OECD18: ‘Healthcare for All: Homelessness, Addiction and Mental Health: How can we better access health care systems for people living on the streets?’

By April Cunningham (Central Queensland University)

Homelessness is a complex and increasing issue, with more than 4 million people a year experiencing it worldwide. At a recent symposium conducted at the 2018 Organisational Economics Co-operation Development (OECD) Meeting in Paris, a number of parties came together to discuss the factors contributing to homelessness around the world.

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Climate Change Conference COP23 Friday final daily wrap up

By Claire-Marie Pepper, CQUniversity Australia Scholar

Well, what a week it has been in Bonn. It is sad to think this is the last day of the COP23 conference for 2017 and the end of our wonderful experience. As it was the last day of the event I wanted to make the most of the events and negotiations still available. 

To start off my morning I visited the Fiji pavilion. There was a stand where you could put on a virtual reality headset. I entered the virtual reality world and was transported instantly to beautiful Fiji. Looking around me, I learnt about sugarcane farming on the island and the challenges small farm holders face. The virtual reality world was a strange experience that captivated my attention as it was my first time trying this type of technology. It also was an effective way to engage people like myself that have never been to Fiji and get an insight into the daily lives of Fijians at the conference despite being very far away from Bonn. 

Next, I decided to attend a side event about the German Government’s renewable energy targets and how they are going to achieve them. The event was structured around different stakeholders from different regions in Germany, leaders from small and large cities so an overall perspective could be gained. With ambition targets of 100% renewable by 2050 it was already exciting but while the discussion was taking place an artist was drawing what was being spoken about. It was a concept I had not witness before and was fascinating to see the concentration and passion displayed from the artist.

Next, my fellow delegates and I participated in a stakeholder event with Australian DFAT negotiation team to give us a final update on COP23. It was good to hear Australia’s perspective about the emission targets, the conferences overall success and their positivity in the progress that has been made.

After the informative meeting, we met with the second in charge of Australia's negotiation team, Assistant Secretary, Ms Andrea Faulkner, as well as Directors Marco Silvio and Matthew Stuchbery. They gave us a more detailed insight into how the conference had proceeded. We appreciated Ms Faulker's and the Directors time and were inspired by their advice and knowledge. 

I then participated in a side event called; “What you eat matters: climate change, food security and public health” which took place at the Japan pavilion. Three specialists in each field presented and then explained the cohesion between the three themes and how each can affect each other. It was interesting to learn about the interconnections between emissions, food security/ food production and nutrition and how simple measures from the consumer end can alter all effects.

We all then hastily walked to the Bula zone for our next and final meeting. We met with the amazing Thom Woodroofe, the founder of Global Voices. He is now a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford as well as being a Marshall Island senior negotiator. He is a really inspirational and an entrepreneurial person who is able to create and make opportunities that wouldn't normally exist. Meeting Thom was a really great way to finish off an excellent week in Bonn at the COP23 conference for 2017. 

We all no doubt have walked away with exceptional knowledge, growth and experiences that have inspired us all to go forth into the world, take the opportunities provided and channel our passions to make a difference. It has been a fantastic opportunity that I am very grateful for. 

The delegates and GV staff with members of Australia's negotiation team, Assistant Secretary Andrea Faulkner, with Directors Marco Silvio and Matthew Stuchbery.

The delegates and GV staff with members of Australia's negotiation team, Assistant Secretary Andrea Faulkner, with Directors Marco Silvio and Matthew Stuchbery.

IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings delegate Sarah-Joy Pierce featured in both CQU and QUT publications

Sarah attended the 2016 IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC, representing QUT Business School.

She wrote an editorial published on the QUT website and you can read it here or by copying the following URL into your browser: http://blogs.qut.edu.au/business-student-experience/2016/11/08/my-global-voices-lesson-the-importance-of-communication/ 

Sarah wrote another article published by Central Queensland University (CQU) entitled, "The five things you can expect as a Global Voices Delegate". You can read her editorial here or by copying the following URL into your browser: https://cqunilife.com/2016/11/01/global-voices-inside-the-experience/

COP 22: Wrap Up Days 5-6

By Caitlin Petersen, Central Queensland University

Meeting with Professor Robyn Eckersley, COP22

Meeting with Professor Robyn Eckersley, COP22

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to attend a COP (Conference of Parties), will tell you how crazy it is. Plenaries, side events, meetings, informal events... the list goes on. There is no way to fully articulate the wondrous chaos that is the COP, but I will do my best to wrap up day 5 and 6 of my experiences at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. 

Friday began with a meeting with the Policywatch team representing Palau at COP22. To hear their amazing stories from how they grew from students to delegates was absolutely fantastic! Global Voices is such a wonderful opportunity and it was so great to meet some of the inspirational Global Voices alumni working with Palau at COP22. 

We were also able to meet with Professor Robyn Eckersley, whose knowledge on all things climate and way of so eloquently articulating this, made the opportunity to listen and speak with her a memorable part of this trip.

Friday also saw a busy schedule of side events and informal meetings ranging from Loss and Damage in Small Island Developing States to financing adaptation in African nations. 

Saturday marked the last day for week one and it was hectic. We found ourselves moving quickly from event to event to ensure we made it on time. Particularly enjoyable were the different events being held in the Thailand, Malaysian and Japanese pavilions. REDD+ (forestation) was a popular topic amongst these pavilions alongside the need for partnership with pacific islands. I particularly enjoyed a financing workshop in the Japanese pavilion, which considered necessary steps required for financing adaptation in the pacific region.

That evening the whole team dined at a Moroccan cafe before meeting up with other youth delegates to head to a party hosted by Climate Action Network (CAN). Everyone – from youth NGOs to formal delegates – was in attendance, brought together by their joint desire for climate action. It was nice to see everyone let their hair down and come together to enjoy what the night had to offer.

That is all for week 1, but I can't wait to see what week 2 will bring!

Amy Plant: CQU Blog Contributor

Central Queensland University delegate Amy Plant has taken over the CQU Blog! Read her first post and remember to follow her Twitter (@Amyisthinking) to keep updated from the ground during the ECOSOC HLPF in New York. 

You can read her article here or copy the following URL into your browser http://bit.ly/AmyPlantCQUBlog

Central Queensland University is a valued partner of Global Voices and supports us in our mission to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with global issues and foreign policy.