UN Matters Newsletter September 2011

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September 2011 Newsletter What is UNA-UK?

Welcome to the September issue of UNA-UK’s e-newsletter, which now features news from UNA-UK, our members, branches, youth wing and young professionals network in one consolidated email.

This issue launches the Autumn 2011 edition of our flagship magazine, New World, and contains information on our exciting new Freshers’ Fair competition: where will the UN take you? We also urge readers to take action to support the ‘No women, no peace‘ campaign.

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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 secure, just and sustainable world.

UNA-UK’s networks comprise:

UNA-UK Members
Young Professionals Network (YPN)
UNA Youth (formerly UNYSA)
“The shadow of war” – New World Autumn 2011

The Autumn 2011 issue of New World is dedicated to peace and security. It features an exclusive interview with Alain Le Roy, outgoing head of UN peacekeeping operations, and articles on South Sudan, Sri Lanka and Malawi.Our cover story puts the spotlight on children and armed conflict, with Marie Staunton, Chief Executive of Plan UK, writing on ‘girls in the shadow of war’.

We also report on the 2011 UNA-UK Policy Conference and introduce the new UNA Youth Council. Our Young Professionals interviewee is Zoya Phan, an activist working for the Burma Campaign UK.

Click here to read the online version of New World, which contains a host of ‘web-exclusive’ articles

Click here to view the print edition as a PDF

Attack on UN compound in Nigeria

The UN building in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, has been struck by a car bomb that left at least 23 people dead and 81 injured. Hundreds of staff members from 26 UN humanitarian and development agencies were working in the compound at the time.

Militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes days after World Humanitarian Day, which commemorates the bravery and sacrifices made by those who devote their lives to helping others.

Click here to read more

UNA-UK Executive Director responds to Guardian

On 26 August the Guardian published a comment piece by UNA-UK’s Executive Director Phil Mulligan entitled ‘Don’t blame Ban Ki-moon for all the UN’s problems’. The comment piece was written in response to a Guardian editorial.

The article notes that while there are many times when UNA-UK, a critical friend of the UN, believes that it should have been more forceful or quicker to respond, we must not forget that the UN is only as strong as its members allow it to be. Click here to read the article.

Where will the UN take you?

Freshers’ fairs 2011 competition: win a trip to New York

Our brand new freshers’ fair competition offers UNA Youth members the chance to find out where the UN could take them by signing up to our monthly ‘UN insider’ careers tips. Those who join UNA-UK as a member (it costs as little as £6 for a year) will also have the opportunity to win a trip to New York.

For a taste of what your trip could be like, read the articles by Mitali Nikore, our UNA Youth delegate to the UN high level meeting on youth, which took place in New York on 25-26 July.

We’ll be sending all UNA Youth university branches everything they need to take part in this competition, so please ensure that we have the right details to contact you. If you haven’t got a UNA Youth branch at your university or are worried that you might miss out, visit www.una.org.uk/freshers to enter online – or better still, set up a branch by contacting UNA-UK on membership@una.org.uk.

UNA-UK Members Young Professionals Network (YPN) UNA Youth (formerly UNYSA)
Deadline for feedback on UNA-UK’s strategic plan: Monday 6 September
Impressions of Policy Conference 2011
We want your views on our magazine New World

Find out more about membership

Exclusive YPN interview with Zoya Phan of Burma Campaign UK
YPN member Katalin Tarjan in New World magazine
Report of YPN event on food security and climate change

Find out more about the YPN

Mitali Nikore: representing UNA-UK in New York
Meet our interns
Where will the UN take you? Sneak preview of our new freshers’ fair competition

Find out more about UNA Youth

Do Something
No women, no peace

UNA-UK, a member of the Gender Action for Peace and Security coalition (GAPS UK), is calling on its members to support the latest GAPS UK campaign: No women, no peace.

Women are affected by conflict in a number of ways, yet when it comes to building peace, they are often excluded. Launched on the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, the campaign’s message is simple: You can’t build peace leaving half the people out.

Over the next year the campaign is calling on the UK Government to honour commitments made to women in conflict, with a particular focus on women in Afghanistan. You can help by sending an e-card to your MP via the No women, no peace website asking them to write to William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, to ensure leadership, coordination, investment and accountability around women’s rights in conflict.

Career Developoment Upcoming Events
GAPS UK: Fundraising Volunteer, London; unpaid
UN Refugee Agency: Research Coordinator London, Brussels or Budapest; p/t consultancy; 12,000 Euro
WWF: International Development Advisor Godalming (Surrey); £30,000

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

2 Sept: UNA Westminster – remembering Dag Hammarskjold
4-5 Oct: BOND – course on ‘global corridors of power’
12 Nov: UNA Sheffield – event to mark the International Year of Forests

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

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