Branches

Anyone interested in helping support the work of the United Nations Association and promoting UN values here in the UK is welcome to join the UNA-UK.  If you live in the London and South-East Region you will then be assigned to one of the local branches closest to your home.

If you wish to get involved with your local branch you need to apply to them separately as memberships of local branches are organised independently of membership of the UNA-UK.

Ideas for branches can be found here. Branches that would like support should email contact@unalaser.org.

A UNA Group based in the London and South-East Region area is:

UNA Climate and Oceans. Contact: Gonzalo Alvarez (Chair), unaukhandb@gmail.com. See www.una-climateandoceans.org

 

Local branches in the region as follows:-

Bexhill and HastingsContact: Barbara Echlin, bjechlin@btinternet.com

Blackheath and GreenwichContact: Neville Grant, neville.grant@gmail.com, 020 8858 8489.

CanterburyContact: Michael Vince, michaelvince@myphone.coop; climaterecovery1@gmail.com

Dartford and District. Contact: Barbara Judge, 01322 27127.
Description: We welcome any new members in our area, to help us promote the work of the United Nations. Our volunteer-run group supports the work of UNA-UK by organising a diverse range of grass-roots activities. Ranging from speaker and fundraising events to film screenings and coffee mornings, these activities raise awareness and interest in the work of the United Nations at a local level across the country. We welcome any new members in our area, to help us promote the work of the United Nations. Our Branch produces a newsletter four times a year.

Deal. Contact: Pam Brivio, pambrivio@ntlworld.com, 07772 471905 or 01304 225078.
Description: The Deal Branch of the United Nations Association usually hosts three or four events a year, including an annual fundraiser, Hiroshima Day event, public meeting, film showing. Our events often attract local media coverage. We try to take part in the United Nations Service for World Peace, held annually in Canterbury. A recent event, which I would urge other branches to consider, was a showing of The Calais Children – a case to answer,  about what happened to the children left behind when the Jungle was cleared.

Eastbourne. Contact: Ian Elgie, ianelgie@hotmail.com, 07704 178011.
Description: Our branch has a small active membership and a healthy list of local supporters who are prepared to attend meetings, as well as local businesses who support our projects. Our local programme usually consists of talks with invited speakers on a range of environmental and human rights issues. Attendances vary between 25 and 40 on average. All meetings are open to the public and are held usually in the Town Hall, Eastbourne. Human Rights day is celebrated each year in the town centre which gives our branch the opportunity of publicising our presence in the community. Our branch is especially active in environmental work, particularly with respect to climate change, through its links with partners in Uganda. Our work there includes tree planting, workshops for nutrition, first aid training, and the supply of lifejackets for the fishing communities on Lake Victoria.
See our website for details and how to support our projects.

Enfield and the BarnetsContact Bill Linton, bill.linton@myphone.coop 020 3105 1892.

HarpendenContact: Trevor Evans, jandt.evans@ntlworld.com

Luton. Contact: Dr Nazia Khanum OBE DL (Chair) or UNA-Luton and Dr David Cheesman (Secretary), info@una-luton.uk.
Description: UNA-Luton Branch promotes equality, justice, peace, human rights & community cohesion.Luton is one of the most diverse towns in the UK, with a wide range of ethnicities, religions and cultures. Its people have links to almost every country in the world. Whenever events happen overseas, somebody in Luton is directly affected, and is well informed about the key issues. Like some other British towns Luton also faces socioeconomic challenges in a number of areas including health, housing, education and employment. UNA Luton contributes to the UN’s and UNA-UK’s goals by drawing on the wealth of Luton’s human resources, learning from experience in Britain and overseas and acting both locally and globally. We work with a wide variety of voluntary and statutory agencies including the local authority and the University of Bedfordshire and raise awareness widely to trigger activism for achieving a just, fair, healthier, safer, more equal and peaceful society. Join us to take forward the principles of democratic values and sustainable development goals of the UN and make a difference to our society and the world.

