Month: July 2018

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: States must treat refugees and migrants as rights holders and act to prevent trafficking and exploitation

  GENEVA (27 June 2018) – States around the world must act now to strengthen their efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, including by ensuring that victims and potential victims are considered and treated as rights holders. In a statement to mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, UN human rights expert, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, says […]

UN Secretary-General Message on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL — MESSAGE ON THE WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS 30 JULY 2018   Trafficking in persons is a vile crime that feeds on inequalities, instability and conflict.  Human traffickers profit from peoples’ hopes and despair.  They prey on the vulnerable and rob them of their fundamental rights. Children and young […]

UN women’s rights experts issue findings on Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine, and Turkmenistan

  GENEVA (22 June 2018) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has published its findings on the countries it examined during its session from 2 to 20 July in Geneva: Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine, and Turkmenistan. The findings cover how the respective State […]

UNAA QLD Peacekeepers March 2018

On 2nd June, the UNAA QLD celebrated 71 years of Australian participation in Peacekeeping in Brisbane  This was a special event attracting people who served, representatives of countries where we’ve undertaken 62 missions, networks, young people, and the public who are interested in peace processes. Saturday morning started with a Peoples March from King George […]

Adelaide 2018: A Space Odyssey

Guest reporter – Bernard Williams Reference to science fiction films and TV shows was inevitable, and we got some of the big ones, including “Star Wars”, “Star Trek”, and Stanley Kubrick’s prophetic 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The Rise of New Space Endeavours in Australia, an initiative of the United Nations Association of Australia SA Division, […]

UNAA VIC Group tour of International Geneva and the UN

From 20-25 May, former UN Ambassador and Staff member, Carlisle Richardson, led our first ever small group tour of International Geneva and the UN. After a week of meetings with Geneva-based UN officials, representatives of UN-related organisations and NGOs, the group was exhausted but inspired. We also took part in a tour of the Palais des Nations, the UN’s […]