Discussions conclude on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

UN launches unmanned surveillance aircraft to better protect civilians in vast DR CongoFrom 13 to 17 April 2015, the States parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) held intense discussions  at the United Nations in Geneva on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) in a Second Meeting of Experts devoted to this subject. Presiding over the Meeting of Experts was Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany who Continue reading

Link between Rule of Law and Sustainable Development

Justice for all was a critical key to the success of the new sustainable development goals and an invaluable tool to fight criminal activities, terrorism and violence threatening communities around the world, delegates heard as the thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice concluded today. Continue reading

Protection of the rights of children who may be transferred from Nauru to Cambodia

UNICEF is concerned by reports of a decision by the Governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru to Cambodia for settlement. According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia and Cambodia are both parties, the rights of children are paramount and must be guaranteed in every situation. Article 3 of the CRC obliges States to ensure that in all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child are a primary consideration. Continue reading

14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will take place from 20 April to 1 May in New York. More than 1,000 indigenous participants from all regions of the world are expected to take part in the two-week session.The opening session is on Monday, 20 April at 11:00 hrs in the General Assembly with a traditional welcome ceremony.  The Deputy Secretary-General will be in attendance along with the President of the General Assembly, the Vice President of ECOSOC and the Under-Secretary-General for DESA. Continue reading

People-centered development goals discussed in Pacific dialogue

UNFPA meeting in Pacific, Solomon Islands representative The Pacific Dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office, with technical expertise from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 Secretariat in New York (USA). The three-day dialogue is attended by representatives of Continue reading

Government of Samoa and UNDP initiate activities for a “whole-of-government” response to climate change

Representatives from all line ministries of Samoa, civil society organizations and development partners participated in an all-stakeholder meeting to officially launch a new initiative aimed to address climate change in all economic sectors of Samoa. The “Economy-wide Adaptation to Climate Change” programme, is implemented by the Government of Samoa, with assistance from UNDP and financing of US $12.3 million from the Least Developed Countries Fund, of the Global Environment Facility. Continue reading

UNICEF and Vanuatu Football Federation help children to play and recover from Cyclone Pam

juggling_soccer_ballUNICEF and the Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) through the Just Play programme, are collaborating to use existing networks and sport to assist with emergency relief activities in Vanuatu following the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam that struck Vanuatu four weeks ago. “The work we are doing through this partnership with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and working through Continue reading

World Environment Day 2015 Blog Competition

Milan Expo ticketsWrite a compelling blog post on this year’s theme, Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care, which highlights sustainable lifestyles and consumption. Post it on your blog! The winner of the competition will travel to Italy to blog, tweet and post Facebook messages for two nights on WED 2015 Continue reading