The event will start on Tuesday, 24 April with an opening segment featuring senior experts followed by high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, where Member States will be able to deliver their statements.
During the two-day event, four interactive dialogues will be held in parallel to the high-level plenary meeting, which will focus on objectives mentioned above and take into account the report of the Secretary-General as per resolutions 70/262 and 2282 (2016) on the Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture.
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The United Nations chief stressed the importance of preventing terrorism by addressing the root causes that turn grievances into destructive action, as well as the need to sustain the world body’s funding to help countries develop their counter-terrorism capacities. More.
Leading up to International Mother Earth Day on the 22 April we joined the Bush and Waterbug Detectives School Holiday Programme at Jerrabomberra Wetlands Canberra.
Education is vital for a healthy planet.
International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.
António Guterres made the appeal late on Friday evening just hours after the United States, France and Britain launched air strikes targeting sites associated with the country’s chemical weapons capabilities.
UNIC Canberra then facilitated a media training session – the main element of which was teaching the women media skills in order for them to interview each other about their experiences of coming to Australia as migrants and of rural living.
This visit was part of a broader rural campaign that UNIC Canberra and IOM have undertaken which has included visits to
Goulburn and Queanbeyan Multicultural
Centres. Numerous people have been very generous with both their stories and their time. UNIC Canberra’s videos from
these visits and other projects for the Together Campaign can be found here. And Audio stores here.
To describe the similarities of the lived experiences of the people we have met would be to highlight the spirit of courage, generosity and determination.
The two sessions by the UNIC Director, gave an introduction to the United Nations and the activities of the Organization in the region, before moving in more depth to look at the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To demonstrate the interconnectivity of the Goals, students were handed cards with individual Goals and then asked to find other students with Goals that were related. With a focus of the gender Goal 5, nearly all the students were quickly standing up and connecting with other students. The sessions ended with a call to action from the students as they were shown some of the many ways they could contribute to a more sustainable world where no one is left behind. For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals.
I am outraged by the continued reports of use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. I reiterate my strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population. Any confirmed use of chemical weapons, by any party to the conflict and under any circumstances, is abhorrent and a clear violation of international law.
The seriousness of the recent allegations requires a thorough investigation using impartial, independent and professional expertise. In that regard, I reaffirm my full support for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and its Fact-Finding Mission in undertaking the required investigation into these allegations. The Fact-Finding Mission should be granted full access, without any restrictions or impediments to perform its activities.
The norms against chemical weapons must be upheld. I appeal to the Security Council to fulfil its responsibility and find unity on this issue. I also encourage the Council to redouble its efforts to agree upon on a dedicated mechanism for accountability.
I stand ready to support such efforts.
Boao, People’s Republic of China, 10 April 2018
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