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Events Diary








CND Southern Region AGM & public meeting, Winchester, St Lawrence Parish room Colebrook St., 1.30pm



South Lakeland & Lancaster City United Nations Association Welcome you to a talk on
“The UN Doctrine on the Responsibility to Protect ” Monday 9th March 2009, Highgate Room, Shakespeare Centre, Kendal, Public meeting 6.00 – 8.00 pm, Speakers: Vijay Mehta - Chair of Action for UN Renewal, London Luckshan Abeysuriya - Retired Director Amnesty International



South Lakeland & Lancaster City United Nations Association and Human Rights Law Department Lancaster University, Welcome you to a talk on “Close Guantanomo Bay and end Illegal Detention”, Anglican Chaplaincy Centre in the Campus, Lancaster University, Public meeting 12.30 – 2.00 pm , Speakers: Vijay Mehta Chair of Action for UN Renewal, London, Emile Secker Phd. Lancaster Law Faculty



World Disarmament Campaigns and Action for UN Renewal Spring Conference. 'A New Cold War in Europe ? Russia, EU and NATO'




Action for UN Renewal AGM, "Unity in Diversity": Celebrating the United Nations international Year of Reconciliation, 2009. Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ Public meeting. Contact Vijay at vijay@vmpeace.org



March 31 - April 2, 2009 World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, Bonn
Germany, "Moving in to the second half of the UN decade"



'Building Better Human Rights: The Success and Failure of the last 60 years'
7.15pm coffee
7.30pm talk

Parmoor House, 13 Lypiatt Terrace, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2SX








Peace History - lessons from the past, hope for the future, 9.30am to 5.30pm, Imperial War Mueseum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 (Day 1 of 2)



Peace History - lessons from the past, hope for the future, 9.30am to 5.30pm, Imperial War Mueseum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 (Day 2 of 2)









UNA-UK Annual Conference 2009,
5 - 7 June, Edinburgh.

Keynote Speaker: Sir John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs,
Venues: Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh University.

Policy debates
UN Quiz
fim screenings
free resources
a chance to meet people and learn more about the UN

(3 day conference) contact: www.una.org.uk








Action for UN Renewal and World Disarmament Campaign

Beyond Obama – Priorities Towards Nuclear Abolition
Major Conference on Nuclear Disarmament

Public meeting
2.00 – 4.30 pm
6.00 – 8.00 pm

Monday, 20th July 2009
Room 4a, House of Lords, London

Chair: Lord Peter Archer of Sandwell
2.00 – 4.30 pm  (afternoon session)

more details to follow:

Supported by Commonwealth Journalists Association
For further information please contact :
Vijay Mehta (vijay@vmpeace.org or 0207 377 2111)  Brian Cooper (0131 447 4004)

Frank Jackson (editor.worlddisarm@ntlworld.com or 01279 300 572)




Peace-making in Britain and Ireland, 11 - 5 pm, Quaker Meeting House, Frederick Street,
(off York Street), Belfast, Northern Ireland








Action for UN Renewal and
        World Disarmament Campaign

Invites you to an open discussion on   

Inquiry on the Iraq War: Who is Accountable?
Tuesday 18th August 2009
Friends House, 173 Euston Road
opposite Euston Station, NW1 2BJ London, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Chair - Rita Payne                  Chair Commonwealth Journalists Association

General Sir Hugh Beach        Why the UK went to war in Iraq in 2003?

Robert Fox                             Role of Media in Iraq War
Defence correspondent Evening Standard

Nick Grief                               Legality and Conduct of Iraq War
Prof. International Law, Bournemouth University

Nicholas Jones                        Hidden Agendas in the Buildup to the Iraq War
Former BBC Political Correspondent and Author

Vijay Mehta                           UN and Iraq War
Chair, Action for UN Renewal

With the announcement by the UK government to hold an inquiry on the war on Iraq, it would be timely to have a public meeting in which we can explore the, issues of:

  • For what reasons did the UK go to war?
  • The legality and conduct of war without a UN mandate to go to war
  • How does the government justify spending over £7 billion on the war to date when pensioners and hospitals in Britain are in need of funds?
  • What is the effect on people’s trust in democracy and willingness to participate in the democratic process when the government ignores the voices of two million people who demonstrated to express their opposition to the war as well as the wishes of the majority of British people?
  • How many civilian casualties and military casualties – on both sides – have been lost as a direct result of the war in Iraq and use of Depleted Uranium ?
  • What reparations will Britain make to the people of Iraq?
  • What principles can we follow that future disputes can be settled peacefully without recourse to violence?

For registration and further information please contact:
Vijay Mehta (vijay@vmpeace.org 0207 377 2111)

Public meeting free. Donations welcome.
Please make cheques payable to ‘Action for UN Renewal.’ And post it to Treasurer,
97 Commercial Road, London E1 1RD




UNA Southern Counties Region – Conference

The Relevance of the UN in Today’s World

21 – 23 August 2009

Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane
University of Chichester

Why Peace Keeping is Not Effective – The Alternatives
Speaker: Vijay Mehta

for further information contact:

Michael Blackshaw on 0118 942 2777 or

Sid on 0118 942 9467




17th February 2009
7.00pm to 8.30pm
Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2009
Speaker: Mairead Corrigan Maguire

for the full leaflet view the Leaflet




Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Event in Scotland
Tuesday 9th December 2008
View this article here



28th May 2008
Hilton Athens, Greece
Rethinking the way we do business
CEO & CSR 2008

Topics are:

Cradle to Cradle: Introducing the Concept
Green Finance
Sustainable Buildings
Climate Change Solutions
Vijay Mehta will be the keynote speaker on ‘Climate Change Solutions’


14th May 2008
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Oxford Town Hall
“5 years of war in Iraq: What role can the United Nations
play in building peace and security.”
Speakers: Tony Benn (former MP, Minister and President, Stop the War Coalition),
Cllr John Tanner (Mayor of Oxford),
Chair Vijay Mehta
for full details view: leaflet


23rd April 2008
The U8 Partnership for International Development,
Magdalen Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU
'The Role of Global Institutions in Tackling Poverty'
V. Mehta is the keynote speaker for the event


19th April 2008
Saturday 10.30am to 4.30pm
World Disarmament Campaign, Spring conference and AGM
Wesley Chapel, 43 City Road, London
Speakers: Frank Barnaby (nuclear scientist),
Vijay Mehta co-chair or World Disarmament Campaign (WDC)
Edward Davey M.P.


