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APEC, Business Pursue Bold Trade Actions for Changing Times

Monday, 23 April 2018, 5:56 pm | APEC

Faced with increasing protectionism and digital disruption in global trade, officials from APEC member economies and the Asia-Pacific business community are preparing bold actions to equip the world’s growth engine for change. More >>

Outrage and ‘revulsion’ voiced by UN over suicide attack

Monday, 23 April 2018, 12:39 pm | United Nations

A suicide attack on a voter-registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul which left at least 30 dead on Sunday, has been condemned by the United Nations mission in the country, UNAMA. More >>

Guterres hails predecessor Dag Hammarskjöld

Monday, 23 April 2018, 11:41 am | United Nations

Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday described his predecessor Dag Hammarskjöld as his “fundamental inspiration,” who should be regarded as the “central reference” point for the whole United Nations ideal today. More >>

Secretary-General on Afghanistan

Monday, 23 April 2018, 11:16 am | United Nations

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack on a voter registration centre in Kabul which claimed the lives of many civilians. More >>

CTBTO on North Korea

Sunday, 22 April 2018, 11:46 am | CTBTO

Statement by Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Vienna, 21 April 2018 More >>

‘We need accountability’ to end crime of chemical weapons

Sunday, 22 April 2018, 11:44 am | United Nations

‘We need accountability’ to end the crime of chemical weapons use in Syria, says Guterres More >>

Tehran’s Syria-Lebanon project is collapsing the Rial

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 1:24 pm | Franklin Lamb

“Leave Syria, think about us!” and “No to Yemen! No to Lebanon and Hezbollah! Our lives for Iran!” are among graffiti sentiments scrawled across Tehran. The campaign is being led by students, unemployed workers, and other detractors of Iran’s ... More >>

South Sudan: ‘Give peace a chance; give children a chance,’

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 1:24 pm | United Nations

‘Give peace a chance; give children a chance,’ senior UN peacekeeping official says visiting South Sudan More >>

Early rains expose risks for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 1:21 pm | United Nations

Early rains expose risks for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, but worst ‘yet to come,’ warns UN agency More >>

Abduction and killing of media workers near Ecuador-Colombia

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 1:21 pm | United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the kidnapping and killing of three media workers near the border between Ecuador and Colombia, confirmed on 13 April, as well as the subsequent kidnapping of two other Ecuadorian nationals. More >>

Do not send refugees back to the violence they fled from

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 1:18 pm | United Nations

Do not send refugees back to the violence they fled from, UN agency urges Cameroon More >>

Action to address ‘double burden’ of malnutrition in Africa

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 1:16 pm | United Nations

Africa’s attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent address the twin challenges of undernutrition and obesity, experts attending a United Nations meeting in Nairobi this week have warned . More >>

French Nationality Ranked Highest in the World

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 1:09 pm | Henley and Partners

French Nationality Ranked Highest in the World ________________________________________ France’s quality of nationality is the best in the world, according to the 3rd edition of the Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), ... More >>

Mongolia: water and sanitation issues

Saturday, 21 April 2018, 12:57 pm | UNHCHR

Mongolia: UN expert urges government to remedy water and sanitation issues in rural and ‘Ger’ areas More >>

Party of the Citizens Of Europe Passes Resolution On Syria

Friday, 20 April 2018, 9:07 pm | PACE - The Party of the Citizens of Europe

Considering that the use of chemical weapons in Syria constitutes a war crime, the persons responsible of which shall have to be judged by a competent court, as soon as the conditions will be met; More >>

U.S. Military Support For Thailand's Junta

Friday, 20 April 2018, 4:40 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

By Richard S. Ehrlich BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's coup-installed Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will be in Washington from April 22-27 to meet Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis, boosting the junta despite demands for elections, ... More >>

Clamouring against Russia: The Cyber Attack Platform

Friday, 20 April 2018, 1:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

In a time when such revelations as those of Edward Snowden pass a person’s lips with ease and awareness, political clamouring for action and measures against Russia on the subject of cyber attack seem risible. This is not to say that Russia does ... More >>

Bridging the gap in the world of cocoa

Friday, 20 April 2018, 1:24 pm | PHAMA

On the shelves of a quaint, little bakery in the town of Orford in Suffolk, England, bars of single-origin chocolate dressed in neat brown packages are lined up in rows. This is the home of Pump Street Bakery Chocolate, an award-winning brand of bean-to-bar ... More >>

Ombudsperson solves problems in a 'cloak of confidentiality'

