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Nuclear Testing Has “Disastrous Consequences” For People And Planet

Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said he hoped the day would “inspire countries to take concrete measures that will allow us to finally reach our objective of a world free from the dangers of nuclear testing”, noting at the meeting marking the occasion that there needed to be an “unmistakable message…that our work is not yet done”. More

 

Focus on Equity, Sustainability, the Environment and Climate Change in Pacific Urban Environments

 

 Subject: Save the Date – 5th Pacific Urban Forum

Date: 1 – 3 July, 2019
Place: Nadi, Republic of Fiji
Venue: Tanoa International Hotel
Address: Votualevu Road, Namaka, Nadi

The Pacific Urban Forum is an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform for policy dialogue towards a sustainable urban future for the Pacific region.

Following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and a renewed recognition of the many opportunities and challenges for the Pacific, the Fifth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF5) aims to develop action plans, provide recommendations for urbanization strategies and elicit voluntary commitments from different stakeholders. PUF5 aims to successfully anchor and implement the Pacific New Urban Agenda.

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Secretary-General’s Address to Fijian Parliament


Suva, 16 May 2019

Your Excellency, Honourable Speaker Mr. Nailatikau, Your Excellency, Honourable Prime Minister Bainimarama, Distinguished Ministers and Members of Parliament, I am delighted to be here today. It is a great honour to address the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji.

I was in parliament for 26 years of my life. Six and a half of them as Prime Minister.

Being in the Parliament of Fiji I feel twice at home. At home because I’m in Fiji and at home because I’m in the Parliament.

Bula Vinaka, good afternoon, and thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality.

Fiji is a country of extraordinary beauty, with a unique connection to the ocean and the sky.

Your strong traditions of community and social responsibility, and your symbiotic relationship with your surroundings, make you natural global leaders on climate and the environment.

From your chairmanship of COP23, the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, to your co-hosting of the UN’s first-ever conference on the Ocean, to the work of my Special Envoy, Peter Thomson, Fijians have been at the forefront of international action and advocacy on climate and the sea.

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International Womens Day

 

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, UN Video is pleased to send you a video message from the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. The video features the Secretary-General; Ms Amina J. Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General; Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women; Ms María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the President of the General Assembly; and Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, the Secretary-General’s Youth Envoy.

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) this year, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

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#WomensDay
Use #WomensDay on social media to stand with the groundbreakers who are building a gender-equal future, and be part of the change. Check out our social media package with stereotype-defying visuals, GIFs and inspirational quotes from women innovators here.

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Halt Death Sentences On Children, UN rights Expert Urge Saudi Authorities

Saudi Arabia has been urged by United Nations human rights experts to immediately halt the execution of six people sentenced to death for crimes allegedly committed when they were under the age of 18.

The experts warned that carrying out the sentences could amount to “arbitrary executions.”

The six who face imminent execution, were sentenced for charges that the experts said criminalize fundamental human rights, including the freedom of assembly and expression.
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The IPCC Will Release An Important Report–The IPCC Special Report Global Warming of 1.5 ºC – On Monday, 8 October in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

The report comes soon after the UN Secretary-General raised the alarm about the urgent need for greater climate ambition and action in a speech on 10 September.

It is an assessment of more than 30,000 scientific publications.

There is no draft of the report to share beforehand, as it is subject to approval by the Panel, which is comprised of Member States.

The IPCC will present the Summary for Policymakers of the report at a press conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea on Monday 8 October at 10 a.m. local time.

It will be possible to follow this press conference (and for the media to submit questions) remotely, without being in Incheon in person, as it will be live-streamed see this link (https://www.ipcc.ch/ ).

(For example 10 a.m. in Incheon is 13:00 in Suva, 12:00 in Sydney, 10:00 in Tokyo, 09:00 in Beijing, 06:30 in New Delhi, 03:00 in Johannesburg, Paris and Brussels, 02:00 in London, 22:00 (Sunday 7 October) in São Paulo, and 21:00 (Sunday 7 October) in New York.)

There is also an advisory listing experts available for interview on 8 October and explaining the process for requesting interviews. The link is here:
http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/ma-sr15-authors.shtml

WMO has shared a brief providing the context and explanation of key concepts for policymakers, media and others about the Special Report on 1.5°C. This brief, produced prior to the release of the report, does not contain results from the report itself.

The brief can be downloaded at
https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=20660#.W7SVxRMzYdU

The IPCC website is https://www.ipcc.ch/

Background: Governments adopted the Paris Agreement in December 2015, setting a target of holding global warming well below 2 ºC above pre-industrial levels while pursuing efforts to keep it below 1.5 ºC. This goal will be achieved by actions set by each government for themselves, known as Nationally Determined Contributions. The Paris Agreement includes regular reviews to see whether the target remains appropriate and whether the Nationally Determined Contributions and their implementation are on track to deliver it. An initial review takes place at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, this December, known as the Talanoa Dialogue.

At the time the Paris Agreement was adopted, relatively little was known about the risks that could be avoided in a world where the rise of temperature was limited to 1.5 ºC compared with a 2ºC warmer world, or about the pathway of greenhouse gas emissions compatible with limiting global warming to 1.5 ºC. As a result, governments asked IPCC to prepare a report on warming of 1.5 ºC to be delivered in 2018. The IPCC will consider this report in Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 1-5 October.

For more information, contact Dan Shepard, shepard@un.org ( NY Based)
The UN Secretary-General is expected to release a statement after the Report is released.

Marking World Space Week, UN Stresses Power Of Space To ‘Unite The World’

“Space Unites the World,” the theme for World Space Week (WSW) 2018 is inspired by UNISPACE+50 – a UN conference in June this year – that brought together leaders in exploration, and experts on space applications from all over the globe.

In addition to promoting cooperation between space-faring and emerging space nations, UNISPACE+50 saw Member Sates pledge their collective efforts to enhance the ways space science is used for sustainable development. More.

Together in Bega

This week UNIC Canberra and the Cooma Multicultural Centre implemented the second phase of the UN Together Story Telling and media skills workshop, this time held in Bega, New South Wales.

Women from the Bega community joined with us in highlighting  many delightful and heartfelt stories which described individual  and communal efforts full of courage and determination.

The workshop was part of the overall global UN  Together Campaign which promotes respect safety and dignity for refugees and migrants.

“Our duty to the people we serve is to work together to move from fear of each other to trust in each other. Diversity in all its forms is an asset, not a threat.”

António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations