THE UNA IN NORWICH - COMING UP. . .
Friday 20th January 2017
The Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat lane, Norwich
Will talk about
'New Routes Integration Programme for recently
resettled refugees & asylum seekers in Norwich'
The talk is at 1pm and will last about 30 minutes followed by questions. Admission free. Coffee available from 12.30pm.
A donation is invited to cover expenses.
Please note that there will be no meetings in August or December. Details of other meetings for the rest of 2016 can be found on the...
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Appointment of UN Secretary-General
António Guterres is to become the next UN Secretary-General, signalling a major victory for the more open, inclusive and merit-based process which UNA-UK and our supporters have worked hard to achieve.
A resolution to recommend Mr Guterres, who served as Prime Minister of Portugal and as head of the UN Refugee Agency, was agreed on by the Security Council on Thursday 6 October.
Read UNA-UK's statement
The nomination of Mr Guterres shows that UN Security Council could not ignore the widespread call for merit to prevail over regional considerations and the political interests of Council members.
The Council has agreed on a well-qualified candidate who not only engaged in dialogue with the General Assembly and civil society, but who also participated in the largest public debate with Secretary-General candidates, organised by UNA-UK and our partners in June.
Universal Periodic Review
The UN Human Rights Council is scrutinising the UK's human rights record during the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR). UNA-UK has been submitting evidence to the Human Rights Council during this process, using responses from local UNAs to say how the UK is performing on key human rights issues. For more details visit British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
The Branch’s Annual General Meeting took place at 12.30 on Friday September 16th at the Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich. The links to the Annual Report and the Annual Accounts are shown below.
Top priorities for the next UN chief
Having campaigned for a transparent, merit-based leadership contest, UNA-UK marked this UN Day by urging the next UN Secretary-General to strengthen the Organisation, which is increasingly required to do more with fewer resources. In evidence to the House of Lords inquiry UNA-UK set out a list of key priorities for the next Secretary-General, mindful that he, like his predecessors, will need to manouevre within rigid political constraints.
Our priorities include setting an ambitious but realistic vision that sees the UN focus on areas where it can make a unique contribution - notably resuming a central role in peace and security - while pushing for an international accountability mechanism to address sexual abuse by peacekeepers. Delivering on these priorities requires increasing the UN's engagement with the people who need it most. This is why we're calling on the next UN leader to strengthen civil society participation at the UN to ensure that the Organisation better represents the interests of world's seven billion people, not just the major powers.
We're optimistic that he will listen.
Responding directly to a question from UNA-UK's 1 for 7 Billion campaign Mr Gutteres assured the General Assembly that "dialogue and cooperation with civil society will... be a central aspect of the activities of the UN" under his watch.
UNA-UK is in the process of compiling a 'People's Agenda' for the next UN leader, which will set out the views of our 1 for 7 Billion campaign's 750 NGO partners and 200 million supporters, focusing on meaningful civil society engagement with the UN.
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Have your say on the post-2015 development agenda
UNA-UK is asking its members and supporters to participate in the UN’s My World survey – a global initiative allowing members of the public to feed their ideas into the process to devise the successor framework to the UNMillennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Take action for Burma
UNA-UK is urging members and supporters to take action to help ptotect Burma’s Tohingya minority. For more details please click here.
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.