The United Nations Association Isle of Man encourages discussion of issues of universal concern in the Island. The late Charles Colvington started the Isle of Man United Nations Association in 1985 as a not for...
The Charles Colvington Trust was formed to assist Manx Post Graduate students to participate in educational courses at the UN Offices Geneva.
The Colvington Trust may assist up to three eligible Isle of Man students each year who accept offers of internship from the UN Geneva office. Funding will assist in covering travel and accommodation costs only, up to a maximum value of £3000 per applicant, and also for a maximum of three months.
A bequest from Mr and Mrs Charles Colvington, who formed the UN Association of the Isle of Man has been available since 2019 however the world has changed dramatically since that date. Because of the financial situation that students now face and also because of Covid19 and the effect the pandemic has had on the world and all of us, the Trustees have agreed that the support should not only be confined to internship.
The Charles Colvington Trust is named after the man who formed the United Nations Association, Isle of Man which planned to raise the profile of the U.N. on Island and allow others to benefit from its initiatives.
Information for potential applicants
Initially any Manx post graduate student who is interested, should contact Legal and Administration Manager, Corporate Services, the Department of Education Sport and Culture on email Admin.DESC@gov.im or by phone on 01624 685820.
The links below give more information on the UN Geneva office and also some of the opportunities. Applicants should note that the financial support can only be offered once the acceptance for the course or seminar is confirmed.
Links for further information on the UN Office in Geneva and opportunities 2021:
The Annual General Meeting of the United Nations Association, Isle of Man will be held on the 16th of November 2021 at the Meadows Pavilion, followed by a few words by our Chairman, Chris Thomas MHK, about the History of the IOM UN Association and its Future, with dinner served after at 8.30pm.
AGM to be held at 7.30pm.
Invitations to the dinner cost £20 per person and includes a dinner, dessert and coffee.
UN model security council event
All island secondary schools have been invited to take part in the UN model security council event to be held Legislative Buildings, Douglas on Friday 3 December 2021.
This year the scenario for debate will be an imagined but realistic scenario featuring a developing crisis which is brought before the UN Security Council. The topic will be the South China Sea where several nations dispute swathes of ocean and tiny atolls.
Two students will represent an allocated Nation State and each country will set out its position on a topic. During the day via rounds of haggling, diplomacy and plenary sessions the students will attempt to construct a Resolution to be voted on - without incurring a veto from any of the five permanent members. A prize is awarded for the best team and individual.
10th August | Tea and an inspirational talk at Sunset Lakes by Brenda Little on the story the Winsford Gardens ‘Green Gym’ in South London which she has coordinated for 10 years and which was recently awarded a Queen’s honour.
Brenda shared the story of this successful urban initiative focusing on ecology, conservation, rehabilitation and recycling.
Monday 5th July | A fabulous day taking part in the One World Global Village on Tynwald Day in the arboretum at St. John’s. The UNAIOM stand on Tynwald Day showcased support from our affiliates and we had the opportunity to meet lots of people. The atmosphere and the weather was great and it was wonderful to take part in this unique event on the Manx National Day.
Friday 4th December | Every year the UNAIOM arranges a UN Model Security Council event replicating the official Council. A key event in our calendar, it provides a platform for students from all island schools to debate and become aware of international negotiating stances. The delegates will discuss the conflict in Syria.
Saturday 24th October | What better day than UN Day to hold the next meeting of UNAIOM Youth 2030. After the UNAIOM AGM on Saturday, we will be holding a meeting of people interested in progressing UNAIOM Youth 2030.
Saturday 24th October | Our UN Day celebrations and Annual General Meeting will be held 24th October 2020 at the Claremont Hotel in Douglas.
We do understand at this time that situations change and that you may not be able to attending person so all Members have been emailed the proxy form. The change of Articles requires a large percentage of the members to be in favour and so every vote is important: https://unaiom.org/uniom-agm/
Monday, 21st September | Launch of Youth 2030 | We launched the Youth 2030 IOM initiative at the Ballakermeen Studio Theatre on Monday, 21st September at 17.00. We want to work with young people to create a programme of events that will be of benefit to all the Youth on the Isle of Man. Follow #Youth2030IOM
Friday December 6th | Schools UN Model Security Council | All island schools will attend a pre-planned session representing the UN Model Security Council to discuss the conflict in Syria.
Thursday 24th October | UN today | The U.N. today: Myths, Realities, Achievements and Challenges. United Nations Day Address by Sir Richard Jolly KCMG.
Thursday 10th October Awareness Day on Mental Health at the Family Library for World Mental Health Day