UN Matters Newsletter December 2010

Subject: UN Matters newsletter December 2010

Update on the United Nations and UNA-UK: news, action points and events
December 2010
Welcome to UNA-UK’s newsletter
Each issue features news updates and events listings, as well as actions and activities you can undertake in support of the United Nations.

What is UNA-UK?
UNA-UK is the UK’s leading source of independent information and analysis on the United Nations and a UK-wide grassroots movement for peace, development and human rights.

UN News in brief
Head of World Food Programme addresses UNA-UK’s youth wing
350 students and members of UNA-UK’s youth wing (UNYSA) crammed into the Institute of Education on 23 November 2010 for UNYSA’s campaign launch event. Entitled GET THE GOALS, the campaign for this academic year focuses on the UN Millennium Development Goals.

At the event, keynote speaker Josette Sheeran, head of the UN World Food Programme, spoke passionately about her organisation’s efforts in helping to meet MDG 1 – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. The event also featured a lively panel discussion with Janos Tisovszky (UN Regional Information Centre), Imogen Martineau (UN Environment Programme) and Andrea Paltzer (WFP UK office), who answered students’ questions on the MDGs and working for the UN.

The real wealth of nations – launch of the Human Development Report in London
Helen Clark, head of the UN Development Programme, launched the 20th anniversary edition of the Human Development Report at an event in the House of Commons on 23 November.

Entitled ‘The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development’, the report looks back at the past decades, identifying often surprising trends and lessons for the future. It demonstrates that there is no single formula for development, and that impressive gains can be achieved even without consistent economic growth.

Speaking at the House of Commons, Helen Clark said: “when the first Human Development Report was produced 20 years ago, it began by stating that ‘people are the real wealth of a nation’. From those words, it set out the case for a new approach to thinking about development which put people at its very centre…[it] argued that measuring national progress by economics alone was inappropriate, and that improving people’s lives – not pursuing growth for its own sake – should be the ultimate goal of development.”

The perfect Christmas Present – UNA-UK Gift Membership
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– Limited edition UNA-UK travel card wallet and luggage tag

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Throughout 2011, your chosen recipient will also recieve:

– New World magazine, the UK’s leading source of news and comment on the UN

– Publications, newsletters and resources

– Invitations to exclusive UNA-UK events

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Do something!
Take action on aid for children – support a financial transaction tax
UNA-UK is calling on its ‘Lobby for the UN’ activists to urge the UK government to do more on aid for children.

We were delighted that the UK ‘ring-fenced’ its international development budget from spending cuts, and that it has promised to meet the UN-backed target of 0.7% of national income for international development by 2013.

But the UK government could do even more by bringing in a financial transactions levy.

UNA-UK was one of the first organisations to join the Robin Hood Tax Campaign because we believe that urgent action is needed if the world is to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Click here to take action

Click here to access our Children’s Day information sheets

Dates for the diary
Featured event: 2 December


Cambodia: A quest for justice (UN) Susan Farkas 24 minutes
There has never been an international tribunal like the one in Cambodia where a reign of terror decimated more than one quarter of the population more than three decades ago. Here, we watch the first case heard by this unique court.

