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Urge the G7 leaders to ensure vaccines for all and to address Climate Change

UNA LASER is a member of the Crack the Crises coalition. There is an important opportunity to influence the G7 world leaders due to meet in Cornwall on 11th June. Please add your voice by joining the Wave of Hope and messaging your MP through this link: crackthecrises.org. You can also retweet here. Here is […]

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Calling for an immediate overhaul of the UK domestic oil and gas policy

LASER – as a member of the Climate Coalition – has signed the following letter, coordinated by the Global Gas and Oil Network and being sent to the Prime Minsiter on Thursday 27th May. Do use it as a basis for lobbying your MP! Dear Prime Minister, The International Energy Agency (IEA), the world’s most […]

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

Hundreds of people from all over the world joined us from 18th-24th October to agree actions for building 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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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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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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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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