UNIC Canberra hosted a briefing by Björn Andersson, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, and his colleague, Bruce Campbell, Director and Representative of the UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office, on the important work their agency is undertaking in the region.
UNIC Canberra then facilitated a media training session – the main element of which was teaching the women media skills in order for them to interview each other about their experiences of coming to Australia as migrants and of rural living.
This visit was part of a broader rural campaign that UNIC Canberra and IOM have undertaken which has included visits to
Goulburn and Queanbeyan Multicultural
Centres. Numerous people have been very generous with both their stories and their time. UNIC Canberra’s videos from
these visits and other projects for the Together Campaign can be found here. And Audio stores here.
To describe the similarities of the lived experiences of the people we have met would be to highlight the spirit of courage, generosity and determination.
The two sessions by the UNIC Director, gave an introduction to the United Nations and the activities of the Organization in the region, before moving in more depth to look at the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To demonstrate the interconnectivity of the Goals, students were handed cards with individual Goals and then asked to find other students with Goals that were related. With a focus of the gender Goal 5, nearly all the students were quickly standing up and connecting with other students. The sessions ended with a call to action from the students as they were shown some of the many ways they could contribute to a more sustainable world where no one is left behind. For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals.
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was marked in Canberra by the event, “Ending Slavery: Forum on combating slavery today”. The forum, organized by UNIC Canberra in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C), was also a partnership with the civil society organizations, STOP THE TRAFFIK and Anti-Slavery Australia.
The forty-minute presentation explained the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals and how each goal is interrelated though it each has its own targets to achieve.
Subsequent to the presentation, there was a wide range of questions from the engaged students touching on UN issues such as the status of Palestine, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Migration and what the Australian Government is doing for the Sustainable Development Goals.
At the end of the class, a group of students inspired by the presentation decided to display a SDG poster and SDG goals in the classroom and along the school hallways to spread awareness throughout the college.
The United Nations Information Centre Canberra, the International Organization for Migration and the Goulburn Multicultural Centre came together on Friday, 9 March to celebrate International Women’s Day which consisted of a Zumba class, presentations followed by a light lunch and refreshments.
IOM opened the presentations with a short video and explanation on International Women’s Day and the Together Campaign.
The theme this year was “Time Is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives” which was a perfect fit for Canberra based Multicultural Community Activist Ms Diana Abdel-Rahman OAM, the keynote speaker whose address was appreciated by the many rural migrant women of Goulburn attending.
The presentation described the importance of the SDGs and the impact they have on everyday life. With International Women’s Day a week away, the presentation focused Goal 5: Gender Equality to help explain how the Goals worked.
To demonstrate how they are all interconnected, the audience were asked to hold up a card for a specific goal that had been placed on their seat, and then to connect with someone who had a goal that was linked to theirs. There was a lively Q&A session after the presentation, with a variety of questions ranging from climate change and abolishing plastics, to reducing weapons and upholding peace.
Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals
Wednesday 26 July, Canberra. UNIC Canberra had the privilege of organising the official launch of the joint UNIC/CIT Photography competition, a program which is also supported by CIT, the CSIRO, the National Gallery of Australia and the Guardian Australia Newspaper.
This is the eighth year of the Competition and we were pleased to see the contenders’ enthusiasm only growing as the years go on.
This year’s theme is the Together Campaign, a global initiative that aims to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants, and to strengthen the social bond between host countries and communities, and refugees and migrants. It encourages refugees and migrants, and the communities that have benefited from their inclusion to share their stories, and to use their voices to make the world a better place.
Photo ( L-R) Ms Fiona Dace-Lynn, CIT, Ms Lydia Downe, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, UNIC Canberra, Mr Julian Stevenson, CIT
On 18 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre and the South African High Commission joined together to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day and devote 67 minutes of community service to the Baptist Aged Care Facility in Red Hill, Canberra.
The event was opened by UNIC Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe, who explained the significance of the 67 minutes – one minute for every year of Mr Mandela’s public service. This was followed by the reading of a message from the UN Secretary-General and then a film about the life of Nelson Mandela.
Mr Christopher Woodthorpe (left), High Commissioner Ms Beryl Sisulu (centre), with colleagues from the South African High Commission
We worked with the Queanbeyan Multicultural/Multilingual Centre and their wonderful english students – you know who you are – you are in the film!!!
This project was about the students in their english lessons writing about themselves and we filmed them as part of the UN’s Global #Together Campaign which brings us all together in respect and friendship. Thank you so much to everyone for working with us and congratulations.
For more about the #Together Campaign please go to: https://together.un.org/