Diana Rahman, OAM Chair, Canberra Multicultural Community Forum and President of Australian Muslim Voice speaks to UNIC Canberra about her 25 years of building bridges between the multicultural community and the broader community in Australia’s capital.
She reminds us that migration has been occurring for thousands of years and brings benefits to the host community and that culture is organic and always changing and that we must embrace migration as an asset rather than a challenge.
This interview is part of a series that UNIC is undertaking as part of the UN Global ‘Together, Respect Safety and Dignity For All’ campaign.
NEW YORK / GENEVA (19 September 2016) – In many countries, defenders of moral values are being outflanked by race-baiting bigots, who seek to gain power by wielding prejudice and deceit at the expense of the most vulnerable, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told Monday’s UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York.
Full text of speech:
Distinguished presidents, Secretary-General, Excellencies, This should not be a comfortable summit. While the leadership of the Secretary-General, and his fine report, should be acknowledged by all – as well as the admirable efforts by Ireland and Jordan to achieve political consensus – this summit cannot be reduced to speeches and feel-good interviews, a dash of self-congratulation and we move on.