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APEC Agrees Priorities for 2019

Saturday, 15 December 2018, 12:13 pm | APEC

“ We are committed to a new vision for APEC, one where we achieve full integration and where sectors that have lagged behind can benefit from integration, such as small- and medium-sized businesses and women,” said President Sebastian Piñera at the ... More >>

Yemen ceasefire deal

Saturday, 15 December 2018, 12:11 pm | United Nations

The freshly agreed Yemen ceasefire deal covering the key Red Sea governorates of Hudaydah and Taiz has been welcomed by the World Food Programme ( WFP ), which on Friday expressed hope that it would improve access for humanitarians and, just as ... More >>

PLO on Australia and Jerusalem

Saturday, 15 December 2018, 12:08 pm | PLO

In a letter to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Dr. Ashrawi calls on the Australian government to respect its international obligations, refrain from changing its policy on Jerusalem More >>

Most fished shark in the world denied protection at UN

Saturday, 15 December 2018, 12:05 pm | Humane Society International

Humane Society International says the rejection of the blue shark for increased conservation efforts at a UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) shark meeting is a terrible outcome for the species which is caught in numbers ... More >>

DRC: Calls for measures to prevent further violence

Saturday, 15 December 2018, 12:00 pm | UNHCHR

DRC: UN Human Rights Chief calls for measures to prevent further violence ahead of crucial election More >>

International Organisation of Migration Chooses Tactilis

Saturday, 15 December 2018, 11:49 am | Tactilis

International Organisation of Migration Chooses Tactilis Card for Pilot Programmes BANGKOK, Dec 14, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Tactilis Pte. Limited, developers and manufacturers of a new biometric computer card technology, have entered an agreement for three ... More >>

Up to 92% of sharks in Queensland waters gone

Friday, 14 December 2018, 6:43 pm | Humane Society International

14th December 2018 — The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and Humane Society International (HSI) say Australians would be shocked to learn that in the past 55 years, shark populations have declined by up to 92% off the Queensland coast1 ... More >>

Airbus Group spent HK$180million to enlarged shareholdings

Friday, 14 December 2018, 3:42 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 14, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Avichina (2357.HK) announced that on 13 December 2018, that a number of institutions have increased their shareholdings on the Company, in which their existing strategic shareholder, Airbus Group spent ... More >>

Poland: Government must not roll back women’s rights

Friday, 14 December 2018, 12:23 pm | UNHCHR

WARSAW (13 December 2018) – Poland is at a critical juncture with regard to its record on women’s rights. It must refrain from rolling back women’s rights, particularly in the areas of family and culture, as well as sexual and reproductive health, and ... More >>

Poland: UN experts condemn measures

Friday, 14 December 2018, 12:22 pm | UNHCHR

Poland: UN experts condemn measures to stop human rights defenders join climate talks GENEVA (13 December 2018) - UN human rights experts* have expressed concerns at reports that several human rights defenders have been harassed, arbitrarily detained ... More >>

COP24 Must Put Health First in Climate Negotiations

Friday, 14 December 2018, 12:15 pm | Global Climate and Health Alliance

Katowice, 13 December 2018:- The Global Climate and Health Alliance today called for countries to follow through on their commitment to protect the “right to health” under the Paris Agreement, ensuring that COP24 negotiators explicitly include “health” ... More >>

Richard Branson Welcomes Astronauts Home

Friday, 14 December 2018, 9:42 am | Virgin Galactic

Mojave, California, USA (13 Dec 2018): Today, Virgin Galactic conducted its fourth powered test flight and first space flight of its commercial SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity. Please find reporting materials below for news coverage and multimedia reporting. More >>

Be Offensive and Be Damned

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 4:21 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university management. ... More >>

‘Staunch support’ for Iran nuclear deal tempered by concern

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 1:30 pm | United Nations

While there is “staunch support” among Member States for the 2016 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA , that is tempered by concerns over some of its other activities, which Iran “should carefully ... More >>

Boosting the Benefits of Cruises to Fiji’s Economy

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 1:21 pm | International Finance Corporation

Suva, Fiji, December 13, 2018—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with the Fijian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the cruise tourism industry to measure the economic impact of cruising in Fiji. The study - supported by the ... More >>

Helping Papua New Guinea Develop a Corporate Bond Market

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 1:20 pm | International Finance Corporation

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in co-operation with the Bank of Papua New Guinea and government and industry representatives is helping Papua New Guinea develop a corporate debt market. More >>

Home-grown initiatives to end violence against women

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 12:45 pm | Fiji Women's Crisis Centre

Home-grown initiatives in the Pacific to address violence against women and girls have better chances of succeeding and bringing about change, than overseas-designed programs that are implemented with good intentions but in the wrong context. More >>

Join the Talanoa Call for Action

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 12:07 pm | UNFCCC

UN Climate Change News, 12 December 2018 – Today, at the closing of the Talanoa Dialogue, the Presidencies of this and last years’ UN Climate Change Conferences (COP24 and COP23) issued the Talanoa Call for Action . This statement calls for the ... More >>

WWF presents its highest award to Danube basin commission

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 12:04 pm | World Wildlife Fund