Merton. Contact: Alison Williams,  alisonwilliams36@btinternet.com, 020 8944 0574.
Description: We have meetings and workshops on UN-related events and developments. In recent years, we have had sessions on the UN Charter and UN Reform; on aspects of Security (Human Security, Sustainable Security, Nuclear and General Disarmament); on aspects of Development (the Millennium Development Goals, the Millennium Villages, the UN Global Compact), on the Environment (Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Climate Change) and on Human Rights – relevant to every issue.We fund-raise for UN-related causes including UNICEF, Refugees, and victims of man-made and natural disasters. Our chief fund-raising event is a Car Boot Sale in the summer at St Mary’s Field, Arthur Road, when the church make the field available.We lobby for political action to support the aims of the UN Charter (peace, justice and democratic governance for all).We co-sponsor a weekly Peace Vigil beside Wimbledon Library from 6:00-7:00 pm on Fridays.

Streatham and Clapham. Contact: Sarah Webster, webster.home@btinternet.com, 020 8769 5095.

Sutton and Croydon. ContactJas Weir, jas.weir@blueyonder.co.uk, 020 86472462.

Tunbridge Wells and Wealden. Contact Julia Jarrold (Secretary), juliajarrold5@gmail.com or Jane Beeley (Chair) Jane_Beeley@outlook.com.

Twickenham and Richmond. Contacts: Hilary Evans, hilarymevans@btinternet.com  Denis Wilmot, dehwilmot@gmail.com
Description: Members of UNA Twickenham & Richmond (TRUNA) are interested in the whole spectrum of UN concerns, with a current focus on:
– The Middle East
– Refugees
– Climate change
– Issues relating to peace and conflict (from conflict prevention to arms control and nuclear weapons) are also major concerns for TRUNA members.
While TRUNA does not normally campaign on these issues as a UN Association, individual members are often active in such campaigns. TRUNA also publicises the meetings of its nearest UNA-UK neighbour, UNA Wandsworth. TRUNA has for some time held meetings about three-four times a year at the Adelaide Pub in Teddington, but this pattern is changing. The best source of information is the TRUNA Newsletter and the TRUNA entry on the UNA-UK website: https://www.una.org.uk/branch/una-twickenham-and-richmond

Wandsworth Wandsworth. Contact: Rob Storey  storeyrw@aol.com, 020 3072 0087 or 07776 356334; Meena Storey (Secretary), 020 3072 0087.
Description: UNA has three public meetings each year, planning meetings, an annual religious service, summer and winter socials. We advertise our meetings locally by way of emails, the UNA website, our local SW15 website, friends and flyers. Details regarding Wandsworth UNA activities can also be found at https://www.una.org.uk/branch/una-wandswort

Westminster. Contact: David Wardrop, info@unawestminster.org.uk, 0207 385 6738; secretary@unawestminster.org.uk.
Description: Westminster UNA flagship events include the conference and Cenotaph ceremony to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers; and International Law Lecture and We the Peoples Film Festival.  We also have a Young Professionals group, details on the website.
See our Westminster website for details about our projects.

We also have the following university and Model UN branches:-

BPP University UNA, Contact: Sartaj Haque, bppuna@live.com

Brunel Model UN Society, Contact: Gupta Vedant, brunelunitednations@gmail.com

Imperial College MUN, Contact: Nil Bozkurt, model.un@imperial.ac.uk

Kent Model UN Society, Contact: Justin Koelman, committee@munkent.com, secgen@kentmun.org

King’s College London, Contact: Hong Chong Wen, kingsmun@gmail.com, kclunitednationsassociation@gmail.com

London Metropolitan Model UN, Contact: Natasha Vale, londonmetmun@gmail.com

London School of Economics UN, Contact: Lina Jeffcock, lina@jeffcock.org,  unsoc@lsesu.org

Queen Mary University Model UN, Contact: Evangelos Halatsis, una.qmul@gmail.com

Regent’s University Model UN, Contact: K Fanning, fanningk@regents.ac.uk

SOAS UN Association, Contact: Siti Najiihan Fikri, munsoas@gmail.com, un.soc@soas.ac.uk

University College London Model UN, Contact: uczxmun@ucl.ac.uk

University of Greenwich Model UN, Contact: Habib Diouga, dhconstant@aol.co.uk, mungreenwich@gmail.com

Westminster Model UN, Contact: Nicole El-Halou, westmun@su.westminster.ac.uk, westmun.soc@su.westminster.ac.uk

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