Sending solidarity and support to Australia and its people in the face of unprecedented bushfires, on Saturday 18 January 2020 from 6pm to 7:15pm, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council will perform a concert to support the ongoing relief and recovery efforts.  The catastrophic bushfires have seen significant loss of life, land and livelihood in communities across the nation. All funds raised will be directed to the Australian Red Cross. 

LOCATION - All Saints Episcopal Church


H.E. The Hon. Mitch Fifield, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations

Mr. Richard Blewitt, Permanent Observer and Head of Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the United Nations

Performance by the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council  Brenda Vongova, Artistic Director & Piano

David Yardley, Countertenor and Medieval Harp
Hana Mundiya, Violin
Rohan Mundiya, Violin
Naoko Nakajima, Violin
Abigail Elder, Viola
Aaron Stokes, Cello

Open seating.  No RSVP required.  Children are welcome.

Proceeds to benefit the Australian Red Cross
For more information on the event contact:


The third United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS 2020) will bring together Ministers, Chiefs of Police and senior representatives of regional and professional policing organizations to United Nations Headquarters from 18 to 19 June 2020 to discuss and contextualize the role of the United Nations Police as an enabler for Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNCOPS 2020 will advance a common understanding among current and potential police and financial contributors, the United Nations Secretariat and United Nations system entities of what the United Nations Police require to achieve their diverse and complex mandated tasks, including protecting civilians, rebuilding national police services, preventing crime and conflict, and sustaining peace.

In particular, discussions will focus on identifying approaches and practices to: operationalize the United Nations Police Division’s role as a system-wide service provider and focal point for United Nations policing and other law enforcement matters;
reinforce ongoing efforts to enhance the performance of United Nations Police by strengthening capacities, including the launch of the Voluntary Compact on Advancing Gender Parity within the United Nations Police; and
integrate United Nations policing priorities in international peace and security processes, discussions and fora.

UNCOPS 2020 will also offer a unique opportunity for the world’s police executives and United Nations leadership to engage in discussions on how United Nations policing and national policing mutually reinforce one another when addressing current and emerging global security challenges, including man-made and natural crises and incidents.

Police leaders will come away with a greater understanding of how the skills, knowledge and experience acquired by their national officers returning from United Nations service benefit their own policing services and populations.

Member States will also have an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to strengthening the United Nations Police through concrete pledges of support. Official invitations will be sent out to Permanent Missions to the United Nations in early 2020. For additional information, please contact the Police Division Focal Points, Mr. Ata Yenigun ( and Ms. Julia Goehsing-Mellinghoff (

Open meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on “Countering terrorist narratives and preventing the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes”

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 3:00-6:00 p.m., CR 2, United Nations Headquarters, New York

A number of recent Security Council resolutions have stressed the importance to counter the narratives of terrorists and to prevent the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes. Security Council resolution 2354 (2017) directs the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), with the support of its Executive Directorate (CTED), to organize at least one open meeting annually to review global developments in countering terrorist narratives.

Taking place at United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday 29 January 2020 in Conference Room 2 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, the #CTNarratives meeting is open to is open to Member and Observer States, members of the media including photographers with valid accreditation, United Nations staff and interns, UN entities, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies, as well as invited guests with a valid UN grounds pass. The event will be webcast at

More information is available here.