Despite serious military setbacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) may still have around 20,000 fighters and is continuing its dangerous transformation into a covert global network, while focusing on the activities of its regional offshoots, the United Nations Security Council was told.
These were among the key findings in a new United Nations report into the threats posed by ISIL presented to the UN Security Council on Thursday by senior UN counter-terrorism officials.
As the world’s problems grow, multilateralism represents to best path to meet the challenges that lie ahead, said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, launching his annual report.
The Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization for 2018, also tracks the progress made over the last year in maintaining peace and security, protecting human rights, and promoting sustainable development.
“I started my tenure calling for 2017 to be a year of peace, yet peace remains elusive,” said the UN chief in the report’s introduction, noting that since January last year “conflicts have deepened, with grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law; inequality has risen, intolerance has spread, discrimination against women remains entrenched and the impacts of climate change continue to accelerate.” More
Students’ desire to work in the international field is as strong as ever if the crowds at the International Relations careers fair were anything to go by.
Despite it being the first day back after Winter recess, over 250 students packed the auditorium to hear about international career opportunities at the United Nations, UNHCR, as well as NGOs and government departments. While the session was a quick-fire presentation by each organization, students then had the opportunity to follow up on their many questions at the various career stalls set up outside the auditorium.
While it was hard to move and handouts disappeared, students were able to ask firsthand about what sorts of positions were available in the UN system and what their best paths were to attain them. As the Young Professional Programme (YPP) for entry recruitment into the UN was still open, many students had questions on how they could apply. This despite the fact that Australia was not on the list of countries to take the exam this year. It was inspiring to see so many students keen to make a difference in the world and to be part of a bigger purpose in service of humanity.
Merici College invited UNIC Canberra to come to talk about the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals.
As the visit was a day before World Environment Day, it provided a great opportunity to talk about one of the key issues impacting the world, and attainment of the Goals, plastic pollution.
Many of the 130 year ten girls that packed the library looked shocked when they heard some of the statistics as to how much pollution there is and especially the thought that there will be more plastic in our oceans by 2050 than fish.
While the students were interested to learn about the United Nations and the 2030 Agenda, it was the problem of plastics that most grabbed their attention, leading to all the students at the end of the presentation showing their support for taking action to stop plastics and create a better world for all.
For the first time, International Day of UN Peacekeepers was celebrated in Canberra at the new Peacekeepers Memorial on Anzac Parade. The service was held to mark the Day and specifically to honour the members of the various Australian police forces that had lost their lives while serving with the United Nations.
In delivering the Secretary-General’s message, on this the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping, the UNIC Director, acknowledged the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives, and the more than 3,700 blue helmets who paid the ultimate price.
Noting that United Nations peacekeeping is a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity he urged that each one of us commit to do all we can to enable that mission to succeed.
Growth in the world economy is surpassing expectations and global GDP is now expected to expand by more than three per cent this year and in 2019, reflecting strong growth in developed countries and broadly favourable investment conditions, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) More
At the UN system Chief Executives Board meeting in London,
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres led a special session on addressing
sexual harassment within the organizations of the United Nations system.
He reiterated that he was seriously concerned by all allegations of sexual
harassment at the United Nations and has made addressing this
issue a top priority.
Harassment of any kind offends the principles of what we stand for as an organization and undermines our core values and our work, he told the Chief Executives Board, composed of 31 Chief Executives of UN agencies, Funds and Programmes. He emphasized, once again, that sexual harassment has no place in the United Nations system and restated his personal commitment to uphold a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment.
United Nations Department of Public Information Syria Update.
The DPI Syria Update covers, among others:
• The joint appeal by the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization for peace and humanitarian access as the Syria conflict enters its eighth year;
• The UN’s concerns about the large displacement of civilians due to ongoing fighting in the northern city of Afrin; and
• Secretary-General António Guterres’ briefing to the Security Council on the situation in Eastern Ghouta.
The update, issued on a weekly basis, aims at providing an overview of the latest UN activities in response to the crisis, based on UN sources.
Relief supplies are starting to be distributed in earthquake affected areas of Papua New Guinea with water, food, shelter, medicine and the provision of health services identified as the priority needs.
“We are working closely with the Papua New Guinea government to coordinate the earthquake response to ensure that relief supplies and services meet people’s most pressing needs, and reach the communities that need them most ,” said UN Resident Coordinator, Gianluca Rampolla. More.