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JIT: Preliminary results of MH17 investigation

Friday, 30 September 2016, 12:01 pm | Openbaar Ministrie - Netherlands

JIT: Flight MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile from a farmland near Pervomaiskyi More >>

Secretary-General on the Death of Shimon Peres

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 5:16 pm | United Nations


Thailand: A culture of torture under the military

Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 4:11 pm | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

Since seizing power in a 2014 coup, Thailand’s military authorities have allowed a culture of torture and other ill-treatment to flourish across the country, with soldiers and policemen targeting suspected insurgents, political opponents, and individuals ... More >>

Correction Petition to UN Secretary general Ban Ki Moon

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 11:41 am | NZ DPRK Society

September 27, 2016 — As the end of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s term approaches, global women peacemakers urge him to leave a legacy of peace for the Korean Peninsula by using his power to initiate a peace process to replace the 63-year old Armistice ... More >>

Helen Clark media statement on next SG straw poll

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 9:11 am | Helen Clark

The UN Security Council has held its fifth poll on the candidates for UN Secretary-General. This was another positioning poll. We did not expect the results to be very different from the previous poll and this turned out to be the case. The selection process ... More >>

Amb. Rycroft Statement to UNSC Briefing On Syria 25/9/16

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 2:49 am | UK Government

"It is difficult to deny that Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes" More >>

Amb. Samantha Power Remarks at a UNSC Syria Briefing 25/9/16

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 2:46 am | US State Department

We have convened the Security Council today because the Russian Federation and the Assad regime have launched an all-out air and ground offensive against eastern Aleppo and its 275,000 civilians. Russia and Assad have reportedly launched more than 150 ... More >>

Syria: War crimes are being committed in Aleppo

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 2:43 am | Government of France

France, together with the US and the UK, called for this emergency meeting of the Security Council because we are simply horrified by what we are watching in Aleppo. More >>

Joint EU, US, FR, IT, DE, UK Statement On Syria - 24 Sept.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 2:18 am | US State Department

The devastating events in Syria this week underscore what we have been saying for some time: the burden is on Russia to prove it is willing and able to take extraordinary steps to salvage diplomatic efforts to restore a cessation of hostilities (CoH), ... More >>

NZUN: Syria statement at the UN Security Council

Monday, 26 September 2016, 8:34 am | NZUN

As the Senegalese Ambassador has rightfully reminded us, just four days ago, the New Zealand Prime Minister chaired a meeting in this Chamber at which leaders agreed several points. More >>

Poaching behind worst African elephant losses in 25 years

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 9:50 pm | IUCN

Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 September 2016 (IUCN) – Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past ten years – according to IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report launched ... More >>

Controlling Bodies: Italy’s Fertility Campaign

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 12:28 am | Binoy Kampmark

Demography is destiny, and the destiny of aging Europeans is long run death. How the demographic strategists have dealt with this varies, but the tendency in various countries is either to accept refugees en masse (the now questioned Merkel solution ... More >>

Macedonia: Zeid calls for alternatives

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 12:02 am | UNHCHR

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Zeid calls for alternatives to detention and expulsion of migrants More >>

Statement by the Quartet's Principals New York 23 Sept. 2016

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 11:54 pm | Middle East Quartet

Representatives of the Quartet — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica ... More >>

Briefing on Yemen

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 11:53 pm | UNHCHR

We note with deep concern the sharp increase in civilian casualties since the suspension of peace talks, with 180 people killed and 268 injured in August. This represents a 40 per cent increase compared to the civilian casualties the previous month, with ... More >>

Australia urged to amend laws

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 11:35 pm | UNHCHR

Australia urged to amend laws that lead to people with mental disabilities being detained indefinitely More >>

North Dakota: Indigenous peoples must be consulted

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 11:28 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (23 September 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, today called on the United States to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline as it poses a significant risk ... More >>

20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 11:08 pm | CTBTO

Message of Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty More >>

APEC Seeks Efficient Biotech Framework

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 11:06 pm | APEC

Issued by the APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology Piura, Peru, 23 September 2016 – Improved agricultural products are planted in almost 88 million hectares in the Asia-Pacific region. The question of how the APEC member ... More >>

UN Human Rights Chief to visit Colombia

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 11:01 pm | UNHCHR

UN Human Rights Chief to visit Colombia, and attend signing of Peace Accords, 24 – 29 September 2016 GENEVA/BOGOTA (23 September 2016) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will begin a six-day official visit to Colombia ... More >>

SRI LANKA: Supreme Court Judgments of torture

Saturday, 24 September 2016, 10:57 pm | AHRC

An Article by Basil Fernando SRI LANKA: Supreme Court Judgments of torture and the state’s failure to protection those in custody By Basil Fernando One more judgement from the Supreme Court on the issue of torture by the Sri Lankan police was added ... More >>

