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In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency believes now is the time to show world leaders that the global public stands with refugees, and it will launch its #WithRefugees petition on June 20th to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.
The #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants, scheduled for the 19th September. The petition asks governments to:
Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
"Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights and in international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement."
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
Planet Earth is in our hands
World Environment Day invites people all over the world to set aside their differences in pursuit of the health of the natural world. It is imperative to protect nature for future generations as many general practices today threaten the future integrity of animals, plants, and natural systems.
'Without a healthy environment we cannot end poverty or build prosperity. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home: we can use less plastics, drive less, waste less food and teach each other to care.'
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
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Australia’s national policy should be directed to destroying human trafficking by 2030, Bishop Terry Brady told a parliamentary inquiry on 5 May 2017.
Bishop Brady was giving evidence on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement in Sydney at their hearing on human trafficking. Bishop Brady is Chair of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life.
‘Australians have a moral imperative to eradicate the injustice of human trafficking and modern slavery,’ Bishop Brady said. ‘If we know that the human dignity of people is being harmed in this way, we should do what we can to free them from that ill-treatment.
‘As an example to others and to spur reform in Australia, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney announced in March that it would slavery-proof its supply chains.
‘This announcement is significant as the Catholic Church is one of the largest purchasing groups in Australia after government.’
Click here for complete statement - Australian Catholic Bishops call for end of Human Trafficking
Some other key dates to save in your calendars
March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)
April 22 - International Mother Earth Day
April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
May 26 - June 24 - Ramadan (varies)
June 5 - World Environment Day
June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week
June 20 - World Refugee Day
June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)
July 22 - Good Shepherd Day (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons
August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
August 19 - Feastday of St John Eudes
September 1 - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
September 21 - International Day of Peace
October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child
October 11 - 18 - Anti Poverty Week
November 2 - All Souls Day
November 11 - Diwali festival
November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
November 25 - 10 Dec - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence
December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 5 - International Volunteer Day
December 10 - Human Rights Day