A SELECTION OF SOME PAST EVENTS THAT EASTBOURNE UNA HAS HOSTED
30th January 2019 – Challenging our lifestyles to protect our planet: The impacts of our appetite for palm oil and meat
A Panel discussion with John Halladay, Greenpeace, on The Production and Consumption impacts of the global meat industry” and, Andrew Stuart, Environmental Activist on The Production and Consumption impacts of the Palm Oil Industry, Opening address by Ian Elgie, Chair, UNA Eastbourne.
Thursday 22nd November 2018 – Panel Discussion Challenging the Threat of Environmental Destruction
This was a joint meeting of both UNA Eastbourne and the Eastbourne and District Friends of the Earth which presented the latest efforts that are being made to protect our global and local habitats. Three speakers each gave presentations on:
- Global Action on the Environment
- Climate Change: The Key Role of the Oceans
- Local Environmental Action in Eastbourne
The evening as finished by a live performance of the theme song for Plastic Free Eastbourne campaign, “A Journey of Love”, by singer-songwriter David Stopp.
Thursday 18th October 2018
Panel discussion: “SHELTER: A Basic Human Need and Universal Human Right: Meeting a global challenge with special reference to Eastbourne.”
Venue: Court Room, Eastbourne Town Hall, 1830hrs for 1900hrs start. End 2030hrs.
Speakers for the evening were :-
Mamadu Balde: Emergency Response Consultant and Programme Officer UN World Food Programme spoke about the demography of Africa and his experiences in Namibia and Uganda
Sue Hennell: Senior Advice Manager Brighton Housing Trust spoke on addressing the housing crisis in Eastbourne
Peter Thorley: Project Manager Matthew 25 Mission who spoke on addressing the homelessness crisis in Eastbourne
Questions and answers during the discussion were an important part of the programme.
Saturday 17th November 2018
UNA Bexhill & Hastings branch public talk & discussion: ‘UN Peacekeeping Revisited: Does it really deserve such a Bad Press”. Follow this link for details of venue and programme.
Sunday 9th December 2018.
Celebrating United Nations Human Rights Day. We invited members of the public to join us at our stand at the Arndale Centre for information on the efforts of the UN towards ensuring universal respect for human rights.
21st June 2018 Empowerment of women, small enterprises and micro-finance: experiences in Bangladesh and Liberia
Following our AGM, Mr. Shihab Ahmed Zaman gave a presentation on his experiences working for 7 years as a field officer in community development in South Asia and West Africa. Currently Mr. Ahmed is a visiting Fellow at Coventy University sponsored by British Council. The experiences highlighted in the presentation reflected closely the efforts of our branch’s link with rural communities in eastern Uganda especially with the women’s workshops for the Moringa Nutrition Project
October 10th 2017 – Human Right’s Day
On the 10th October 1948 the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950 the UN passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organisations to observe 10th December of each year as Human Right’s Day.
United Nations Association will be marking this day to raise awarenes of the fact that still many people at home and abroad are suffering an abuse of their human rights.
We will be in the Arndale Centre (by the camera shop) from 10.30am -17.00 pm to raise awareness of issues such as women’s rights, the crisis currently affecting the Rohingya population in Myanmar, humantitarian crises around the world and the 21st Century slave trade.
Please feel free to join us or come and say hello and find out more about human rights abuses around the world and the work of the United Nation’s Association.
February 23rd 2017
UNA Eastbourne have welcomed the news of War on Want’s successful advocacy in fighting the toxic effects of ‘corporate courts’ through the ISDS treaties and mechanisms which put corporate profits before public services. The success of Ecuador in protecting the economic and environmental interests of its citizens against corporate avarice is to be applauded.
The noble goals of the UN to bring about a more just and equitable world will never be realised unless there is a continuing and enduring public awareness and active commitment to hold to account these agents of exploitation who seek profit over public good.
The news of War on Want’s success in this area was greeted with particular delight as it followed an earlier event hosted by UNA Eastbourne in which Mark Dearn from War on Want came to Eastbourne to speak about the impact of post-Brexit trade deals.
