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UNESCO’s assessment of the Great Barrier Reef: is the Reef ‘in danger’?
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UNESCO’s assessment of the Great Barrier Reef: is the Reef ‘in danger’?

This is the question that the 21 member countries of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee (the Committee) will examine at its 45th Session, currently due to be held from 19–30 June 2022 in Kazan, Russia. The Committee’s determination of whether the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) should be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger will be based on an updated ‘State Party’ report from the Australian Government and a State of Conservation report to be prepared by two scientific officials (p. 58) who visited the GBR last month. Read more...

Ukraine: The role of the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly in responding to international law violations

In the escalating situation due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the international community is turning to the United Nations (UN) to respond to the crisis. Key violations of international law, can be responded to through the UN which was established in 1945 in the aftermath of the Second World War. This Flagpost will review the role of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in responding to violations of international law.  Read more...

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