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The United Nations Association of Australia Victorian Young Professionals is pleased to present our upcoming Global Goals Academy event on refugees and immigration.
What does it mean to be a refugee in Australia? This event will open up dialogue to recognise the positive contribution of migrants and refugees and promotes the notion that all human beings should be allowed to fulfill their potential in dignity, equality and a healthy environment.
We have a fantastic line-up of speakers who will join in a panel discussion which will inspire attendees to examine the social responsibility of developed countries, particularly Australia, to support refugees.
Key speakers will include;
Emmanuel comes from a family of five children and spent the majority of his life in refugee camps in Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe before moving to Hobart at age 19. Despite having minimal formal education prior to his arrival in Tasmania, Emmanuel was a high achiever who received an ATAR of over 97 in year 12. He subsequently graduated with a double degree in Science and Commerce from Monash University. At present, Emmanuel is a Teach For Australia Associate who channels his passion and enthusiasm for maths and science to inspire young students at Melton Secondary College. He is an advocate for addressing educational disadvantage and enjoys dancing in his spare time. Emmanuel is also one of six first-time teachers recently featured in an observational documentary on SBS known as ‘Testing Teachers’. He will speak about his personal experiences growing up in refugee camps and the way this has shaped his desire to give back to the community by focusing his talents in the Australian education sector.
Hayley has worked for YSAS (Youth Support + Advocacy Service) for the past nine years, the past four years in the Emerging Communities project. The Emerging Communities Project (ECP) is an initiative aimed to engage and support at-risk African-born young people aged between 12 and 25 in the inner West region with complex social issues including homelessness, limited family and social supports, trauma, legal issues, financial hardship, substance use, mental health and community disengagement.
Girma has been in the community services for more than 15 years in various capacities, including case coordinator, project officer, and case manager. Currently, Girma is working with the Centre for Multicultural Youth as a Multicultural Youth Worker Reconnect program case manager providing support to newly arrived young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
Kerry Boland UNAAV Board Member (facilitator)
Kerry is currently a member of the Refugee Status Review Tribunal, Nauru and has worked as an international consultant with UN agencies in the field of human rights and protection. Kerry has a background in social policy, program evaluation, and capacity building. She worked for the Australian Red Cross and was a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal. She was appointed as a Senior Member of the Refugee Review Tribunal from 1996 to 2006. Since 2007 Kerry has worked in several countries for UNHCR including Sri Lanka and Turkey. She worked for UNICEF in Afghanistan where her focus was on strengthening the protection system for children in the provinces. She conducted an international study on Afghan children on the move to Europe, and children deported back to Afghanistan for UNICEF Afghanistan Country Office. Kerry was the founding member and vice president of the Refugee Council of Australia and a former board member of ACOSS, VCOSS and Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre based in Dandenong.
Don’t delay in purchasing your ticket so you don’t miss out on what promises to be an insightful event.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
The UNAA WA Division is hosting a seminar for the Community to learn about our global challenge to foster Life on Land (Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals): Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. Our three expert speakers will present and answer your questions on these topics and how they relate to us globally and locally.
- Pak Ade Padmo Sarwono. Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Perth: Indonesia Forest Policy to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
- Ms. Mary Gray, President Urban Bushland Council WA: Bush Forever in Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain
- Mr. Brett Kuhlmann, Chief Executive Officer South East Regional Centre of Urban Landcare (SERCUL): Role of education for the conservation and improvement of natural areas
Click here for the poster.
Click HERE for programme details and our confirmed speakers. If you would like to attend this conference, please register your details here.
Programme is subject to change. We’ll provide a final programme and more info about our speakers closer to the conference date.
Emanuel School, UN Youth Australia and the UN Association of Australia (NSW Division) present the documentary: TIME TO DRAW THE LINE.
Date: 29 June
Location: MILLIE PHILLIPS THEATRE, EMANUEL SCHOOL, 20 STANLEY STREET, RANDWICK, NSW
‘The world fell in love with East Timor when it was born as a new nation after 25 years of occupation. Australia’s peacekeeping force helped with its peaceful transition into nationhood. Now, over a decade later, the disturbing story of Australia’s relationship with this fledgling nation must be told. Australia has negotiated permanent, international maritime boundaries with every country in its region – except East Timor. Australia refuses to do so. Why?’
The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors, Mandy King and Fabio Cavadini, and associate producer Janelle Saffin.
Adults $15 | Concession $10
All proceeds are going to Emanuel’s sister school in Gildaepil and the Encouragement House in Maliana.
Tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/TimetoDrawtheLine
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/469115553442781/
Notification of UNAA NSW Annual General Meeting 2017
The Annual General Meeting of UNAA (NSW) will be held on Saturday 5th August 2017 at 1:00pm for 1:30pm commencement at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
We hope that you will be able to attend, to take part in the discussion of the activities and future programmes, and to engage in conversation with fellow members.
The business of the AGM will include presentation of the annual report and accounts; and the election of office holders and other executive committee members for the coming year. An outline agenda can be found here. Should members wish to table any topics for consideration at the AGM please email email@example.com no later than 1 July 2017. This year we welcome special Guest Speaker Patricia Garcia AO, National SDG Program Manager. Patricia will be presenting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals giving members a unique opportunity to learn more about this important National initiative.
Nominations for 2017/2018 are required for the Executive Committee (EC) roles. If you would like to join the EC further details can be found here. Please note all nominees need to be current financial members of UNAA NSW. If you wish to nominate yourself for a role on the Executive Committee please complete the Nomination Form and provide supporting information where required. Nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 20 July 2017.
If you are unable to attend and wish to appoint a proxy, please complete and return the Appointment of Proxy Form before 2 August 2017.
Refreshments will be provided and we hope that you will be able to join us and show your continued support for UNAA NSW. Please note that visitors are very welcome although non-members will not be eligible to vote at the AGM.
If you have any queries, please contact Alex Maron or Dr Patricia Jenkings via email email@example.com.
5.30-7pm – Collaboration with Red Cross (SDG 1,2,4 and 11)
For members of ERG.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs are now taking expressions of interest for attendance at the 70th anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping Commemoration and Dedication on Thursday 14 September on Anzac Parade. To register your attendance please click here’
Details of this event will be available soon.
UNAAA NSW UN Day 2017: Cenotaph Ceremony (SDG 17)
For members of ERG.
Briefing session – Mech School of Arts – 1pm to 4 pm – by donation (SDG 4,5 and 10)