Tag: UN

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 […]

Meet the UN’s Messengers of Peace

    Separate to Goodwill ambassadors, do you know who the United Nations Messengers of Peace are? The United Nations Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, science, entertainment, sports or other fields of public life, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the […]

UN statement on Australia’s “disturbing”, “alarming” and “deeply troubled” Indigenous policies

    A UN Special Rapporteur has shone a bright light on Australia’s Indigenous practices and reached some dark conclusions.  Ms. Tauli-Corpuz’s end of mission statement detailed her findings that included numerous criticisms but also some praise in the way Australia manages its Indigenous population. The Special Rapporteur said it was a priority of her […]

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    This week on March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was observed by the United Nations, governments and organisations across the globe. As societies become increasingly diverse and multicultural, targeting racism and all forms of discrimination is so important for peace and social cohesion. The rights to equality and non-discrimination […]

Unprecedented humanitarian crisis as four countries face famine

    The United Nations has called for international action to tackle a critical and unprecedented humanitarian situation, with famine threatening four different countries simultaneously. A day after famine was officially declared by the UN in South Sudan, Secretary-General António Guterres joined other top United Nations officials calling for “strong and urgent” action from the international […]

Happy Birthday UN!

  24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document […]

The UN in South Sudan

  In a move toward resolving the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted Resolution 2304 (2016) with 11 votes in favour and four abstentions. The Security Council had “grave alarm and concern” for the situation in South Sudan, which has seen an escalation of deadly violence in the […]

Beyond 2016 – the Olympic legacy

  With a reach of over one billion people, the Olympic and Paralympic Games provides a world stage on which to showcase a nation’s potential. From culture to scenic beauty, history, music, food and more, the opportunity is one to be seized by a host country – the economic benefits are a huge boost to […]