Category: News

Kofi Annan’s Achievement

Read now: The Project Syndicate article by UNAA Goodwill Ambassador for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Professor Ramesh Thakur: “Great chief executives need a guiding vision for the exercise of authority, and all the more so when that authority is international civil authority. As United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan had such a vision – and the […]

Kofi Annan: a leader with compassion

Read now: The Lowy Institute article by Professor John Langmore: “Annan was the most gracious person I have ever met in public life, dedicated to human wellbeing and seeking peaceful conflict resolution.” Professor John Langmore was Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development in the UN Secretariat in New York for five years starting from […]

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 […]

UNAA President Appoints Lachlan Hunter New National Executive Director

              MEDIA RELEASE Monday 14 May 2018 CANBERRA – The President of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Major General (Ret’d) Michael G Smith AO, today announced the appointment of Lachlan Hunter as National Executive Director. “I am delighted one of our former UNAA Young Professionals has secured […]

A reflection on the conflict in Syria

As a timely reminder of the continued uncertainty faced in Syria, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Jan Egelend, last week warned the world that the ongoing pain and suffering was far from over. Mr. Egelend expressed his concern at the world’s lack of attention towards the still very serious situation in Syria. He […]

Palestinian Protests: The Great March of Return

Palestinians in Gaza are set to enter their seventh straight week of protests. These come as part of the ‘Great March of Return’ protests staged at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, aimed at changing the dire situation in Gaza, which UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called the most “dramatic humanitarian crises that […]