Write to PM and Chancellor to save UK Aid!

25th November, 2020 We have been proud that the UK meets the target set by the UN in 1970 for spending 0.7% GNI on Overseas Development Assistance. This is now under threat. Please urgently write to the Prime Minister (privateoffice@no10.x.gsi.gov.uk) and the Chancellor of the Exchequer (rishi.sunak.mp@parliament.uk, public.enquiries@hmtreasury.gov.uk)  to urge them not to cut this […]

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Write to your MP to vote for a cross-party committee to scrutinise UK Aid

From LASER Chair, Patricia Rogers, on 20/11/20 Following the merger of DfID with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (creating the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO), the select committee that scrutinised the work of that department will soon cease to exist. However, it is very important that UK ODA (overseas development assistance, aka aid) expenditure […]

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Follow-up to WHAT NEXT FOR THE UN? Buiding a more secure world Festival

Hundreds of people from all over the world joined us from 18th-24th October to agree actions for buidling a more secure world. Peace Child International joined us in creating nightly workshops on: Peace Security; Food Security; Environmental Security; Economic Security; Peace and Security; Digital Security. Details of these can be found on the festival website. […]

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Hiroshima 75: promoting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear (ICAN) weapons is encouraging us to forward the following letter to our MPs this week (Hiroshima was 6th August; Nagasaki  9th August). We are urging the UK government to support the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Place de Cornavin              […]

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Urgent briefing on humanitarian disaster in Yemen

Yemen: Two million under Fives are malnourished[1] UNICEF says “360,00 children will Die”[2]  UN Agencies are facing a major funding crisis after donors, including the UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have cut their pledges by 50%. The UN’s humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, said unless more money was raised Yemen “will face a horrific outcome […]

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Asking Foreign Secretary urgently to save lives in Yemen

private.office@fco.gov.uk Dear Foreign Secretary I am writing to you on behalf of the United Nations Association London and South East Region out of extreme concern for the humanitarian situation in Yemen. In 2017, 16m were in need humanitarian assistance, now there are 24m – 80% of the population. 10 million children do not have access […]

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Asking the Prime Minster to reconsider the proposed merger of DfID with the FCO

To the Prime Minister 2nd July, 2020 Dear Prime Minister I am writing on behalf of the London and South East Region of the United Nations Association (UNA LASER), as we think the proposed merger of the Department for International Development with the Foreign Office would be a grave mistake. It will be interpreted all […]

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Petition for Debt Cancellation due to COVID 19 pandemic

The economic crash caused by coronavirus has pushed indebted countries even deeper into debt crisis. The call to cancel debts for the most vulnerable countries is gathering speed and LASER has signed the petition for this to happen. We can also sign it as individuals here: jubileedebt.org.uk/actions/stop-coronavirus-debt-disaster. The impacts of the pandemic could spell enormous […]

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