Bursaries available for UN Forum

On Saturday, 28 June 2014, from 1000 to 1830, UNA-UK will discuss Britain’s role in today’s world at its acclaimed UN Forum event in Central Hall, Westminster. Hear top-level speakers debate foreign policy issues in a variety of challenging sessions, from 60-second-answer panels to in-depth discussions. See for full details.

UNA Edinburgh is making available a limited number of bursaries of up to £100 towards the cost of travel and accommodation expenses. Members of UNA Youth in Scotland and interns working for UNA Scotland or UNA Edinburgh may apply. Send a request, including a statement of no more than 100 words on why you wish to attend, to Gari Donn at by 11 May 2014.

International Peace Songbook: callout for songs

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has passed on a callout for songs for an international peace songbook being compiled by Penny Stone. Click here to see the callout: Callout for International Peace Songbook

UNA Edinburgh facilitates visit of Iranian students

We facilitated a visit of Iranian students to George Watson’s Model United Nations, held in March 2014 – Iran group GW MUN 2014

Dr Alec F Gaines

Alec Gaines

Alec Gaines

Our dear friend and colleague, Dr Alec F Gaines, died on 5 March, aged 83. Please see here for our tribute to the lifelong contribution he made to peace and disarmament – Alec Gaines: appreciation

Here is a motion of tribute to Alec Gaines, lodged in the Scottish Parliament by Bill Kidd MSP, Co-Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Nuclear Disarmament  S4M-9361

Joint Conference on Nuclear Weapons

A joint conference ‘New International Developments on Nuclear Weapons: Scotland’s Focus’, organised jointly by  the GPG on Nuclear Disarmament and UNAE will be held on Wednesday 25 June at the Scottish Parliament.

This event will also be in memory of Dr Alec Gaines who had worked for the abolition of nuclear weapons throughout his life.

Speakers include Dr Rebecca Johnson from Acronym.  This is a one day event to follow up the previous conferences on Global Zero, Nuclear Non Proliferation and a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Middle East.  It will draw attention to the important role Scotland plays in moving European countries towards Global Zero.

CSW March 2014

The 58th Session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women was held at the UN in New York from 10-21 March 2014.

Our Vice-Convener, Gari Donn, attended the conference as a delegate for Soroptimist International. UNA-UK was represented by its Policy & Advocacy Officer, Hayley Richardson and by Sally Spear, vice-chair of the UNA’s Women’s Advisory Council

Here are Gari Donn’s  reports of proceedings:-

CSW March 2014 Day 1, CSW March 2014 Day 2, CSW March 2014 Day 3, CSW March 2014 Week 2, CSW March 2014 Final Day, CSW 58 March 2014 draft agreed conclusions

Hayley Richardson’s report, which includes a link to the final outcome document is on the UNA-UK website

Ukraine must not become a new Berlin wall

Gari Donn draws our attention to the following statement issued by the European Leadership Network on 14 March 2014 -  Ukraine should not become a new Berlin Wall  This article is also saved in our ‘Opinion’ tab.