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Quiet corridors but a full programme at virtual UNGA75: five things you need to know

UN Photo/Manuel Elias A cleaning crew member operates a mopping vehicle inside the General Assembly Hall.   The 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, begins on 15 September and this year, due to the ongoing global pandemic, it will be unlike any other in the organization’s three quarters of a century of existence.  This month, there […]

UNAA joins call to PM to use the SDGs as roadwork to recovery

UNAA has joined with a group of Australian businesses, industry groups, universities and civil society organisations to call on the Federal Government to use the UN SDGs framework to guide policies designed to drive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-ordinated by the Global Compact Network Australia, a letter sent to PM Scott Morrison today says […]

SDGs – roadmap to build back better, greener and fairer

From 7 – 16 July, the UN will use this year’s virtual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to discuss how the SDGs can help the world build back better. The COVID-19 crisis is taking a grim toll on human lives across the globe. Although the complete impact is yet to be fully comprehended, […]

Australia 37th on SDG progress, COVID-19 response could help our future impact

Australia has moved up one ranking from 38 to 37 in the annual Sustainable Development Report which shows progress against the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Click here for Australia’s report. And while this shows we still have a lot of room for improvement, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia Chair John Thwaites says Australia’s strong response to COVID-19 […]


On 26 June 1945, world leaders gathered in San Francisco to sign the Charter of the United Nations, bringing into operation a new system of international collaboration and governance. 75 years later, the UN will commemorate the Charter’s anniversary in the context of the global COVID-19 Pandemic. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has taken the occasion […]

More ‘can and must be done’ to eradicate caste-based discrimination in Nepal

World Bank/Peter KapuscinskiPeople walk down a street of shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. (file)   Shocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall […]