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April 2016 What is UNA-UK?

Dear Reader,

In recent months UNA-UK has made an impact at a national and international level.

After hosting H.E. Ban Ki-moon for his final UK appearance as Secretary-General, UNA-UK made history by helping to improve the process to select his successor. 

Our 1 for 7 Billion campaign for a fair, transparent recruitment process was instrumental in securing  unprecedented candidate hearings in the General Assembly.  To complement this, UNA-UK hosted the first ever joint candidates' debate, puting us squarely at the forefront of one of the most exciting and successful reform drives in the UN's 70-year history.

Here in the UK, following a concerted advocacy drive, the Government has recognised the contribution the UN makes to Britain's national security.  We're also delighted to have released our latest publication on the Sustainable Development Goals.

We want to ensure this success continues. For this reason, we want your feedback on our new draft strategic plan. We're also urging subscription-paying members to vote now on a crucial proposal to secure UNA-UK's future and attend our EGM on 28 April.

Thank you for your continued support - these policy breakthroughs would not have been possible without you.

Best wishes,

The UNA-UK Team

UNA-UK is the UK's leading source of independent analysis on the United Nations and a UK-wide grassroots movement campaigning for a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.




Feature stories

Major success for the 1 for 7 Billion campaign

Much depends on the effectiveness of the UN Secretary-General. That's why we co-founded the 1 for 7 Billion campaign to inject transparency and rigour into the process to appoint Ban Ki-moon's successor. Through our advocacy in the UK, our Activist Summit with UNA-UK supporters and our campaigning work in New York, the campaign has made historic progress.

We were delighted the President of the General Assembly publically recognised the campaign's contribution, as did innumerable media outlets around the world: from the Daily Mail to The New York Times...from El Mundo to the Malay Mail...from the Hindustan Times to the Toronto Star - hundreds of articles have commented on the campaign's work in recent weeks.

Click here to read more 

Video now available of our event with Ban Ki-moon

Anyone concerned that the UN's ideals and aspirations may not have the same power to inspire that they did 70 years ago: take comfort. Over 2000 members of the public, more than half of them young people, gave up their morning to hear the UN's leader deliver a powerful speech on the Organisation's work.

Whether or not you attend, take a moment to watch this compelling video which captures the atmosphere at what was likely to have been Ban Ki-moon's last public appearance in the UK in his capacity as UN leader.

Click here to watch the video | Click here for speech transcripts

UK security strategy recognises UN's contribution

Published late last year, the UK's foremost security document recognises the crucial role played by multilateral institutions.

UNA-UK is pleased the overarching argument made throughout its advocacy work – the need to invest in the apparatus of global governance if we are to tackle the raft of challenges we face as an international community – is included as a priority strand.

Having recognised the need to invest in global solutions, the Government should now set out a clear strategy for UK engagement with the UN.

Click here to read more

Expert report on how to achieve the SDGs

UNA-UK has published a major report 'Sustainable Development Goals: the people's agenda'. The publication sets out how to take forward the new global development agenda, which began in January 2016.

With a foreword from Ban Ki-moon, this report is the third in a series of UNA-UK publications on the post-2015 development agenda.This report shifts the focus from ‘promise’ to ‘practice’ as states develop national plans to implement the Goals.

Click here for the publication's dedicated mini-site

Vote now to secure UNA-UK's future

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of UNA-UK will take place on Thursday 28 April 2016 in London. We're asking all subscription-paying members to vote, either before the meeting by proxy, or at the meeting in person on a crucial proposal to secure UNA-UK's future.

The proposal emerged from the Board's discussions on a our draft strategic plan, and is part of a broader agenda to revitalise and strengthen UNA-UK, which was discussed at our recent AGM on 5 March 2016.

Click here to vote | Give feedback on our draft plan


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