UNA LASER Special Campaign Alert: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

On February 24th Russian troops invaded Ukraine. This has left a significant trail of destruction and a growing humanitarian crisis. At the time of writing, more than 1 million Ukrainians have been forced from their homes with many still living in heavily shelled areas. Many Ukrainians have sought refuge in neighbouring states: Moldova, Romania, Hungary, […]

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Use the UN Security Council to deescalate the Ukraine situation

LASER member and former BBC UN correspondent Keith Hindell encouraged us to send the letter below. Do write to your MPs to the same effect! Dear Foreign Secretary I am writing on behalf of the London and South East Region of the United Nations Association  (UNA LASER) to urge you to call an immediate meeting […]

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Write to PM, Defence Secretary & your MP about UK and TPNW

The UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is effective from 22nd January 2021. LASER’s Chair has writtento the Prime Minister and Defence Secretary to encourage them to take the UK into this Treaty. Do write in similar terms to your MPs (giving your full address so they know you are a constituent). Dear […]

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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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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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Supporting the Secretary General’s Call for a COVID-19 Global Ceasefire

On 23rd March 2020, UN Secretary General António Guterres said, “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. That is why, today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.  It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our […]

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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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