WWF presented today a Gift to the Earth, its highest award, to the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) at a ceremony at the UN in Vienna. More >>

Unacceptable dolphin deaths in southern Australian fishery

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 4:24 pm | Humane Society International

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and Humane Society International (HSI) have today called on the Australian Government to urgently act to protect dolphins in southern Australia. More >>

Community reps pass FIJI CSO code of accountability

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 4:03 pm | Fiji Council of Social Services

Fiji Council of Social Services(FCOSS) district representatives endorsed the Fiji CSO Code of Accountability for implementation by January 2019 at a meeting in Lautoka yesterday. More >>

Most Secure KYC-Enabled Security Token Wallet Launched

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 3:05 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 12, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Blockpass and Infinito Wallet have announced the launch of the world's most secure and convenient KYC-enabled security token wallet, providing regulatory compliance while putting traders in full control of their security ... More >>

Sports Launch Climate Action Framework at COP24

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 1:23 pm | UNFCCC

The sports sector and UN Climate Change have launched today the Sports for Climate Action Framework to gather sports organizations, teams, athletes, and fans in a concerted effort to raise awareness and action to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Representatives ... More >>

William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 1:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture. Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being ... More >>

Draconian Power to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 11:03 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

Buddhist-majority Thailand is about to become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalize medical marijuana, hoping its traditional secretive potions, stoner "Thai Sticks," inexpensive quality health care and export marketeers will rescue patients ... More >>

The Real Face of Justin: Are Palestinians Canada's New Jews?

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:46 am | Ramzy Baroud

How does one explain Canada's contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel? On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canada’s commitment not to follow the footsteps of ... More >>

Marshall Islands releases map to decarbonize power by 2050

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:33 am | Republic of the Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands today released their plan to reduce electricity emissions by over half in just seven years, with further reductions leading to net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. More >>

Patricia Espinosa: “It’s Within our Grasp to Finish the Job"

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:21 am | UNFCCC

The second part of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference COP24 resumed today with the UN’s Climate Chief, Patricia Espinosa and other top UN officials making passionate pleas to governments to finish the work they set for themselves ... More >>

Cameroon: UN experts concerned by crackdown on protests

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:20 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts* have expressed concerns over a crackdown against protesters in Cameroon following President Paul Biya’s re-election, and called for the protection of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. More >>

UN expert dismayed by jail terms for Kachin activists

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:19 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

A UN human rights expert has expressed her dismay at the imprisonment of three ethnic Kachin activists for allegedly criticizing the Myanmar military during peaceful demonstrations in April. “It is wholly unacceptable that Lum Zawng, Nang Pu and Zau Jet have been ... More >>

Second Yidan Prize Summit Sets Forth Ideas for Future

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 10:14 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

The second Yidan Prize Summit took place in Hong Kong on 10 December 2018, featuring the Prize's second cycle of laureates - Professor Larry V. HEDGES of Northwestern University and Professor Anant AGARWAL of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute ... More >>

Human rights watchdog calls for probe into ‘unclear’ killing

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 9:09 am | Pacific Media Centre

NEW YORK ( Asia Pacific Report/Human Rights Watch/Pacific Media Centre ): Indonesian police should investigate a Papuan armed group’s killing of at least 17 people , including a soldier, at a construction area in Nduga in Papua’s densely forested ... More >>

GAME OVER! Nautilus' Solwara 1 experiment fails

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 4:13 pm | Deep Sea Mining Campaign

Nautilus’ aspirations to be the world's first deep sea miner sink to the bottom of the ocean on news that the project support vessel critical to the development of Nautilus’ deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea has been purchased for ... More >>

Amnesty publishes review of human rights in 2018

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 2:45 pm | Amnesty International

Women activists around the world have been at the forefront of the battle for human rights in 2018, Amnesty International said today as it launched its review on the state of human rights over the past year. More >>

Prosecution of Muslims in China – World Needs Attention

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 1:06 pm | Syed Atiq ul Hassan

The ancestry of Chinese Muslims goes back to the time of the 3rd Caliph in Islam, Usman Ibn Affan in 651 when he sent companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), including Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas, to China. Since then and during the time of The Ottoman Empire, ... More >>

Judgment: UK free to revoke article 50 notification

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 11:41 am | Court of Justice of the European Union

The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU More >>

NEPAL: Government’s only policy is to control NGOs

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:46 am | Asian Human Rights Commission

NEPAL: Government’s only policy is to control NGOs and restrict press freedom More >>

Fashion Industry Charter on Climate Action launched

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:44 am | UNFCCC

The global fashion sector today significantly increased momentum to address climate change by launching the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, leading fashion brands, retailers, supplier organizations, ... More >>

‘Going green’ is good business says private sector at UN

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:27 am | UN News

Businesses across the world should no longer be viewed solely as greenhouse gas emissions culprits, but more as indispensable partners for climate action, who stand to increase profits from “going green”. That was the key message as the United Nations COP24 ... More >>

Governments adopt global migration pact

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:25 am | UN News

Governments adopt global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’ More >>

Secretary-General's remarks at Intergovernmental Conference

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:21 am | United Nations

I thank the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Morocco, for hosting this important global gathering and welcoming us so warmly to this wonderful conference centre. More >>

