographic areas by individual paid-up and honorary members of UNA-UK. Further information, including details of candidates and postal ballot forms, can be found here. Completed forms must reach Carol Hodson at UNA-UK by 2pm on Thursday, 12 April 2012.

Executive Director writes to DECC

On 21 March, UNA-UK Executive Director Phil Mulligan wrote to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to express his concern about the government’s decision to exclude aviation fuel and imported goods from its fuel consumption and emissions-reduction targets.

Click here to read the letter

Annual General Meeting – 21 April 2012

The Annual General Meeting of UNA-UK will take place at 2pm on Saturday, 21 April in The Committee Room of the Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EL. All paid-up and honorary members of the Association have the right to attend and vote. Those who cannot attend may wish to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.

The AGM will include presentation of Awards for Distinguished Service to UNA-UK members who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Association as well as the results for the new charity trustee elections.

Click here to read more and to access the proxy voting form

  New World examines the ‘sustainability challenge’

Ahead of the UN’s ‘Rio+20’ summit this June, the Spring 2012 issue of New World explores the opportunities and challenges we face in our quest for a sustainable future.

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme reflects on the Durban climate conference, while Mark Malloch-Brown, former UN Deputy Secretary-General, considers the impact of the economic downturn on multilateral institutions and UN goals. Other contributions focus on urban planning, healthcare and environmental management. We also consider different ways to measure countries’ development.

Click here to read the magazine and web exclusive articles

UNA-UK Members UNA-UK Young Professionals UNA Youth
Annual General Meeting at 2pm on 21 April 2012
Profiles of Members standing for election as Trustees of UNA-UK
Postal Ballot Form for Trustee elections

Find out more about membership

UNA Westminster – International Day of UN Peacekeepers
International Online Model UN
Join UNA-UK’s Young Professionals

Find out more about UNA-UK’s Young Professionals

iPad2 competition winner
Youth campaign on the Arms Trade Treaty
Meet our interns

Find out more about UNA Youth

100 days to go until UN Forum 2012
Have you booked your place yet?

On Saturday 14 July 2012 we are offering you the chance to take part in UNA-UK’s biggest event of the year – UN Forum 2012 – and engage with movers and shakers in the international arena on the most pressing issues facing the world today.

Two weeks before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, UNA-UK will play host to one of the largest civil society events on the UN to be held in this country. The purpose of the event is to bring together UN experts and officials and British policy-makers and opinion-shapers with a wide cross-section of the public to discuss peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.

Tickets are selling fast so we want to make sure our loyal supporters book-up early to avoid disapointment.

Book your place now!


Career Development Upcoming Events
Public Affairs Team Assistant – UNICEF UK
Internship: External Relations – UNHCR UK
E-learning: MDGs & debt – UNITAR

Click here to read our young professionals’ guide to careers at the UN

UNA London & Southeast Region: Sir Jeremy Greenstock on R2P – 26 April 2012
UNA Westminster: International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 29 May 2012
UN Forum – 14 July 2012 – book now!

Click here for full event listings, including UNA branch events across the UK

Legal Notice:

Events are the responsibility of national, regional or branch UNAs or other bodies that organise them. Events may be subject to change at any time, and such changes may not be reflected on the above listings. Please therefore check with the local contact for each event. It is assumed that local organisers have obtained all legal permissions required for their events and have provided UNA-UK with the correct contact details. UNA-UK is not responsible for such events – and cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the above information.

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