Friday, 20 April 2018, 11:12 am | United Nations

Sometimes sparks can fly in the crossroads between creativity and conflict. For this reason, the United Nations has an Ombudsperson, who helps guide friction into productive solutions. More >>

USP 'epoppers' raise Pacific climate awareness

Friday, 20 April 2018, 10:48 am | Pacific Media Centre

REGION: USP 'epoppers' raise Pacific climate awareness with cellphones More >>

Colombia’s congressional elections ‘a clear step forward’

Friday, 20 April 2018, 10:44 am | United Nations

UN Mission chief calls Colombia’s congressional elections ‘a clear step forward’ in peace process More >>

Mosquito-packed drones ready to join fight against Zika

Friday, 20 April 2018, 10:41 am | United Nations

Mosquito-packed drones ready to join fight against Zika and other deadly diseases – UN agency Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs, a United Nations agency said Thursday after a successful test releasing sterile ... More >>

The ITUC calls on measures to prevent next recession

Friday, 20 April 2018, 10:00 am | ITUC

IMF and World Bank meetings: The ITUC calls on measures to prevent a next recession and protect workers’ rights Brussels, 19 April 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Despite the IMF’s forecast this week that the present phase of stronger economic growth will ... More >>

Tunisia: A country in transition with hope and challenges

Friday, 20 April 2018, 9:56 am | UNHCHR

Tunisia: A country in transition with hope and challenges, says UN expert TUNIS (19 April 2018) - Tunisia has continued to make progress on democracy since the revolution more than seven years ago, including a Constitution guaranteeing fundamental rights ... More >>

Journalists in Yemen targeted by all parties

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 7:59 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med: Journalists in Yemen targeted by all parties, three killed in one day Geneva- The continued targeting of journalists and media outlets in Yemen by conflicting parties is deeply alarming, says the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. The ... More >>

Call on Iran to annul death sentence

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 7:53 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (19 April 2018) – United Nations human rights experts* have called for Iran to annul the death sentence against an Iranian Kurdish prisoner, Ramin Hossein Panahi, amid serious concerns that he has not received a fair trial and has been mistreated ... More >>

Chemical watchdog confirms UK findings on Salisbury toxin

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 12:05 pm | United Nations

As Security Council Hotly Debates New Report on Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack, Some Members Call for Action to Identify, Apprehend Perpetrators More >>

UN group controls on spread of crop-attacking pests

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 10:42 am | United Nations

Photo/FAO Asian longhorned beetle – one of the main catalysts for the development of standards on pests and agricultural goods crossing borders, specific to forestry. With an estimated $220 billion of the global harvest lost to plant pests each year, ... More >>

Ghana must prioritise social protection

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 10:33 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (18 April 2018) – A UN human rights expert has commended Ghana as a champion of African democracy and a country which has achieved some important development milestones. But says unless growing inequality and continuing high poverty rates ... More >>

Global plan to strengthen protection of displaced persons

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:16 am | United Nations

With multiple crises forcing millions of people away from their homes, United Nations agencies, Governments and partners have launched a set of measures to strengthen protection of internally displaced persons as well as find solutions to address their ... More >>

Australian researcher faces eye of the storm for science

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:29 am | Ecological Society of Australia

An Australian ecologist whose scientific site was destroyed by a severe cyclone has used the experience to document important new research into how forests recover. More >>

Mediator seeks ‘relaunch’ of UN-led Syrian talks

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:26 am | United Nations

A renewed United Nations-led diplomatic push is under way for a “meaningful relaunch” of intra-Syrian talks by the Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, his office has announced. More >>

Satun becomes Thailand’s first UNESCO Global Geopark

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 6:39 pm | UNESCO

18 APRIL, PARIS – Satun Geopark in southern Thailand has become the country’s first UNESCO Global Geopark. More >>

Damning Report on Youth Detention in WA

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:03 pm | National Justice Project

The National Justice Project welcomes the report of the WA Inspector of Custodial Services into the Youth Detention Centre at Banksia Hill but notes the problems inside the WA Youth detention system remain unaddressed and children’s lives are being ... More >>

End ‘daily tragedy’ for millions urges UN migration chief

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:50 pm | United Nations

More than 40 million people are displaced by conflict and another 25 million annually by disaster ¬¬– within the borders of their own countries – with children, on average, making up over half those numbers, the United Nations migration agency ... More >>

Plight of 400,000 Rohingya still inside Myanmar

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:18 pm | United Nations

Although the massive outflow of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh grabbed worldwide headlines, the international community must not forget that more than 400,000 of the minority group are living in dire situations at home, a senior United Nations ... More >>

