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Tale of Two teams: Australia, Italy and the World Cup

Sunday, 19 November 2017, 11:55 am | Binoy Kampmark

Australia chose a rather round about, and dangerous way, of getting to the finals of the FIFA World Cup. Qualifying by playing a South or Central American opponent has its pitfalls, the most memorable being Argentina at the Allianz Stadium in 1993. ... More >>

Strong leadership must emerge to drive Pacific COP

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 3:03 pm | Greenpeace

Bonn, 17 November 2017 – Greenpeace demanded climate leadership to emerge from the Pacific COP, calling on leaders to listen to the need for urgency and transform their energy and land-use systems. The Trump administration failed to stop the global ... More >>

UN environment chief urges ambitious action on pollution

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:48 pm | United Nations

In major new report, UN environment chief urges ambitious action to save planet from 'pollution menace' More >>

UN rights chief urges El Salvador to address femicide

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:45 pm | United Nations

Wrapping up visit, UN rights chief urges El Salvador to address femicide and abortion ban More >>

Bonn: UN conference closes with renewed urgency

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:43 pm | United Nations

17 November 2017 – The United Nations Climate Change Conference ( COP23 ) wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, Germany, with delegations expressing a renewed sense of urgency and a need for greater ambition to tackle climate change. More >>

Famine may be unfolding 'right now' in Yemen

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:40 pm | United Nations

17 November 2017 – The United Nations relief wing on Friday warned of famine-like conditions unfolding in Yemen, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels there enters its 12th day. More >>

Desperate Rohingya refugees use home-made rafts

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:38 pm | United Nations

Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate measures such as makeshift rafts to cross the Naf River to Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell 17 November 2017 – Over the past 10 days, dozens of makeshift rafts carrying more than a thousand ... More >>

Medical supplies for thousands wounded in Iran-Iraq quake

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:35 pm | United Nations

17 November 2017 – United Nations agencies have delivered medical supplies to the areas of Iran and Iraq struck by a devastating earthquake, and are urging vigilance against the possible outbreaks of infectious and waterborne diseases. More >>

More countries confronting drug-resistant 'superbugs'

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:21 pm | United Nations

17 November 2017 – Efforts to stem the spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens on farms and in food systems are gaining strength, thanks to strong backing by governments and technical support from the United Nations to boost national capacities, the Organization's ... More >>

Concern about Cambodia election after opposition ban

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:18 pm | United Nations

17 November 2017 – The United Nations human rights chief voiced grave concerns Friday about the conduct of credible, free and fair elections in Cambodia next year following the decision by the Supreme Court to dissolve the main opposition party. More >>

Oil and Gas Industries' Toxic Pollutants

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 2:13 pm | NAACP

Oil and Gas Industries' Toxic Pollutants Are Poisoning African-American Communities, Increasing Risks of Cancer and Respiratory Diseases Landmark Study Co-Authored by Clean Air Task Force and the NAACP, and supported by the National Medical Association ... More >>

Asia-Pacific countries call for innovative finance solutions

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 1:23 pm | UN ESCAP

Asia-Pacific countries call for innovative finance solutions to tackle impact of climate change Bonn (ESCAP News) -- Countries in Asia-Pacific on Thursday gathered on the sidelines of global climate talks underway in Bonn to discuss opportunities ... More >>

Message from Manus - update 8

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 12:36 pm | Messages from Manus

Early Morning: More than 90 people in dire need of prompt medical assistance, some with dysentery & other water related diseases. @ManusAlert More >>

UN calls for countries to scale up regional climate action

Friday, 17 November 2017, 3:27 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok (ESCAP News) -- Countries from Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle-East, met on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, to explore opportunities for scaling up climate action to meet the ambitious targets set out in the Paris ... More >>

Libya: Security Council endorses UN plan

Friday, 17 November 2017, 2:31 pm | United Nations

10 October 2017 – The Security Council today endorsed the United Nations’ action plan to resume an inclusive political process in Libya. More >>

eGates Open to Chinese Travellers

Friday, 17 November 2017, 1:14 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

eGates Open to Chinese Travellers The first Chinese travellers to officially use the Customs eGates (formerly known as SmartGate) have been welcomed at Auckland International Airport. Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri and representatives from the Chinese government ... More >>

Children to ‘Take Over’ Media on World Children’s Day

Friday, 17 November 2017, 12:39 pm | UNICEF

November 20, child heroes and media across the Pacific rally with UNICEF to give a voice to the most disadvantaged More >>

UN Urges Support for Rohingya Victims of Sexual Violence

Friday, 17 November 2017, 12:23 pm | United Nations

16 November 2017 – Following a visit to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have settled in makeshift camps, a United Nations envoy has called for enhanced measures to protect and assist victims ... More >>

UN Urges Parties to ‘Stay the Course’ in Colombia

Friday, 17 November 2017, 12:21 pm | United Nations

In Colombia, UN Political Chief Urges Parties to ‘Stay the Course’ Set Out in Peace Accord More >>

