ABOUT UN HOUSE SCOTLAND
UN House Scotland is a shared facility with representation from UN agencies, civil society organisations and charities, working to support UN values. At UN House a core team works in ways which engage Scottish Expertise, the public, and youth. This happens through frequent SDG events, SCISA Seminars, and the UN House Intern/volunteering opportunities. Combined, these three key elements of engagement allow for flow between UN values and civil society in new and innovative ways.
What is Civil Society?
We understand civil society as, “[a term which refers] to the wide array of non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations that have a presence in public life, expressing the interests and values of their members or others, based on ethical, cultural, political, scientific, religious or philanthropic considerations.”
UN House was set up in 2012 by the charity Caledonia International Development Trust (CIDT) and officially opened by the Minister for External Affairs and International Development on 17 September. See this link for news coverage of the UN House opening. Executive Director Gari Donn manages UN House, and is a trustee of the overarching charity CIDT. To see the United Nations Commentary commending the opening of UN House, please watch Alex Mejia, Manager of the UNITAR Local Development Programme, speak here.
To find out more about UN House Deskholders, and the work they do in promoting the values of the United Nations, please see here.
UN House Staff
Dr Gari Donn
UN House Strategic Development Director
SCISA Seminar Co-ordinator
Schools Programme Coordinator
Caledonia International Development Trust
Dr Gari Donn – Chair John Locke – Trustee George Menzies – Trustee Lauren Spaven-Donn – Trustee
Lydia Moore – Second Treasurer