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
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:-
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.