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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.

UN’s Coming Together Campaign in Canberra – In the Lead Up to International Women’s Day

On March 1, in the lead up to International Women’s Day, the United Nations Information Centre Canberra, International Organization for Migration, the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum and the Canberra Multicultural Women Forum held a community event to promote the ‘Together, Safety and Dignity for All Initiative’ . It was also an opportunity to promote the recent establishment of the Canberra Multicultural Women’s Forum. The rest of the story is here also on our website.

UN’s Coming Together Campaign in Canberra – In the Lead Up to International Women’s Day

On March 1, in the lead up to International Women’s Day, the United Nations Information Centre Canberra, International Organization for Migration, the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum and the Canberra Multicultural Women Forum held a community event to promote the ‘Together, Safety and Dignity for All Initiative’ . It was also an opportunity to promote the recent establishment of the Canberra Multicultural Women’s Forum (the Women’s Forum).

Opening the event the Chair of the Women’s Forum, Ms Laura Aoun noted that many of the people in the audience were living proof that those from migrant and refugee backgrounds have enriched Canberra and Australia more broadly in ‘more ways than we realize’.

The Director of the UNIC Canberra, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, noted the similarities between the Women’s forum – which bases it work on equal participation of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds – and the UN’s Together Initiative – which seeks to promote the importance of such work. In closing he invited everyone to celebrate women, rejoice in diversity and to come together.

Chief of Mission for IOM, Mr Jo Appiah, in his speech said that “on International Women’s Day the International Organization for Migration (IOM) embraces the official United Nations theme, Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030, by honoring migrant women and girls and called for us all to take a moment to recognize not just their specific contributions but also their challenges”.

Inter-dispersed between speeches the over one hundred strong audience was privy to two fine performances – firstly by the local ACT Chinese Australian Association Ladies Dance Group followed by the pace of some very colorful Colombians.

The keynote speech of the night was given by Her Excellency the High Commissioner of Pakistan, Naela Chohan during which she said that “today there is a growing number of women in conflict situation compelled to become refugees and migrants. It is indeed among the most urgent humanitarian challenges of our times. Much of this displacement has neither been voluntary nor orderly. People particularly women and children have been fleeing from desperate conditions of conflict, war or poverty. These helpless women and children on the move, deserve compassion and humane treatment”.

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Peoples Celebrations in Canberra

palestine-day-2016On 1 December, in collaboration with the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, and the Council of Arab Ambassadors, UNIC Canberra held a reception at the Albert Hall in Canberra.

The celebration also featured traditional fashion show, a Palestinian cultural corner, and a photography exhibition looking at nearly seven decades of UNRWA delivering education services to Palestine refugee children in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank.

71st United Nations Day celebration in Canberra

img_0210webThis year the world celebrates the 71 Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945. Its theme was to highlight actions people can take to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

In Australia the occasion was marked in Canberra with a flag raising ceremony jointly organised by UNIC Canberra with the United Nations Association of Australia, together with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

COP21 launch event in Canberra

Director of UNIC Canberra Christopher Woodthorpe addressing the audience at COP21 launch event in Canberra On Monday 30 November UNIC Canberra, took part in the symbolic event to mark the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris organised to coincide with the ​start of the​ conference in Paris. Held at the French Embassy in Canberra, the event was co-Organised with a number of other Diplomatic Missions based in Australia. Continue reading

United Nations Day Flag Raising

Flag party taking the flag to be raised for UN Day 2015This year the world celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945. In Australia the occasion was marked in Canberra with a flag raising ceremony jointly organised by UNIC Canberra with the United Nations Association of Australia, and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day celebration in Canberra


Panellists and Speakers at World Humanitarian Day event in CanberraWorld Humanitarian Day, a day for celebrating the world’s humanitarians was celebrated at Parliament House in Canberra on the 19th of August with a focus on the stories behind the headlines. Ms. Melissa Parke, Co-Chair of the Australia-UN Parliamentary Group and Federal Member for Fremantle opened the proceedings and welcomed everyone Continue reading

United Nations Day 2013

IMG_0495UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.

To mark this year’s United Nations Day, UNIC Canberra, with the support of the ACT Government, held a flag raising ceremony in Canberra’s Albert Hall. Continue reading