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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Migrants – Causes, Consequences and Solutions

The following is a report from the LASER Spring Council meeting at which our speaker event focussed on the issue of migration. The Region was very fortunate to have two distinguished speakers for this event, Myrian Cherti and Marley Morris. Myrian Cherti is a National Officer at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Marley […]

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Statement from UNA-UK on President Trump’s visit to Britain

The news is awash with stories about US President Trump’s visit to the UK, with most outlets focussing this morning on his comments on Brexit, supposed broadsides against the Prime Minister and the “Trump baby” blimp that has been floating across London in protest at his visit. But we at UNA-UK believe the spotlight should […]

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Marching for peace from Helmand to Hiroshima

By Maya Evans I have just arrived in Hiroshima with a group of Japanese “Okinawa to Hiroshima peace walkers” who had spent nearly two months walking Japanese roads protesting U.S. militarism. While we were walking, an Afghan peace march that had set off in May was enduring 700km of Afghan roadsides, poorly shod, from Helmand […]

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Stability is threatened as British public misunderstand the Arab world

A poll has been conducted to examine what the British public think about the Arab world. The poll was conducted by Arab News, YouGov and the Council for Arab and British Understanding (CAABU). The results of this poll have highlighted the extent to which the British public misunderstand the Arab world and the crisis in […]

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The lives of those born from rape during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

In 2014 I travelled to Rwanda to conduct research in the field. My topic of interest was the lives of those born from rape during the Rwandan genocide of ‘94.  Many people ask how it is I came to focus on this particular group of people and to be honest I don’t think I ever […]

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Bruce Kent writes about the 2017 UN Disarmament Treaty

In work for global justice and peace, not surprisingly, there are highs and lows. My earliest ‘high’ comes in the form of a League of Nations colour poster issued just before the 1932 Geneva disarmament conference. It shows lots of children marching hopefully towards peace. The League of Nations Union in those days was a […]

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A report on a workshop which discussed Sustainable Development Goal 16

Alison Williams (UNA Merton) has written this report from a workshop that she ran at a UNA LASER Summer Council.  Sustainable  Develpment Goal (SDG) 16 is to Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development, Provide Access to Justice for All And Build Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions at All Levels.

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Marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

UNA Westminster, together with UNA-UK and the Royal United Services Institute, held the 15th annual conference and ceremony to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. The opening session of the conference was provocatively titled “Better Peacekeeping or People Centred? What do these approaches mean and how can they be implemented?” and which set the […]

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UNA Eastbourne initiates an exciting project in Eastern Uganda to tackle malnutrition

In 2017 the Eastbourne branch  donated thousands of Moringa oleifera seedlings to mothers and young children in a series of workshops in community centres and health clinics to diffuse knowledge of the nutritional benefits of eating the leaves of this ‘wonder tree’.  For many years the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and  the World […]

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