The United Nations is no longer as popular as it was, and this has been reflected in a decline in membership of UNAs. We feel, therefore, that it is time to ask the blunt question: Do we need the UN?
Kathy Doughty, Member of Brighton and Hove District United Nations Association
Francis Clarke-Lowes, Chair of Brighton and Hove District United Nations Association
Joyce Edmund Smith, Secretary of Brighton and Hove District United Nations Association
Peter Crowhurst discusses the Successes and Failures of Early UN Peacekeeping Missions.
Peter is a retired history teacher and was my predecessor as Chair of the North Laine Community Association. He is an engaging, thought-provoking and well-informed speaker.
Ros Cook reported on her attendance at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review as part of the CND delegation, held in New York during April-May 2015.
Saturday 23rd May. Francis Clark-Lowes. Islamic State, Bad or Mad?The discussion in the media about Islamic State (IS, ISIS or ISIL) is dominated by such concepts as religious perversion, extremism, radicalisation, brain-washing, evil and madness. Only in such terms, is the implication, can the phenomenon of IS be explained. Could, and should, the United Nations play a role in promoting a more intelligent dialogue between the West and IS, or indeed between the West and Muslims generally?
The United Nations Association held an Election Hustings with parliamentary candidates: Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour (Lewes & Seahaven); Clarence Mitchel, Conservative (Pavilion); Davy Jones, Greens (Kemp Town) and Paul Chandler, Lib Dem (Kemp Town).
Tom Lines came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk of the city of London as a centre of power in Britain.
Tom Lines is a Writer, Economics, trade and development consultant.
You can learn more about Tom Lines and his work at
and follow him on Twitter @TomLINESorguk
Alex Mabbs came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk on climate change.
Alex Mabbs is a United Reformed Church minister based at the Brighthelm centre, in Brighton in Sussex, England.
Alex Mabb’s blog = https://mabbsonsea.wordpress.com
After the success of Monday’s ORG Brighton event, we’d like to invite you to Brighton CryptoFestival which we’re co-organising with Lighthouse in December.
The family-friendly day will include a wide variety of activities, focussed around what you can do to secure your online communications and resist mass surveillance.
The event will be made up of a mixture of talks, workshops, CryptoParty and kids activities.
We expect it to be popular so please let us know that you’re coming via our Meetup page.
Where: Lighthouse, Kensington Street, Brighton
When: Sunday 1st December, 12:00 – 19:00
Who: Open Rights Group and Kitten Groomer have both been confirmed for talks so far, and there’s more to come.
How much: Free!
The CryptoParty section of the day will aim to teach encryption programs such asGPG, OTR and Tor, so please bring a laptop along if you’d like to learn how to install and use these tools.
The programs help to secure our online communications, which in the wake of the Snowden revelations, seems more vital than ever.
If you’re an advanced cryptography user and would like to volunteer at the event by sharing your skills with others, please just drop me an email.
For further details, and to let us know that you’re coming along visit our Meetup page here.
Brighton CryptoFestival will be a fun and informal way to meet with other local ORG supporters, as well as an opportunity to learn more about encryption.
We hope to see you all there!
Food Sovereignty Week – Starts 24th October : Special Interest Stories daily
This week we will be bringing you a selection of talks from London and Brighton about food sovereignty
For the first time in human history, over a billion people have been officially classified as living in hunger. This record total is not a consequence of poor global harvests or natural disasters. Hunger on this scale is the result of a global economy in which hundreds of millions of small farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and indigenous people have faced ruin through the hijacking of the global food system by large agribusiness and food retailers.
Together with its partners in Brazil, Sri Lanka and Mozambique, and in the wider movement of La Via Campesina, War on Want is committed to the alternative model of ‘food sovereignty’, an approach to the food crisis that prioritises people’s right to food, agro-ecology and a global food system free of corporate control.