Festival of Politics 2011

Around 50 people attended this event, held on 26 August 2011 at the Scottish Parliament as part of its Festival of Politics.

Ken Stewart chaired the event

For the first time, four UN agencies operating in Scotland came together to speak at this Festival: UNA Scotland, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNITAR. They spoke on their experience in communicating UN international politics and trends to Scottish audiences across the areas of peace & security, development, education & training, children and human rights.

May East, CIFAL

The event was chaired by Ken Stewart, Treasurer of the United Nations Association, Scotland.

May East, Executive Director CIFAL UNITAR Associated Centre, outlined techniques on how to communicate frontline implications of climate change & sustainability effectively at policy and decision-making levels. You can see May’s presentation here – CIFAL Presentation

Joanne Orr, UNESCO

Joanne Orr, Chair of the UNESCO Scotland Committee talked about the UNESCO Convention safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage and an initiative to record ICH in Scotland using an online wiki style inventory. See here for Joanne’s presentation – UNESCO Presentation

Gari Donn, UNA Scotland

Gari Donn, Convenor of UNA Scotland, discussed the civil society promotion of the work of the UN on Human Rights, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, the Middle East and International Development. See Gari’s presentation here – UNAS Presentation

Bruce Wilkinson, UNICEF

Bruce Wilkinson, Education Officer for Scotland, shared UNICEF face-to-face approach to promoting the Right Respecting Schools Awards. Here is Bruce’s presentation – UNICEF Presentation