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Australian Bushfires
From all of us at the United Nations Association of Australia, our thoughts are with those impacted by the ongoing bushfire crisis across Australia. Our thoughts in particular are with those who have lost loved ones and the many people who have been, and continue to be, under threat. We also wish to recognise the extraordinary kindness of Australians who have supported others and whose support will be crucial in recovery efforts over the coming weeks, months and years. To those fighting fires, carrying out rescues and caring for those affected, we thank you for your courage, generosity and contribution to Australia in protecting our families, friends, homes and communities.

The 2020 Sustainable Partnerships Forum will be held on 14-16 April 2020 at the MCG in Melbourne. For details and partnership information, please visit our Forum website

Focus on liveability in the face of our changing climate at Forum
Climate change, how to support action and building partnerships will be prominent themes across the Forum. We are partnering with the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to deliver two Climate Action workshops which will address what needs to be done to ensure and enhance Australia's liveability in the face of climate change. These workshops will explore those opportunities in areas such as health and human services; emergency management; the natural environment; agriculture, water and the built environment, and the partnerships required to realise them.
Visit our Forum Website here!
UN Security event in Canberra with former UN Under Secretary-General Peter Drennan
(4 February 2020)

As conflict and natural disasters persist across the globe the demands on the United Nations to find political solutions, deliver life-saving humanitarian aid, protect human rights and drive sustinable development continue to grow. Guest speaker Peter Thomas Drennan, current United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, will deliver this address. Prior to this appointment in 2014, Mr Drennan served as the Deputy Commissioner for National Security with the AFP. Purchase your tickets here!

Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: ACT Legislative Assembly Reception Room 
Tickets: UNAA ACT Membesr $15 / Non-members $25 / Students $10
Davos 2020: How the World Economic Forum
became part of the climate change sphere

'As long as the science is ignored, and the facts aren't taken into account, and the situation is not treated as a crisis, then world and business leaders can of course continue to ignore the situation.' - Greta Thunberg, climate activist

Speaking on the final day of the World Economic Forum, Greta Thunberg has criticised world and business leaders for their lacklustre efforts to reduce global emissions of CO2. Young people took to the streets of the Swiss town protesting over the climate emergency as politicians, business leaders, academics and journalists assembled for the 50th World Economic Forum. Read about how the Forum entered the climate change sphere and its impact.
Australian Research Council letter to the Prime Minister
80 of Australia's top academics have written an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, declaring an "urgent need for deep cuts to Australia's greenhouse gas emissions" following the current unprecedented bushfire crisis. The letter is signed by past and present Australian Research Council Laureate Fellows who say research has identified the policies and technologies needed to combat climate change, but they have not been implemented. The group also believe Australia could be a world leader on combating climate change and urges Australian governments to "acknowledge the gravity of the threat posed by climate change driven by human activities" and "reduce greenhouse gas emissions in time to safeguard against catastrophe".
UN Climate Change Conference: COP 25
(2-13 December 2019)

'The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis... We must not give up and I will not give up.' - António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
The UN's annual climate conference, COP 25, was held in Madrid last December. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in 2018, a key objective of COP 25 was to finalise matters for the full operationalisation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. After two weeks of talks, many issues remained unresolved. Read two perspectives on the COP 25 outcomes here and here
75th Anniversary of the United Nations
To mark its 75th anniversary, in 2020 the UN will launch the 'biggest-ever global conversation' aimed at reaching and engaging the global public. The aim of this effort is 'listen to the hopes and fears of a wide range of people, to learn from their experiences, and spark discussion on ways to build a better world for all'. Find out more information on the UN's 75th anniversary and how to get involved in this global conversation here
The United Nations Association of Australia is the peak body working to increase awareness of and engagement on the United Nations in Australia. This includes promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the importance of the rules-based international order through events and programs across Australia on key issues affecting Australia and Australians. 
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