Launch of the 2016 Human Development Report – ‘Human Development for Everyone’,

World’s most marginalized still left behind by global development priorities: UNDP report

Photo: UNDP Peru / Mónica Suárez

Millions of people are not benefiting from progress, with the gap set to widen unless deeprooted development barriers, including discrimination and unequal political participation, are tackled.

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Target hate speech and hate crimes, Zeid urges States

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2017

GENEVA (20 March 2017) – The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an annual reminder to us all to do more to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes.
But 21 March needs to be more than a reminder. People of African descent continue to be victims of racist hate crimes and racism in all areas of life. Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head from the US to Europe to the Middle East and beyond. Muslim women wearing headscarves face increasing verbal, and even physical, abuse in a number of countries. In Latin America, indigenous peoples continue to endure stigmatization, including in the media.

The dangers of demonising particular groups are evident across the world. Xenophobic riots and violence targeting immigrants have recently flared again in South Africa. In South Sudan, polarised ethnic identities – stoked by hate speech – have brought the country to the brink of all-out ethnic war. In Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslim community, long denigrated as “illegal immigrants,” have suffered appalling violations.

Public Lecture in Canberra: Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of United Nations Populations Fund and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Monday 27 March 6–7.30pm
Molonglo Theatre, ANU Registration at
crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events E rsvp.crawford@anu.edu.au T 6125 4387
This lecture is free and open to the public.

“Tackling Global Health”

Dr Osotimehin is a global leader with expertise in public health, women’s empowerment and young people. He has a particular focus on promoting human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Dr Osotimehin has introduced reforms that have increased the effectiveness and efficiency of UNFPA and outlined a more robust vision for improving the lives of women, adolescents and youth around the world. His leadership and advocacy with governments and other key stakeholders will continue to focus on youth and voluntary family planning. He is also steering UNFPA’s humanitarian action and efforts around eliminating gender-based violence and other harmful practices.

UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples announces follow-up visit to Australia

GENEVA (8 March 2017) – The human rights situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia is to be examined by the UN Special Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who will visit the country from 20 March to 3 April.

During her visit, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz will address a number of diverse issues including measures and policies adopted to reduce indigenous disadvantage, the administration of justice and detention conditions, land rights and native title, prevention of violence against women and the rate of children removed from their homes by officials.

Proposed “Homeless Ban” in Australia cause for concern – UN Expert

Amendments to a local law in Melbourne, Australia, targeting homeless people living on the streets have triggered serious international human rights concern.

The proposed measures include a ban on camping in Melbourne and the potential for penalties to be imposed on anyone who leaves items unattended in public. The city council is due to vote on the proposed changes on 17 March. If passed, the law would legitimize discriminatory stereotypes of an already marginalized population. More

 

UN aid chief urges global action as starvation, famine loom for 20 million across four countries

Just back from Kenya, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia – countries that are facing or are at risk of famine – the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged the international community for comprehensive action to save people from simply “starving to death.”

“We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council today.

UN’s Coming Together Campaign in Canberra – In the Lead Up to International Women’s Day

On March 1, in the lead up to International Women’s Day, the United Nations Information Centre Canberra, International Organization for Migration, the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum and the Canberra Multicultural Women Forum held a community event to promote the ‘Together, Safety and Dignity for All Initiative’ . It was also an opportunity to promote the recent establishment of the Canberra Multicultural Women’s Forum. The rest of the story is here also on our website.