Green Spaces Call for Applications

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Applications are now open for the Green Spaces Programme!


Green Spaces is a wage-matching programme that works together with organizations in the sustainable development sector across the country to place talented students in positions that will elevate their knowledge, passion, and experience of working in Canada’s Green Economy.

Participants will undertake work-integrated learning placements across Canada with organizations in a variety of sectors, including private companies, non-profits, governments, Indigenous-based organizations, post-secondary institutions, and other associations.

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UNAC Vancouver in Support of UNDRIP

The Vancouver Branch of the UN Association in Canada supports the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP).
The United Nations has an important and continuing role to play in promoting and protecting Indigenous rights.

UNDRIP does not yet have any force of international law but it is a significant step towards reconciliation, social justice and the upholding of human rights. Indigenous rights are human rights.

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Think Global Link Local 2019 – Grab Your Tickets Now!


Tickets are now available for Think Global, Link Local 2019! This is a Networking Breakfast, hosted by the United Nations Association of Canada – Vancouver Branch. Students and recent graduates will get the opportunity to meet and learn from professionals in local charities, non-profit and civil society organizations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to build connections and get to know some of these amazing organizations!


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2018 Renate Shearer Award Recap

On December 10th, 2018, UNAC-Vancouver and Community Legal Assistance Society hosted the annual celebration to commemorate the Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the presentation of the Renate Shearer Award.


This year the Renate Shearer Award was made to Chief Dr. Robert Joseph in recognition of his outstanding achievement in promoting respect for the human rights of Indigenous People in Canada and for his ongoing efforts towards reconciliation based on truth and healing.

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Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 70th birthday today, having been adopted as Resolution 217 by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10th in 1948. The primary goal of this ground-breaking document is to help prevent a repetition of the atrocities that occurred during World War Two. The committee assembled to develop this document was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt and the first draft was written by the first Director of the United Nations Division of Human Rights, Canadian legal scholar and jurist John Humphrey. The Declaration grants all humans certain inalienable rights and promotes justice and human dignity. More specifically, it declares that all humans are equal regardless of their race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property or birth. The Declaration has been translated into 512 languages, making it the most-translated document in the world.

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2018 Renate Shearer Award

The United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch and the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) are pleased to announce a Celebration to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
Location: Law Courts Inn Restaurant (4thFloor)

Address: 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver BC

Time: 5:30pm to 8pm
Admission by Donation. Hors-d’oeuvres, no-host bar and live music available.

This 30th Anniversary presentation of the Renate Shearer Award will be made to:

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, OC, OBC in recognition of his outstanding achievements and transformative role in reconciliation work in British Columbia and in Canada.

As an Elder Witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, his energy has gone towards achieving reconciliation and shifting the national consciousness to ultimately create harmony and a oneness between Canadians. Calls to Action 42 to 44 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission underline the need to utilize the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for a path forward to full reconciliation.

Each year, the Renate Shearer Award is presented to a person or organization who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of human rights. This award is a memorial to the life and work of Renate Shearer who was a champion of equality and dignity for all.

29th November – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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On November 29th the UN will once again be celebrating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The day was mandated by UN General Assembly Resolution 32/40 B of 1977. Since the UN was founded in 1945 – with the express aim of reducing or eliminating conflicts around the world – the Palestinian conflict, starting with the founding of Israel in 1948 has been one of the longest-lasting and most intractable conflicts which the UN has ever had to deal with. Much discussion and debate have taken place at the UN Security Council and General Assembly over the years and yet the Palestine matter is one of the issues about which the UN has been unable to reach an agreement since 1948.

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