Discrimination Against One is Discrimination Against All

Friday, 17 November 2017, 11:03 am | United Nations

16 November 2017 – Marking the International Day for Tolerance , the head of the United Nations cultural agency underscored how tolerance must be nurtured to celebrate the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together. More >>

Call for Immediate Lifting of Humanitarian Blockade in Yemen

Friday, 17 November 2017, 10:38 am | United Nations

16 November 2017 – With much of Yemen's air, sea and land entry points closed, heads of three United Nations agencies on Thursday called for immediate lifting of such blockade in the conflict-ravaged southern Arabian country so that lifesaving ... More >>

Climate Engineering is Risky, But Should Be Explored

Friday, 17 November 2017, 10:36 am | United Nations

16 November 2017 – Climate engineering, or climate intervention, is risky but needs to be explored as a supplement – not as a 'Plan B' – to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, said experts at the United Nations Climate Change Conference ... More >>

Unity, Solidarity & Collaboration Can Turn Tide on Terrorism

Friday, 17 November 2017, 10:35 am | United Nations

16 November 2017 – Noting that at least 11,000 terrorist attacks occurred in more than 100 countries last year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed on Thursday that “terrorism is fundamentally the denial and destruction ... More >>

Conflicts, Climate Change Drive Food Insecurity in Africa

Friday, 17 November 2017, 10:32 am | United Nations

16 November 2017 – Adverse climatic conditions, a sluggish global economy and conflicts are key factors driving food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agriculture agency said on Thursday. More >>

UN Chief Calls for Calm in Zimbabwe

Friday, 17 November 2017, 10:30 am | United Nations

16 November 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is closely following developments in Zimbabwe, and has called for continued calm in the southern African country, the UN Spokesman said Thursday. More >>

Peacekeeping chief hails 'collective commitment

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 7:24 pm | United Nations

15 November 2017 – Dozens of new pledges of military equipment and expertise to make United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world more efficient, effective and reactive, were made at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference , in ... More >>

Trump in Asia

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 2:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was certainly a show, but getting to the meat of it was difficult. US President Donald J. Trump, on his return from an Asian tour lasting twelve days, had set out to “correct” mistakes made by those who had come before him. The fear, however, ... More >>

Nearly a third of Darfur’s people still displaced

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 2:30 pm | United Nations

Nearly a third of Darfur’s people still displaced, despite drop in violence, Security Council told More >>

Central African Republic: UN mission mandate extended

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 2:27 pm | United Nations

Moroccan peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on patrol in Bangassou. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More >>

UN peacekeeping force in Abyei mandate renewed

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 2:22 pm | United Nations

15 November 2017 – The Security Council on Wednesday extended until 15 May 2018 the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei, a contested area on the Sudan-South Sudan border. More >>

Children at risk in aftermath of Typhoon Damrey

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 2:20 pm | United Nations

A UNICEF staff member walks through fallen trees and debris of a house destroyed by Typhoon Damrey in Phu Yen province, Viet Nam. Photo: UNICEF Viet Nam/2017 More >>

Calls for Rapid Progress at COP23 as Ministers Arrive

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 1:34 pm | UNFCCC

Calls for Rapid Progress at COP23 as Ministers and Heads of State Arrive UN Climate Change News, 15 November 2017 - At the UN climate change conference in Bonn (COP23, to 17 November), COP23 President and Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama called ... More >>

Guterres Hails Kyoto Success. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 1:32 pm | UNFCCC

UN Climate Change News, Bonn, Nov 15 – The Kyoto Protocol, the first international treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions and which celebrates its 20th anniversary next month, remains an essential vehicle for developed countries to make more rapid ... More >>

Why Are Police in the USA So Terrified

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 10:10 am | Robert J. Burrowes

In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect – the man’s neighbour ... More >>

Top 10 Ways to Stop Trump Nuking Anybody

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 10:00 am | David Swanson

On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on whether Trump can just up and nuke people or not. The hand-picked witnesses, all former military, all said there was some chance that if Trump ordered a nuking, somebody might refuse ... More >>

All Countries Should Benefit From Fast-Moving ICT Revolution

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 9:36 am | United Nations

15 November 2017 – Revolutionary advances in technology have the potential to “fundamentally transform” billions of lives, but the threat that many people – especially in the world’s poorer countries – could be left out continues ... More >>

Afghanistan Opium Production Jumps 87% to Record Level

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 9:34 am | United Nations

15 November 2017 – A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime ( UNODC ) said Wednesday in its Afghanistan ... More >>

The Fordist Academic

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 9:09 am | Binoy Kampmark

Two figures tower over the idea, and the realisation, of industrial America. The first is Henry Ford, whose factory process dedicated to mass car production featured specifically focused machinery, a moving assembly line, and a linear process of interdependent ... More >>

UN Peacekeeper Outlines Challenges Facing Mali Operation

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 9:07 am | United Nations

15 November 2017 – The “very serious challenge” facing peacekeepers with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali ( MINUSMA ) makes it vital that additional efforts are made for the four-year-old operation to fulfil its mandate, the UN peacekeeping ... More >>