The forgotten Ones Michael Platzer 6 minutes
The film highlights ten basic global principles for the rights of crime victims.
Blair Johnson, an experienced former UN legal officer, will use these and other films to lead discussion on how the UN tackles crime and uses film to train its staff.
UK Launch of UNTV
The UN’s new worldwide TV network, currently available only on some smart-phones is being launched this Autumn.  The UN has 24 hours each day to fill and film makers from all countries are being invited to submit material for global transmission. The utility and universality of the network will be discussed with excerpts from its current coverage.
Odyssey 2050 Daniel and Miguel Bermejo , Costa Rica 6 minutes
A trailer with no film! Supported by the British Embassy in Costa Rica and under the technical supervision of Thelvin Cabezas, director of animation for the film Avatar, the objective is to engage young people of all nationalities around the world in making a feature-length film about climate change and to communicate with other young people about it. Is this the way movies will be made in the future?
Followed by a reception kindly provided by our hosts, Clifford Chance LLP
Clifford Chance, 10 Upper Bank Street, E14 5JJ (Canary Wharf, Jubilee & DLR) Free but registration necessary. Please register by e-mail to info@unawestminster.org.uk  or to WTP, 61 Sedlescombe Road, London SW6 1RE
4 Decemeber 2010
UNA Cheltenham will host a talk entitled ‘The Midcounties Co-operative – defending the environment’ by Michael Pickering, (Social Responsibility Manager for the Midcounties Co-operative), which will be followed by coffee and mince pies. This event will take place from 10am to 12pm at Parmoor House, Lypiatt Terrace, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham GL50 2SX.
Contact: Sue Thompson on 01242 235 072 or at suethompson682@hotmail.com
Visit: www.unacheltenham.org.uk
4th December
Bulgarian Tea Party, with Lozena, a Bulgarian artist
2.30 – 5.30 pm
Quaker Meeting House, Truro
Contact: Toni Olsson 01726 812505 (no email) or Joy McMullen: joymcmullen@talktalk.net
4th December 2010
Holding a public meeting entitled “The Millennium Development Goals – Mission Impossible?” The meeting will be addressed by Caroline Hurford, spokesperson for the World Food Programme in London.  The meeting will start at 11am in the Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Rd, Harpenden, AL5 1PD.

Contact Trevor Evans on 01582 713895 or jandt.evans@ntlworld.com for more information.

8 December
UNA Saffron Walden will be holding a discussion on Islam at the Friends Meeting House at 12.45pm The Speaker will be John Martin. As usual there will be lunch before from 12 noon if booked with Judith Effer on 01799 523010
Contact Hannah on 01799 527279 for further information
22 December 2010

UNA Gloucestershire Rural Branch will hold its annual Christmas Party at the home of our Chair, Malcolm Evans at 7.30pm.
His address is Brittania Cottage, High Street, King’s Stanley, Glos. GL10 3JF. Members and friends in the area at this time are most welcome. Just advise Chris Dickenson if you are coming.
Contact: Mr Chris Dickenson, Branch Secretary, on 01242 870260 or grb.una-uk@live.com

21 January 2011
The Branch will hold a meeting entitled Peace One Day when filmmaker Jeremy Gilley will talk about this international movement which he launched in 1999 with the aim of achieving the cessation of all conflicts across the world for one day each year. Start time: 7.30 pm. Venue: The Community Church Hall, Werter Road (opposite Sainsburys), Putney, London SW15 2LL
Contact: Rob Storey 020 3072 0087 or 07776 356 334 – storeyrw@aol.com and Jo Stocks 020 8870 5536 – jo.stocks@talk21.com.
22 January 2011
Will hold a Lecture in Memory of Ruth Wenban-Smith on “Making A Difference in Tanzania” by Jill Wells (Engineers Against Poverty) and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. This event will take place 12:30-14:30 at The Lymington Community Centre, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ. Contact Patricia: 01590679030 patricia@radioactive.org.uk

31 January 2011
Annual General Meeting
7.30 – 9.30 pm
7 Tolcarne Close, St Austell  PL25 4SJ
Barbara’s House. 01726 67117
Contact: Barbara or Joy McMullen: joymcmullen@talktalk.net
12th February
Coffee morning in Newbury Town Hall in aid of our project for this year, Water Aid. 10-12am Saturday 12th February 2011. Affordable and delicious coffee and cakes and market outside in Market Square
26 February 2011
Will hold a Lecture on “Changing The Lives of Poor People Thanks To Rural Radios: Special Cases in Latin America” by Max Graef, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. This event will take place 12:30-14:30, at The Lymington Community Centre, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ. Contact Patricia:1590679030 patricia@radioactive.org.uk
19 March 2011
Will hold a Lecture on  “The Important Role of  Women in Developing Countries Worldwide” by Lesley Abdela and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. This event will take place 12:30-14:30, at The Lymington Community Centre, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ.
Contact Patricia 01590679030 patricia@radioactive.org.uk
External events
04 December 2010
The Rights Time: Amnesty London Conference
London regional conference flyer 70 px. Keynote speaker: Zoya Phan speaks of her personal experience and work to improve human rights in Burma.
Venue: Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
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