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Community Engagement

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                            Director:  Dr Zeny Edwards OAM 

                            Vice-president and Director for Community Engagement

                  

                            Aims

                               To acknowledge the intrinsic value of the human spirit and promote the universal

                               commitment to work together as members of the global community sharing a common

                               humanity

                               To encourage communities to discuss ideas, share stories and inspire others to actively make

                               the world a better place.

                               To raise awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their potential to fulfil the promise of creating a better world by 2030.

 

Activities

Information Dissemination:

  • Mark World Observance Days to promote peace, social justice, human rights and cultural diversity to the maximum target audience available.

  • Organise Briefing Nights to keep abreast of the latest developments and programs relevant to promoting world citizenship

Engagement:

  • Create opportunities for corporations,non-profits, government, universities, industry bodies, social enterprises and grassroots organisers to discuss solutions to current challenges affecting world citizenship.

Empowerment:

  • Organise, or in partnership with other organisations and stakeholders, activities and programs that promote social cohesion and leadership within the community.

Reachout

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN SURVEYS

Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights
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The Australian Human Rights Commission is currently undertaking a major project: ‘Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights’ (the National Conversation).

The Commission is applying a 'respect, protect, fulfil' framework to identify what steps need to be taken to realise human rights for all.

Through the project, we are talking with people nationally to identify what makes an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia, and what steps Australia needs to take to get there.

The purpose of the National Conversation is to:

  • Promote awareness of the importance of human rights to 21st century Australia

  • Identify current limitations and barriers to better human rights protections

  • Identify what key principles should underpin the reform of human rights in Australia

  • Build agreement across the Parliament, government and the community about what we can do collectively to better promote, protect and fulfil human rights

More technical information about the purpose of the conversation can be found in the 

Terms of Reference (PDF)

What will the National Conversation look like?

To explore what an effective human rights framework looks like, the Commission will:

  • open the conversation to the public, inviting submissions on conversation starters

  • undertake consultations nationally

  • convene technical and thematic workshops and invite submissions to technical papers on these areas

The purpose of the National Conversation is to look at Australia's whole human rights system and how all the pieces fit together. Key areas of interest include:

  • the effectiveness of Australia's system of anti-discrimination laws, including its ability to ensure steps are taken to stop discrimination before it happens

  • rights-protection during policy development and law-making

  • accountability processes to ensure progress continues to be made towards fulfilling human rights

A finalised roadmap for national human rights reform will be released in mid-2020.

Discussion Papers

To start this national conversation, we have written four preliminary papers that explore different parts of our system of human rights protections. One of these papers (the Issues Paper) is more general and looks at our human rights system as a whole. The others are more technical and lay out specific options for reform of our existing legislative and policy frameworks.

You can read the Issues Paper here.

You can read our technical discussion papers here:

          and here in Word

Position Papers

Following extensive consultation, the Commission has released its first Free & Equal Position Paper.  The Position Paper sets a reform agenda for federal discrimination laws and makes 38 recommendations,  across four major reform areas:

1. Building a preventative culture
2. Modernising the regulatory framework
3. Enhancing access to justice
4. Improving the practical operation of laws

How can you be involved?

We want to hear your vision for the future. We want to hear your thoughts on the questions outlined in any of the papers above. Everyone is invited to take part.

Last year, we accepted written submissions on the topics included in the discussion papers above. We are not currently receiving written submissions.

If you have any questions about how you can be involved in the project please contact us at freeandequal@humanrights.gov.au.

 

The ‘Free and Equal’ Conference on Human Rights

Marlee Silva, Aisheeya Huq, Frank Hooper and Emily Dash speak at the Commission's 'Free and Equal' Conference on Human Rights in 2019

The Free and Equal conference was held on Tuesday 8 October 2019 in Sydney. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Her Excellency Dr Michelle Bachelet AC, delivered the keynote speech where she commented on Australia’s system of human rights protections. The Conference also featured panels on a range of themes. You can read more about the day here.  

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Take our children’s wellbeing survey

 

Are you the parent, grandparent or carer of a child aged 9 to 17? We want to hear from you!

National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds is inviting children and their families to participate in a survey about how living through the past two years of COVID-19 has affected children's mental health and wellbeing.

Your insights and experiences will help inform the support services that children and young people need as we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19 and as we emerge from it.

There’s one survey for children and another for parents, which both take around 10 minutes to complete and are strictly confidential.

 

Click here to take the short survey.

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Take a 10-minute survey to help shape global policy on human rights education

 

UNESCO is conducting a global survey to collect information that will help revise a landmark legal instrument on education for international understanding, cooperation, peace, human rights and environmental sustainability, known as the 1974 Recommendation.

UNESCO invites you to participate in the revision process by taking the 10-minute survey. Share it with your networks and help shape global policy on education! Now is the time to ensure your voice is heard and counted.

 

The deadline for responding is 1 March 2022.

The survey is available in ENGLISH / FRENCH / SPANISH

For more information on how UNESCO is supporting the revision of the 1974 Recommendation visit their dedicated website.

 

Sincerely,

Secretariat for the Review of the 1974 Recommendation: 1974recommendation@unesco.org

 

NB – This survey is a broad multi-stakeholder and initial stock-taking exercise that will contribute to the technical consultation process currently being supported by UNESCO. A formal consultation with country representatives is also foreseen but at a later stage. For more information on the different phases of the revision process, please consult the above dedicated website.

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THE HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION ASSOCIATES INVITE YOU TO

Take a 10-minute survey to help shape global policy on human rights education

 

UNESCO is conducting a global survey to collect information that will help revise a landmark legal instrument on education for international understanding, cooperation, peace, human rights and environmental sustainability, known as the 1974 Recommendation.

UNESCO invites you to participate in the revision process by taking the 10-minute survey. Share it with your networks and help shape global policy on education! Now is the time to ensure your voice is heard and counted.  

The deadline for responding is 1 March 2022.

The survey is available in ENGLISH / FRENCH / SPANISH

For more information on how UNESCO is supporting the revision of the 1974 Recommendation visit their dedicated website.

Sincerely,

Secretariat for the Review of the 1974 Recommendation: 1974recommendation@unesco.org

 

NB – This survey is a broad multistakeholder and initial stock-taking exercise that will contribute to the technical consultation process currently being supported by UNESCO. A formal consultation with country representatives is also foreseen but at a later stage. For more information on the different phases of the revision process, please consult the above dedicated website.

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Building Peace, Security and Justice through
the Rule of Law and Global Governance

Free Webinar

October 29, 2021, 14:00 – 16:00 (UTC)

 

Register

 

Vijay Mahta (UfP): vijay@vmpeace.org
Luiz Bispo (WFM): bispo@wfm-igp.org

 

Speakers

  • Mr. Keith Best, Executive Chair, WFM/IGP

  • Mr. Vijay Mehta, Chair, Uniting for Peace

  • Mr. David Swanson, Executive Director, World Beyond War

  • Mr. Stephen Hockman QC, Barrister at Six Pump Court Chambers \

  • Ms. Jennifer Trahan, Professor, New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and Director of Concentration in International Law and Human Rights 

  • Ms. Marjolijn Snippe, Executive Committee Member, WFM/IGP and Founding Member of the Centre for UNConstitutional Research (CUNCR)

  • Ms. Jojo Mehta, Executive Director, Stop Ecocide International

Introduction and Moderator: Sandra Coyle, Executive Director, WFM/IGP

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The Australian Baha'i Community warmly invites you and representatives of your organisation to attend the third annual National Social Cohesion and Inclusion Conference. These conferences aim to explore the approaches, methods and experiences that can guide our country to foster greater social cohesion and inclusion into the future.

 

See highlights from previous conferences

 

This past year the global health crisis has affected us all and caused many to reflect on our way of life. We have grown increasingly conscious of how interconnected we are. How does this heightened sense of interconnectedness find expression in our efforts to be a more inclusive and socially cohesive society? How do we move from an acceptance of diversity towards harmonisation? How do we invite the participation of growing numbers in a collective conversation?

 

Keynote speakers to be announced

 

Conference details:

Date: 12 October 2021

Time: 10 am - 1 pm AEST

 

Conference sessions:

Session 1: Inclusion & Diversity (Opening & Keynote Address, and Q&A)
Session 2: Consultation (Panel Discussion and Q&A)
Session 3: Sharing Insights and Experiences (Workshop & Plenary)

Presenters at the forefront of thinking and experience will share insights from which all can benefit to shape future action and refine current endeavours. Ample time has been allocated to enable interaction between the audience and presenters during Q&A. All those attending will be encouraged to actively participate and offer insights and experience during intimate small group discussions as part of the program.

 

Register to Attend

Registrations Close 1 October 2021

173 Mona Vale Road, Ingleside NSW, Australia

02 9998 9222

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First-ever coral reef world map in high-resolution is ready
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Image: Unsplash/Hiroko Yoshii

The mapping tool allows policymakers, conservationists and the public to understand the coral reef landscape across the world, with the aim of protecting it. Under threat from the climate crisis and coastal development, this coral reef map seeks to help determine which parts of reefs to preserve, and where to restore them too.

The map needed over 450 research teams to produce, and incorporated nearly two million satellite images.

A unique partnership has produced the first-ever high-resolution satellite map of the world's shallow coral reefs.

The Allen Coral Atlas announced its completion Wednesday as a tool that policy makers, conservationists and the general public can use to understand and preserve the world's reefs at a time when they are under increasing threat from the climate crisis and coastal development.

"We're trying to create a kind of moral mirror that we hold up to humanity," Andrew Zolli, vice president of sustainability and global impact at Planet, the company that provides the satellite images for the project, said in a press conference.

This article is published in collaboration with EcoWatch by Olivia Rosane, Freelance Reporter, Ecowatch 15 Sep 2021