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Press Release UNDP Fiji: Pacific Parliamentary Seminar to enhance MPs Committee Work

April 10, 2017 (Suva, Fiji) – Over forty delegates from nine Pacific Parliaments are gathering in Suva this week to take part in the Pacific Parliamentary Seminar on Enhancing Committee Work.

The seminar was conceived in the wake of extensive consultations with Members of Parliament (MPs) and senior staff of the national parliaments of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and the Cook Islands, which returned repeated calls for professional development opportunities on committee work.

Photo:  UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Osnat Lubrani encouraged delegates in her opening remarks to embrace the opportunity presented by this Seminar.

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Statement from the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on attacks in Egypt

 

The Secretary-General condemns today’s attacks on two Coptic Churches in Egypt. The Secretary-General expresses his deep sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He wishes a quick recovery to those injured and hopes that the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.

 

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 9 April 2017

STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON SYRIA

I continue to follow the situation in Syria closely and with grave concern.

I was abhorred by the chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria, and the death and injury of many innocent civilians.

I have long stated that there needs to be accountability for such crimes, in line with existing international norms and Security Council resolutions.

I have been following reports of the air strikes against the Shayrat Airbase in Syria conducted by the United States.

Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people.

These events underscore my belief that there is no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution. I call on the parties to urgently renew their commitment to making progress in the Geneva talks.

A political solution also remains essential for progress in the fight against terrorism.

The Security Council has the primary responsibility for international peace and security. I call on the Council to unite and exercise that responsibility.

For too long, international law has been ignored in the Syrian conflict, and it is our shared duty to uphold international standards of humanity.  This is a prerequisite to ending the unrelenting suffering of the people of Syria.

New York, 7 April 2017

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Media Release – The United Nations and the Government Sign the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2018-2022

Port Moresby, 6th April 2017

The United Nations in Papua New Guinea and the Government of Papua New Guinea signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022, on 6th April 2017, which guides the work of the United Nations System in the country.

It outlines the partnership between the United Nations and the Government in support of the 2030 Agenda, and is grounded in national development priorities including the Vision 2050, the Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development, the Development Strategic Plan 2010-2030, the Medium-Term Development Plan and sectoral strategies.

UN Secretary-General’s Spokesman on alleged chemical weapons attack in Idlib

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for
the Secretary-General on alleged chemical weapons attack in Idlib

The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by the reports of alleged use of chemical weapons in an airstrike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to victims of the incident and their families.

The United Nations is not currently in a position to independently verify these reports. The OPCW Fact Finding Mission has announced that it has begun gathering information to attempt to confirm if chemical weapons were used.

The Secretary-General recalls that the Security Council previously determined that the use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to international peace and security and, that it affirmed that the use of chemical weapons constitutes a serious violation of international law.
Stéphane Dujarric

Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 4 April 2017

End of Mission Press Conference & Statement by UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples on her visit to Australia

Audio of Press Conference at UNIC Canberra by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on her visit to Australia (Pictured)

End of Mission Press Release

To access her statement please click Preliminary Findings

UNIC Canberra End of Mission  Interview

Background of Visit

The human rights situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia has been examined by the UN Special Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who has visited the country from 20 March to 3 April.

Press Conference – UN Expert on the rights of Indigenous peoples – to share the Special Rapporteur’s preliminary findings on Australia

When:  Monday 3 April at 11.30 am

Where: UN Information Center, Level 1, 7 National Circuit, Barton, ACT 2600 Australia.

Please let me know should you wish to line up any one on one interviews after the press conference or in the afternoon.

Please note you can watch on Periscope @UNICCanberra
Background

The human rights situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia has been examined by the UN Special Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who has visited the country from 20 March to 3 April.

UN Free & Equal: The Lesson

Every day, lesbian, gay, bi, trans (LGBT) and intersex kids – and other children seen as defying gender stereotypes – are bullied at school, at home and in their community. Bullying can take many forms –from taunting and name-calling to brutal violence.

Children who experience this kind of abuse have a higher risk of anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, self-harm, depression and suicide. They are also more likely to skip or drop out of school.

The United Nations is calling on everyone – from parents and teachers to Governments – to protect these children’s fundamental right to live free from violence and discrimination. Your actions matter!

MESSAGE ON WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

2 April 2017

On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences. Let us also renew our promise, engraved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to leave no one behind and ensure that all people can contribute as active members to peaceful and prosperous societies.

As the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities points out, legal capacity and equal recognition before the law are inherent rights that persons with autism enjoy on an equal basis with other members of our societies.

In the exercise of those rights and their freedom to make their own choices, let us ensure that we make available the necessary accommodations and support to persons with autism. With access to the support they need and choose, they will be empowered to face the key milestones in every person’s life, such as deciding where and with whom to live, whether to get married and establish a family, what type of work to pursue, and how to manage their personal finances.

When they enjoy equal opportunity for self-determination and autonomy, persons with autism will be empowered to make an even stronger positive impact on our shared future.

Remembering Slavery: Recognition, Justice and Development – Exhibit opening and seminar

Sydney, 27 March 2017

Emotions were running high as Aminata Conteh-Biger, CEO of the Aminata Maternal Foundation and the keynote speaker, recounted her abduction by rebels in Sierra Leone and her subsequent time as a sex slave to one of the combatants.

Eventually released, and then resettled in Australia by UNHCR, she told how she has been able to give back to her home country through her maternal care foundation. It was inspiring to all to hear from someone whose life exemplifies the significant contributions made to society by the African diaspora and peoples of African descent, recognition of which was the theme of the International Day.