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Australia joins Clean Seas and pledges to recycle or compost 70 per cent of all plastic packaging by 2025

Australia becomes the latest country to join the movement to turn the tide on plastic, as Melissa Price, the country’s minister of the Environment, announces that the country is joining the Clean Seas campaign.

The announcement came on Monday 29 October on the sidelines of the Our Ocean conference in Bali, Indonesia. Australia presented ambitious targets as part of its Clean Seas commitment. Among other things, the country is pledging that 100 per cent of Australia’s packaging will be reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025, 70 per cent will be recycled or composted by 2025, and that problematic and unnecessary single-use packing will be phased out through design, innovation or introduction of alternatives. More

UN Women’s Rights Experts Issue Findings On Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine, and Turkmenistan

GENEVA (23 July 2018) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has published its findings on the countries it examined during its session from 2 to 20 July in Geneva: Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine, and Turkmenistan.

The findings cover how the respective State is doing with regard to women’s rights, detailing positive developments, main areas of concern, and recommendations for action. The findings, officially known as concluding observations, can be found here.

The Committee will next meet from 22 October to 9 November 2018 in Geneva to review The Bahamas, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Nepal, the Republic of the Congo, Samoa, Tajikistan, and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. More information can be found here.

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UN Women’s Rights Committee To Review Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine and Turkmenistan

GENEVA (June 29, 2018) — The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from July 2-20 to review women’s rights in the following countries: Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine and Turkmenistan.

The above States have ratified or acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and are reviewed regularly by CEDAW on how they are implementing the Convention. The Committee will hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments and will be briefed by NGOs and national human rights institutions.

The Committee’s dialogues with the delegations will take place in Room XVI at the Palais des Nations in public meetings from 10:00-13:00 and from 15:00-17:00 CEST. The schedule of dialogues will be as follows:

Tuesday, July 3 10:00-13:00 Australia

15:00-17:00 Australia

Wednesday, July 4 10:00-13:00 Cyprus

15:00-17:00 Cyprus

Thursday, July 5 10:00-13:00 Liechtenstein

15:00-17:00 Liechtenstein

Friday, July 6 10:00-13:00 Mexico

15:00-17:00 Mexico

 

Tuesday, July 10 10:00-13:00 Turkmenistan

15:00-17:00 Turkmenistan

Wednesday, July 11 10:00-13:00 State of Palestine

15:00-17:00 State of Palestine

Thursday, July 12 10:00-13:00 New Zealand

15:00-17:00 New Zealand

Friday, July 13 10:00-13:00 Cook Islands

15:00-17:00 Cook Islands

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The Secretary-General

Remarks at Signing Ceremony
of a New Maritime Boundary Agreement
between Australia and Timor-Leste
New York, 6 March 2018
[as delivered]

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me, first of all, to say that this is a particularly important day for me. One of my most important motivations in my political career in the past was the self-determination of the people of East Timor. And it was with an enormous joy that I was present the day East Timor became an independent country. To see this ceremony is like the complement of that day, and to be here today is an enormous privilege and fills my heart with joy.

This ceremony demonstrates the strength of international law and the effectiveness of resolving disputes through peaceful means. A central element in the Charter of the United Nations, the peaceful settlement of disputes is also a cornerstone of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which both Australia and Timor-Leste are parties.

This event is historic as it marks the successful conclusion of the first-ever conciliation proceedings under Annex V to the Convention.

I congratulate both parties and the Conciliation Commission for their constructive engagement and relentless efforts to achieve an outcome that is agreeable to both States.

I also congratulate the Governments of the Commonwealth of Australia and Timor-Leste for the ground-breaking recourse to this conciliation mechanism. In doing so, you have furthered the vision of the drafters of the Convention to provide a flexible approach to the resolution of disputes.

I trust that your example will inspire other States to consider conciliation as a viable alternative for dispute settlement under the Convention.

The Agreement being signed today is a further contribution to establishing legal certainty in the world’s oceans, an essential condition for stable relations, peace and security, and the achievement of sustainable development.

