Month: June 2017

World Refugee Day

“Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror”. This is the message the United Nations spread on June 20, World Refugee Day in which UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the governments of the world to work together to help ease the continuing refugee crisis. World Refugee Day is based on […]

UNESCO study reveals correlation between poverty and education

    A study conducted by UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation) examines the correlation between poverty and the accessibility of education. Due to the high rates of children and adolescents who are out of school, or have not completed their education, the global poverty rate may not see a reduction. According to […]

Refugee numbers outpace settlement spots

    Close to 1.2 million refugees need resettling globally, but only 93,200 places in resettlement countries are expected to be available this year – 43 per cent fewer than in 2016, according to estimates. “The fact is, global resettlement needs today far outweigh the places made available by governments by a factor of 13 […]

First UN Oceans Conference Concludes with Call to Action

  The first United Nations Oceans Conference was held June 5-9, concluding with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the shared, global resource. The week-long conference, which coincided with the United Nations Oceans Day on 8 June, brought together over 6,000 people […]

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste makes donation to Australian Peacekeeping Memorial

    The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste has made a major donation of $US 100,000 to help complete the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial being constructed on Anzac Parade in Canberra. The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial will commemorate the service of tens of thousands of Australian military, police and civilian peacekeepers on over 60 international peace operations since […]

UNICEF introduces six-point plan of action for refugee children

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has entreated governments to support and adopt their plan to protect children moving across international borders. Ahead of the G7 Summit taking place in Sicily, Italy this year, UNICEF presented their plan of action: a six-point plan detailing the steps that need to be taken to protect […]

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

    Every two years, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, or UNISDR, convenes the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is the world’s leading convention on resilience building and the reduction of disaster risk across all communities and nations. The 2017 Global Platform was recently held from 22 – 26 May […]