Corra Foundation were delighted to recently learn more about UN House Scotland and their work encouraging individuals to have their voice heard on matters regarding the Sustainable Development Goals. This short blog provides an introduction into UN House Scotland and links to find out more.
UN House Scotland (UNHS) is a civil society organisation which has been committed to strengthening the implementation of the UN goals and values, both in Scotland and further afield, since 2012.
The UNHS team includes professionals, academics, experts, interns, and volunteers; each and every one of whom is committed to raising awareness of issues related to inequality, social progress and (inter)national development. We do this by
- Organising seminars and conferences on the SDGs (upcoming examples include a seminar series on Human Rights),
- Producing and distributing Parliamentary One-Pagers on social and sustainable development issues to Scottish Government and Parliament,
- Developing intern and advocacy programmes (including professional mentorships and study-based placements),
- Supporting Model United Nations events (MUNs) in schools and Higher Education Institutions,
- Encouraging innovative engagement,
- And collaborating with UNA chapters, and other civil society and charitable organisations, throughout Scotland and the UK.
Underpinning all of this, at every level from grassroots to governmental, is our commitment to the promotion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 international goals designed to foster global sustainable peace and prosperity. Although the SDGs are global by nature, we are particularly committed to promoting them at home, with the ultimate goal of making Scotland a prosperous, fair, and sustainable nation for all. It is in this shared ethos that we are so pleased to engage in ongoing collaboration with the Corra Foundation.
Recent work on the progress of the SDGs in Scotland include:
- “Homelessness in Scotland”,
- our Simple Guide to Sustainable Living,
- dedicated Black Lives Matter webpage,
and we are pleased soon to be hosting a conference on Adolescent Mental Health in Scotland, more information on which can be found here.
Open discussion and active engagement are also central to everything we do at UNHS, from our social medias (@unhousescotland) to our regular newsletters.
Through support and respect for others, dignity in our activities, and transparency in all that we do, we at UNHS strive to contribute to positive change through communication and collaboration. We invite you to join us as we strive for a better world.