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Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by the Government of India


The Secretary-General warmly congratulates India for ratifying and formally joining the Paris Agreement today. India’s leadership builds on the continued strong political momentum from Paris for urgent global action on climate change.

India now joins the 61 other Parties that have deposited their instruments of ratification, which, including India, together account for close to 52 per cent of total global greenhouse emissions. India’s leadership moves the world an important step closer toward the 55 per cent threshold needed for the historic agreement’s entry into force this year.

The Secretary-General calls on all Parties to accelerate their domestic procedures in order to join the agreement as soon as possible this year. Action on climate change is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a more prosperous, equitable and liveable future for all people.

 2 October 2016


UN Committee to Review New Zealand’s Record on Children’s rights

GENEVA (7 September 2016) – Children’s rights in New Zealand will be reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 15 and 16 September in sessions that will be webcast live. New Zealand is one of the 196 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 independent experts.

In addition, members will examine New Zealand’s implementation of the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC).

Among the possible issues to be raised during the discussion between the Committee and a delegation from the New Zealand government are:

    • Recent creation of the Ministry for vulnerable children;
    • Continuing absence of a child rights impact assessment on budget allocations and other policy measures, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the allocation of social benefits;
    • Increased occurrence of child marriages, in particular among girls;
    • Persistent discrimination against Maori and Pasifika children in particular in accessing education and health services, living in poverty and sub-standard accommodation and being subjected to juvenile justice;
    • High levels of child abuse and neglect, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and measures to promote accountability and provide assistance to child victims;
    • Unsettling high levels of children living in poverty and in poor quality housing;
    • Use by Courts of Military Activity Camps as an alternative to juvenile detention;
    • Implementation of the Optional Protocol on Children and Armed Conflict.


Image 2 Outgoing UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr Karen Allen with newly apointed Representative Mr Sheldon Yett

(L-R): Outgoing UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr Karen Allen with newly appointed Representative Mr Sheldon Yett in Suva. (Photo credit: UNICEF Pacific/2016/Hing)

SUVA, FIJI. 26 August 2016 UNICEF is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr. Sheldon Yett as the new UNICEF Pacific Representative, replacing Dr. Karen Allen.

Mr. Yett, is the new accredited Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund to the Pacific island countries of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Mr. Yett presented his credentials this morning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Ravindran Nair. In the coming months, Mr. Yett will be travelling to other countries in the Pacific region to present his credentials and meet staff and partners.

Briefing Note On Nauru

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ravina Shamdasani

12 August, 2016
We are extremely concerned about the serious allegations of violence, sexual assault, degrading treatment and self-harm contained in more than 1,000 incident reports from offshore processing centres on Nauru, many of which reportedly involved children. Many of the migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in these centres were transferred by Australia to Nauru more than three years ago and have been living in very difficult conditions ever since. We have conducted regular visits to Nauru in recent years and many of the allegations contained in the documents are, sadly, consistent with the findings from these visits. We have regularly and persistently brought these to the attention of the governments of Nauru and of Australia. It is not clear to what extent the alleged incidents were properly investigated either by the companies contracted by Australia to run the regional processing centre or by the Nauru police force.

UN Hails Upcoming Development Forum in Jiwaka

Port Moresby, August 10, 2016 – UN is pleased to join development partners and Government representatives in Jiwaka Province for a Development Forum next week.

The 2-day forum, organized by Jiwaka Provincial Government, is an opportunity to share challenges faced by the province in its development and discuss opportunities for improvements.

Jiwaka Province, one of the new provinces in Papua New Guinea faces challenges in providing for the development needs of its people, including access to health services, education, and infrastructure. Despite these challenges the province, its people and Government have shown strong leadership in driving community-led projects to accelerate its development.

United Nations Secretary-General

2 July 2016

Cooperative endeavour is about empowerment, inclusion and sustainability. It is designed to uphold the principles of equality and democratic participation. It embodies the principle of the Sustainable Development Goals that no-one should be left behind.

Cooperatives play an important role in many societies. The United Nations estimates that one person in every six is either a member or a client of a cooperative. Worldwide, some 2.6 million cooperatives employ 12.6 million people. Their assets are worth about US$20 trillion and they generate about US$3 trillion in annual revenue.

