UNIC Canberra Interview: The Organic Nature of Culture and the Rich Diversity that Migration Brings

Diana Rahman, OAM Chair, Canberra Multicultural Community Forum and President of Australian Muslim Voice speaks to UNIC Canberra about her 25 years of building bridges between the multicultural community and the broader community in Australia’s capital.

She reminds us that migration has been occurring for thousands of years and brings benefits to the host community and that culture is organic and always changing and that we must embrace migration as an asset rather than a challenge.

This interview is part of a series that UNIC is undertaking as part of the UN Global ‘Together, Respect Safety and Dignity For All’ campaign.

For more information on the campaign: http://together.un.org/

WMO Confirms 2016 as Hottest Year on Record, About 1.1°C Above Pre-Industrial Era

The year 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, according to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The globally averaged temperature in 2016 was about 1.1°C higher than the pre-industrial period. It was approximately 0.83° Celsius above the long term average (14°C) of the WMO 1961-1990 reference period, and about 0.07°C warmer than the previous record set in 2015.

WMO uses data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the UK’s Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. WMO also draws on reanalysis data from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts and the Copernicus Climate Change Service, which use a weather forecasting system to combine many sources of data to provide a more complete picture of global temperatures, including in Polar regions. 

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Just Released: World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP)

WESP 2017 — Economic recovery continues

These are the main points from the newest report, World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017, released on 17 January 2017.

The report features global and regional economic forecasts for 2017 and 2018, as well as risks and uncertainties in the near term. It also provides detailed analysis on international trade and international finance. The report is produced at the beginning of each year by UN DESA, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the five UN regional commissions and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Access the complete report here: http://bit.ly/WESP

PRESS RELEASE – Statement by the United Nations Country Team in Papua New Guinea

The United Nations system in Papua New Guinea is gravely concerned by recent reports of human rights violations against asylum seekers on Manus Island. We note the reports of severe beating of two refugees allegedly by police and immigration officers on the 31st of December 2016, and the arrest and detention of one individual by the police on 13th of January 2017 apparently without charges being brought against the individual.

At UN Forum Regional Leaders Agree To Expand Preferential Tariffs To Expand Trade in Asia and the Pacific

13 January 2017
Press Release: G/01/2017

BANGKOK (ESCAP News) — Ministers from countries party to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) met during the Fourth APTA Ministerial Council today to conclude negotiations that will more than double the number of products under preferential tariff treatment in order to expand trade and boost growth in the region. The Fourth APTA Ministerial Council was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) which acts as secretariat for the Agreement.

NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS

STATEMENT FROM THE CONFERENCE ON CYPRUS

The Conference on Cyprus convened today, 12 January 2017, in Geneva, under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, with the participation of H.E. Mr. Mustafa Akinci and H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

The Conference commended Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci for the remarkable progress made over the past 20 months in the Cyprus talks. It was only thanks to their dedicated work that it was possible to convene the Conference today. This is the first time that brought all together to discuss the chapter of security and guarantees, the sixth and last chapter of the negotiations.

Statement By The United Nations Offices in Australia

Dr. Russell Trood

We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Russell Trood. We had the pleasure of working with him over the years he was President of the United Nations Association of Australia and admired his dedication to strengthening that organization.

We will remember him for his strong and articulate support of the United Nations and all that it stands for, as well as a colleague who was there for advice and reasoned opinion, quietly undertaken. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.

Christopher Woodthorpe                                        Thomas Albrecht
Director UN Information Centre                            Regional Representative UNHCR

11 January 2017

At Security Council, UN Chief Guterres Makes Case For New Efforts To Build And Sustain Peace

10 January 2017 – Delivering his first formal briefing to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need for new, strengthened efforts to build and sustain peace ranging from prevention, conflict resolution and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and sustainable development.

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TOGETHER: a global campaign to change perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants

The Secretary-General launched the TOGETHER campaign at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September: All 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously welcomed the TOGETHER campaign and committed to implementing it. The campaign aims to strengthen the social contract between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants.

Listen to UNIC Canberra  Together Campaign audio series