Month: December 2016

Xmas Arrangements

The UNAA Victoria office will be closed from Thursday 22 December to Monday 9 January 2017. We wish all our members, supporters and partners all the very best for the festive season and look forward to working with you all in 2017.  

Today is International Human Solidarity Day – Message of the Secretary-General

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Secretary-General’s Message for 2016 The world has achieved significant progress in human development over the past two decades. The global poverty rate fell by more than half.  People are living longer and healthier lives, and are better educated. Despite these and other advances, prosperity has not been shared by all. Inequalities, extreme poverty, unemployment, social […]

Possibility of genocide in South Sudan is “all too real”, Ban warns in opinion piece

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) line up early in the morning for a general food distribution at the UN Protection of Civilians Site, Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: IOM/Bannon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in an opinion piece published by Newsweek. The UN chief recalled that following decades of war, South Sudan became the world’s newest country five years ago and when he attended the 2011 independence celebrations in the capital, Juba, “hopes were high that the long-suffering people of the oil-rich country would […]

UN invited to monitor and assist fresh evacuation efforts under way in war-ravaged Aleppo

One of six mobile clinics provided by WHO to deliver health services to people fleeing violence in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: WHO Syria

The United Nations was has been invited to monitor and assist in the renewed effort to evacuate sick and wounded civilians and opposition fighters from the remaining rebel-held areas of Syria’s war-ravaged city of Aleppo, a senior UN humanitarian envoy has announced. Following today’s meeting in Geneva of the Humanitarian Access Task Force of the […]

Respecting gender parity and geographical diversity pledges, SG-designate Guterres appoints core team members

Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The United Nations Secretary-General-designate, António Guterrestoday announced that he will be appointing Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN deputy chief, on his assumption of office as the ninth chief of the global Organization in January 2017. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is currently the Minister of Environment of Nigeria, where she steers the country’s […]