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12 August 2014: Presentation How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are we succeeding at United Nations
On 22 and 23 September 2014, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates will attend the UN General Assembly to strengthen international action for the rights of Indigenous Peoples. How will Australia fare in this latest international challenge?
Les Malezer has been working in New York to assist the President of the UN General Assembly to prepare for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The conference will be held at the time of the opening of the new session of the General Assembly, and will be a high-level plenary meeting involving leaders, Ministers and high officials of governments. Mr Malezer will give an address during a brief return to Australia to highlight the importance and value of this event. The presentation will reveal the success that Indigenous Peoples of the world have had in fighting for their rights through international strategies and speculate on the impact that the UN can have upon Australia’s laws, policies and practices regarding Indigenous Peoples over the coming years.
Congress would like to thank Gilbert + Tobin for their generosity in providing the venue for this important presentation.
Date: Tuesday 12 August 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Venue: Gilbert + Tobin, Level 37, 2 Park St, Sydney. Please RSVP to Paola.Svagelli@nationalcongress.com.au by 2pm Monday, 11 August 2014 so we can cater with light refreshments.
NEWS: United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
16 May 2014: Our Peoples heard at United Nations forum
Representatives from First Nations from around the world, including National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Co-Chair Les Malezer, are currently attending the Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).
At the annual forum, Indigenous peoples discuss issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights and make recommendations on the rights of Indigenous peoples to the Economic and Social Council of the UN.
Congress member organisations including the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) are part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegation for the 10-day meeting, along with representatives from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and others.
On Tuesday, 13 May, Co-Chair Malezer presented an intervention (or statement) on Governance to the UNPFII, available here. To see Co-Chair Malezer present the intervention at the UN watch the YouTube video here. the A short YouTube video of Co-Chair Malezer, Congress Policy Officer Tennille Lamb and the AHRC’s Katie Kiss is available here.
Professor Megan Davis from the University of NSW and Expert Member of the UNPFII, Les Malezer and Katie Kiss from the AHRC discussed governance at the UNPFII13. To hear them talk on governance click here.
Wednesday 14 May saw Co-Chair Malezer discuss the day with Chair of NACCHO Justin Muhammad and a member of the Pacific Caucus, to watch the video click here.
Thursday, 15 of May, more of the Australian Delegation talked about the work they are doing at the UNPFII; Andrea Mason from Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Womens Council, Nolan Huter form Kimberly Land Council and Lisa Briggs from NACCHO. To hear about their work and expereince at the UNPFII click here.
On Friday, 16 May: Congress are just among the few of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Delegation at the UNPFII. Sandy Miller, an Aboriginal woman from South Australia, delivered a paper on child protection and children in detetion. Julie Turner presented on Aboriginal sucide and death in the Norther Terriotory. Carla Grant, Producer and Presenter for SBSs Living Black was there to cover the UNPFII. To hear from these women click: here.
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