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Welcome to the June edition of UNAA News!

The Black Lives Matter movement has seen a refocusing on racism across the globe, and in Australia on the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The UNAA recognises reconciliation as one of the key issues facing Australia and in our 2019 statement on the rights of Indigenous peoples advocates:
  • Accepting the Uluru Statement from the Heart
  • Including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in Parliament
  • Immediately implementing where possible, the 330 recommendations of the 1987 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The UNAA supports the UN's Let's Fight Racism campaign and joins the UN in denouncing racism, everywhere, in all its forms, all of the time.

In August we will be holding a panel event for the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. We will be seeking feedback on the issues and topics that matter to you to inform the discussion, with the opportunity to contribute and register in the next newsletter.  To partner with the UNAA and find out more about our work toward reconciliation, please contact

UN Alumni Profile: Malachi Murljacic

Malachi Muljacic is a proud First Nations Australian of the Kunja people and a UN Alumni. Malachi has just completed an internship with the UNAA National Office through partnerships with the ACT Government and the Career Trackers Internship Program. Malachi is a 2019 Alumni of the New Colombo Plan where he completed an internship within the Youth Co:Lab team at the United Nations Development Programme in Thailand. In 2022 Malachi will pursue a Masters degree in Indigenous entrepreneurship for capital development and self-determination. Read our interview with Malachi here!

Last week was Refugee Week and in 2020, there remain over 70 million forcibly displaced peoples across the globe. To discuss the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers and celebrate the contributions of refugees and asylum seekers to Australia, join our next Young Professionals event:

Saturday 27 June, 5.00 to 6.30 pm AEST
The Future We Want: World Refugee Day 2020 webinar and Q&A

Support the UNAA with a Tax Deductible Donation

The role of the UNAA to promote the work of the United Nations and the importance of the rules-based international order had perhaps never been more important. At the UNAA, we are continuing to adapt the way do this work and doing everything we can to ensure we remain sustainable.

Donations to the UNAA support our internships for young leaders studying and starting out in their career, our communications, newsletter and outreach to promote the UN, managing the Young Professionals Network, and supporting our volunteers.

To help the UNAA continue our work, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the UNAA. We also understand that for many, a donation is simply not possible at this time.

With the end of the financial year approaching, all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible through our auspice partner the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). No matter the amount, your donation will help the UNAA to continue its to promote the United Nations in Australia and to create a safer, fairer, more sustainable world. You can donate here today.

From the Secretary-General and UN75

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter on 26 June 1945. You can see the Secretary-General's message here. You can also hear from the Secretary-General live on UN TV from 2.15 pm AEST on 26 June, for the latest on the UN response to COVID-19 and on UN75.

The Secretary-General will also deliver the 18th Nelson Mandela Lecture on 18 July 2020. The lecture will be the first hosted digitally and with the theme 'Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new Social Contract for a New Era.'

Sustainable Development Goals


Australia has a long way to go toward achieving the SDGs, but with ten years to 2030, there is an opportunity to increase action and improve performance in some of the areas Australia is trailing behind. There are some great examples of countries leading on the SDGs which have been featured in No One Left Behind- Implementing the SDGs in Australia. This new research project from the Whitlam Institute provides information on international best practice in governance, policy and planning for SDG implementation.

The UNAA looks forward to holding the rescheduled UNAA Partnerships Forum in April 2021 and will be providing more information soon. In the meantime, to partner with the UNAA and find out more about our work toward the SDGs, please contact
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