2-5th April 2008
'Athens 3'
Third Annual Conference of the New School of Athens (NSOA)
Athens, Greece
V. Mehta is a panellist and speaking on 'reform of global institutions


28-30 March 2008
Exeter University
United Nations Association
Annual Conference
Contact: Nick Branson, UNA-UK, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL


27th March 2008
The United Nations and Student Association (UNYSA) of the University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Scotland
The role of the UN in 21st century global politics?

Panellists include:
- Vijay Mehta (chair of Action for UN Renewal) 
Professor Oliver Richmond (University of St Andrews)
- Dr Martin Barber, (former director, UN Mine Action Service, New York)


25th March 2008
The Gandhi Festival of Non-Violence
British Library Conference Centre
"The Life of Gandhi"
For full details see the enclosed 'Invite' and Booklet


Date to be confirmed
Oxford Environmental and Ethics Organisation
'Climate change, sustainable development and the role of the United Nations'
Oxford University
V. Mehta is the keynote speaker


Saturday, 23rd February 2008
Action for UN Renewal AGM
'The Protection and Promotion of Human Rights and the role of the United Nations'
Guest speaker: Geoffrey Robertson QC
Friends House, Euston Road, London
V. Mehta is acting chair of Action For United Nations Renewal


Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 5.30pm
Labour Action for Peace, AGM and public meeting
Friends House, Euston Road, London
'Britain's special relationship should be with the United Nations, not the USA'
V. Mehta is a speaker along with Tony Benn and Jeremy Corbyn MP


Wednesday, 13 February 2008, 5.30pm
UNA Leeds
'Reform of the United Nations, and the role of UN in peace and international security'
The Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
V. Mehta is the keynote speaker


Monday, 3rd December 2007 4.00 pm
BBC World Service TV interview
Interview with Vijay Mehta about climate change for the opening of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP)
in Bali, Indonesia.
BBC Centre, London


Bringing Democracy to Burma –
What can the UK government do to promote and implement the rule of law and the UN Charter?

Tuesday 4th December 2007 7-9 pm
House of Lords, Committee Room 4A, London

Speakers include:
Rt. Hon. Lord (Peter) Archer Q.C.
Anna Roberts (The Burma Campaign UK)
John Rowley (Gandhi Foundation)

 The current deteriorating situation in Burma, needs to be addressed urgently, where a military dominated government is handling its people brutally, stamping out protest and curbing human rights and civil liberties. The meeting will explore ways in which a dialogue can be started between the detained opposition leader, Ann San Suu Kyi, and Burma’s junta for a change from the military dominated government to a fully fledged democracy. 


Fortune Forum, The Summit
Venue: The Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London
30 November 2007, 7.00 - 11.00pm

Vijay Mehta is a co-founder and trustee of Fortune Forum, a charitable organisation raising funds for poverty reduction, environmental degradation, combating worldwide diseases and peacebuilding. 

Speakers to the event included:

- Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP
- Caroline Lucas MEP
- Sir Bob Geldof
- Sir David Frost
- Daryl Hannah


Climate Change: How It Impacts Us All

5-7 September 2007
United Nations, 60th Annual Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference
United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

Vijay Mehta will be speaking on the following two workshops:

Beyond Kyoto: Working Together to Preserve the Planet

This workshop will address the need to confront the challenges of climate change by mitigation, adaptation and global cooperation.  It will consider how new political momentum can be created through greater public awareness of the urgency of the issues.  It will discuss in some detail how governments, the private sector, large NGOs and civil society at large all have a vital part to play.  http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/28243

And it will show the essential role of the United Nations system in coordinating efforts, disseminating reliable information, and providing a framework for the negotiation, securing and effective monitoring of new global agreements.

Military Wars and the Environment

This workshop deals with the fact that the military is the biggest polluter to the environment in the form of remnants of war (land mines, cluster bombs, air-dropped bombs, artillery shells, grenades, mortar, rockets). They contaminate a wide area, are the cause of civilian deaths and injuries and create fear and trauma for the safety of civilians. Furthermore, the effects of biological and chemical warfare against the environment in the form of radiation, toxicity and air pollution are well known. It will also discuss the new protocol to the UN convention governing explosive remnants of war. It will look at civil society and NGO initiatives to have a total ban on weapons as they have lasting health and environmental ramifications.

Reforming the UN for the 21st Century

Action for UN Renewal, Essex Hall, 2 - 6 Essex Street, London, WC2R 3HY

Thursday, 9 August 2007, 7.00 - 8.45pm

Speaker: Joseph E. Schwartzberg (Professor Emeritus, University o Minnesota)

Vijay Mehta is chair of Action for UN Renewal


Annual Erskine Childers lecture

'The growth and importance of individual action and its increasing influence in the field of human rights and United Nations reform’

Action for UN Renewal

Friends House, Euston Road, London
12th June 2007, 7pm

Speaker: Kate Allen, (director, Amnesty International)

Chair: Rt. Hon. Lord (Peter) Archer Q.C.