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United Nations Association of Australia National Conference 2013

United Nations Association of Australia

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM (AEST)

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Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
UNAA member   more info Ended A$250.00 A$13.46
UNAA member (concession)   more info Ended A$230.00 A$12.47
UNAA non-member   more info Ended A$275.00 A$14.71
UNAA non-member (concession)   more info Ended A$255.00 A$13.72
Conference Dinner (with conference ticket)   more info Ended A$70.00 A$4.55
Conference Dinner (not also attending conference)   more info Ended A$100.00 A$6.04
UN Young Professionals Evening   more info Ended A$10.00 A$1.58
Late registration   more info Ended A$275.00 A$14.71

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Event Details

Inform. Engage. Inspire.

Main conference: Friday, 9 August - Saturday, 10 August
See special events section below for associated events

The world is a challenging place. The United Nations exists to make the world better by rising to the challenges.  Nearly seventy years after the establishment of the United Nations, the ideals and endeavours of the UN family remain essential to the daily life of millions, and the trajectory of global affairs.
The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) invites you to be part of its 2013 National Conference in Canberra. Join a conversation involving expert speakers drawn from government, business, international and academic communities, as we consider the issues that matter for the future of us all. Be informed, get engaged and leave inspired.
Be informed about the extensive program of work handled by UN agencies across the world, through special sessions on modern peacekeeping, human rights and justice, and the establishment of sustainable development goals.
The UNAA National Conference is unique, in that it brings together a diverse range of specialists from across disciplines, interests and organisations. The real value of the conference is the ability to foster discussion across domains.
Engage with the problems facing the UN and the world, and be inspired to participate in the solutions. The problems facing the world are daunting and often confronting. Nevertheless, the UN and the inspiring individuals associated with it have made a real difference, and continue to do so. Meet people doing great things, be reminded of the UN’s ideals and find ways to be involved, however big or small.

Keynote speakers:

  • Mr Ian Martin – Immediate Past Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya
  • HE Mr Biren Nanda – High Commissioner of India
  • HE Mr Gary Quinlan – Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • Professor Gillian Triggs – President and Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Peace and Security Session:

  • Dr Jeremy Farrall – Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU
  • Lt Gen John Sanderson – Former Governor of Western Australia, former Chief of the Australian Army
  • Maj Gen Michael G.  Smith – Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya's Security Sector Advisory Section
  • Mr Mike Smith – Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate
  • Ms Catriona Standfield – University of Adelaide
  • Dr Laura Shepherd – Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, UNSW
  • Dr Jeni Whalan – Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, UNSW

Human Rights and International Justice Session:

  • Professor Hilary Charlesworth – Judge  ad-hoc for the International Court of Justice and  Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice ANU
  • Mr Brian Gleeson – Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services
  • Professor William Maley – Foundation Director of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU
  • Mr Richard Towle  UNHCR Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific

Special Session on Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Mr Peter Baxter – Director-General, AusAID
  • Mr Stephen Close – Human Development Specialist, Pacific Islands, PNG and Timor-Leste, the World Bank
  • Dr Susan Harris Rimmer – Director of Studies, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU
  • Professor John Langmore – Social and Political Science, University of Melbourne
  • Mr Matthew Tukaki  ex-Officio Director of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact
  • Mr Chris Woodthorpe – Director of United Nations Information Centre, Canberra

For more information on the conference, including program updates, visit:


Special Events

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner is open to all, including those not able to attend the conference. A discounted ticket applies for conference participants.

The keynote speaker at the dinner, which is on Friday, 9 August at 7:00 pm, is Mr Ian Martin, Immediate Past Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

Pre-conference Workshops

There are two special workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 8 August. 

The UNAA Status of Women Network is hosting a roundtable of forced marriage in Australia. Numbers at the event are strictly limited. For more information, please contact the organisers of the roundtable via

The UNAA Academic Network will host a workshop to share research and priorities for the forthcoming year. Please email for information.

UNAA Young Professionals Event

UNAA Young Professionals will host an event on the final evening of the conference (Saturday, 10 August). To book tickets for the event, please purchase the relevant ticket above, which includes two drinks and finger food.


 Which ticket should I get?

To attend the main conference, you will need a conference ticket. There are four classes of conference ticket: UNAA Member (standard or concession) and non-member (standard or concession).

UNAA and Young Professional members are entitled to the members rate (reciprocal recognition of membership applies to Australian Institute of International Affairs members, and select other organisations as advised).

The concession rate (member or non-member) is available to holders of government concessions, including unemployment, pension, student concessions or similar.

The standard ticket entitles you to attend the main conference on Friday, 9 August and Saturday, 10 August, and includes an evening cocktail reception on Thursday, 8 August.

The conference dinner, on Friday, 9 August, is open to conference participants and non-participants alike, and is a separate charge to the standard ticket.

Finally, special sessions for the UNAA Academic Network (8 August), UNAA Status of Women Network (8 August) and Young Professionals Network (10 August) require you to book through a seperate process (see section above).

UNAA National Conference Accommodation Packages

Rydges Lakeside

1 London Circuit, Canberra City

Call Rydges Lakeside on (02) 6247 6244 and quote the conference code of X-0808UNAA to secure the conference rate of $169 per night or with a full buffet breakfast for an additional $25 per person, per day. Please note the special conference rate can only be access via phone bookings.

University House 

Cnr Balmain Cr & Liversidge St ACTON

Limited twin rooms are available for either twin or single occupancy at University House located within the grounds of Australian National University (ANU).

Room only rate $144 - per room

Bed and breakfast single occupancy $159

Bed and breakfast twin occupancy $174

For bookings at University House please contact Samantha Groom or (02) 6281 9111

Have questions about United Nations Association of Australia National Conference 2013? Contact United Nations Association of Australia

When & Where

University House, The Australian National University
1 Balmain Crescent
Acton, ACT 2601

Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM (AEST)

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United Nations Association of Australia

The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) promotes the aims and work of the United Nations amongst Australians of all walks of life.

The UNAA engages Australian citizens in the work of the UN through a range of activities, including education programs and advocacy work. These activities are carried out by six state and two territory branches, as well as a National Office, which is based in Canberra.

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