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United Nations Secretary-General Official Visit to the Pacific

Secretary-General’s remarks to Māori and Pasifika youth at event hosted by James Shaw, New Zealand Minister for Climate Change Auckland, 13 May 2019

Dear friends, it is an enormous pleasure to be here with some of the members of Generation Zero representing the very important leadership that youth around the world is providing to make sure that we are able to reach our central objective: not to have more than 1.5 degrees of increasing temperature at the end of the century.

The international community , and especially the scientific community, has been very clear that to reach this goal we absolutely need to have carbon neutrality by 2050. I’m extremely grateful to the leadership of New Zealand in this regard and extremely grateful to the leadership to the youth in New Zealand in this regard.

I’m confident that youth around the world will be able to convey to their governments a very clear message which is the message that I would like to convey here from the Pacific.

First, shift taxes from salaries to carbon. We must tax pollution not people.

Second stop subsidies to fossil fuels. Taxpayers’ money should not be used to boost hurricanes, to spread drought and heat waves, to bleach corals or to melt glaciers.

Finally, stop the construction of new coal plants by 2020. We want a green economy not a grey economy in the world.

It is very important that around the world young people, civil society and those that in the business community have understood that the green economy is the economy of the future and the grey economy has no future, it’s very important that you convince governments that they must act because there’s still a lot of resistance.

I went to Katowice not one, but three times, and I felt that resistance. Governments are still afraid to move forward. They feel the costs of climate action forgetting that the costs of inaction are much bigger than any costs of climate action. It’s very good to see – as we know, that nature does not negotiate – it’s very good to see youth in the frontline and I’m delighted to be with you here today and to learn from you, what you want us to do.

Thank you very much for your presence and it’s very important that your own government recognizes you’re a very important influence in what has been the exemplary New Zealand leadership in this regard.

 

Youth Realizing The Sustainable Development Goals

Almost half the world’s population is under 30 years old but youth represent less than 2 percent of all lawmakers. Young people are twice as networked as others and can use their potential to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. Today’s young people are raising their voices for equality, empowerment and the opportunities they need to help create a better future for all.

Briefing to Auckland University of Technology students on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Students of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) met with UNIC Canberra Director Christopher Woodthorpe to discuss the SDGs.

The students were enrolled in a range of diverse studies at the university, such as marine biology research, linking science and traditional knowledge for communities to promote conservation efforts, and advocacy for diversity and social justice in communities.

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Young People and their Future is the focus of Six Degrees Cafe @ Black Mountain School

Young People and their Future is the focus of Six Degrees Cafe @ Black Mountain School

Canberra has a great cafe that is preparing students with disabilities for life after school it is called Black Mountain School’s ‘Six Degrees’ cafe. We were lucky enough to buy a coffee. Thanks to everyone at the Cafe, teachers and students alike, including Hayden for allowing us to film and photograph you all working so hard.

Posted by UNIC Canberra on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Canberra has a great cafe that is preparing students with disabilities for life after school it is called Black Mountain School’s ‘Six Degrees’ cafe. We worked with the students and the school
to tell the story of a programme that believes in equal opportunity for all.

To learn about the UN’s Support for People With Disabilities please to to the website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This story is also part of our video series on “Locals Implementing the SDGS

 

Celebrating Mother Earth Day 22 April

Leading up to International Mother Earth Day on the 22 April we joined the Bush and Waterbug Detectives School Holiday Programme at Jerrabomberra Wetlands Canberra.

Education is vital for a healthy planet.

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

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Young Australians Talk About The Sustainable Development Goals

High School Students from across Australia took part in a Plan for the Planet programme at the Australian National University in Canberra.

We took our camera along and worked with the students to make this short video. The students spoke about which Sustainable Development Goal was important to them and why – they also had fun filming and interviewing each other in the process.

The UNIC/Canberra Institute of Technology Photography Competition

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

The Need to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Papua New Guinea

How are people’s lives linked to the Sustainable Development Goals? This film tells the stories of three families in the Coastal, Highlands and Central regions of Papua New Guinea. It documents the challenges they face in their daily lives, how they are over coming these and their aspirations for the future.

Film created by UN Office PNG

UNICEF PACIFIC WELCOMES SHELDON YETT AS NEW REPRESENTATIVE, AND BIDS FAREWELL TO DR KAREN ALLEN

Image 2 Outgoing UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr Karen Allen with newly apointed Representative Mr Sheldon Yett

(L-R): Outgoing UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr Karen Allen with newly appointed Representative Mr Sheldon Yett in Suva. (Photo credit: UNICEF Pacific/2016/Hing)

SUVA, FIJI. 26 August 2016 UNICEF is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr. Sheldon Yett as the new UNICEF Pacific Representative, replacing Dr. Karen Allen.

Mr. Yett, is the new accredited Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund to the Pacific island countries of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Mr. Yett presented his credentials this morning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Ravindran Nair. In the coming months, Mr. Yett will be travelling to other countries in the Pacific region to present his credentials and meet staff and partners.

Briefing Note: Office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva

Australia

We are shocked by the video footage that has emerged from Don Dale youth detention centre in the Northern Territory in Australia, showing children as young as 10, many of whom are Aboriginal children, being held in inhumane conditions and treated cruelly. Some children were held in isolation for extended periods, sometimes for several weeks, in hot and dark cells with no access to fresh air or running water. In one incident, six children were tear-gassed by prison guards. The videos, from 2014, show another child hooded and strapped to a chair for several hours. Others are shown being repeatedly assaulted and stripped naked. According to the children’s testimony, these abuses took place over several years. Most of the children who were held at the detention facility are deeply traumatized. The treatment these children have been subjected to could amount to a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, to which Australia is a party.

Article 37 of the CRC stipulates that “every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age.”

The announcement by the Government of an investigation into youth detention in the Northern Territory is an important step. We encourage the Government to extend the scope of the investigation beyond the Northern Territory in order to establish that such appalling treatment is not taking place in any other place of detention in Australia. We call on the authorities to identify those who committed abuses against the children and to hold them responsible for such acts. The children who were abused at Don Dale should receive psychosocial rehabilitation to overcome the trauma they have suffered. Compensation should also be provided.

We also call on Australia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. This important instrument focuses on the prevention of torture. Under the Protocol, Australia would establish a National Preventive Mechanism which conducts regular visits to all places of detention in the country. Events at Don Dale clearly show the immediate need to establish such a system of regular visits to ensure that what happened at Don Dale never happens again in Australia.

29 July

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For more information and media requests, please contact please contact Rupert Colville (+41 22 917 9767 / rcolville@ohchr.org) or Ravina Shamdasani (+41 22 917 9169 / rshamdasani@ohchr.org )