Not Drowning, Fighting…

Pacific climate change activists are engaged in a race against time as they seek to influence the upcoming COP21 summit. As part of our engagement with Pacific social change movements, we are publishing the following short blog, to help publicise their campaign… Pacific activists Noelene Nabulivou and Miki Wali write: If Australia and New Zealand really cares about the Pacific as a partner, they must … Continue reading Not Drowning, Fighting…

Climate change challenges to health – launch of new report

By Celia McMichael The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) has just launched its new report: Climate Change Challenges to Health: Risks and Opportunities. The report makes a call for action from all Australian governments to plan for and address the impacts of climate change on human health. Since its launch, the report has generated substantial media interest. By the end of the century, global temperatures … Continue reading Climate change challenges to health – launch of new report

15 Ailments of the Development Sector – with apologies to Pope Francis

Inspired by to Pope Francis’ list of 15 “Ailments of the Curia” delivered in his Christmas address yesterday I have compiled the following 15 Ailments of the Development Sector. Thank-you Andrew Hewett for the stimulus. 1) Feeling immortal, immune or indispensable. “An NGO that doesn’t criticize itself, that doesn’t update itself, that doesn’t seek to improve itself is a sick body.” 2) Taking Yourself too … Continue reading 15 Ailments of the Development Sector – with apologies to Pope Francis

Aids and Human Security

To coincide with World Aids Day, Professorial Fellow Dennis Altman reflects upon the global impact of AIDS and Australia‚Äôs response to this human security concern. Over the past year the world has been confronted with grim reminders of a number of non-traditional threats to global security, which together make up what is commonly referred to as human security. As the United Nations Fund for Human … Continue reading Aids and Human Security