UNIC Canberra and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade join together for Sustainable Development Education

On Friday 28 of April, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, gave a presentation to students from Bomaderry High School at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The presentation focused on the history of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who also spoke about the SDGs and how the Australian government is contributing to their achievements.

Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting told

Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not equal implementation, speakers told the UN General Assembly today at a special meeting to celebrate the Declaration’s tenth anniversary and renew commitment to its tenets as a vital solution towards attaining a just and sustainable world. More

Secretary-General Nominates Achim Steiner Of Germany As Administrator Of United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), wrote to the President of the General Assembly requesting the General Assembly to confirm Achim Steiner of Germany as the new Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.

Mr. Steiner is currently Director of Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford since 2016. His professional career includes assignments with Governmental and non-governmental, as well as international organizations in different parts of the world, most recently as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (2009-2011), as well as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (2001-2006) and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams, South Africa (1998-2001).

New York, 18 April 2017

Note to Correspondents: Secretary-General to designate Malala Yousafzai as United Nations Messenger of Peace

New York – On 10 April 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will
designate Malala Yousafzai, global advocate for girls’ education and the youngest-ever Nobel
Peace Prize laureate, as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’
education.

The Messenger of Peace designation ceremony will take place at the United Nations
Headquarters in New York at an event to be held in the Trusteeship Council Chamber on
Monday, 10 April 2017, at 3:15 p.m.

The designation will be followed by a conversation between the Secretary-General, Ms. Yousafzai and youth representatives around the world on the theme of girls’ education.

Press Release UNDP Fiji: Pacific Parliamentary Seminar to enhance MPs Committee Work

April 10, 2017 (Suva, Fiji) – Over forty delegates from nine Pacific Parliaments are gathering in Suva this week to take part in the Pacific Parliamentary Seminar on Enhancing Committee Work.

The seminar was conceived in the wake of extensive consultations with Members of Parliament (MPs) and senior staff of the national parliaments of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and the Cook Islands, which returned repeated calls for professional development opportunities on committee work.

Photo:  UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Osnat Lubrani encouraged delegates in her opening remarks to embrace the opportunity presented by this Seminar.

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Statement from the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on attacks in Egypt

 

The Secretary-General condemns today’s attacks on two Coptic Churches in Egypt. The Secretary-General expresses his deep sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He wishes a quick recovery to those injured and hopes that the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.

 

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 9 April 2017

STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON SYRIA

I continue to follow the situation in Syria closely and with grave concern.

I was abhorred by the chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, and the death and injury of many innocent civilians.

I have long stated that there needs to be accountability for such crimes, in line with existing international norms and Security Council resolutions.

I have been following reports of the air strikes against the Shayrat Airbase in Syria conducted by the United States.

Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people.

These events underscore my belief that there is no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution. I call on the parties to urgently renew their commitment to making progress in the Geneva talks.

A political solution also remains essential for progress in the fight against terrorism.

The Security Council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security. I call on the Council to unite and exercise that responsibility.

For too long, international law has been ignored in the Syrian conflict, and it is our shared duty to uphold international standards of humanity.  This is a prerequisite to ending the unrelenting suffering of the people of Syria.

New York, 7 April 2017

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Media Release – The United Nations and the Government Sign the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022

Port Moresby, 6th April 2017

The United Nations in Papua New Guinea and the Government of Papua New Guinea signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022, on 6th April 2017, which guides the work of the United Nations System in the country.

It outlines the partnership between the United Nations and the Government in support of the 2030 Agenda, and is grounded in national development priorities including the Vision 2050, the Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development, the Development Strategic Plan 2010-2030, the Medium-Term Development Plan and sectoral strategies.

UN Secretary-General’s Spokesman on alleged chemical weapons attack in Idlib

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for
the Secretary-General on alleged chemical weapons attack in Idlib

The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to victims of the incident and their families.

The United Nations is not currently in a position to independently verify these reports. The OPCW Fact Finding Mission has announced that it has begun gathering information to attempt to confirm if chemical weapons were used.

The Secretary-General recalls that the Security Council previously determined that the use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to international peace and security and, that it affirmed that the use of chemical weapons constitutes a serious violation of international law.
Stéphane Dujarric

Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 4 April 2017

End of Mission Press Conference & Statement by UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples on her visit to Australia

Audio of Press Conference at UNIC Canberra by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on her visit to Australia (Pictured)

End of Mission Press Release

To access her statement please click Preliminary Findings

UNIC Canberra End of Mission  Interview

Background of Visit

The human rights situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia has been examined by the UN Special Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who has visited the country from 20 March to 3 April.