UN Grassroots Day in London

Now that the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has taken place in Brazil, the UK is gearing up for the UN Forum that will be held in London on the 14th July 2012. This is the biggest event of the UN Association of the UK (UNA-UK) this year and brings together speakers in the international arena on the most pressing issues facing the world today.

eco060The Findhorn Foundation shares a common impulse with the UN to create a more peaceful and sustainable world and develop friendly relations between people and nations. Since the 1970s the Foundation has had a strong link with the soul purpose of the UN, eventually gaining UN recognition in 1997, and seeks ways to promote and support the UN agenda in the UK and globally.

UNA-UK is the UK’s leading source of independent information and analysis on the United Nations. This UK-wide grassroots movement believes that a strengthened UN is in the UK’s national interest and seeks to demonstrate why the UN matters to people everywhere. UN Forum 2012 brings the UN to the UK, two years after the success of the last Forum, and you’re invited to attend this unique event.

If we are to tackle the pressing challenges facing the world today, we need to harness the ideas and energy of people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

The UN Forum 2012 will bring together UN experts, policy-makers, civil society and people from all walks of life to discuss some of the pressing challenges facing the international community, and hopefully produce innovative ideas on how to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable world. In the weeks preceding the event, participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers and topics ahead of the Forum, through online discussions and actions. If you’re interested in being involved click here to find out more.

eco039Policy priorities of the UN Forum 2012 include fighting poverty and its consequences, tackling new challenges to people’s safety, food security and sustainability, combating climate change, working to prevent conflicts and preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. The organisers of this event say, “If we are to tackle the pressing challenges facing the world today, we need to harness the ideas and energy of people from all backgrounds and walks of life.”

UNA-UK are dedicated to raising awareness of the UN and its work and UNA branches throughout the UK also host a wide range of events every month, stimulating thought and debate on how to strengthen the UN to tackle 21st Century challenges and pushing for action on peace and security, international development, climate change and human rights.

eco051The UN Forum 2012 takes place during the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), which engages with these key issues. If you’re interested in educational ways of engaging with social, ecological, economic and worldview aspects of sustainability, the ESD programmes at the Findhorn Foundation — Ecovillage Design Education (in it’s 7th year) and Ecovillage Training (in it’s 14th year) contribute to the main learning goals of the UN DESD in a holistic way.

The challenges of the 21st century offer a myriad of ways for each one of us to become social and spiritual activists and contribute to planetary transformation. Through our own personal journey of engaging with the world around us we can, step by step, make a difference to the sustainability of the earth.

Christine Lines

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