On February 23rd UNA Eastbourne hosted an event at the Town Hall which examined the impact on our lives of future trade deals that Britain may enter into post-Brexit. Mark Dearn (pictured above) was our speaker for the evening.
Mark Dearn is the senior trade campaigner at War on Want, and a board member at the Trade Justice Movement UK. He has been leading UK and European campaign work on trade deals with America (TTIP) and Canada (CETA) over the past two years. He has written and commented widely on trade deals, including for the BBC World Service, The Guardian, The Independent and The Economist among others.
Campaigners fear that food safety, the rules around big banks and the status of our NHS may all be jeopardised by a new set of trade deals that will be negotiated secretly post Brexit.
Mark Dearn gave a hugely informative talk outlining just how damaging certain trade deals could prove to be on our society. What he said was, that although many people do not realise it, Britain is intending to approach all the countries with which the EU has negotiated trade deals and simply ask for the same trade deal for Britain post-Brexit.
He highlighted how Britain, when negotiating trade deals recently as part of the EU, has always pushed for regulations on the banking sector to be reduced. Donald Trump has already made statements about how he would also like to see regulations on banks reduced. A trade deal with America seems likely to remove all the regulations we currently have to avoid another banking crisis like that of 2008.
Trade deals are not just about removing tariffs from imported and exported goods. They will also give businesses in another country the freedom to operate in our country. This raises alarm bells for all those who care about our NHS. If American healthcare corporations are free to start bidding to run parts of our healthcare service then any hopes we have of returning to a state run healthcare sector will be diminished.
Trade deals will mean the setting up of secret corporate courts in which private sector businesses could sue our government if they put in place any regulations that may limit the profits their business could make in our country. Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) have already cost many of the world’s governments frightening amounts of money. They could be a barrier to our government returning our NHS to a state run healthcare system. Even if we were in the future to end any trade deals we have, the private corporations have the right to sue our government for another 20 years hence.
After listening to Mark paint a bleak picture of a Britain with little banking regulation, little regulations on foods and medicines and with a rapidly declining healthcare service far removed from the NHS we love, I am sure I was not alone in feeling somewhat depressed. But Mark seemed to feel that the strength of the public feeling towards our NHS offered a key tool in fighting damaging trade deals.
If campaigners can highlight how seriously damaging trade deals would be to our NHS then they would stand a good chance of successfully fighting against them.
Saturday 4th June 2016 – Brexit – The Main Economic Considerations A presentation that aimed to give factual information regarding how a vote to leave the EU could affect the UK Economy. Presented by Dr Peter Holmes, Reader in Economics at The University of Sussex.
Wednesday 12th October 2016 – Parameters of Global Deforestation with Respect to Climate Change. Presented by Ian Elgie FRGS.
Saturday 14th November 2015
Our Changing Climate – Your Changing Future On 30th November 2015 Paris hosted COP21 – a crucial UN conference to achieve a new international agreement on climate and hold golbal warming at a safe level. Timed to just precede the Paris conference the UNA Eastbourne held this one day public conference of climate change. The conference aimed to increase public awareness of how our climate is changing and this may affect us. This event began with a networking reception with exhibitions from local NGOs and public organisations followed by some expert speakers on climate change.
July 2014 Youth members to Uganda
In July 2014 four UNA Youth Members travelled to Eastern Uganda to volunteer their services.
They stayed at the esteemed Bungokho Rural Development Centre in Mbale where they engaged with trainees in agricultural techniques, tree planting and field work with women’s empowerment groups.
10th November 2014 Contemporary Manifestations of Islamophobia in Britain Presented by Tracey Davanna, lecturer in Politics at Sussex Downs College and PhD student on the topic. The talk was well attended with standing room only.
1st December 2014 Futebol Nation – an analysis of the social and political issues surrounding the World Cup in Brazil Presented by Steve Bassett, lecturer in Sociology at Sussex Downs College