Yahoo confirms huge data breach

Friday, 23 September 2016, 10:00 am | Yahoo

We have confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, ... More >>

UK Foreign Sec. Boris Johnson at the UNSC Summit on Syria

Friday, 23 September 2016, 3:35 am | Government of the United Kingdom

John, I don’t think the people of the world are remotely fooled by what is going on in Syria. They know that it is not just a civil war. More >>

French President François Hollande Speech To 71st UNGA

Friday, 23 September 2016, 3:22 am | Government of France

I stand before you on behalf of France to issue several appeals: the first is to ask you to do everything in your power to implement the historic agreement signed in Paris on 12 December 2015. More >>

US Sec. State John Kerry Remarks at the UNSC on Syria

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 9:32 pm | US Secretary of State

SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. President, good morning, and good morning to all of our colleagues here on the United Nations Security Council. I want to thank my colleague from New Zealand particularly for hosting this very important session on the crisis in Syria. ... More >>

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at UNSC R.E. Situation In ME/Syria

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 9:20 pm | Russian Federation

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the UN Security Council High-Level Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East and North Africa, New York, September 21, 2016 More >>

Closing remarks on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 1:48 pm | United Nations


Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer to Entry into Force

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 11:10 am | United Nations

New York, 21 September —The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More >>

Media Stakeout following 7774th Security Council Meeting

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 10:04 am | United Nations Security Council

Let me make a few comments in terms of chairing today’s meeting. The first thing to note is the historic nature of the agreement that was reached for Colombia. There’s been 50 years of fighting, a quarter of a million people have lost their lives. More >>

Remarks to the Security Council on the Situation in Syria

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 9:12 am | United Nations

The Syrian tragedy shames us all. The collective failure of the international community should haunt every member of this Council. More >>

John Key: Comments to the media

Thursday, 22 September 2016, 9:09 am | United Nations Security Council

I have a few things to say. The first is that we will be welcoming the peace agreement between the people and government of Colombia and FARC. Obviously that is a historic moment for the people of Colombia and a very, very important step for their country. More >>

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the SDG

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 2:35 pm | Family Planning

More than 30 delegates, including key leaders and parliamentarians, from 10 Pacific countries will be at the New Zealand Parliament next week. More >>

Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 11:13 am | HWPL

Seoul, South Korea - On the 18th, at Seoul Jamsil Olympics Stadium, the Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit -- hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee), the International ... More >>

Syria: Attack on humanitarian convoy is attack on humanity

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:44 am | ICRC

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are outraged by last night's horrific attack on a SARC warehouse and an aid convoy ... More >>

Secretary-General Address to the General Assembly

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:36 am | United Nations

I stand before you with gratitude for your support across the decade I have had the privilege to serve this great organization, the United Nations. More >>

Race-baiting bigots must be confronted, Zeid tells UN Summit

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:33 am | United Nations

NEW YORK / GENEVA (19 September 2016) – In many countries, defenders of moral values are being outflanked by race-baiting bigots, who seek to gain power by wielding prejudice and deceit at the expense of the most vulnerable, UN High Commissioner ... More >>

Attack on humanitarian convoy in Aleppo

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:14 am | UNICEF

NEW YORK, 20 September 2016 – “All those with a conscience must condemn the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo that killed and injured humanitarian workers. More >>

EU and Kiribati Sign 5 Million Euro Energy Project

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 5:29 pm | Delegation of the European Union to the Pacific

EU and the Republic of Kiribati Sign 5 Million Euro Energy Project The European Union (EU) and the Republic of Kiribati today signed a 5 Million Euro energy project. The project is framed in the European Union –New Zealand energy partnership that ... More >>

Newmont's subsidiary beating up Peruvian farming couple

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 5:20 pm | Eco NZ

Newmont mining, which just last week attended an IUCN World Congress discussion on extractive industries and conservation, where it styled itself as one of the “good guys”, now stands accused of violating the human rights of a Peruvian woman and ... More >>

NZDF Helping Keep Solomon Islands Safe

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Military personnel from New Zealand and Canada have recovered 50 unexploded World War II-vintage munitions, including a 250-pound bomb, as part of an operation to make communities in the Solomon Islands safe. More >>

NZ Aid Groups call on world leaders to deliver action

Monday, 19 September 2016, 1:16 pm | Council for International Development

New Zealand’s aid workers have added their voice to a global declaration rebuking world leaders for failing to act on the deepening refugee crisis, at a major UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York. More >>

TPP Senate Inquiry welcomed by community groups

Friday, 16 September 2016, 11:03 am | AFTINET

September 16, 2016 TPP Senate Inquiry welcomed by community groups A Senate inquiry has been called into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, in response to a letter sent to parliamentarians from 60 community organisations representing over 2 million ... More >>

