UNA Westminster was formed in 1945 at the same time as the United Nations Association itself. Our events are open to all who visit and work in London. Our annual flagship events include:
* International Law Lecture initiated in 2003, following the US-UK led invasion of Iraq, as a bold response to general UK media dismissal of the UN as the right place to discuss the Weapons of Mass Destruction issue. The inaugural address was given by Hans Corell, the UN’s senior legal officer.
* Conference and ceremony to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers initiated by us in 2004 and now jointly organised with UNA-UK and the Royal United Services Institute, this has become the UK’s most authoritative public review of UN peacekeeping activities. It provides a meeting ground between the UN, the military and academic communities, and NGOs. The wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph is the largest worldwide to mark this important UN anniversary.
* We the Peoples Film Festival initiated in 2008, we have now screened more than 200 new films on development, human rights, security, peace and the environment. We use venues across London including universities. The Festival also features a Youth Day held at the BFI South Bank. For information on our previous film festivals and a guide to next year’s programme, go to www.wethepeoples.org.uk.
Our active Young Professionals group runs a separate meetings programme and social events. Join the Facebook group and follow it on Twitter. Better still, join us through email@example.com.
Following our successful Study Tour to the UN Centre in Vienna (2015), we will be leading a Study Tour to the UN in New York in June 2017. Interested? Contact us.
Visit our website at www.unawestminster.org.uk which lists future events and event reports dating back to 2001, including the service at St Paul’s cathedral to mark the UN’s 60th anniversary, attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the entire cabinet and diplomatic corps and a capacity congregation. Also, it links directly to Better World Links with 100,000+ relevant sites, serving as an excellent international reference source.
All are welcome to our meetings and we welcome your friends also.