Equality, justice, peace, human rights & community cohesion

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is the Luton branch of the United Nations Association.

We work with a wide variety of community organisations and statutory agencies to promote equality, justice, peace, human rights, community cohestion and the promotion of sustainable development  to combat the threat of climate change.

The UNA-Luton stands for community cohesion, justice, peace, the preservation of the environment and the protection of minorities. We reject the attempts by terrorists, extremists and populists to set societies and faiths against each other. They will not succeed because the vast majority of people in Britain and across the world wish to live with mutual respect and in harmony.

Ideologies of hate will be defeated. Humanity and unity will win.

The greatest longterm challenge facing us is climate change. Floods in Britain, forest fires in Australia, the United States and Europe, droughts in Africa, rising sea-levels and the extinction of animal, insect and plant species are evidence of the threat our way of life poses to the future of humanity. The Covid-19 lockdowns have shown us that dramatic change is possible when the will is there. The UNA-Luton calls for cleaner, low carbon, more resilient economies across the world.

We ask delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in December 2020 (COP 26 Glasgow) to seize the moment and turn the tide.

Covid-19 and the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, 8 May 2020

UNA Luton was going to commemorate VE Day with a women's peace march as part of Luton International Carnival. With the arrival of Covid-19, the Carnival was cancelled, and so we are instead sending a message of peace.

World War II did not end on VE Day. It went on for three more months, to VJ Day on 15 August 1945, and this still did not mean the end of conflict. After the Nazi genocide, Europe again witnessed genocice in Srebrenica in 1995, and fighting has continued in different parts of the world ever since 1945. Even in peacetime there is violence in the lives of many people, especially those families suffering domestic abuse. But VE Day marks a special moment of hope and optimism for the future. In Britain it signalled the start of post-War reconstruction, with such great achievements as the creation of the NHS, the extension of the welfare state and the dismantling of colonialism.

We will need the same spirit to build a better, more humane and greener society when we emerge from the shadow of Covid-19 and the economy springs back into action. We should be inspired by the lessons of VE Day and carry forward into our individual and corporate lives the  determination to maintain and extend liberty, equality, freedom, justice and peace.

Our key objectives include:

  • Promoting action to reverse climate change
  • Eradicating violence against women eg forced marriage & honour-based violence
  • Promoting peace through a counter-narrative to the propaganda of violent extremism
  • Working with disadvantaged communities to improve their awareness about the importance of education, health and economic engagement
  • Promoting gender equality and human rights
  • Promoting respect for diversity and community cohesion


See our page on the national UNA-UK website

Commemoration of International Mother Language Day

24 February 2020

The commemoration was organised by the UNA-Luton at the University of Bedfordshire, with support from the University of Bedfordshire and Purbachal - the eastern sky, a Bangladeshi cultural and artiistic organisation. International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999 in honour of the students killed by the police in Dhaka, then East Pakistan, who protested against the decision of the Pakistan government to impose Urdu as the only national language of the country, suppressing Bengali which was spoken by the Majority. It is a unique example of people dying to protect their language.

Luton and the world

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Luton is one of the most diverse towns in the UK, with a wide range of ethnicities, religions and cultures. Its people have links to almost every country in the world. Whenever events happen overseas, somebody in Luton is directly affected, and is well informed about the key issues.

Socio-economic challenges

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Luton has thriving industries and benefits from its airport and its proximity to London, but not everyone shares its prosperity. With some of the poorest wards in the country, it  faces socioeconomic challenges in health, housing, education and employment. UNA Luton contributes to the UN’s and UNA-UK’s goals by drawing on the wealth of Luton’s human resources, learning from experience in Britain and overseas and acting both locally and globally.

Working with others

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We work with a wide variety of local and  voluntary and statutory agencies. Our links with the University of Bedfordshire are especially close since Bill Rammell, the Vice-Chancellor, is our honorary President.