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POWER OF COEXISTENCE: Turn it on! Bridge, Cooperate, Overcome

UNITED would like to invite you save the date for the first conference of 2018, “Power of Coexistence – TURN IT ON! Bridge, Cooperate and Overcome” that will be held from the 3rd to the 8th of May 2018.

The conference will focus on coexistence, not only as a general value of understanding and peaceful living within a community, but as a practical strategy that can help facing the current challenges of Europe on many different levels.

Coexistence can in fact represent a key factor in planning the building of more diverse and tolerant societies.

The European Union has recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, stressing once again the need to face together the current challenges, having in mind the values of peaceful cooperation, respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and solidarity among European nations and peoples.

Nonetheless, the perception of unity that the public opinion connects to Europe is often referring to its role as a technocrat power, ruling on people according only to economic interests; the union of people and cultures has gradually been substituted by the union of banks and industries. This has led to a general feeling of distrust and frustration towards national and European institutions: if there is something that connects directly the European people among themselves it’s probably the rise of nationalism, populism and xenophobia because of this situation.

All these factors contribute to the weakening of the idea of a united Europe itself and of its values, in a moment in which they are mostly needed in the face of the new and serious challenges we are dealing with.

We should rely on the strengths of this continent instead if we want to promote a shared vision and the creation of a peaceful and common future. To do so it’s necessary to connect again the individuals to this vision and to empower them through a common strategy that will unify them in diversity, putting the value of coexistence at its core. Coexistence can in fact help us to bridge through our differences, to make us cooperate among ourselves so that together we can overcome these challenges by turning on our common power.

Necessary steps to achieve this would be the introduction to topics and concepts such as those of cultures, identities, interculturalism, cross-culturalism and the process of acculturation, which will serve as pillars for this process.

For this reason, UNITED has decided to invite activists from all over Europe who work on the field and to work together to build the basis for this strategy and to share the vision of peaceful coexistence as a possible and concrete achievement.

What can you expect?

Since coexistence is a broad topic and can involve several aspects of life, UNITED has decided to make the working and understanding easier, so to facilitate the learning and the communicating process. For this reason, the conference will include:

• Panel discussions with experts that will help clarify what coexistence means.

• Successful examples and good practices of coexistence.

• Focal working groups on Communication, Campaign, Advocacy, Education and Community Building as basis for a coexistence strategy.

• Practical workshops on how to raise funds for a strategy.

• Chance for networking and initiating joint actions to pave the way for future cooperation.

During the whole conference the participants will be exposed to different methodologies of work to maximise the synergy between the different skills and expertise that will be present.

Why Harm Reduction Is Crucial to the Fight Against HIV

Earlier this fall, an international team of researchers sounded a grim warning about the state of the global HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs. In two long-awaited research papers published in the Lancet, they laid out the evidence that not only is the scale of this epidemic worse than expected, but that most countries are failing to provide the basic harm reduction interventions, like needle and syringe exchange programs and opioid substitution therapy, that are crucial to halting its spread. In light of this evidence, world leaders and global agencies charged with leading the HIV response need to recognize that they can’t continue with business as usual. It’s time for them to call on governments to rethink their approach to drug policy and invest in harm reduction

UN chief issues 'red alert,' urges world to come together in 2018 to tackle pressing challenges

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) meets people living in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) known as "Site du Petit Seminaire St. Pierre Claver", in the town of Bangassou. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 340 Share Print

31 December 2017 – In his message on the New Year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for unity among the global community to tackle overwhelming challenges and defend values shared by all.

“On New Year's Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal. I am issuing an alert – a red alert for our world,” said the Secretary-General.

“As we begin 2018, I call for unity. […] We can settle conflicts, overcome hatred and defend shared values. But we can only do that together,” he expressed.

Recalling that last year he urged that 2017 be a year for peace, the UN chief noted that unfortunately – in fundamental ways, the world went in reverse.

Perils, including deepening conflicts and new dangers emerged, and global concerns over nuclear weapons reached the highest since the Cold War, he added.

At the same time, impacts of climate change worsened at an alarming rate, inequalities grew and there were horrific violations of human rights.

“Nationalism and xenophobia are on the rise,” said Mr. Guterres.

Underscoring his belief that the world can be made more safe and secure, conflicts can be settled, hatred can be overcome and shared values defended, he emphasized that unity is indispensable to achieving these goals.

“Unity is the path. Our future depends on it,” said the Secretary-General, urging leaders everywhere to resolve in the New Year to: “Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divides. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals.”

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Event: Intoxication, Addiction and the Criminal Law

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Preventing Discriminatory Violence at the Local Level

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West Africa: UNODC promotes regional cooperation in human trafficking and migrant smuggling cases

With a view to addressing human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants in the region, UNODC hosted a workshop promoting regional cooperation for members of the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors against Organised Crime (WACAP). Held in Vienna, the two-day event brought together over 20 participants from eight West African countries: Mali, Niger, C�te d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Gambia, Nigeria and Senegal.

UNODC, Kenya hold inter-regional conference to counter the world drug problem

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UNODC launches manual on investigation and prosecution of foreign terrorist fighters

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Reuters: Shock Tactics | Part 6: Inmate deaths reveal “torturous” use of Tasers

Part 6: Reuters documents 104 prisoner fatalities after corrections officers deployed Tasers, often with other force. Most inmates were unarmed, and many were handcuffed or pinned to the ground. Some abuses, experts say, are akin to torture. By PETER EISLER, JASON SZEP and CHARLES LEVINSON Filed Dec. 6, 2017, 12:15 p.m. GMT

Official Statistics on football-related arrests and banning orders issued in the 2016 to 2017 season.

Published 23 November 2017 From: Home Office This release presents statistics on football-related arrests and banning orders in connection with regulated international and domestic football matches. The statistics in this release are based on information provided by the United Kingdom Football Policing Unit (UKFPU). The statistics on football-related arrests were submitted by all 43 police forces in England and Wales and BTP whilst information on banning orders was taken from the Football Banning Order Authority’s (part of UKFPU) records. The Home Office statistician responsible for the statistics in this release is David Blunt, Chief Statistician and Head of Profession for Statistics.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: A Number of Proactive Policing Practices Are Successful at Reducing Crime; Insufficient

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Campus Sexual Assault: A Systematic Review of Prevalence Research From 2000 to 2015

Menus SAGE Journals Profilelogged-in Search SAGE Journals Browse Resources My Tools Advanced Sign in: My Account Institution Trauma, Violence, & Abuse 3.542 Impact Factor more » Home Browse Submit Paper About Subscribe Campus Sexual Assault: A Systematic Review of Prevalence Research From 2000 to 2015 Lisa Fedina, Jennifer Lynne Holmes, Bethany L. Backes First Published February 22, 2016 Review Article Abstract Sexual assault is a pervasive problem on university and college campuses in the United States that has garnered growing national attention, particularly in the past year. This is the first study to systematically review and synthesize prevalence findings from studies on campus sexual assault (CSA) published since 2000 (n = 34). The range of prevalence findings for specific forms of sexual victimization on college campuses (i.e., forcible rape, unwanted sexual contact, incapacitated rape, sexual coercion, and studies’ broad definitions of CSA/rape) is provided, and methodological strengths and limitations in the empirical body of research on CSA are discussed. Prevalence findings, research design, methodology, sampling techniques, and measures, including the forms of sexual victimization measured, are presented and evaluated across studies. Findings suggest that unwanted sexual contact appears to be most prevalent on college campuses, including sexual coercion, followed by incapacitated rape, and completed or attempted forcible rape. Additionally, several studies measured broad constructs of sexual assault that typically include combined forms of college-based sexual victimization (i.e., forcible completed or attempted rape, unwanted sexual contact, and/or sexual coercion). Extensive variability exists within findings for each type of sexual victimization measured, including those that broadly measure sexual assault, which is largely explained by differences in sampling strategies and overall study designs as well as measures of sexual assault used in studies. Implications for findings and recommendations for future research on the prevalence of college-based sexual victimization are provided.

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