Like the SDGs themselves, cooperatives are people-centred. Owned and run by their members, cooperatives are strongly committed to the communities they serve. Agricultural cooperatives help to improve the productivity of small producers by facilitating access to markets, credit, insurance and technology. Social cooperatives can provide an important safety net in the face of declining or minimal public welfare.

UN To Begin Pacific Strategy Consultations In Kiribati

Press Release
30 June 2016

United Nations Resident Coordinator for the Pacific, Osnat Lubrani heads to Kiribati for Pacific-hqdefaultwide national consultations to inform the development of the new United Nations Pacific Strategy. She will be accompanied by several United Nations (UN) Senior Officials.

Ms Lubrani said the consultations and development of the new Pacific Strategy will represent a new way of working for UN in the region.

“We are engaging with a wide array of stakeholders in each country and we encourage new, innovative ideas and approaches to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific.cq5dam.web.540.390

“The purpose of the consultations will be to identify where the resources of the UN – be that funding, technical expertise or other support – can be best utilised to help Pacific Island Countries achieve their own development objectives,” says Ms Lubrani.


Yoga: More than physical
By Christopher Woodthorpe, Director UNIC
21 June 2016

Canberra embraced the second International Day of Yoga with free Yoga lessons throughout
the city and a seminar reflecting on the topic “Yoga: More than Physical”. The event was opened IMG_6190webcroppedby the President of the Canberra chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin, Dr. Rakesh Malhotra who organized the evening in conjunction with UNIC Canberra.

In his address, the Indian High Commissioner, H.E. Navdeep Suri, spoke of how the initial resolution by the General Assembly to adopt the Day had received more sponsors than any prior resolution and that this gave a true picture of the global appreciation of the benefits of Yoga.

New tool helps to boost Government’s accountability

Timely reporting on public expenditure across PNG has improved by 41 %

Port Moresby, June 21, 2016 – Timely reporting on public expenditure across PNG has improved by 41% within the last 3 months, since PNG’s Department of Finance introduced a new monitoring and evaluation tool. Before the introduction, only 9 districts out 89 submitted reports on time, now the number increased to 37 districts.

The progress is significant to the Department of Finance, which faces serious backlogs in receiving financial reports from 600 government accounts it manages, with some districts delaying reports for over 50 months.

To improve its financial reporting and control functions, Department of Finance with UNDP support launched new management system that aims to boost efficiency, transparency and accountability.

UN children’s agency ‘alarmed’ at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean

4/Hundreds of refugees and migrants aboard a fishing boat are pictured moments before being rescued by the Italian Navy as part of their Mare Nostrum operation in June 2014. Among recent and highly visible consequences of conflicts around the world, and the suffering they have caused, has been a dramatic growth in the number of refugees seeking safety by undertaking dangerous sea journeys, including on the Mediterranean.  The Italian Coastguard / Massimo Sestini


30 May 2016 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.

In anticipation of a major summer upswing of child migrants using the dangerous crossing between Libya and Italy UNICEF will shortly begin an operation with the Italian Government and partners to provide protection support, the agency said yesterday in a press release.

The agency noted the vast majority of children using the crossing are unaccompanied adolescents and they have faced appalling abuses, exploitation and the possibility of death at every step of their journey.

“The stories which I have personally heard from children making this journey are horrifying. No child should face them. Their lives are in the hands of smugglers who care for nothing other than the money they exhort from them,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier UNICEF special coordinator for the European Refugee and Migrant Crisis.

An average of 1,000 unaccompanied children a month has arrived in Italy this year, but UNICEF expects this figure to spike in the coming months.

Under the Joint Declaration of Intent signed with the Italian Government, UNICEF will:

Monitor reception standards for refugee and migrant children, especially those who are unaccompanied, to ensure they are in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
Monitor the situation of refugee and migrant children in reception centers, particularly in the regions of Calabria, Campania and Sicily, in southern Italy; and
Monitor all actions aimed at the integration of migrant and refugee children into Italian society.