Author Archives: Julia Dean

The 2010-2020 UN News Decade in Review, part three

The final part of our look back over the past decade takes in the launch of the 2030 Agenda, the UN’s blueprint for a better future for all; the humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis; the successful end to the mandate of the UN Liberia Mission; and fresh momentum in the fight against the climate crisis, despite disappointment over the COP25 climate conference in Madrid. More

 

The 2010-2020 UN News Decade in Review, part two

With the 2020s now in full view, welcome to the second in our three-part series looking back at some of the major UN-related stories of the past decade.

In part two, we take in the years 2014 to 2016, which saw the worst outbreak of Ebola ever recorded; new hope that the climate crisis could be tackled by world leaders, through the historic Paris climate agreement; and the launch of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, a plan of action for people, the planet and prosperity. More

 

New Citizenship Law in India “Fundamentally Discriminatory”: UN Human Rights Office

A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being “fundamentally discriminatory in nature.”

The amendment to the Citizenship Act gives priority to Hindus, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians resident in India before 2014, but excludes Muslims, including minority sects. More

International Migrants Day

Migrants are integral members of society, contributing to mutual understanding and sustainable development in communities of both origin and destination. Safe, orderly and regular migration is in the interest of all. And national priorities on migration are best achieved through international cooperation.

All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights. These principles are enshrined in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Yet, we often hear narratives around migrants that are harmful and false. And we often witness migrants facing unspeakable hardship as a result of policies shaped more by fear than by fact. On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all.

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY
18 December 2019

Migrants are integral members of society, contributing to mutual understanding and sustainable development in communities of both origin and destination.

Safe, orderly and regular migration is in the interest of all. And national priorities on migration are best achieved through international cooperation.

All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights.

These principles are enshrined in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Yet, we often hear narratives around migrants that are harmful and false.

And we often witness migrants facing unspeakable hardship as a result of policies shaped more by fear than by fact.

On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all.

“Disappointing” Results From The Climate Change Conference

Secretary-General’s statement on the results of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25

I am disappointed with the results of COP25.

The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis.

We must not give up and I will not give up.

I’m more determined than ever to work for 2020 to be the year in which all countries commit to do what science tells us is necessary to reach carbon neutrality in 2050 and a no more than 1.5-degree temperature rise.

15 December

Dire Need For Medical System and Social Infrastructure to Support Immunisation and Preventative HealthCare

USD 10.7 million response and recovery appeal launched.

Last week the Government of Samoa mandated the United Nations to assist the development of a national appeal in response to the rapidly spreading epidemic

Prior and since the start of the outbreak, the UN has been supporting the Government through its Ministry of Health in providing technical health support in vaccination and medical supplies.

The UN is also supporting the community response campaign led by the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health to better inform the communities about vaccination, hygiene, caring for measles patients and preventing measles infection. Equally important are messages on reproductive health – as well as options for women of reproductive age receiving vaccinations and psychosocial first aid initiatives to help families that are dealing with the loss of a loved one due to measles. More

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UN team aids Samoa response to deadly measles epidemic : audio interview with Simona Marinescu, the UN Resident Coordinator in Samoa who discusses the developments and plans for long-term recovery with Julia Dean from the UN Information Centre in Canberra, Samoa, 6 December.

Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record – More Climate Action Needed

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which released its provisional statement on the State of the Global Climate on Tuesday.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing”, said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

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Signals Of Hope Multiplying In Face Of Global Climate Crisis Insists UN Chief Guterres

The UN Secretary-General has outlined the “increased ambition and commitment” that the world needs from governments during the coming days of the COP25 UN climate change conference which opens in Madrid on Monday, calling for “accountability, responsibility and leadership” to end the global climate crisis. More:

 

International Day Of Solidarity With the Palestinian People

The United Nations has underlined its unwavering commitment to the Palestinian people in their ongoing struggle to achieve self-determination, independence and sovereignty.

Senior officials joined ambassadors and other representatives from the international community in New York on Wednesday to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, officially observed each year on 29 November.

Established in 1977, it marks the day in 1947 when the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning Palestine into an Arab State and a Jewish State. More