14 May 2015

UN at 70: News from UNA Northern Ireland "Help sought to create UN archive"

UN Academic Impact members in Northern Ireland may be interested in this Letter to the Editor of The News Letter on 9 May 2015:

As many of your readers may be aware, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN) organisation takes place later this year.

The United Nations Association of Northern Ireland (UNA-NI), a branch of UNA-UK, is a non-governmental, voluntary organisation. We exist to encourage public and governmental support for the goals of the UN, and we are keen to mark the UN&rsquos 70th anniversary through the creation of an archive.  We hope to document local reaction to the implementation of the UN Charter on October 24, 1945, through accounts, memories and photographs.

The UN Charter declared that &lsquoWe the Peoples of the United Nations determined: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.&rsquo
Could we appeal to your readers for help in creating such an archive by inviting them to contact UNA-NI through our email address: unassocni@gmail.com, please?

Such help would be much appreciated.
In addition, UNA-NI is aware that its predecessor organisation, the Belfast Branch of the United Nations Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was founded in Belfast on November 13, 1945 and held its first meeting in the Lombard Cafe. Any information or comment on this event or organisation would also be very welcome.

Carol Conlin
Honorary Secretary,