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AGM

We are delighted to confirm that Natalie Samarasinghe, Executive Director of UNA-UK has accepted our invitation to speak at the Annual General Meetings of UNA Scotland and UNA Edinburgh Branch, on United Nations Day, Friday 24 October. The AGM of UNA Scotland will be held in the Hall of Old St Paul’s Church, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1  1DH at 3.00 pm. (Registration and refreshments at 2.45) This is followed by the AGM of Edinburgh Branch at 4.00 pm.

Natalie Samarasinghe is to speak at 5.00 pm, with time for questions and answers.Reception, with refreshments and opportunity for networking, from 6.00 pm.  All members and guests welcome.

International Peace Conference

UNA Edinburgh will host an International Peace Conference from Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 October 2014. Go to the UNAE website for full information, see the full programme here – UNAE Conference Programme 2014, the conference leaflet here – International Peace Conference Leaflet Final and register here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unae-peace-conference-tickets-13355423431

UN Reform – Bruce Kent

We are delighted that Bruce Kent, the Vice-President of CND, will speak to a meeting on “The Need for UN Reform” from 2-4pm on Saturday 22 November 2014. The meeting will be held at UN House, 4 Hunter Square, Edinburgh.

Scottish WILPF invites you to ‘Engage the Mililtary and Young People’ November 3rd 7 .00 pm

The UK military spends millions of pounds each year on its youth engagement programme, from 11,000 armed forces visits to state secondary schools and colleges, to huge cadet organisations. This concerns many people, particularly given that one of the main aims of these initiatives is recruitment into the armed forces, which carries much higher risks for the youngest, most disadvantaged recruits.

This is an invitation to a workshop to explore and discuss the military’s engagement with young people in Scotland. It will involve interactive exercises; a screening of the new short film ‘Engage: the military and young people’ (made by teenagers – www.forceswatch.net/young-people-military); the launch of a new report on armed forces’ visits to schools in Scotland; and representatives from ForcesWatch, the Educational Institute of Scotland, and the Scottish Youth Parliament. It will be an opportunity to get informed, to reflect and to share opinions.
 The workshop is on Monday 3 November 2014, from 7.00-9pm, at The Forest Café , 141 Lauriston Place, EH3 9JN, in the basement room. The Forest Cafe’ is a community arts café very close to the city centre. The workshop is free (see below for how to book your place), but we hope you’ll buy refreshments before and after the event to support the café.

The workshop is organised by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Scotland, and is supported by Edinburgh CND, Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition, and Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.

UN Human Rights Day

UNA Scotland will hold an event at the Scottish Parliament from 6.00 – 8.00pm on 10 December 2014, to commemorate UN Human Rights Day. Our guest speaker will be Mr Chris Roles, Director of Age International.

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 g.donn@ed.ac.uk or phone 07803 176299

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