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Landmark UN Security Council Resolution on Policing

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A landmark UN Security Council resolution passed today. The UN Security Council has never before passed a resolution focused solely on UN Policing. Today’s resolution consolidates a broad range of guidance and standards to strengthen the unique role of UN Police in protecting civilians, as well as preventing sexual and gender-based violence.

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Can Australia make a lasting impact on the United Nations Security Council?

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The new Oxfam report, ‘On the home stretch,’ demonstrates why Australia needs to implement Security Council resolutions for the remainder of its Security Council term.

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A New Year’s Resolution for Syria

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2013 was an immensely difficult year for the people of Syria, the most devastating in a conflict now almost three years long. You can take action now to help people affected by the violence. This time last year, around 500,000 refugees had fled Syria to neighbouring countries. Now, this has more than quadrupled to an […]

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Seat or no seat, Australia has Security Council status

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The countries of the world will sit down to vote overnight on who will become the newest non-permanent members of the Security Council. If Australia comes out a winner, it has the chance to play a key role in preventing conflict around the world, including in places where Australians are working directly on the ground, […]

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10 things you need to know about Australia and the UN Security Council

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Australia is now a non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council. After 26 years on the bench, on 1 January 2013 Australia will begin its two-year membership of the UN Security Council. Having worked so tirelessly to secure this seat, Australia now has a rare opportunity to play a key role in addressing the great […]

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Cabinet rallies to Make Poverty History while PM discusses new UN leadership role

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Last night, prior to the Perth Community Cabinet, four Government Ministers, the Attorney General and a Parliamentary Secretary joined forces with local Fremantle MP to support the Make Poverty History campaign. Fremantle MP, Melissa Parke, together with Attorney General, Nicola Roxon; Minister for Employment, Kate Ellis; Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek; Minister for Broadband, and […]

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First national conference on women’s rights to land in Sierra Leone

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by Oxfam intern Jarrod Strauch Sierra Leone has held its first ever national conference on women’s property and land rights, bringing together over 160 participants to develop new strategies in fighting the denial of basic rights to Sierra Leone’s women. The conference, held between 6-8 June at the YWCA of Sierra Leone, brought together 100 […]

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Things are heating up at day 4 of the climate conference

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With key discussions around the Green Climate Fund, set-up to provide life saving assistance to poor countries, and the future of Kyoto Protocol starting to sizzle. What’s more, I just addressed the talks on behalf of the Climate Action Network in a session on what the legal form of a future global climate change agreement […]

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Should the UN Development Index be scrapped?

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Professor Chuluun Togtokh raises a very valid point – the UN Development Index does not take ecological impact into account. Should it?

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World Humanitarian Day 2011

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Most of us will be fortunate enough to never know disaster. Our lives will not be torn apart by flooding, famine, conflict. But the world is changing, and uncertainty confronts us all. Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we honour aid workers across the globe who are facing this uncertainty head-on.

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Strong peacekeeping mission needed in South Sudan: let’s tweet

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The UN Security Council is expected shortly to authorize a new peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to succeed the current United Nations Mission in Sudan. We need your help to ensure that adequate numbers of troops are kept in the country to protect civilians in the world’s newest country.

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Updates from the UN Negotiations in Bonn

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The UN climate talks are still going strong on Bonn, as our intern Elsa Dominish explains.

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Australians say Yes but the world needs to do more

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After almost a week of climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, some progress is being made with countries setting out their plans for the Climate Summit in Durban later this year.

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Exploring how to apply development in the Arms Treaty

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The latest roundtable meeting finds that the Arms Trade Treaty needs to have a strong basis in development in order to be successful in preventing the conditions that have given rise to the need for such a treaty.

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A Blueprint for UN Women

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What does civil society at country level expect from the new UN women’s agency?

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Domestic worker rights: Dignity overdue

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Domestic workers are among the most exploited workers in the world. According to human rights and labour organisations, action to support domestic workers rights is well and truly overdue.

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What women want? The voice of women workers at the UN

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Union delegates at the 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women report that while increasing numbers of women are participating in tertiary level science and technology education, this has not translated into equal career opportunities or equal pay.

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Score the goals comic book

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The UN have released a comic book aimed at teaching young people about the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Rights for the hidden

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Home-based workers are the hidden seams of the garment sector; while these workers are largely invisible, many parts of the garment industry would not hold together without their contribution. Yet home-based workers are vulnerable to exploitation and economic insecurity.

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Funding safe climate futures for all

In less than a month the major United Nations climate change conference of 2010 will commence in Cancun, Mexico. Many eyes will be on the negotiations as governments from around the world try to find common ground on key issues to keep the negotiations moving forward.

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Stocktaking progress on a global climate agreement

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The climate negotiations came to a close last week in China and the closing plenary of the talks was not without drama. Delayed for over an hour, head negotiators huddled around the hall desperately seeking common ground, reports Phillip Ireland.

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One thousand students unite against poverty

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As the UN met to decide if the world could halve extreme poverty in five years, 1000 students came together to hear from a variety of speakers working around the world to end poverty. Carrie O’Connor was there.

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UN climate talks: flashpoints on the road to Cancun

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The UN climate talks in Tianjin are coming to an end. This was the last negotiation before the high-level UN climate change summit in Cancun, Mexico, this December. So far the talks have been mixed with only marginal progress. We face several flashpoints as we head rapidly down the road to Cancun.

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Climate change: it’s time to step up Australia

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For the first time ever the UN climate negotiations are being held in China, in the city of Tianjin, before the major climate summit in Cancun in December. Talking with Australia’s head of delegation in China, our climate tracker Phil Ireland had the opportunity to get a handle on Australia’s negotiating position.

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