Month: February 2017

CSW61 2017

    The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has run annually for the past 60 years and is one of the biggest annual conferences held by the United Nations. Each year, representatives of the world’s governments, together with NGOs and notable individuals, meet in the United Nations headquarters in New York to evaluate the […]

UNAA applauds Australia’s move on torture treaty

  The UNAA has welcomed Australia’s decision to ratify the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). The Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and Attorney General George Brandis announced earlier this month that the Government planned to ratify the protocol by the end of the year. The […]

Expert Briefs UNAA Event on Global Terror Index

  A UNAA event at Parliament House in Canberra last week delved into the complex world of terrorism, its motivating factors and its cost to the global community. The Founder and Executive Chair of the Institute for Economics and Peace, Steve Killelea, addressed the event chaired by the convenors of the UN-Australia parliamentary group, Nationals […]


On this day, let us commit to intensifying global action against this heinous human rights violation for the sake of all affected women and girls’ – UN Secretary-General António Guterres, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February   This week on 6th February, the UN observed the International Day for Zero […]

International Law and Syria’s Investigative Panel

  Late in 2016, the United Nations approved the implementation of an independent investigative panel to work toward the prosecution of those responsible for war crimes or crimes against humanity in Syria. This legal mechanism, currently known as the ‘International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of those Responsible for […]