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Welcome to the October edition of UNAA News!

Join the UNAA from 9.00 AEDT on 27 October 2020 for a special webinar to celebrate UN Day and the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. 

UN Day is held on 24 October each year to mark the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. This year it is the 75th Anniversary and in a year of such uncertainty, a time to reflect and look to the future of the UN and consider Australia's role.

Hear from Australian Ambassador to the UN, the Hon Mitch Fifield, Australia's 2021 Youth Representative to the UN, Lucy Stronach (read more on Lucy below) and Dr Janine Felson - research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and former Deputy Representative to the UN for Belize. We'll look at the role of the UN today, how it supports member states in multilateralism and Australia's role in a strong United Nations into the future. 

UNAA Victoria and City of Melbourne mark UN Day
As buildings and structures across the world 'turned blue', UNAA Victoria and the City of Melbourne marked UN Day and the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations with this beautiful tribute in Melbourne.

Tanya Hosch
2021 South Australian Australian of the Year

"I think one of the things that every nominee here understands is that you can't change things on your own. It takes a community, it takes a whole society.” 
A huge congratulations to UNAA Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Tanya Hosch, who is the 2021 South Australian Australian of the Year!
The AFL’s first indigenous and second female executive, Tanya is General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy. Tanya is credited for her lifelong commitment of making a real positive change to the community – particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and gender diverse Australians.

The UNAA warmly congratulates Tanya, for her deserved recognition as a "Leader, change-maker and visionary". 

2021 Australian Youth Representative to the UN - Lucy Stronach

“Young people represent some of the most engaged and educated voices in the world, and I’ve never seen such passion for change as I do now.”
Lucy Stronach is the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations for 2021. Lucy is a student at the University of Western Australia, finalising her dissertation as part of her Law and Society Honours. Lucy has several years of practical experience in the field of crime and justice, particularly with the Parliament of Western Australia, Western Australian Police Force, and the Department of Corrective Services. Her work has taken her to the streets of Mumbai to fight for the empowerment of sex workers, to juvenile prisons in San Diego to assist with literacy skills in young offenders, and to the UNDP in Bangkok to work with youth leaders in the promotion of human rights and justice. From December this year, Lucy will embark on a 6 month long listening tour, heading to some of the most rural communities and urban centres of every state and territory in Australia.
“Moving forward, it is my number one priority to ensure that as many diverse, underrepresented and voiceless young Australians have a platform to share their stories and needs”
Lucy teamed up with a fellow UN volunteer, Sean McCarthy, to host a Podcast called For the Future. Covering issues of youth, and amplifying the voices of countless young Australians to speak about employment, gender, mental health, environment and more. 

Celebrating 75 Years: The UN's Past and Future
by Professor John Langmore AM

This week, the University of Melbourne's Pursuit has published a feature by Professor John Langmore AM, Celebrating 75 Years: The UN's Past and Future. Professor Langmore AM is a Past President of the UNAA and at this important time, considers in the article, the UN's role and achievements and Australia's contribution and opportunities for the future. Read more here.

UNAA NSW Model UN Programme

UNAA NSW is launching a Model UN Conference Program for businesses interested in engaging their staff in online or in person professional development, team building exercises, and educational, informative and empowering opportunities!

By taking part in a Model UN Conference, attendees learn about UN bodies and member states and the importance of dialogue, diplomacy, negotiation, and building consensus. These are skills considered pivotal to the development of global citizens and leaders.
For more information, contact -

UN World Food Programme Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Carrying parcels distributed by the World Food Program in Simumbwe, Zambia, in January. Credit...Guillem Sartorio/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and contributions to bettering peace in conflict affected areas. This year has exacerbated a number of global humanitarian crises, particularly conflict and food insecurity. The WFP estimated the number of people experiencing life-threatening levels of food insecurity could more than double this year, to 265 million.
Executive Director of the WFP, David Beasley said it was an “indictment of humanity” that anyone in the world could need food “in a time when there is so much wealth in the world.” “It’s a call to action,” he said. “The world is suffering more than in any time period, and we literally will be facing famines of biblical proportions if we don’t act.” 
“The Nobel Peace Prize should inspire all of us to work even harder, to continue to save lives, change lives and reach that Zero Hunger goal.” - David Beasley 

United Nations #WorldWeWant Exhibit
“At a time when the world faces a global pandemic and other formidable threats, we must join forces across borders and generations to work together for a better common future. This photo exhibition can help to inspire us for this collective task.”
- UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres

In support of the UN’s 75th Anniversary, Agora has put together an incredible global photo contest. This exhibit features 75 winning images from #WorldWeWant. Secretary-General António Guterres launched a global conversation on the world’s future, inviting everyone, everywhere to participate, to commemorate the United Nations 75th anniversary.
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