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New Administrator of Tokelau announced

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:52:56 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that Mr Ross Ardern will be the next Administrator of Tokelau. More >>

Golden Opportunity Missed for Progress on Intra-Syrian Talk

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:20:50 +1300 | United Nations

14 December 2017 – A “golden opportunity” has been missed to decide the future of Syria at the end of the latest round of United Nations-supported talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday.More >>

UN Pays Tribute to ‘Blue Helmets’ Killed in DR Congo

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:57:46 +1300 | United Nations

14 December 2017 – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country.More >>

Respiratory Diseases Claim Thousands of Lives Every Year

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:04:31 +1300 | United Nations

Respiratory Diseases Linked to Seasonal Flu Claim Thousands of Lives Every Year – UN health agency More >>

Moderate Recovery for Latin American & Caribbean Economies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:05:38 +1300 | United Nations

14 December 2017 – New economic projections for Latin America and the Caribbean show moderate recovery in 2018 and growth the following year – with favoured expansions in consumption and domestic investment, the United Nations reported Thursday.More >>

Palestinian Intransigence Has a Price Too

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:56:13 +1300 | Zionist Federation

Trump’s recent announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, heralding their intention to move the embassy there from Tel Aviv, reminds the Palestinians that it’s in their best interests to come to the negotiating table as soon as possible ...More >>

The Fall of Sam Dastyari: The Allures of Foreign Influence

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:53:27 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

Gazing at the politics of a vassal state is interesting in one acute, and jarring sense. Voices of presumed independence are often bought; political opinions that seem well informed are, in fact, ventriloquised. The origin is always elsewhere.More >>

Mexico Draft Security Law Should Be Rejected

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:40:23 +1300 | United Nations

GENEVA (14 December 2017) - UN experts* have called on Mexico to reject a draft law on internal security that is due to be voted on in the Senate today, warning that giving the armed forces a leading role in security matters could weaken the ...More >>

UN Spotlights Power of Health Coverage to Unlock Growth

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:38:48 +1300 | United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed Thursday, expressing the UN's readiness to help countries move towards health coverage for all. More >>

Poverty & Culture Don't Justify Discrimination Against Women

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:36:33 +1300 | United Nations

N’DJAMENA (14 December 2017) – A United Nations expert group on discrimination against women today welcomed the development of important laws to help protect women in Chad, but warned that deep-set barriers still blocked women’s quest for full ...More >>

United Arab Emirates assists Regional Children’s Hospital

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:22:23 +1300 | Wellington Hospitals Foundation

United Arab Emirates new Ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Mr. Saleh Alsuwaidi today presented Bill Day, Chair Wellington Hospitals Foundation with a cheque for US$20,000 to assist sick New Zealand and Pacific Island children.More >>

Australia: Noone Being Tortured Offshore?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:59:46 +1300 | Jane Salmon

A relative, Ron Cruikshank, a banker like you Mr Turnbull, was incarcerated by the Japanese in Singapore in WW2. He returned, but he did not return a whole person. More >>

Back New Zealanders to do good in the world

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:24:40 +1300 | Council for International Development

The international charity sector is calling on the new government to back New Zealand’s humanitarian and development work in the Pacific and across the world, and urgently increase funding for aid and development in today’s mini-budget.More >>

UN Helps Latin America Farmers Broaden Their Market Horizons

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:04:27 +1300 | United Nations

13 December 2017 – Improving market access, particularly beyond national borders, for family farmers and small and medium agriculture enterprises in the Latin America and Caribbean region can help boost rural development as well as spur inclusive trade, ...More >>

Electronic Waste Poses Growing Risk to Environment & Health

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:06:31 +1300 | United Nations

13 December 2017 – The growing volume of electronic waste, including discarded products with a battery or plug, such as mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators and electrical toys, poses a major threat to the environment and human health, the ...More >>

NZ On the Wrong Side at WTO Ministerial Meeting in Argentina

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:20:20 +1300 | Professor Jane Kelsey

NZ On the Wrong Side of the Only Outcomes From WTO Ministerial Meeting in Argentina More >>

UN Diphtheria Vaccination Campaign for Rohingya Children

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:15:11 +1300 | United Nations

12 December 2017 – A United Nations-backed campaign to immunize Rohingya children against diphtheria began on Tuesday in Bangladesh, following an outbreak that has resulted in nine deaths in the camps and makeshift settlements hosting these refugees ...More >>

US Must Stop Policy of Impunity for the Crime of Torture

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:13:25 +1300 | United Nations

GENEVA (13 December 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, has appealed to the United States to end a pervasive policy of impunity for crimes of torture committed by US officials.More >>

Half the World Lacks Access to Essential Health Services

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:11:57 +1300 | United Nations

13 December 2017 – At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a ...More >>

UN & Partners Launch $1.72B Appeal for South Sudan

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:10:13 +1300 | United Nations

With ‘So Much at Stake’ in Crisis-Torn South Sudan, UN & Partners Launch $1.72B Appeal More >>


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