Month: May 2016

The United Nations endorses new disability charter

  The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit was held in Istanbul, Turkey this week, praised by the UN Chief for setting a ‘new course’ toward alleviating the suffering of millions. This Summit has introduced a charter that stands to dramatically benefit the lives of people living with disabilities, particularly during ties of emergency. Often left behind […]

Special UN consultative status granted to Australian community housing not-for-profit.

  In a first for an Australian community housing organisation, Compass Housing has been granted special consultative status as part of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. Compass Housing is one of Australia’s largest community housing providers, with over 4400 properties managed across New South Wales and Queensland, a recently established presence in New Zealand, and plans […]

UN Peacekeeping: Successes and Challenges

Matthew Kronborg –   The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, May 29, is a dedicated annual observance occasion to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations. It respects their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and honours the memory of […]

Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution

This week the United Nations opened the two-week long Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Running until the 20th May, the theme for the 15th session is ‘Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution’. The theme of this year will look specifically to the issues that continue to arise regarding territories and resources and the ongoing need […]

Commentary: The independent journalist and why we must keep them safe

Matthew Kronborg –   The pursuit of truth is an important and noble task, though in many countries a potentially dangerous endeavour. We often take for granted the risks that journalists take in performing their important role of informing the public and by virtue of that, often holding state authority to account. This year, UNESCO […]