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Biodiversity Conference Opens with Signs of Renewed Commitment

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) convened in a mostly virtual format to advance negotiations on the global biodiversity framework for the post-2020 period. A second, in-person part of COP 15 is planned to take place in Kunming, China in May 2022. The Earth […]

COVID-19 sees huge increase in support for a Charter of Human Rights: poll

There has been a dramatic increase in support for a Charter of Human Rights compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, new data reveals. An opinion poll of over 1,000 people across Australia found that 83 percent of people believe there should be a document that sets out in clear language the rights and responsibilities that […]

Fairtrade and B Lab unite to advance sustainable development goals

Two of the largest global regulators of ethical business are coming together in a bid to hit the accelerator on achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs).    B Lab and Fairtrade have committed to share knowledge and collaborate on the development of development of standards, advocacy, public campaigns and mobilisation.  As well as this, the […]

What to Expect From This Year’s UN General Assembly, So Far

September 7, 2021 by Stéphanie Fillion This year’s United Nations General Assembly could make or break the future of in-person meetings at the gathering in New York City. After a year of carefully negotiating, adapting and crafting health guidelines, UNGA organizers are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s first, almost entirely virtual, gathering. But the threat […]

Cornerstone treaty of refugee protection turns 70

It has never been more urgent to recommit to the spirit and fundamental principles of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday as it marked the 70th anniversary of the key international treaty.  “The Convention continues to protect the rights of refugees across the world,” said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. […]

Gender equality key to success for Sustainable Development Goals

Janelle Weissman, Executive Director UN Women Australia joined QUT Business School’s Dr Bree Hurst for a conversation that examined Sustainable Development Goal 5 and what achieving it could mean for Australia’s future. During the recent webinar hosted by QUT Business School and UN Women Australia, audience members were able to participate in a live Q&A. Questions ranged from gender […]