Newly published official publications from :
The European Union
General view of the Plenary chamber in Brussels – PHS Hemicycle – Plenary session week 46 2014
Renewable energy in Europe 2018: Recent growth and knock-on effects. “This report outlines the progress made in 2016 in the deployment of renewable energy sources (RES) in the European Union (EU) as a whole, and at country, market sector and technology level.“
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Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill – stage 1 debate scheduled for 31 January 2019.
Watch this Scottish Parliament animation to find out about the Scottish budget process, how Scottish income tax rates and bands are set and how you can help shape decisions.
Designed to showcase the positive impact the Scottish Parliament has had on the lives of those living in Scotland over the last two decades, the programme will include the launch of a new public exhibition telling the story of the Parliament; a series of family days; and a national photography competition to find the best images illustrating Holyrood’s 20-year history.
The highlight of the programme will be an event in the Debating Chamber on Saturday 29 June, marking almost 20 years to the day since the Parliament officially assumed it’s legal powers. As well as the Chamber event, the Parliament will later that day open its doors to the people of Scotland for an afternoon of celebration and commemoration.
The Parliament is also starting a nationwide search for the babies that were born on 1 July 1999 to invite them to take part in the celebration on Saturday 29 June. Any young people who were born on 1 July 1999 in Scotland should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To give you something to look forward to in the depths of January, SLLG and SWOP are holding another joint Speed Networking event on Thursday 24th January in the SSC Library.
Registration is from 4.00pm and the event starts at 4.30.
The event comprises of friendly discussion on several pre-defined questions lasting approximately one hour, followed by another hour of chat, nibbles and refreshments.
If you would like to attend please send a reply to email@example.com before the 17th January with the following details.
Membership of SWOP: Yes/No
Member of SLLG: Yes/No
We look forward to seeing you there.
Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Brexit: Article 50 TEU at the CJEU – “Can Article 50 TEU be unilaterally revoked? This briefing paper considers the Advocate General’s opinion and the CJEU’s judgment in the Wightman case, and what implications the CJEU’s judgment has for the United Kingdom.”
The UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement – “This briefing looks in detail at the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and UK and finalised on 14 November. It was endorsed by EU Member State leaders at a special European Council summit on 25 November and the UK Prime Minister has promoted it in the UK Parliament and around the country. But it will be debated at length in Parliament over the coming days before being put to the so-called ‘meaningful…
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To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UDHR, this exhibit presents thirty key documents, each one expanding on and illustrating the specific human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in each individual article comprising the Declaration.
The documents highlighted in this exhibit point to tremendous progress achieved, as well as to current challenges in the human rights arena: the protection of the rights of migrants and refugees, the right to a clean environment as a prerequisite for the enjoyment of other rights, tax abuse and modern forms of slavery as violations of human rights, or the obligation to remove obstacles in society that prevent persons with disabilities from fully enjoying their rights on an equal footing with others.
The exhibit suggests that the Declaration is indeed a living document and that, in the words of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “…human rights are not impractical philosophical ideals. They are sound policy choices, which build strong, economically healthy, secure and peaceful societies.”
Newly published official publications from :
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.
The UK’s Departure from the European Union – An overview of the Withdrawal Agreement. “This briefing provides an overview of the Withdrawal Agreement reached between the EU and the UK Government which was endorsed by the European Council on 25 November 2018. If ratified, the Withdrawal Agreement will facilitate the UK’s departure from the EU on 29 March 2019 in an orderly fashion. This briefing examines the Withdrawal Agreement from a Scottish perspective.”
Scotland’s place in Europe: science and research. “Our latest analysis of the implications for Scotland’s science and research if the UK exits the European Union.”
Kelp harvesting. “This briefing provides an overview of kelp harvesting in Scotland, including summary information about kelp habitats, the policy and regulatory environment for different…
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The archives of former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have been made available online for public consultation via the website of the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section. Unlike the official documents of the United Nations, which are available through the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, the Organization’s archives are comprised of its internal working papers. Typically, United Nations archives are only released after 20 years, but in this case, former Secretary-General Ban’s office worked with the Archives and Records Management Section to ensure that his archives were released as soon, and as widely, as possible. By making the former Secretary-General’s archives available for public consultation, the United Nations is effecting its commitment to transparency and accountability. Many of the Secretary-General’s records, even those which were marked Confidential or Strictly Confidential, are now open for review.
The Government has now published 3 key documents on the Brexit deal: a draft Withdrawal Agreement, an outline of the political declaration, and an explainer on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The same documents can also be found on the EU’s Taskforce 50 website. Read more
The UN Handbook is a valuable reference guide that helps everyone working with or within the United Nations navigate the UN system effectively.
The UN Handbook app makes the content more useable and accessible. An updated version of the app has now been released.
New Zealand has demonstrated its long-standing commitment and practical support for the United Nations by producing the UN Handbook since 1961.
Mobile app available to download
The UN Handbook was made available as a mobile app in 2013 to make the content more useable and accessible. An updated version of the app is now available.
- Download the UN Handbook app from the App Store (external link)
- Download the UN Handbook app from Google Play (external link)
Features of the updated UN Handbook app
- New 2018-19 content
- Updated for the latest versions of iOS and Android
- Improved loading speeds
- Text shown in app can be copied
- App can display as multi-window on Android devices
- Search the UN Handbook and see results listed by relevancy
- Quickly access lists of acronyms and abbreviations
- Bookmark regularly read information
- Access information in offline mode
United Nations Handook 2018-19 [PDF, 4.8 MB]
To order a print copy:
Within New Zealand
NZ$30.00 (including New Zealand postage)
Provide a cheque, a note saying how many copies you need and a New Zealand delivery address. Send to:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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Rest of the world
The UN Handbook is available from selected bookstores, including:
United Nations Bookshop
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European Union citizens who live in the UK are being urged to check their eligibility to vote in the European Parliament elections which take place between the 23rd to 26th of May next year.
UK citizens will no longer be eligible to vote due to the UK decision to leave the EU on the 29th of March 2019. However, citizens of the other EU Countries living in the UK are eligible to vote, subject to certain conditions. A set of country factsheets, produced by the European Parliament, listing voting conditions and national contact points is available here. While some background information on European Parliament elections is here.
Is the government on track to meet its legislative target of at least 800 Statutory Instruments by exit day? How many Brexit SIs are being laid before Parliament each week? Which departments are laying the most SIs? Which Acts of Parliament are being used to lay them? How many SIs actually amend Acts of Parliament? How is Parliament scrutinising the legislation? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this new data dashboard produced by the Hansard Society.
Pictured recently in Catalonia!! Good to know our 25th Anniversary tote bags, produced in 2014, are still going strong and are enjoying the sunshine whilst the rest of us are bracing ourselves for winter.
Keep your eyes open. You never know where one will pop up next.