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With support from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and Multicultural NSW – The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) will celebrate World UN Day on Tuesday 24th October, 2017, with the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph (Martin Place), followed by the UN Day Gala Luncheon at Parliament House.  Both events are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.


“The international community is facing enormous challenges that can only be addressed by a strong and effective multilateral system, of which the United Nations remains the fundamental pillar”

UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres (2017)

The cenotaph ceremony (10.30am for 11.00am) will be attended by a number of distinguished guests, including the Governor of NSW, The Honorable General David Hurley AO DSC and Mrs Hurley.

The Gala luncheon (12.15pm for 12.45pm), to be held at Parliament House immediately following the cenotaph ceremony, will mark the occasion of the conferring UN Day Honours for 2017 upon the Australian Red Cross, in recognition of their significant contribution towards peace and humanitarianism. The presentation will be made by UNAA National President Major General Michael Smith AO (retired) and will be accepted by the Red Cross National President, Mr Michael Legge AM.

 “In an increasingly uncertain and challenging environment, an effective United Nations – the preeminent international organisation with global reach and legitimacy – will be vital for the future of Australia and our planet” – UNAA National President, Major General Michael Smith AO (retired)


About UNAA

For over 70 years, the UNAA has been Australia’s leading non government organization (NGO) committed to informing, inspiring and engaging all sectors of Australian society about the critical work, goals and values of the United Nations to create a safer, fairer and more sustainable world. (

For more information

Please contact:

Mr Paul Malliate (UNAA – Vice President) – Ph 041 136 0300

Luncheon Bookings: