Tag Archives: United Nations

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Warns on Unraveling of International Agreements.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has expressed concern at the growing threat to important international agreements. He pointed to the refusal of Burundi to be bound by the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and of states such as South Africa and Jordan allowing free movement of the indicted […]

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Edmund Rice Centre WA Heeds the Call of the United Nations on Sport

Participants in the Local Parks Project In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/71/L.38)  recognizing the potential of sport as a valuable tool to bring about positive social change and build a peaceful and better world. The Edmund Rice Centre in Perth Western Australia (ERCWA), has provided sporting activities for young […]

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Concern at Global Trend to Restrict Civil Society

Edmund Rice International is an ECOSOC accredited NGO working within the UN. This means that it can be active within the UN in a variety of ways. From its very inception, NGOs have been recognised as having had a major role to play within the UN, particularly with regards to human rights. Increasing restrictions on […]

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International Mother Earth Day – April 22nd

Since 1970, the 22nd April has been designated as World Earth Day, “a movement which gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channelling human energy toward environmental issues.” This years Earth Day is especially significant, with world leaders and diplomats converging on the United Nations’ New York headquarters to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change […]

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Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

On the 15th April Dr. David Nabarro, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda, briefed NGOs on progress of implementation of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). According to Dr. Nabarro the SDGs represent the biggest upheaval in thinking and working that he’s seen in his career – it requires a radical change in […]

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ERI Again Raises Concerns About Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy at the Human Rights Council

Edmund Rice International, together with Franciscans International, Destination Justice, and ChilOut organised a side event during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on the topic of Asylum Seekers Rights in Australia. Panellists included Phil Glendenning, President of the Refugee Council of Australia and Director of the Edmund Rice Centre in Sydney, Mohammad […]

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An Historic Decision for the World

I was privileged to attend the first week of the COP21 in Paris on Climate Change as a delegate for Franciscans International, and I monitored for ERI networks the second week of decisions, when the draft text was refashioned by the politicians into the final Paris Agreement and Decisions. It was a tremendous process of […]

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Human Rights Day – Dec 10th

Fifty years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two international treaties that would forever shape international human rights: The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Created in the aftermath of WWII, the two Covenants along with the Universal Declaration of Human […]

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Ten Million People in the World Have No Nationality

 “On the short time that children get to be children, statelessness can set in stone grave problems that will haunt them throughout their childhoods and sentence them to a life of discrimination, frustration and despair. If our hopes for the future generation are to be realised, that generation must be a meaningful part of the […]

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Opening of the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, began his opening address at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva by poetically referring to the pivotal image that shocked the world. It was an image that evoked sadness, disgrace and anger. It was the image of Alan Kurdi, lying […]

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