Author Archives: Julia Dean

Diversity is Strength – UNESCO Representative Discusses Migration

Ms Nisha Director of Office and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States discusses various aspects of migration including the observation that migration is closely connected to well-being, to historical developments and if we look at the most diverse societies today you will find that their diversity, their strength to their economic well-being , their social well-being comes from migration processes from the past.

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.

 

The UN Secretary-General on Nigeria

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide attacks on 24 July in the two camps for internally displaced persons near Maiduguri, Borno State, in Nigeria. These terrorist acts are targeting people who had already fled their homes as a result of Boko Haram violence.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of Nigeria for the loss of life. He wishes a quick recovery to those injured and calls for those responsible for this heinous act to be swiftly brought to justice. He reiterates the United Nations support to the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism in full observance of international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 25 July 2017

The scales have tipped — UNAIDS announces 19.5 million people on life-saving treatment and AIDS-related deaths halved since 2005

UNAIDS has released a new report showing that for the first time the scales have tipped: more than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment and AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005.

In 2016, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016. Provided that scale-up continues, this progress puts the world on track to reach the global target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020 – More

UN reports more people warned against tobacco use, but industry interference continues

Despite measures protecting a majority of people from tobacco-related illness and death, the tobacco industry continues to hamper Government efforts to fully implement life and cost-saving interventions, the United Nations health agency today reported.

“One-third of countries have comprehensive systems to monitor tobacco use. While this is up from one-quarter of countries monitoring tobacco use at recommended levels in 2007, Governments still need to do more to prioritize or finance this area of work,” according to the UN World Health Organization’s WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, which was launched today on side-lines of the UN High-level political forum on sustainable development in New York – more

Nelson Mandela Day in Canberra

On 18 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre and the South African High Commission joined together to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day and devote 67 minutes of community service to the Baptist Aged Care Facility in Red Hill, Canberra.

The event was opened by UNIC Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, who explained the significance of the 67 minutes – one minute for every year of Mr Mandela’s public service. This was followed by the reading of a message from the UN Secretary-General and then a film about the life of Nelson Mandela.

Mr Christopher Woodthorpe (left), High Commissioner Ms Beryl Sisulu (centre), with colleagues from the South African High Commission

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Pace of progress must accelerate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, finds latest UN progress report

If the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030, key stakeholders, including governments, must drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a faster rate, says the latest progress report on the SDGs launched by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today. More

High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development on This Week

How are countries implementing the GlobalGoals on the ground?

The High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development from 10-19 July is on have a look at this page.

The Forum will bring together Member States, UN system, civil society, the private sector a other stakeholders to review the successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the SDGs.