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AFTINET disappointed at Senate majority approval of TPP-11

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 5:41 pm | AFTINET

“AFTINET is deeply disappointed that the Senate looks set to pass the TPP-11 implementing legislation,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today. More >>

Call to tackle climate change to save our fisheries

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 5:33 pm | FAO

THERE needs to be quick and dramatic actions to address climate change to safeguard Pacific fisheries. More >>

Op-Ed: A Decade of Disruption Comes Home to Roost

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 4:20 pm | APEC

By Dr Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002-2012. More >>

The Power of Choice: State of World Population Report 2018

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 1:07 pm | UNFPA

Rights and choice are at the centre of the mandate of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. More >>

Business dragging its feet on human rights, says UN

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 8:59 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Too many companies globally are ignoring their human rights obligations and governments are failing to regulate and lead by example in business practices, a group of independent UN experts say. A report * by the experts urges business to exercise ‘human rights ... More >>

Saudi Arabia urged to reveal all it knows about Khasoggi

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 8:54 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Two weeks after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to reveal everything they know about the disappearance and possible extra-judicial ... More >>

New Sea Level Monitoring Station boosts Tonga’s Resilience

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 5:18 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Tonga - Today on Vuna Wharf in the Tongan capital of Nukualofa, the Honourable Prime Minister of Tonga Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva officially commissioned a new Pacific Sea Level and Geodetic Monitoring station, which will provide high quality ... More >>

INDIA: reduction in poverty laudable but not enough

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 2:58 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

The United Nations Development Programme’s recently released 2018 Multi- dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) lauds India for a massive reduction in multi-dimensional poverty in the country. The MPI goes beyond looking merely at income to understand how people ... More >>

The Tyranny of Fashion: Shredding Banksy

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 1:27 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The modern art world is filled with pranks and pranksters, the clowns who have decided that play counts for art. Brattish artists foist a range of projects and conceptual themes upon art galleries who, foolishly, see emperors decked in the finest wear. ... More >>

Israeli forces caused injuries to one in 100 Palestinians

Monday, 15 October 2018, 8:19 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Israeli forces caused injuries to one in every 100 Palestinians as Gaza protests conclude 200 days, the international community must end the unfolding crisis More >>

Agents of Chaos: Trump, the Federal Reserve and Jackson

Monday, 15 October 2018, 4:32 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes.” President Andrew Jackson, Washington, July 10, 1832 More >>

Joint statement on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:07 am | UK Government

Joint statement on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi by Foreign Ministers from the UK, France and Germany More >>

A global people’s bailout for the coming crash

Sunday, 14 October 2018, 12:11 pm | Share the World's Resources

When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of citizens from below, focused on a single and unifying demand for a people’s bailout across ... More >>

Evacuating Nauru: Médecins Sans Frontières

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 5:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It is an organisation not without its problems. Conceived in the heat of idealism, and promoted as the vanguard of medical rescue and human rights advocacy, Médecins Sans Frontières has had its faults. Its co-founder Bernard Kouchner went a bit awry ... More >>

UNHCR urges Australia to evacuate off-shore facilities

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:46 pm | UNHCHR

UNHCR urges Australia to evacuate off-shore facilities as health situation deteriorates The following is a transcript of the remarks by Spokesperson for the UNHCR Regional Representation in Canberra, Catherine Stubberfield - to whom quoted text may be attributed ... More >>

Nauru Government Condemns Mentally Traumatized Individuals

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:44 pm | Renee Wadlow

The Government of Nauru, the small Pacific island State, has expelled the medical and psychological personnel of the international non-governmental organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Sunday 7 October. The Government gave no explanation for ... More >>

PNG Government's gross violations against free speech

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:13 pm | Paga Hill Community

PNG Governments gross violations against free speech Censorship of The Opposition film at PNG Human Rights Festival Saturday 13 October 2018 More >>

Israel Punishes Al-Aqsa Worshippers

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:05 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

New report: Israel Punishes Al-Aqsa Worshippers, escalates harassment of Palestinians in Jerusalem Geneva - The Israeli authorities are taking accelerated and unprecedented measures against Palestinian residents of Jerusalem throughout September, reveals ... More >>

Singapore Airlines Launches World’s Longest Flight

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:04 pm | Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched the world’s longest commercial flight, between Singapore and New York. The first new non-stop flight between Singapore and New York departed Changi International Airport on 11 October 2018 at 2337hrs (SIN time) and ... More >>

Pacific Telcos partner to bring greater financial access

Saturday, 13 October 2018, 12:00 pm | PFIP

Port Vila, Vanuatu – Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) announced on Wednesday, the pilot of its new mobile money platform. More >>

Malaysian Government’s decision to abolish the death penalty

Friday, 12 October 2018, 3:40 pm | United Nations

The Secretary-General welcomes the decision of the Malaysian Cabinet to seek abolition of the death penalty in the country. This decision was taken as we commemorated the World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October. More >>

Nautilus are you nuts!