Australia Fourth Lowest Country for Climate Policy

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 8:59 am | Greenpeace

Australia Ranked Fourth Last Among Low-Performing Countries for Climate Policy, Energy Use And Emissions Reduction More >>

UN Urges More Ambition & Partnerships on Climate Change

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 8:57 am | United Nations

15 November 2017 – Addressing the United Nations Climate Conference ( COP23 ) in Bonn, Germany, on Wednesday, Secretary-General António Guterres called for more ambition, more leadership and more partnerships to tackle climate change. More >>

UN Urges DRC to Allow Peaceful Expression of Dissent

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 8:55 am | United Nations

15 November 2017 – The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to lawfully handle demonstrations organized by those protesting the updated electoral calendar for general ... More >>

How to Make Business a Force for Positive Change

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 8:53 am | United Nations

How to Make Business a Force for Positive Change in the Fight Against Human Rights Abuse More >>

DRC Authorities Must Allow Peaceful Expression of Dissent

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 8:51 am | United Nations

GENEVA/KINSHASA (15 November 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to halt the inflammatory rhetoric against protestors and to ensure that ... More >>

10 things you need to know about the Tongan election

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 3:17 pm | Massey University

10 things you need to know about the Tongan election While rugby league and the prospect of a Tongan team taking the World Cup is currently gripping Tongans around the world, in the Kingdom there is an election to be won on Thursday. Massey University Pasifika ... More >>

Partial lifting of Somalia arms embargo maintained

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 1:56 pm | United Nations

14 November 2017 – The Security Council on Tuesday renewed until 15 November 2018 the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia, authorization for maritime interdiction of illicit arms imports and charcoal exports, and the humanitarian exemption. More >>

ILGA Oceania Responds to Marriage Equality Announcement

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 1:45 pm | ILGA Oceania

ILGA Oceania represents Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. More >>

Messages from Manus - update 5

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 1:41 pm | Messages from Manus

Immigration and Australia said everything in new accommodation is great and it has high quality but as you see nothing is ready and the situation there is worse than here. Toilets are so dirty, no electricity, no water, aircon not working, washing ... More >>

Australia Votes in Favor of Marriage Equality

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 1:05 pm | Human Rights Campaign US

Australian government needs to take action to ensure marriage equality becomes the law of the land More >>

Kosovo: Time for Action Overtakes Time for Excuses

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 11:13 am | United Nations

14 November 2017 – Noting recent momentum to advance democracy and good governance in Kosovo, the head of the United Nations Mission there urged for more emphasis on rebuilding trust and reconciliation, including through engagement with women and ... More >>

Conference to End Underage Labour - One in Ten Children Work

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:06 am | United Nations

One in 10 Children Work, UN Agency Reports at Start of Conference to End Underage Labour More >>

Balfour Mentality Has No Place in Civilised Society

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:02 am | Redress Information

The Balfour Declaration of 1917 was hatched by Zionist schemers and foisted upon a gullible and desperate British government in time of war. Those dark forces then worked hard to ensure that the first part of the pledge (and much more) was implemented ... More >>

Suffering Deepens in Yemen

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:55 am | United Nations

14 November 2017 – A proposal to deliver vitally needed aid to war-ravaged Yemen via smaller ports than those under blockade will not solve the catastrophic humanitarian situation there, a senior UN official said Wednesday. More >>

Talk Nation Radio: War Stories

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:42 am | David Swanson

The late Eduardo Galeano’s forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories , has five or ten sentences on each page — each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than ... More >>

US Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:40 am | David Swanson

Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it’s hard to answer. More >>

Innovative Ideas in Action to Get on Track to Paris Goals

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 7:51 am | UNFCCC

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Norway & Unilever Commit US$400M to Stimulate Development

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 7:50 am | UNFCCC

Bonn, Nov 14 – The devastating impacts of this year’s hurricane season have brought home the need to invest urgently in societies that can resist climate change, a fact which Norway and Unilever have taken to heart at COP23 with a commitment today ... More >>

Suffering of Migrants in Libya Outrage to Humanity

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 7:48 am | United Nations

GENEVA (14 November) – The UN Human Rights chief today expressed dismay at the sharp increase in the number of migrants held in horrific conditions at detention facilities in Libya, saying the European Union’s policy of assisting the Libyan ... More >>

Climate Action Priority for Food Security and Zero Hunger

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 7:45 am | UNFCCC

Bonn, Nov 15 – Global food security can only be achieved through a coordinated policy approach to hunger, poverty and climate change, world leaders and experts said today during the latest round of climate talks in Bonn. More >>

Global Partnership to Provide Protection For Climate Risks

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 7:44 am | UNFCCC

Bonn/Berlin, 14 November 2017--An international initiative aimed at providing insurance to 400 more million poor and vulnerable people by 2020 moved into a higher gear with the announcement of additional funding and many more partners. More >>

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