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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

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.

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.