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International Day of Forests

Heather Tregoning from Canberra’s National Arboretum spoke to us about the importance of the Arboretum to Canberra’s people, environment and as a habitat for the diverse biodiversity of the region.

The conversation took place to celebrate International Day of Forests on 21 March which is particularly apt given that this year’s theme is “Forests and Cities”.

She also explains how story telling goes hand in hand when teaching children about forests and how important it is to conserve them. More Information on the International Day

Call for Submissions: 2018 Plural+ Video Festival

We are pleased to announce that we will be accepting videos for our 2018 Plural+ Video Festival!

PLURAL + is a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with the International Organization for Migration IOM – UN Migration invite participants between the ages of 9-25 to submit their youth produced videos on migration, diversity and social inclusion!

More Information.  

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay Tribute To The Late Professor Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking was one of the greatest astrophysicists of our time recognized for his seminal work on cosmology and groundbreaking theories on space, notably on black holes and the Hawking Radiation. He was also an inspiration and icon for persons with disabilities around the world.

Diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuron disease at the early age of 22, he overcame his severe disability to develop and share his theories about the history of the universe with generations of scientists and members of the public through his book “A Brief History of Time”.

“Professor Hawking embodied the values of UNESCO, sharing knowledge and empowering people,” said Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, who also commended “his courage and commitment to science and to the betterment of the lives of persons with disabilities.”


Promoting Tolerance, Inclusion, Unity and Respect For Diversity.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March – Every day, each and every one of us can stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.

We spoke with Rod Little Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First’s People’s to gain his views on racial discrimination, its origins, its presence and how to recognise it within ourselves and then ways of moving forward.

For more information about the day

For more information on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize call for nominations

The 2018 United Nations Human Rights Prize will be given out at the United Nations in New York on Human Right Day, 10 December. Nominations are open until 6 April 2018

This year’s award will coincide with the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The prize to recognize individuals or organization for outstanding achievements in the field of human rights is given out every five years. More

Four Countries On Track To Graduate From UN List Of Least Developed Countries

Bhutan, Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe and the Solomon Islands have increased national earning power and improved access to health care and education, making them eligible to exit the group of least developed countries (LDCs).

“This is an historic occasion,” said Jose Antonio Ocampo, chair of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), noting that only five countries have graduated since the UN established the LDC category in 1971.

LDCs are assessed using three criteria: health and education targets; economic vulnerability and gross national income per capita. More

Syrian Crisis – United Nations Response

United Nations Department of Public Information Syria Update. 

The DPI Syria Update  covers, among others:

• The joint appeal by the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization for peace and humanitarian access as the Syria conflict enters its eighth year;
• The UN’s concerns about the large displacement of civilians due to ongoing fighting in the northern city of Afrin; and
• Secretary-General António Guterres’ briefing to the Security Council on the situation in Eastern Ghouta.

The update, issued on a weekly basis, aims at providing an overview of the latest UN activities in response to the crisis, based on UN sources.

“Cambodia at a crossroads”: UN expert calls on Government to choose path of human rights

PHNOM PENH (14 March 2018) – The UN expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia has expressed serious concerns about restrictions on the media, freedom of expression and political participation ahead of a national election in July, calling on the Government to choose the path of human rights.

“Cambodia is at an important crossroads and must embrace human rights as they are indispensable in sustaining hard-earned peace and development,” said Rhona Smith at the end of her fifth visit* to the country.

“Restricting Cambodians’ voices could ultimately threaten the very stability that the Government and the people have worked hard to build. Freedoms of association, expression and peaceful assembly should be protected and developed, not restricted, in a liberal multi-party democracy as guaranteed by the Constitution of Cambodia.”
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12 World Leaders Issue Clarion Call for Accelerated Action on Water

New York, 14 March― A High Level Panel on Water consisting of 11 Heads of State and a Special Advisor has issued a New Agenda for Water Action calling for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water so that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG6, can be achieved. This follows a 2-year mandate to find ways to accelerate solutions to the urgent water crisis.

“Making Every Drop Count: An Agenda for Water Action” presents many recommendations as part of an Outcome Report from the Panel, which was convened in January 2016 by the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Bank Group President.

“World leaders now recognize that we face a global water crisis and that we need to reassess how we value and manage water,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “The panel’s recommendations can help to safeguard water resources and make access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation a reality for all.”

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