Managing Migration Is One Of The Most Urgent And Profound Tests Of International Cooperation In Our Time

“Migration is an expanding global reality” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres maintains in his report released today. “The time for debating the need for cooperation in this field is past”, and “managing it is one of the most urgent and profound tests of international cooperation of our time.”

Making Migration Work for All, the report released to the UN General Assembly on 11 January 2018, is the Secretary-General’s contribution to the process of developing a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The report offers the Secretary-General’s vision for constructive international cooperation, examining how to better manage migration, for the benefit of all – the migrants themselves, their host communities and their societies of origin.

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10 January 2018 – At a special summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, universities, led by De Montfort University (DMU), spotlighted ideas for practical ways they can use the skills, experience and voluntary power on their campuses to support those in need in their local areas.

“Migration has become a scary word in some parts of the world. Some people use it to evoke apocalyptic scenarios,” Maher Nasser, the Director of the Outreach Division in the UN Department of Public Information told the gathering, pointing out that when well-managed, migration brings wealth and opportunities, especially when it is an individual’s choice as opposed to a necessity.
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2017 Year in Review

The year 2017 marked a shift in leadership at the United Nations as Secretary-General António Guterres began his term at a time of heightened global challenges. The world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis unfolded in Myanmar while the threat of famine loomed over Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia. Resolved to forestall crises before they occur, Secretary-General Guterres launched a series of reforms aimed at advancing meditation and prevention. These build on past successes, including the proud legacy left by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closed its doors after reshaping the global approach to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. As the United Nations rises to the world’s collective security challenges, the voices of the people most affected resound with greater meaning for our common future.

UN World Economic Situation and Prospects Report

Boost in global economy offers opportunities to tackle deep rooted development issues
Policy imperatives include tackling inequality and delinking economic growth from environmental degradation

New York, 11 December – An upturn in the global economy—now growing by about 3 per cent—paves the way to reorient policy towards longer-term issues such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2018, launched overnight in New York.

“The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 demonstrates that current macroeconomic conditions offer policy-makers greater scope to address some of the deep-rooted issues that continue to hamper progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals,” stated UN Secretary-General António Guterres in the Foreword.


Human Rights Day – 1O December

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Human Rights Day 2017 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. You. Me. Everyone. In our daily lives, our schools and work, in our political and community life, all of us can uphold that fundamental truth and build a better global community for us all.”

Take action. #Standup4humanrights


Solomon Islands: Learning from the Bitter Past, Gizo Focuses on Tsunami Awareness

When the 2007 tsunami hit the Solomon Islands, people thought it was the end of the world. People were not aware of the risks and were not warned to evacuate.

Tsunami drills in schools ensure that the young generation has necessary knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe. New emergency doors and evacuation routes allow students to exit the school away from the ocean, and run uphill to the safety.

With support from the Government of Japan, UNDP is assisting schools in the Solomon Islands to assess tsunami risks, develop emergency evacuation plans and conduct safety drills.

Eight Energy Majors Pledge to Curb Methane Emissions

Some of the biggest players in the oil and gas industry have launched an initiative to reduce methane emissions from natural gas, a major contributor to climate change. ExxonMobil, BP, Eni, Repsol, Shell, Statoil, Total and Wintershall have committed to both reduce methane and to improve the monitoring of methane emissions to measure progress and increase transparency.


Briefing on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Treaty

UNIC Canberra joined with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as well as the Australian Red Cross to give a briefing on the current status of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons organized by the Austrian Embassy in Canberra.  As noted by the UNIC Director, the Treaty, which was adopted with the votes of 122 States, now has over 50 signatories and will come into force once it is ratified by that same number.

The Treaty, which can be seen as a historic development at the UN, is the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.  It has, he noted, filled and important legal gap, yet he urged, the political gap now needs to be filled.  Professor Richard Tanter of ICAN spoke of his organization’s work in moving the treaty to adoption and also the work that civil society had ahead of it to keep up the momentum of the Treaty, while Tara Gutman, from the Australian Red Cross, spoke of how humanitarian law had provided a framework for abolishing nuclear weapons and how her organization would be continuing to pursue this avenue to persuade more nations to join the Treaty.