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:51 am | Deep Sea Mining Campaign

Nautilus are you nuts! Second large earthquake near proposed Solwara 1 site Friday 12 October 2018 More >>

Rights Abusers Run Unopposed For Top Human Rights Body

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:45 am | UN Watch

Six candidates deemed "Unqualified": Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eritrea, Philippines & Somalia More >>

World Bank and IMF should support a new social contract

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:43 am | ITUC

Brussels, 11 October 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC and its Global Unions partners, in a statement ahead of the IFI Annual Meetings taking place 12-14 October in Bali, Indonesia, are urging the international financial institutions to support a sustainable ... More >>

Niger: human rights protection must be central

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:42 am | United Nations

GENEVA/NIAMEY (11 October 2018) – A UN human rights expert has urged Niger to put human rights at the centre of its migration policies, and called on international donors, including the European Union, to provide more assistance to Niger which is ... More >>

Secretary-General Remarks to the Asean Leaders’ Gathering

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:24 am | United Nations

President Widodo, thank you very much for your invitation and warm hospitality. More >>

UN Child Rights Committee issues findings

Friday, 12 October 2018, 10:21 am | United Nations

GENEVA (October 11, 2018) — The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from September 17 to October 5: Benin, El Salvador, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mauritania, ... More >>

Relief getting through to Sulawesi earthquake victims

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:52 am | Save The Children

Two weeks on from the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 28 September that affected thousands of people in Sulawesi, Indonesia Save the Children and their partners are on the ground distributing hygiene kits, water and temporary shelters. More >>

Ecuador: UN welcomes moves to protect freedom of expression

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:37 am | United Nations

QUITO (11 October 2018) – A UN human rights expert has welcomed and strongly encouraged the ongoing legal and policy changes initiated by the Ecuador Government to promote and protect the rights to freedom of opinion and expression. More >>

GIRLS Write for International Day of the GIRL Child

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 7:34 pm | Fiji Women's Rights Movement

Sexual violence, gender discrimination and bullying are issues that girls between the ages of 10-12 years have highlighted through their letters as part of a series of workshops organised by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. More >>

Pacific Sea Level & Geodetic Monitoring Facility

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 1:14 pm | Pacific Community - SPC

What: The official commissioning of a new Sea Level & Geodetic Monitoring station (tide gauge plus additional instruments) installed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Government of the Kingdom ... More >>

NZDF Delivers About 70 Tonnes of Aid to Indonesia

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) expects its aid deliveries to the quake-damaged Indonesian city of Palu to reach about 70 tonnes when it finishes its week-long humanitarian aid mission today. More >>

That Single Line of Blood

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:16 am | Ramzy Baroud

That Single Line of Blood: Nassir al-Mosabeh and Mohammed al-Durrah By Ramzy Baroud As the frail body of 12-year-old Nassir Al-Mosabeh fell to the ground on Friday, September 28, history was repeating itself in a most tragic way. Little Nassir was ... More >>

Effective Practices to Sustain Development in Morocco

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:14 am | Kerstin Opfer

Effective Practices to Sustain Development in Morocco By Kerstin Opfer Natural landscapes are declining worldwide. Approximately 30 percent of the world’s natural forests are expected to be lost by the end of this century. Further, 25 percent of all land ... More >>

Educational workshops for boat fishermen being held in Niue

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:02 am | Maritime New Zealand

Keeping lifejackets in seaworthy condition is one focus of workshops being held for fishers in Niue this week. More >>

Israel calls Palestinian villagers 'squatters'

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 10:00 am | Palestine Human Rights Campaign

In a letter sent earlier this month to the EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, and to ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Italy, the Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman,described ... More >>

States must listen to girls to end prejudices

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 4:42 pm | UNHCHR

States must listen to girls to end prejudices and deliver their rights, say UN experts GENEVA (9 October 2018) – States around the world must take effective action to end discrimination and gender-based violence faced by girls, say a group of UN rights ... More >>

UN: Message on the International Day of the Girl Child

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 2:55 pm | United Nations

Today, 600 million adolescent girls are preparing to enter a world of work transformed by innovation and automation. They are the largest generation in history and a vast source of ideas and solutions for all career fields. Yet far too often, girls are ... More >>

Near average Tropical Cyclone season expected for Pacific

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:18 pm | MetService

A ‘near-average’ Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone season is forecast this year, meaning any number from seven to 11 named cyclones occurring between November and April. More >>

Japanese Passport is now the strongest in the world

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:47 am | Henley and Partners

