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ACT UN AGM Report 2009
Saturday 28th March 2009 (2.00 – 3.00pm)

Time

2.05
Meeting chaired by Frank Jackson. Welcome.

2.10
Introduction - Vijay Mehta spoke on the state of the global economy, arms race, failed state, etc. Work of UN remains ever more essential.

2.15
FJ obituary on Douglas Holdstock.
Spoke about role in MEDACT; dedicated in the pursuit of peace; editor of Medicine, Conflict and Survival; and was a dear friend and colleague.

2.20
VM obituary on Douglas Holdstock.
He was a visionary peace campaigner, medical background gave him an extra edge. VM spoke about his generosity and kindness & his assistance in publishing ‘The United Nations and Its Future in the 21st Century.’

VM and Carol Langdon said a few words on obituary on Richard Crump.
He was passionate about campaigning against the use of cluster bombs and the war in Iraq; always tried to spread his message with placards and leaflets. A extentend obituary has appeared in peace line newsletter.

2.30
Apologies from Talyn Rahman, Bruce Kent, Rae Street, Donald Prentice, Rita Payne, Prue Wendt.

2.30
Re-election of committee members which are as follows:
Vijay Mehta chair, Prue Wendt, Ailsa Moore and Rosemary Addington vice chairs, Ananda Reeves secretary, Karl Miller Website organiser, Talyn Rahman campaigns officer, Donald Prentice Scotland representative, and Carol Langdon.

Abdul Muhib proposed to put forward resolution to elect the 2009-10 committee members as a block vote. Fazel seconded it and it was passed unanimously.
Committee members remain the same except the following changes:
- Rosemary Addington is the new vice-chair.
- Carol Langdon has stepped down from the position of treasurer and membership secretary, Abdul Muhib to become the new treasurer.

2.35
Chair’s report by VM
- VM spoke about the activities of the past year (refer to chair’s report, 2008-09); meeting in Scotland, Commonwealth Journalists Association meeting, etc. The full report is on the website and will be included in the next newsletter

2.40
Treasurer’s report by CL
Figures were for end of 2008.
CL spoke about the state of the finances and membership list in detail - balance in account £2,391.
Biggest expenditure was room hire. Refer to treasurer’s report.

2.43
VM spoke about present treasurer (CL) and praised her for her hard work and dedication. As a thank you gesture, a present was given to Carol, on behalf of the committee members.

2.45
Discussion on resolution to unite ACT-UN and WDC.
VM opens discussion and refers to the pros and cons of the merger. Discussion opened to floor with contributions from CL, RA and AM.
Frank Jackson talks about WDC link with UN and Disarmament.
Vote –yes (5); No (1); Abstentions (3); resolution carried forward. Because of the majority of the members not present it was decided to hold a postal ballot before further action can be taken on the merger.

3.00
End of AGM


Public Meeting, ACT-UN
Saturday 28th March 2009 (3.00 – 5.00pm)
3.15
Chair’s welcome

3.20
Talk by Francois du Bois, (Associate Professor and Reader,
University of Nottingham). He spoke on the ‘South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission.’
full report to be put on the web and next newsletter.

3.55
Talk by Professor Klaus W Larres, (University of Ulster). He spoke on ‘Northern Ireland Peace Process.’
full report to be put on the web and next newsletter.

4.30
Talk by Hilde Rapp (co-director for International Peace Building). She spoke on ‘Inter Faith Dialogue – ‘Cross Community Peace Building in Bosnia and Kosovo.’
full report to be put on the web and next newsletter.

5.00
Chair’s Endnote. Overall good AGM, inspiring speakers but poor attendance because of the G20 demonstration in London.