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International Migrants Day Film Screening and Panel Discussion

(Canberra, 15 December) In celebration of International Migrants Day and as part of the United Nations’ Global Together, Respect Safety and Dignity for All – campaign,  UNIC Canberra together with the International Organization for Migration and UNHCR  presented a public screening of the new Australian documentary Constance On the Edge  followed by a  lively panel discussion.

16-00133d-Together_Refugees and Migrants_Retractable BannerOne family. Two wars. Three countries. What does it take to forge a new life far from home? Filmed over 10 years, Constance on the Edge is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia. The powerful and emotive film closed to loud applause, with many in the audience visibly moved by the very personal stories that unfolded in the film.

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(L-R) Ms.Natacha Yacoub, Deputy UNHCR Canberra, Mr.Joseph Appiah, Chief Of Mission IOM Australia

Vital role of Parliamentarians in the Pacific to implement SDGs

Parliamentarians from the Pacific countries, including Papua New Guinea are meeting in Fiji to discuss Sustainable Development Goals and human rights issues. Over three days, members of parliament, human rights experts and development leaders will discuss Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how parliaments can contribute to their implementation. The meeting focuses on SDGs that are of particular relevance to the region, such as those related to climate change and its effects, gender equality and social equity. Participants will also look at international human rights norms and mechanisms to help ensure that the implementation of the SDGs is fully respectful of human rights. Continue reading

Statement by the Secretary-General on the presidential election in the United States of America

I congratulate Mr. Donald Trump on his election as forty-fifth President of the United States of America.

In the aftermath of a hard-fought and often divisive campaign, it is worth recalling and reaffirming that the unity in diversity of the United States is one of the country’s greatest strengths.  I encourage all Americans to stay true to that spirit.

Today’s global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions.  As a founding member of the United Nations and permanent member of the Security Council, the United States is an essential actor across the international agenda.  People everywhere look to the United States to use its remarkable power to help lift humanity up and to work for the common good.

The United Nations will count on the new Administration to strengthen the bonds of international cooperation as we strive together to uphold shared ideals, combat climate change, advance human rights, promote mutual understanding and implement the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve lives of peace, prosperity and dignity for all.

Now more than ever, we must mobilize around the principles and common values of the United Nations Charter.

I would also like to express my deep appreciation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a lifetime commitment to peace, the advancement of women and the well-being of children.

She has been a powerful global symbol of women’s empowerment, and I have no doubt that she will continue to contribute to our work across the world.

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Through the Eyes of the Youth: Stories of Nan Madol

An important part of the work of UNESCO Office for the Pacific States is to assist with the safeguarding of heritage sites that have significant value for the individual member states, the Pacific region and the people. During the week of 22 – 18 July 2016, the region’s newest declared World Heritage Site, the Nan Madol archaeological sites in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), hosted a Storytellers Workshop. The objective of this workshop was to highlight the sites’ outstanding cultural and historic value to the worldwide community through the lens of youth. Continue reading

Port Moresby market vendors set up bank accounts for more secure lives and livelihoods

Hundreds of vendors at two of Port Moresby’s biggest fresh produce markets have set up bank savings accounts for the first time, thanks to UN Women flagship Safe Cities Programme, which promotes the safe use and enjoyment of public spaces by women through empowering them economically and other means. Continue reading

PNG to develop information systems for disasters

Small-scale natural disasters such as flash floods and landslides have the potential to cumulatively impact communities harder over the course of years – yet they receive far less attention as compared to major disasters. To improve the situation, there is a need to put in place a good information system for disasters, says a United Nations (UN) Disaster Information expert. Continue reading

Visualizing Education Statistics

Familiarizing with a tool to communicate educational data was the focus of a one-day workshop jointly organized by the UNESCO Apia Office and UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS). The workshop held at the UNESCO compound on the 26th of July focused on Data Visualization and Analysis. The goal of the workshop was to build up the capacity of individuals working in the field of education statistics and also to foster collaboration between various sectors and stakeholders. Continue reading