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Please find below an open letter from the Chief of the NGO Relations & Advocacy Section with and invitation to participate at the the Department of Public Information “Turn the World UN Blue” campaign.

Click here to read the open letter & here to view the accompanying flyer.

Nicola Sturgeon on Climate Change:

A blog by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was published about this:

“…That approach is similarly embedded in our world leading Climate Justice Fund, which addresses the fact it is people who have done the least to contribute to climate change who suffer its consequences most harshly. Of course, aid is only one small part of international development.  Some of the greatest benefits to the world’s poorest can be achieved through policy changes by developed countries. That is why Scotland has introduced world-leading climate change targets that will impact positively on developing countries.”

And she also gave a speech to the Chinese Friendship Association which included significant reference to the particular impact climate change has upon women:

“…And as we look towards the Paris summit in December, we also need to remember that there is a significant gender dimension to climate change. The worst impacts are disproportionately felt by women – they are more likely to be subsistence farmers, and to be affected when crops fail; women are usually the people who get water and have to walk further in times of drought; it is girls who are more likely to stop going to school when tough times force the family to work even harder.

So as we tackle and mitigate climate change, we need to ensure that women are equally represented when it comes to taking decisions. To quote Mary Robinson, the President of the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Foundation – “Women are at the heart of effective solutions to addressing the impacts of climate change. They are the most convincing advocates for the policy solutions that they require and have a right to participate in decision-making processes.”

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

International Peace Conference – report published

IMG_0405 - CopyIMG_0416UNA Edinburgh has published the Conference Report of its International Peace Conference held on 25-26 October 2014. Go to the UNAE website for full information about the conference.

Bruce Kent meeting

See the “Our work” tab for a report by our intern, Rosita Yordanova, on our meeting addressed by Bruce Kent on the Need for UN Reform, held on 22 November 2014.

Activity report

Our latest activity report, dated 25 October 2014, is now available on the “Our work” tab.

Desks available at UN House

Desks are available at UN House, 4 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW.  Very reasonable rental cost which includes heating, lighting and services.  Available immediately.  For more information, please contact Gari Donn on gari_donn@icloud.com or phone 07803 176299