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The UK must protect human lives as the Nationality and Borders Act comes into force

In July 2021, The Nationality and Borders Bill was introduced to Parliament. It contained provisions about nationality, asylum, immigration, victims of slavery and human trafficking. The UK government stated that the reforms in the Bill were about saving lives and breaking the economic model of people smugglers. However, these claims have not been supported by […]

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The UK Must Urgently Cease Supplying Arms to Saudi Arabia

Since 2004, The Houthi movement has been leading an insurgency against the military in Yemen. In 2014, tensions between Houthis and government forces escalated into outright civil war. Protests around the 2011 Arab Spring had pressured Yemen’s President Saleh to hand power to his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. The transition was not smooth. As security […]

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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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The UK Must Take Forward its Climate Change Commitments Following COP26

The UK’s work is far from over as president of COP. There are still fundamental challenges that must be addressed this year: as members and supporters of UNA LASER, we should put pressure on our MPs to ensure that the UK government acts on its Glasgow promises. Having hosted the delayed COP26 in Glasgow last […]

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COP 26: Final Summary and Action

COP 26 – Summary and Action Summary This summary is mostly from Gareth Redmond-King of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, whose Director, Peter Chalkley, is a keynote speaker at the UNA LASER 2021 AGM. COP26 landed various ‘sector deals’ – on coal, deforestation, methane, vehicles, funding for overseas fossil fuels, and getting beyond oil […]

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COP 26 Update and Action on 10th November

Update from COP 26 on 10/11 Cover text: The first draft of the cover text (the political umbrella text coming out of the summit) was published overnight. The text includes: Commitment for 196 countries to boost climate targets by 2023 Countries to submit net-zero targets & plans in line with Paris by 2022 Countries to accelerate […]

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COP 26: Update and Actions on 8th November

Update from COP 26 on 8th November Adaptation, Loss and Damage day has led to Christian Aid reporting that climate change could cause 64% GDP hit to world’s vulnerable countries. Looming crunches and fights are coming up in week 2. The urgent climate-change related needs of developing countries – adaptation, loss and damage, and climate […]

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COP 26 Update and Action on 6th November

Updates from COP 26 Climate pledges so far at COP 26: according to the IEA these pledges could keep the world’s rising temperatures to around 2C of pre-industrialised levels – but only if all commitments are implemented in full. Fossil financing announcement: 25 countries and institutions are now committed to end support for all fossil fuels […]

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COP 26 Update and Action on 4th November

Update from COP 26 on 4th November Historic Pledges: According to analysis from Climate Resource, new COP26 pledges bring projected warming to below 2°C for the first time in history. Reverse Deforestation: More than 100 world leaders have agreed to a commitment to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030. The commitment, called the Glasgow Leaders’ […]

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COP26 must deliver on Loss and Damage Finance

UNA LASER is among the signatories of the following letter to go to the Heads of States, Environment Ministers, President of COP26, Alok Sharma and the Heads of Delegations at COP26 At just over 1 degree Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels, climate change is already causing havoc in countries around the world. UN Secretary-General […]

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Add Military Greenhouse Gas Emissions for COP consideration

UNA LASER is among the signatories of the following letter from the Arms, Militarisation and Climate Justice Working Group to Nigel Topping, UK High Level Champion for Climate Action at COP26. Dear Mr Topping Military greenhouse gas emissions must be on the agenda for COP27 Militaries are major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters and typically the […]

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Write to your MP to help Afghanistan

Key features to note about the current Afghan situation are: Afghanistan is a multi-ethnic country with Baluch, Hazara, Pashtun, Tajiks and Turkmen (Pashtun and Tajiks constituting nearly 70% of the population). The current Islamic Emirate, declared on 15th August, is practising what appears to be a non-inclusive approach to governance of the nation. The government appears […]

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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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