“We need to help human beings caught up in horrendous circumstances, which they had no role in creating and have no power to change,” the Secretary-General noted in an opinion piece published today in Belgian French-language newspaper, Le Soir, and other media outlets in Europe. In the opinion piece, the Secretary-General looked back to his recent visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, which is where many refugees and migrants first arrive when entering Europe and where he saw and heard first-hand their plight at the island’s Kara Tepe and Moria locations. “The waters were calm the day I visited. But not so long ago, the horizon was filled with flimsy, overcrowded boats making their way across cold and choppy waters. People arrived by the thousands, some still with shrapnel wounds from the fighting they had fled just days earlier,” he wrote.“I spoke with Syrians, Iraqis, Pakistanis and others. I sensed immense gratitude for their temporary haven,” he added. “But I also saw simmering frustration at their uncertain futures, causing tensions within and beyond the facilities. As one person said, ‘it is the waiting that is killing everyone inside.’”Mr. Ban highlighted that the people of Greece and Lesbos had responded “admirably” to the influx of so many people in need, adding that, “If tiny Lesbos can do so much, surely others can do more.”In that vein, the UN chief urged world leaders to uphold their political, moral and legal obligations by taking the following five steps: relocate more people, protect people, provide more resettlement as well as humanitarian and complementary pathways for admission, fight xenophobia and hatred, and address the root causes of forced displacement. “The situation is complex, yet simple, in its fundamentals: we need to help human beings caught up in horrendous circumstances, which they had no role in creating and have no power to change,” he wrote. “Large movements of people have occurred before and we have coped. With the world now richer than ever and more knowledgeable than ever, we should be able to cope better than ever, and do right for today’s and future generations.”The Secretary-General also urged all world leaders to attend the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants taking place at UN Headquarters in New York in September, and for which the goal is a new global compact on responsibility-sharing for refugees and another one for safe, orderly and regular migration.
The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has started a project to build, own and operate the Tanami Gas Pipeline, an 8 in underground pipeline bringing natural gas to the Newmont Tanami mine sites which is scheduled for Q1 2019 completion.Running for approximately 440 km, the Tanami Gas Pipeline will carry gas from an Inlet Meter Station connecting to the Amadeus Gas Pipeline, at a location approximately 180 km north west of Alice Springs, to the Granites and Dead Bullock Soak power stations at the Newmont Tanami facilities. The Pipeline will generally follow the alignment of Tanami Road and pass through a mix of pastoral land, Aboriginal freehold land and Crown land.Construction is expected to take approximately 10 months and will take place in a dedicated right of way with additional work areas such as access tracks, turn around points, construction camps and water storage facilities along the pipeline route. The pipeline is being built by AGIG using industry leading and highly experienced contractors. The pipe itself is being manufactured overseas and delivered to the Darwin port. The pipes are then transported to the Alice Springs rail yard, and then onto laydown areas located along the construction route. AGIG is using local labour and services to support the project.The Tanami Gas Pipeline is being built, operated and maintained to the highest safety standards, in accordance with the Pipeline Management Plan approved by the NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources. A Pipeline Management Plan has been developed to ensure that the pipeline is built to a standard that reduces the risks to an acceptable level; and processes are in place to control the ongoing operational risks. read more