Author Archives: Julia Dean

UN Secretary-General on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and will begin reinstating US sanctions.

I have consistently reiterated that the JCPOA represents a major achievement in nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy and has contributed to regional and international peace and security.

It is essential that all concerns regarding the implementation of the Plan be addressed through the mechanisms established in the JCPOA. Issues not directly related to the JCPOA should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments.

I call on other JCPOA participants to abide fully by their respective commitments under the JCPOA and on all other Member States to support this agreement.

New York
08 May 2018

Media Advisory: Launch of Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific

Steadily improving economic performance provides a valuable opportunity to mobilize financing for development, says UN report

Bangkok (ESCAP News) – Mobilizing financing for development remains a fundamental priority in the Asia-Pacific region. The robust growth registered by the region in 2017 and promising prospects for this year provides the opportunity to meet this objective, according to a major United Nations report launched in Bangkok today.

Taking advantage of the current favorable economic conditions, economies need to address vulnerabilities and enhance their resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability. Implementation of several policy initiatives to achieve this transformation will require mobilizing domestic public financial resources and leveraging private capital, the report noted.  More

Embargoed: 13:00 hrs. 7 May 2018 (Bangkok time)

Note to Correspondents On The Recent Chief Executives Board’s Session


At the UN system Chief Executives Board meeting in London,
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres led a special session on addressing
sexual harassment within the organizations of the United Nations system.

He reiterated that he was seriously concerned by all allegations of sexual
harassment at the United Nations and has made addressing this
issue a top priority.

Harassment of any kind offends the principles of what we stand for as an organization and undermines our core values and our work, he told the Chief Executives Board, composed of 31 Chief Executives of UN agencies, Funds and Programmes. He emphasized, once again, that sexual harassment has no place in the United Nations system and restated his personal commitment to uphold a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment.

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Media Advisory Tuvalu’s Human Rights Record To Be Reviewed By Universal Periodic Review

GENEVA (4 May 2018) – Tuvalu’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Tuvalu is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 7 to 18 May. Tuvalu’s first and second UPR reviews took place in December 2008 and April 2013, respectively.

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Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan

The Secretary-General is outraged by the series of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan today.

The attacks in Kabul and Kandahar caused numerous casualties among civilians,
emergency responders, and school children. The deliberate targeting of journalists
in the attack highlights once again the risks media professionals face in carrying out
their essential work. Those responsible for such crimes must be swiftly brought to
justice.

The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims
and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 30 April 2018

2018 Session Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Adopts Recommendations Including Collective Rights to Lands, Territories, Resources

Participants also Call for Enhanced Participation in Work of United Nations.
Following a fortnight of meetings, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concluded its seventeenth session   adopting a raft of recommendations which reflected this year’s central theme — indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources — and urged the Secretary‑General to convene regional consultations in the coming months on ways to enhance their participation in the work of the United Nations. More.

UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples Website

Young People and their Future is the focus of Six Degrees Cafe @ Black Mountain School

Young People and their Future is the focus of Six Degrees Cafe @ Black Mountain School

Canberra has a great cafe that is preparing students with disabilities for life after school it is called Black Mountain School’s ‘Six Degrees’ cafe. We were lucky enough to buy a coffee. Thanks to everyone at the Cafe, teachers and students alike, including Hayden for allowing us to film and photograph you all working so hard.

Posted by UNIC Canberra on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Canberra has a great cafe that is preparing students with disabilities for life after school it is called Black Mountain School’s ‘Six Degrees’ cafe. We worked with the students and the school
to tell the story of a programme that believes in equal opportunity for all.

To learn about the UN’s Support for People With Disabilities please to to the website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This story is also part of our video series on “Locals Implementing the SDGS