UN Matters Update July 2011

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July 2011 Newsletter What is UNA-UK?

Welcome to the July issue of UNA-UK’s e-newsletter.

This month, we are asking our members and supporters to:

Take action for refugees
Send us inspiring examples of UNA-UK members who are making a difference in their communities
Give us feedback on our flagship magazine, New World

You are receiving this email because you are a member of UNA-UK. Thank you for your support. If you know anyone interested in the UN, why not forward this email to them?

Keep in touch:
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)
new world 2011 UNA-UK Chairman calls on US and EU to re-calibrate position on Israel-Palestine

In an open letter published on 10 June, 24 former heads of goverment, ministers and peace negotiators, including UNA-UK Chairman Sir Jeremy Greenstock, called on the European Union and United States to re-calibrate their policies on Israel-Palestine, including by making recognition of Israel a goal rather than a pre-condition of engagement.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague responded on 20 June, expressing hope that the announcement of reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas will advance the peace process, and saying that negotiations should be guided by clear parameters, such as those set out by US President Obama, which included an agreement on borders based on 1967 lines.

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new world 2011 Ban Ki-moon appointed for a second term

The UN General Assembly has appointed Ban Ki-moon to a second term as Secretary-General, to run from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016. Mr Ban’s re-appointment had previously been recommended by members of the UN Security Council.

After taking his oath of office, Mr Ban pledged to be a ‘harmoniser and bridge-builder’, saying ‘we live in an era of integration and inter-connection, a new era when no country can solve all challenges on its own and where every country should be part of the solution. That is the reality of the modern world. We can struggle with it, or we can lead’.

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Take action for refugees

At present, some 44 million children, women and men have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Many of them are fleeing conflict and instability in countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Sudan. But increasingly, people are also forced to leave as a result of climate change, environmental degradation and extreme poverty.

To mark World Refugee Day, the UN Refugee Agency is celebrating the contributions that refugees make to society with its ‘100% British, created by refugees‘ campaign.

Read more and take action

2011 Policy Conference in Cardiff

UNA-UK’s 2011 policy-making conference took place on 18 June at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. Some 130 members from around the country participated, debating pressing issues on the UN’s agenda and discussing what action UNA-UK could take to further the UN’s goals in the UK.

Members also heard from UNA-UK Chairman Sir Jeremy Greenstock and Executive Director Phil Mulligan, who presented a draft of UNA-UK’s new four-year strategic plan. The outcomes of the policy debates will be posted on the UNA-UK website shortly.

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UNA-UK Members Young Professionals Network (YPN) UNA Youth (formerly UNYSA)
Policy Conference in Cardiff
You inspire us – who better to inspire others to join UNA-UK that you, our members? Help us to showcase your work by sending us your stories
What would you change about ‘New World’? We want your views on UNA-UK’s flagship magazine – click here to complete our short survey

Find out more about membership

Do you have a background in sustainability? Apply to represent UNA-UK at a major UN NGO conference in Bonn
YPN event on food security – click here to find out more
Call for articles! The next issue of UNA-UK’s magazine will focus on peace and security. What do you think is the most pressing threat we face? Send 500 words by 22 July to the Editor on samarasinghe@una.org.uk

Find out more about the YPN

Meet your new Youth Council and read about their plans for the coming year
Fantastic opportunity to represent UNA-UK at major UN NGO conference in Bonn
Where will the UN take you? Here’s a sneak preview of our exciting new Freshers’ Fair competition

Find out more about UNA Youth

Do Something
Take action for refugees

UNA-UK is calling on its members and supporters to take action for refugees by participating in Refugee Week’s Simple Acts campaign. We believe that if all our supporters commit to just one of these simple acts, it will go a long way towards challenging the stereotypes of refugees that persist in the UK.

UN Women update

In May we asked our supporters to urge the UK government to prioritise funding for UN Women and support this new UN agency’s vital work.

Thank you to all those who took action for UN Women via our website. We are pleased to inform you that we have received an encouraging response from the Department for International Development (DFID), which is due to announce its funding commitment shortly.

Watch this space and keep up the pressure

Career Developoment Upcoming Events
UNA-UK – Programme development intern opportunities
The Elders – Personal Assistant to the Policy Team
Islamic Relief – DFID Partnership Co-Ordinator

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

9 July – UNA Harpenden: Rt Rev Richard Llewellin speaks of his experience as an ecumenical accompanier in Israel/Palestine.
12 July – UNA Canterbury: ‘After Libya: where now for UN Peacekeeping?’
12 July – UNA Westminster: ‘So how will we feed the bottom billion?’, hosted by Heidi Alexander MP

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

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