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On International Day, UN chief says ‘violence against women is not inevitable’

In a virtual event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, commemorated annually on 25 November, UN Women chief Sima Bahous described gender-based violence (GBV) as “a global crisis”.  “In all of our own neighbourhoods, there are women and girls living in danger. Around the world, conflict, climate-related natural disasters, food insecurity and human rights violations are exacerbating […]

UN Women Launches Australian Advertising Alliance

UN WOMEN LAUNCHES AUSTRALIAN ADVERTISING ALLIANCE TO ERADICATE HARMFUL STEREOTYPES IN THE INDUSTRY SYDNEY – 8 November 2021 – UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and Women’s Empowerment, is today launching the Australian chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance, as part of a global coalition to tackle harmful stereotypes in advertising and media content. The […]

In breach of diplomatic protocol; ‘don’t choose extinction’ dinosaur urges world leaders

In a UN first, a ferocious and talkative dinosaur bursts into the iconic General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, with a special warning for any diplomats who still think climate action is for the birds.   “At least we had an asteroid,” the carnivorous critter warns, referring to the popular theory explaining dinosaurs’ extinction 70 million years ago. “What’s your excuse?”  This isn’t a slice of real […]

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 […]