Canada Supreme Court case could shape future of Internet

Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 4:13 pm | OpenMedia

Critical Supreme Court case could shape future of the Internet OpenMedia is intervening in Supreme Court of Canada case that will have vast implications for global free expression online More >>

On the series of arrests and detentions in Fiji

Monday, 12 September 2016, 1:28 pm | Delegation of the European Union to the Pacific

Local EU Statement on the series of arrests and detentions of political, trade union and civil society leaders in Fiji. More >>

Government report on TPP cost ignores innovation damage

Monday, 12 September 2016, 10:33 am | OpenMedia

Government report on TPP’s economic cost completely ignores potential for huge damage to innovation and our digital economy Basing an overall decision on TPP on such a flawed and limited assessment would be “like buying a used car sight unseen” ... More >>

Call for the UN Special Rapporteur to visit Standing Rock

Monday, 12 September 2016, 8:09 am | Te Ringahuia Hata

A statement has been prepared by the Ocheti Sakowin Camp Observers calling on all Human Rights organisations, in particular the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to visit the sacred site ... More >>

Muslims Condemn Isis Stabbing in Sydney Australia

Monday, 12 September 2016, 8:07 am | TeRata Rangi Hikairo

As Muslims in New Zealand and around the world prepare for the celebration of our religious festival 'Eid ul Adha' we also raise our voices in condemnation of the alleged attack on an innocent civilian in Sydney Australia, as reported today by ... More >>

Troubling Developments

Sunday, 11 September 2016, 4:22 pm | NGO Coalition on Human Rights

The NGO Coalition for Human Rights is deeply troubled with the arrests of prominent academics, trade unionists and political party representatives today. The recent arrests were related to the Pacific Dialogue event that was held on Monday 5th September. ... More >>

Global conservation summit sets the direction

Sunday, 11 September 2016, 4:16 pm | IUCN

Global conservation summit sets the direction for post-2015 sustainability agenda Honolulu, Hawaii, 10 September 2016 (IUCN) – The IUCN World Conservation Congress closed today in Hawaii, setting the global conservation agenda for the next four ... More >>

Filipino Brute: President Rodrigo Duterte and US Imperialism

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 9:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Empires are often in the habit of producing brutes. Colonies, once left to their own devices, can either improve in the face of history, or degenerate. The Philippines provides an example of cruelty fashioned into office: dictatorships with a pro-US ... More >>

Violence against women: UN human rights expert

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 7:07 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Violence against women: UN human rights expert to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory More >>

Calls for the creation of compensation commissions

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 7:06 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (9 September 2016) – The United Nations expert on human rights and international sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, today called for the creation of compensation commissions under the auspices of the UN, to help those affected by unilateral sanctions bring ... More >>

Experts to support the work of Special Rapporteur on DPRK

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 7:05 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (9 September 2016) - In accordance with a resolution* adopted by the Human Rights Council on 23 March, the UN High Commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has designated two independent human rights experts, Ms. Sonja Biserko ... More >>

IUCN Congress boosts support for Indigenous peoples’ rights

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 6:53 pm | IUCN

Honolulu, Hawaii, 9 September 2016 (IUCN) – Key decisions boosting support for Indigenous peoples’ rights have been adopted by IUCN State, government and civil society members today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaii. More >>

lobal Citizens Climate Pledge announced

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 6:46 pm | UNFCCC

• Global Citizens Climate Pledge announced. • By signing the pledge, global citizens can show their concern about the serious risk that climate change poses for present and future generations, and commit to take personal action. New York, 9 September ... More >>

Statement by UN Special Envoy for Syria

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 6:43 pm | United Nations Security Council

Media Statement by the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura Geneva, 10 September 2016 The United Nations welcomes the understanding announced today by H.E. Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation ... More >>

Nuclear Test Conducted by DPRK

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 6:42 pm | United Nations Security Council

The members of the Security Council held urgent consultations to address the serious situation arising from the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September 2016. More >>

New ocean Hope Spots, vetted by IUCN and Mission Blue

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 12:56 pm | IUCN

New ocean Hope Spots, vetted by IUCN and Mission Blue, to ignite global support for ocean protection Honolulu, Hawaii, 9 September 2016 – Fourteen new ocean Hope Spots – marine areas critical to the health of the ocean and deserving special ... More >>

Pacific to make its mark at endangered species trade talks

Friday, 9 September 2016, 5:01 pm | SPREP

A united Pacific voice will be heard loud and clear on the global stage at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES ) held at the end of this month in Johannesburg. The Pacific islands are taking the ... More >>

US pressures Australia for stronger TPP biologics monopolies

Friday, 9 September 2016, 1:01 pm | AFTINET

“We are alarmed by reports that US Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch says the US administration has “made progress” in talks with Australia and other TPP countries to find a way to increase data protection for costly lifesaving biologic drugs from ... More >>


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