Japan has overtaken Singapore to claim the top spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index , having gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month. Japan now enjoys visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, compared to Singapore’s total ... More >>

UN demands probe into disappearance of Saudi journalist

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:35 am | United Nations

GENEVA (9 October 2018) - UN experts have expressed their grave concern about the disappearance of Saudi journalist and government critic, Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, and called for a prompt independent and international investigation into the case. More >>

States must listen to girls and deliver their rights

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:32 am | United Nations

GENEVA (9 October 2018) – States around the world must take effective action to end discrimination and gender-based violence faced by girls, say a group of UN rights experts*. In a joint statement to mark International Day of the Girl Child, the experts ... More >>

NZDF transports water purification plant to disaster zone

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:09 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has transported components of a water purification plant to the Indonesian city of Palu, to help ease the acute shortage of drinking water in areas hardest hit by last month’s earthquake and tsunami. Flight Lieutenant ... More >>

Climate change: Act now or pay a high price, says UN expert

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:56 am | United Nations

GENEVA (8 October 2018) – States must accelerate action to address climate change — from solar electricity to climate-friendly agriculture practices — or risk locking in decades of grave human rights violations, a UN expert says. More >>

NGOs urge opposition to election of rights abusers at UNHRC

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:49 am | UN Watch

NGOs urge opposition to election of rights abusers at UNHRC Six candidates deemed "Unqualified": Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eritrea, Philippines & Somalia GENEVA, October 8, 2018 - Ahead of Friday's UN election of 18 nations to ... More >>

UNFCCC Secretariat Welcomes IPCC’s Global Warming Report

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:47 am | UNFCCC

“The Global Warming of 1.5°C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the need to maintain the strongest commitment to the Paris Agreement’s aims of limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts towards 1.5°C. More >>

Climate change report is a “wake-up” call on 1.5°C warming

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:17 am | World Meteorological Organization

A landmark report on climate change is a wake-up call about both the huge challenges and the benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius in view of the escalating threats from rising temperatures the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said ... More >>

U.S.-Backed Thai Junta Will Dominate After Election

Monday, 8 October 2018, 4:45 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- If Thailand's U.S.-backed military government allows an election next year, the junta leader and his supporters are expected to dominate thanks to heavy censorship, an appointed Senate, and restricted or self-exiled opposition politicians. More >>

1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the IPCC Special Report

Monday, 8 October 2018, 4:40 pm | SPREP

1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius “As we are faced with darkness there is hope. Today a special report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global ... More >>

Far right candidate surges ahead in Brazil’s election

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:42 pm | Massey University

Far right candidate surges ahead in Brazil’s general elections, echoing populist trends in the US and Europe More >>

‘Unprecedented changes’ needed to limit global warming

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:36 pm | United Nations

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require “far-reaching and unprecedented changes,” such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) has said, launching a special ... More >>

Hollows Foundation NZ signs MoU with Papua New Guinea

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:21 pm | Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ has recently reaffirmed its commitment to improve the accessibility of comprehensive eye care services in Papua New Guinea, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. More >>

Chad: top UN officials on humanitarian response

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:15 pm | United Nations

In Chad, top UN officials say humanitarian response must go ‘hand in hand’ with longer-term recovery More >>

Afghan casualties from IEDs has reached extreme levels

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:13 pm | United Nations

The United Nations on Sunday called on anti-Government elements in Afghanistan to immediately stop using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in civilian areas, after the UN mission in the country recorded a sharp rise in civilian casualties caused ... More >>

NZDF Continues Air Bridge to Quake-Ravaged Indonesian City

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is continuing to help evacuate survivors and transport aid and emergency responders to the quake-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu. The NZDF has delivered more than 18 tonnes of aid and evacuated 120 quake survivors ... More >>

UN ‘stands ready’ to support Haiti after earthquake

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:00 am | UN News

In the wake of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck north-west Haiti overnight, Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday extended condolence to the island nations’ people and Government, and said the United Nations stands ready to help with the ... More >>

Kimi joins Pacific Statisticians leadership forum

Monday, 8 October 2018, 8:56 am | Solomon Islands National Statistics Office

Statistician Douglas Kimi joined professionals from other Pacific countries at the annual Pacific Statisticians Leadership Forum (PSLF) held in Australia, recently. More >>

NAURU: Loss of MSF mental health carers heightens fears

Sunday, 7 October 2018, 7:38 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

Pacific Islands Synod strengthened as Pacific Presbytery

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 6:28 pm | Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

The Presbyterian Church General Assembly gave overwhelming support today for the Pacific Islands Synod to be renamed the Pacific Presbytery. More >>

Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN Ambassador and Congolese doctor

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 12:14 pm | United Nations

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence ... More >>

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