By delimiting the maritime boundary between Australia and Timor-Leste in the Timor Sea, and by establishing a special regime for the area comprising the Greater Sunrise gas field, this Agreement puts Australia and Timor-Leste in a better position to exercise their respective rights and obligations under the Convention in an effective manner. It should also ensure that both States fully benefit from the sustainable exploitation of natural resources in the Timor Sea.

I again salute the vision and determination of Australia and Timor-Leste in making this Agreement possible. I hope that its successful implementation will inspire other States to follow in your footsteps.

Sincere congratulations and thank you very much.

United Nations Rewards Best Public Service Initiative Worldwide

Australia recognised for its innovative public service project to advance the Sustainable Development Goals

The Hague, 23 June – 12 Institutions from 11 countries were recognised by the United Nations on UN Public Service Day for their innovation and excellence in providing public services. The Day highlights the pivotal role of public services in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN Public Service Day is celebrated every year to recognise public service innovations and excellence that have led to more effective and inclusive public service delivery contributing to the achievement of the SDGs in countries worldwide.

The 2017 Public Service Awards winners were announced during the UN Public Service Forum “The Future is Now – Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030” held from 22 to23 June in The Hague, Netherland.

Rewarding a wide range of projects worldwide
The Awards ceremony featured various initiatives that are helping to improve people’s lives. In Argentina, an initiative has provided quality early childhood education to neighbourhoods in extreme needs. An initiative in Australia was recognised that promotes transparency and inclusiveness in use of public fund and resources. In Thailand, a project has provided quality care to elders. In Botswana, the effective waste management system has been implemented to improve communities.

One of the winners this year is from Australia. It is the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, for its initiative on Fund My Community. This initiative invites South Australian citizens to take part in a “community assessment,” review the applications and allocate funding to projects or services that they believe will have the biggest impact on areas related to the SDGs.

 

UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples announces follow-up visit to Australia

GENEVA (8 March 2017) – The human rights situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia is to be examined by the UN Special Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who will visit the country from 20 March to 3 April.

During her visit, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz will address a number of diverse issues including measures and policies adopted to reduce indigenous disadvantage, the administration of justice and detention conditions, land rights and native title, prevention of violence against women and the rate of children removed from their homes by officials.

End of mission statement by Dubravka Šimonović, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences

Canberra, 27 February 2017: The UN Special Rapporteur today  presented her statement at a press conference at our office following her visit throughout Australia from 13 to 27 February 2017.

Read here: End of mission statement by Dubravka Simonovic  (PDF)

Press Release 

Listen here: Interview with UNIC Canberra on Australian Visit ( Audio Only)

Violence against women: UN human rights expert launches official visit to Australia


GENEVA / CANBERRA (9 February 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Dubravka Šimonović will visit Australia from 13 to 27 February to assess the overall situation of violence against women, and gather first-hand information from a wide range of stakeholders, including women survivors of violence.

“Violence against women continues to be one of the most pervasive human rights violations globally, affecting every woman worldwide and Australia is no exception,” said the independent expert mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the situation of violence against women, its causes and consequences in every country.

Call for submissions: Country visit to Australia

simonovicSpecial Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms Dubravka šimonović is seeking information in preparation of her country visit to Australia scheduled to take place from 13 to 24 February 2017.

The Special Rapporteur will address violence against women broadly, focusing on both its causes and consequences.

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst Visit to Australia

img_6070The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Mr Michel Forst, undertook an official mission to Australia from the 4 to 18th of October.

UNIC Canberra assisted with logistical arrangements and also on the 18th of October organised a press conference for the Special Rapporteur to present his preliminary findings to the Australian media.

During the press conference he called on the Government of Australia to urgently dispel civil society’s growing concerns about the combined ‘chilling effect’ of its recent laws, policies and actions constraining the rights of human rights defenders and noted that he “was astonished to observe mounting evidence of a range of cumulative measures that have concurrently levied enormous pressure on Australian civil society.”

UNIC Canberra National Information Officer Julia Dean interviewed the Special Rapporteur for
UN Radio.