Bachelet pays tribute to Lyudmila Mikhaylovna Alexeyeva

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:20 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

“I have learned with sadness that the human rights community has lost one of its greatest human rights defenders, Ms. Lyudmila Mikhaylovna Alexeyeva. She was a Russian historian, leading human rights activist and founding member of the Moscow Helisinki ... More >>

New migration pact a huge step to better lives of immigrants

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:11 am | Euro-Med Monitor

Adopting the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) on Monday by 164 states is a significant step on the path to alleviate migrants’ suffering and improve the policies and measures regulating migration globally, says the Euro-Mediterranean ... More >>

UN official defends Papuan rights – free speech, assembly

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:07 am | Pacific Media Watch

West Papuan rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly have been defended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in a response to the mass arrests of Papuan protesters during flag raising ceremonies earlier this ... More >>

New Technologies Enhance Franchise Management

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:01 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

The fourth HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show and the second edition of the HKTDC SmartBiz Expo, both organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), were held last week (5-7 Dec). This year's Franchising Show featured more ... More >>

Māori Climate Commissioner celebrates UN Conference progress

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 9:46 am | Maori Climate Commissioner

Māori Climate Commissioner celebrates first step for Indigenous Peoples at UN Climate Change Conference 2018 More >>

GoSecurity integration plans for Blockpass KYC Solution

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 9:05 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 10, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Security Token consultancy service provider GoSecurity has today announced the planned integration of a seamless KYC and identity verification procedure for onboarding new customers with Blockpass. More >>

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Honors Two Outstanding Scholars

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 9:02 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Dec 10, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The world's leading educational award, Yidan Prize, announced earlier this year that the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Research and Yidan Prize for Education Development would be awarded to American professor ... More >>

Signals 2018 Launched

Monday, 10 December 2018, 4:50 pm | Michael King Writers'Centre

The Michael King Writers Centre launched the seventh issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 8 December at the National Library in Parnell. The journal features the work of senior secondary students who took part in this ... More >>

Exhuming Franco: Spain’s Immemorial Divisions

Monday, 10 December 2018, 4:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Of course there’s one Spain. If there was another, we’d all be in that one.” Joke on Franco’s Spain, in London Review of Books , 37, July, 2015 More >>

Rallies in Jakarta and Fiji highlight global human rights

Monday, 10 December 2018, 2:21 pm | Pacific Media Watch

JAKARTA ( CNN Indonesia/Indoleft News/ Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre ): Hundreds of workers from the Confederation of United Indonesian Workers (KPBI) held a protest march at the weekend in the capital of Jakarta and Fiji’s Coalition on ... More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 30: Rights are Inalienable

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:01 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Just two weeks in New Zealand and a win at Te Kuiti – as the sign says at the town’s entrance: “Shearing Capital of the World. More >>

Widodo wants security forces to guard development projects

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:46 am | Pacific Media Watch

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo insists that work on the Trans-Papua road project will continue despite this week’s shooting of construction workers in the Papua regency of Nduga. More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 29: Duty to Your Community

Sunday, 9 December 2018, 12:51 pm | UNHCHR

So far, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has concentrated on rights that every person has simply by virtue of being born human. Now Article 29 says the corollary of rights is duties. We all have a duty to other people, and we should ... More >>

The battle for 1.5 at the UN Climate Conference in Poland

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 1:23 pm | SPREP

6 December 2018, Katowice, Poland - While only a .5 Degree difference, the level of impacts associated with 2 degree warming versus a 1.5 degree warming are severe. It’s this half a degree difference that matters at the UN Climate Change Conference, ... More >>

COP24: Huge untapped potential in greener construction

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 1:21 pm | United Nations

Noting some progress in greening the global construction industry, the United Nations environment agency (UNEP) co-released a report on Friday at the COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, sounding the alarm on the need for “dramatic action” to ... More >>

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary wins ITUC’s World’s Worst Boss

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 1:00 pm | ITUC

Copenhagen, 6 December 2018 (ITUC Online): Michael O’Leary was announced as winner of the world’s worst boss at the 4th International Trade Union Confederation World Congress in Copenhagen. The ITUC representing 207 million workers, is meeting in ... More >>

UDHR - Article 28: Right to a Free and Fair World

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 12:48 pm | UNHCHR

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted in a period, 1946-1948, that was simultaneously filled with optimism, yet overshadowed by the preceding thirty years of disaster – the Great Depression and two world wars. In the view of the ... More >>

We must recommit to UDHR goal for lasting peace

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 12:47 pm | UNHCHR

UN experts: We must recommit to UDHR goal for lasting peace GENEVA (7 October 2018) – On the occasion of Human Rights Day, independent experts* appointed by the Human Rights Council have underscored the centrality of the Universal Declaration of Human ... More >>

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Papua

Saturday, 8 December 2018, 12:46 pm | UNHCHR

We are concerned about the large number of arrests – more than 500 – during peaceful demonstrations held to commemorate West Papuan National Day in various locations across Indonesia on 1 and 2 December. We have received reports of security forces ... More >>

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