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					                                                        Event Report
                          Unite For Peace- A cultural show for charity




                        OV E RV I E W
                           EVENT OVERVEW

                      Unite For Peace – Cultural Event
   The inaugural event “Unite for Peace” held by Lancaster University
United Nation Association (LU-UNA) was held on the 4th December in
the Management School’s Hub Café. This event was a great success with an
enthusiastic response from the considerable audience. The association also
played host to the honourable President of UNA Youth UK, Mr. Stephen
Vansen.
   The aim of the event was to bring together a diverse range of people,
from a range of cultures and backgrounds to represent the aspirations of
the association as well as the UN itself, and associated bodies (WHO,
UNICEF etc).




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                                THE EVENT
                         PERFORMANCES & COMMENTARY

    The audience particularly enjoyed the musical performances, from the energy and power of Timi
Ajaya’s Nigerian Rap to Ariel Yin’s traditional Chinese Performance, playing the Guzheng, which
was atmospheric and inspiring. We were also treated to a Brazilian song by Alasdair Melling who
even got the audience singing along. Elizabeth George’s engrossing Bollywood dance routine seized
the audience’s attention and transported them to India. It didn’t stop there though; the show went
on as the audience was again moved, this time to the heart of Arabia with Noor Mansur and
Badriya’s Belly-Dance Routine. As well as these mesmerizing performances though, models from
Palestine, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Malaysia, Japan and Sri Lanka – all of whom stunned the audience
with their beautiful, cultural dress.

    LU-UNA was also honoured to have the company of Mr. Stephan Vansen, the President of
UNA Youth UK. The presence of such a guest encouraged us all, and provided the audience with an
insight into the work he does with UNA Youth, as well as our purpose as a branch of UNA Youth.
On the occasion Mr. Hassan Bin Azad, President, LU-UNA said, “UNA society is not only group of
people, it’s a vision indeed to be provide a ladder for students stepping towards the world class
international organizations. We will make the members experience working for UNCIEF, WHO,
WFP, UN WOMEN, and other renowned causes. It doesn’t matter if you belong to a management
school or have a core mathematical background we have everything to get you involved”.

    The evening wouldn’t have been possible without weeks of hard work and preparation – so it
was a relief that the audience received the performances with great enthusiasm. Kasia Gilewska and
Anthony Humphreys were on hand to welcome guests to the event, to introduce our Guest of
Honour and to give a few words about each performance. Thanks must also go to the Pakistani
society for providing delicious food to round the evening off with a spicy finish and Arab Society
for event support. Students from University of Central Lancashire were also present who were
provided with all the materials required to start a new branch there also.



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                                 SPEECHES
            UNA-UK YOUTH PRESIDENT & LU-UNA PRESIDENT

   To round off the evening, we heard from the President of UNA-UK Youth, Mr. Stephen
Vansen, as well as our very own President, Mr. Hassan Bin Azad.


                                “I met my fiancée at Model United
                                Nations…there is something for
                                everyone     in    United    Nations
                                Association regardless of what
                                personality you have, what country
                                you’re from. I had a very amazing
                                evening and the efforts that UNA
                                Youth Lancaster University was very
                                impressive in developing a rich, new
                                branch.”



Stephen Vansen President UNA-
          UK Youth




 “UNA society is not only group of people, it’s a vision
 intended to provide a ladder for students stepping
 towards the world class international organisations.
 We will make the members experience working for
 UNCIEF, WHO, WFP, UN WOMEN, and other
 renowned causes. It doesn’t matter if you belong to a
 management school or have a core mathematical
 background we have everything to get you involved”.
                                                             Hassan Bin Azad President
                                                                    LU-UNA




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                       M E D I A C OV E R AG E
                                  PR I N T & OTH ER M E D IA


The event was subject to campus-wide media coverage, online and on the morning of the event,
members of the executive team spoke on Bailrigg FM to promote the event as well as to raise the
profile of the Association.

The following article was posted on “SCAN Online”, the University Newspaper.

Cultural delights at the UNA Youth inaugural event

On Wednesday of Week 9, students and staff alike were treated to a fabulous multicultural
evening, celebrating the formal re-establishment of Lancaster’s United Nations Association.

Friday, December 7, 2012 8.32pm

On Wednesday of Week 9, students and staff alike were treated to a fabulous multicultural
evening, celebrating the formal re-establishment of Lancaster’s United Nations Association.

The event, which was held in the Management School, looked to introduce this new society to
Lancaster students and highlight the importance of organisations like the UN through many
mediums. It also raised funds in aid of UNICEF.

Guests enjoyed songs from a number of performers, including the very talented ‘Timmy’ from
Nigeria, traditional Chinese music, a variety of dance performances from India and the Arab
states, rounded off with a wonderful fashion show, allowing the audience time to admire the
beautiful traditional garments of various nations.

Lancaster is one of fifty university branches of this U.K-wide organisation, which was founded
1945, the same year as the United Nations. Seen as a grass roots organisation, the UNA Youth is
also well known as a leading authority on policy and UN goals. UNA Youth as an organisation
looks to raise awareness of the UN and its aims of education, advocacy and activism.



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Editor and Publicity officer of LU-UNA, Anthony Humphries, said: “tonight is a fantastic way to
celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, alongside key UN aims, like sustainable social and
economic development and human rights.”

The event was also attended by the current President of UNA Youth UK, Stephen Vanson, who
was very impressed with the evening’s display. He said: “Tonight the Lancaster branch of UNA
Youth UK has done us proud; it’s easy to see that Society President, Hassan Azad, and his team
have worked so hard to host such an amazing event. I know Lancaster UNA Youth UK is ready to
represent its university.”

The group is already looking to attract more members and make their mark on Lancaster’s
students. LU-UNA has begun to organise a whole host of social and charitable events
throughout the academic year to engage Lancaster’s student body. However, they’ve also got
some other big plans in the pipeline.

LU-UNA President, Hassan Azad said: “We’ve got so many opportunities for students in the next
few months, including organising a research conference in conjunction with other branches of
the UNA Youth and we’re even looking to publish a journal of our member’s interesting
articles. So come along, get involved and help make a difference!”

For more information visit: www.lu-una.org or www.facebook.com/luuna.org




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                             FI N AL WOR DS
                                   FRO M TH E E D I TOR


Overall the event was a great success and set a good benchmark for the association. We will
strive to meet even higher standards with future events, while looking back to our inaugural
event with significant pride.

Each executive member also learnt new things about their roles and duties through the event,
and will build on this experience to further the success, and heighten the profile of the
association.

The opportunity for the executive team to meet Mr Stephen Vanson was invaluable. He
received the event most favourably, and had nothing but praise for the association.



Anthony Humphreys

Editor & Publicity Officer




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Description: The inaugural event “Unite for Peace” held by Lancaster University United Nation Association (LU-UNA) was held on the 4th December in the Management School’s Hub Café. This event was a great success with an enthusiastic response from the considerable audience. The association also played host to the honourable President of UNA Youth UK, Mr. Stephen Vansen.The aim of the event was to bring together a diverse range of people, from a range of cultures and backgrounds to represent the aspirations of the association as well as the UN itself, and associated bodies (WHO, UNICEF etc).