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UNA Westminster

The Westminster Local UNA was set up at the end of the war. Our annual flagship events include:

* International Law Lecture, started in 2003 responding to UK media dismissal of the UN’s role prior to the invasion of Iraq. The inaugural address was given by Hans Corell, then UN USG for Legal Affairs; in 2008, Hans Blix head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission in 2003 shared his views on that incident.

* Conference and ceremony to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, started in 2004, which has hosted international experts on peacekeeping and allied subjects. The wreath-laying ceremony, held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and accompanied by a military band, is the largest event of its type worldwide. In 2012, wreaths were laid by 80 embassies, the government and other organisations.

* We the Peoples Film Festival which introduces new films on development, human rights and peace. We screen these at various central London venues, especially universities. The Festival also features a Youth Day held at the BFI South Bank.

Our active Young Professionals group runs its own meetings programme and social events. It can be reached through youngprofessionals@unawestminster.org.uk

We are planning a UN law-related study tour to the Hague, Nuremburg, Strasbourg and Brussels in June 2013.

Our website below includes a News Page and it records more than ten years of our activities including the service to mark the UN’s 60th anniversary in St Paul’s Cathedral, attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the entire cabinet and diplomatic corps and a capacity congregation. Also, it links directly to 200 relevant sites, serving as an excellent reference source. And its homepage radio plays funky music!

All members of UNA are welcome to our meetings and we welcome their friends.