Month: October 2015

United Nations at 70

On 24 October 2015, celebrations took place around the world to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The day marked the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, […]

Climate Change Today

Weather anomalies, El Niño, drought, mass coral bleaching and the worst hurricane on record are symptomatic of the effects of climate change upon our warming planet. With the Climate Change Summit in Paris quickly approaching, the world is anticipating that a binding agreement will be reached to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Last […]

Over 1100 Sydney-siders gathered inside Australia’s largest cathedral last month to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace with an interfaith service. This service, held at St Mary’s, was closely followed by a free pop-up classical concert with Ambre Hammond at Martin Place the following Monday. The 2015 United Nations Association of Australia Peace […]

One But Many – Interview with Wayne Quilliam

We live in a perplexing time. Perhaps there is none other who recognises that better than Associate Professor Wayne Quilliam, 2009/10 NAIDOC Artist of the Year. But that has only increased his motivation to broadcast the voices of the Aboriginal Nation. In an age of ‘mansplaining’ – or, the display of overconfident and (often) confused […]

Issues Facing the Refugee Crisis in Syria

According to the Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, it is time that the international community stopped neglecting their humanitarian duty, put their political ideologies to the side to protect Syrians from violence. “The international community cannot pretend to be blind to the cycle it has allowed to […]