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Tonga hosts UN regional meeting to review programme of action for small islands in the Pacific

Nuku’alofa, 19 June 2018 – Officials from small island developing States in the Pacific region are meeting in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa to review progress in implementing the SAMOA Pathway*; the dedicated programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS).

In declaring the meeting open this morning, the Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, said “We are gathered here in Tonga at a critical juncture in terms of our common interests in the sustainable development of our islands. As we approach the 5th year since the world came together in Samoa in 2014 and endorsed the SAMOA Pathway, it is critical that we recall the mandate of the Conference . . . especially in light of related international and regional processes that have come to be, after the fact.”

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Memorial Event To Mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers

For the first time, International Day of UN Peacekeepers was celebrated in Canberra at the new Peacekeepers Memorial on Anzac Parade. The service was held to mark the Day and specifically to honour the members of the various Australian police forces that had lost their lives while serving with the United Nations.

In delivering the Secretary-General’s message, on this the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping, the UNIC Director, acknowledged the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives, and the more than 3,700 blue helmets who paid the ultimate price.

Noting that United Nations peacekeeping is a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity he urged that each one of us commit to do all we can to enable that mission to succeed.

UN4U and Sustainable Development Goal Presentations at Narrabundah College

The UNIC Director visited Narrabundah College to meet with two classes of students studying international politics. The sessions included a presentation on the structure and work of the United Nations as well as a focus on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

The interactive sessions generated a wide range of questions from students, with many interested in the roles of countries at the UN, the functioning of the Security Council and the scope of the General Assembly’s work.

The students were also introduced to the SDGs and how they could individually contribute to reaching the Goals.

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Pacific Small Island Developing States Preparatory Meeting for the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway

WHAT: The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga is hosting the Pacific small island developing States preparatory meeting for the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway from 19-21 June 2018.

The meeting is jointly organised by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Development Programme.

The SAMOA Pathway is the dedicated 10-year programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS) adopted at the Third International Conference on SIDS held in Apia, Samoa in 2014. Discussions at the upcoming Pacific regional meeting will contribute to ongoing dialogue on implementing the SAMOA Pathway as well as on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals. Regional meetings are taking place in 2018 followed by the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway in 2019.

WHERE: Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Terminal and Wharf Facility, Nuku’alofa

WHEN: 19-21 June 2018

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Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the ‘CRPD’

The employment rate for women with disabilities is 30% lower than for men with disabilities! Women with disabilities face a double discrimination.

This has to end if we are to truly leave no one behind!  The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities  promotes & protects the rights of persons with disabilities.

Countries meet at the UN disability conference this week.
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We Must Tackle The Root Causes Of Child Labour

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder highlighted the importance of addressing the root causes of child labour, including in unpaid family work in agriculture. He spoke at a panel on child labour held on the sidelines of the International Labour Conference.

Ryder pointed out that some 152 million children aged 5 to 17 are in child labour worldwide. Between 2012 and 2016, there was “almost no reduction in the number of children aged 5 to 11 in child labour, and the number of these most vulnerable, youngest children in hazardous work actually increased.” More

United Nations Works With Airline Industry to Stop Human Trafficking

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is  working hard with partners to stop human trafficking. Named the Global “Blue Heart Campaign” it was recently promoted in Sydney at the International Air Transport Association conference at which the UNODC told the association members they are looking to transportation companies for their help in the fight against human trafficking.

Hear more from Mr Felipe De La Torre from UNODC in this interview.

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