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UN House at Geneva Peace Week

The mandate of the United Nations is substantiated on the basis of maintaining international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international co-operation and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. After the atrocities of World War II, the world vowed to prevent a similar conflict. During Geneva Peace Week, the United Nations and other international actors come together to reflect on lessons learned from working towards peace in various regions, current conflicts, and strategies to promote peace. The topic of Geneva Peace Week this year was, “Building Peace in a Turbulent World.” As the Resident Intern at the United Nations House Scotland, I ha

Recognizing Universal Children's Day with Model UN

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights. UNHS strives to serve the children across our communities

Podcast: Fossil Free Now!

Fossil Free Now follows the campaign of Fossil Free Glasgow, a group of volunteers organising for the Glasgow City council to renounce to its investments in the fossil fuel industry. This podcast series will discuss the blocks in our current systems that prevent us from meaningfully addressing the threat of climate breakdown, but also what a society freed from fossil fuels would look like. Each podcast features a roundtable of local activists, researchers, and students that provide insight into the last news in climate change issues and fossil fuel developments. UNHS volunteer Louise McKeever is featured on these roundtables in episodes one and two. Take a listen, and subscribe! Also availab

SCISA Seminar Series Presented at Scottish Interfaith Week

UN House Scotland and its work for promoting peace received much attention as the Scottish Interfaith Week was rounded off at an event in Kelso this weekend. The organisation was invited to participate in the event in the Scottish Borders, organised by Quakers and the Interfaith Borders Group. It was called ‘Reflections on Peace’ and was part of the Scottish Interfaith Week, which Interfaith Scotland organises every year. The event in the Quaker Meeting House was a semi-structured meeting where people from a range of faiths, organisations and locations could present their ideas of peace in different ways. As the pursuit of peace was one of the core principles upon which the UN was establishe

POP: Is Scotland on the Path to Climate Justice?

By Ojasvee Arora and Verena Aedo Graphic Display by Federico Aedo Today, Monday, November 12, UN House Scotland has sent to MSPs a new Parliamentary One-Pager (POP), titled "Is Scotland on the Path to Climate Justice?" A download of the POP is available. #scotlandclimatechange #climatejustice #climatechangebillscotland #climateaction #SDG13

We Need to Think About the Air We Breathe

On the 30th of October until the 1st of November the World Health Organisation (WHO) together with UN Environment (amongst other organisations)held the first ever Global Conference on Air pollution and Health in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference was held in response to a resolution of the sixty eight World Health assembly where health ministers urged on a major upscaling on the response to prevent air pollution diseases. This is because air pollution is estimated to be the cause of about 7 million premature deaths worldwide each year. News from WHO There are two types of air pollution - ambient (outdoor) air pollution and household (indoor) air pollution. These two types can influence each

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