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Interception, no solution to address migrants crossing English Channel

UNICEF/Geai A boy walks through a migrant camp in Calais, northern France. According to estimates, about 900 migrants and asylum seekers are sheltering in the area, many without toilets or washing facilities.    Intercepting boats full of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, is not the solution to deter them from attempting to reach the […]

UN chief: Belarusians must be able to exercise their ‘civil and political rights’

Unsplash/Jana Shnipelson Woman in Minsk, Belarus.     Closely following the developments in Belarus, Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement on Friday underlining the importance of enabling all Belarusians to “exercise their civil and political rights”.  Following the announcement that authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko – who has ruled since 1994 – had a landslide victory in Sunday’s presidential election, […]

Amid COVID-19, UN commitment to peace ‘more urgent than ever’

UNIFIL Since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, UNIFIL and its peacekeeping troops have maintained their daily operational activities along the Blue Line in South Lebanon.     COVID-19 threatens not only hard-won development and peacebuilding gains, but also “risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones”, the UN chief reminded the Security Council on Wednesday, during a briefing […]

Belarus: UN rights chief condemns violence against protesters, calls for grievances to be heard

UN News/Daniel Johnson – Michele Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (file)    The flow of free information is “crucial” in a democratic society, the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday, spotlighting the landlocked eastern European nation of Belarus, “especially in a context of crisis and social unrest”. Following the announcement by the […]

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 […]