Syria: Sustained fighting taking enormous toll on civilians

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:20 am | United Nations

Despite the Security Council’s demand for cessation of hostilities in Syria, civilians in the war-torn country continue to bear the “enormous” cost of intense military activity by parties to the conflict, the top United Nations relief official said ... More >>

Yemen: new UN envoy hopes to rekindle peace talks

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:33 am | United Nations

The new United Nations envoy for war-torn Yemen called Tuesday for all parties to the conflict to abandon preconditions and begin negotiations, and said he would offer a new framework for talks within the next two months. More >>

Upswing in global growth won’t last forever

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:15 am | United Nations

Upswing in global growth won’t last forever; IMF says world must prepare now for leaner times ahead More >>

UN agency launches appeal to assist in crisis-struck Ukraine

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:13 am | United Nations

UN agency launches appeal to reach over 340,000 with assistance in crisis-struck Ukraine Amid critical humanitarian needs in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations migration agency on Tuesday launched a $38 million funding appeal to reach more than 340,000 ... More >>

UN human rights experts condemn killings of Palestinians

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:11 am | UNHCHR

UN human rights experts condemn killings of Palestinians near Gaza fence by Israeli security forces More >>

Global anxiety deepens over online data and privacy protect

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 10:23 am | United Nations

Internet users worldwide are becoming more worried about their privacy online and many question the protections offered by Internet and social media companies, a new United Nations survey has found. More >>

UNICEF and NZ partnership on Pacific children’s health

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 9:39 am | UNICEF

UNICEF and New Zealand government sign NZ$7 million partnership to improve children’s health in the Pacific More >>

Tonga PM launches regional strategy for surveying

Monday, 16 April 2018, 3:47 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Tonga’s Prime Minister launches the world’s first regional strategy for surveying and geospatial capacity development More >>

Niche-Market Investment Needed to Drive Tourism in PNG

Monday, 16 April 2018, 1:15 pm | IFC

IFC Highlights Niche-Market Investment Needed to Drive Tourism in Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, April 16, 2017— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea, says ... More >>

SETF Applauds Strikes on Syrian Regime Targets

Monday, 16 April 2018, 10:12 am | Syrian Emergency Task Force

Washington DC - The Syrian Emergency Task Force welcomes President Trump’s strikes against the Assad Regime in response to the recent chemical weapon attack against civilians in the Eastern Douma region of Damascus suburbs. More >>

Solomon Islands launches chocolate festival

Monday, 16 April 2018, 9:31 am | SolChoc

Honiara, Solomon Islands, April 15, 2018. The delicious and unique flavours of Solomon Islands chocolate will be showcased at SolChoc (Solomon Islands Cocoa and Chocolate Festival) a fun and festive event, launched today. More >>

Asia-Pacific countries call for action to end hunger

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 11:29 am | FAO

Asia-Pacific countries call for accelerated action to end hunger, improve nutrition and tackle the effects of climate change on agriculture More >>

Guterres briefing to the Security Council on Syria

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 11:21 am | United Nations

I have been following closely the reports of air strikes in Syria conducted by the United States, France and the United Kingdom. More >>

UN chief warns against escalation over Syria

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 6:42 pm | United Nations

The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the international community to avoid actions which could escalate the crisis in Syria and deepen the suffering of its people. António Guterres made the appeal late on Friday evening just hours after ... More >>

Winnie Mandela left an indelible mark on history

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 12:19 pm | United Nations

Winnie Mandela left an ‘indelible mark on the history of the 20th century,’ says UN chief More >>

Court Hearing Against Chevron Over $12b Pollution Judgment

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 12:01 pm | Amazon Defense Coalition - FDA

Ecuador Indigenous Leaders In Canada for Critical Court Hearing Against Chevron Over $12b Pollution Judgment More >>

Donors pledge over $500 million for Congo crisis

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:57 am | United Nations

Donors pledge over $500 million to tackle growing needs in DR Congo; UN warns humanitarian crisis cannot be ignored More >>

Reflecting on 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:55 am | United Nations

World ‘must nurture the courage to care – and the resolve to act,’ says UN chief, reflecting on 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday urged the world to reflect on the suffering of those ... More >>

Conditions not yet conducive for Rohingya refugee to return

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:52 am | United Nations

Conditions ‘not yet conducive’ for Rohingya refugee to return home to Myanmar – UN agency 13 April 2018 The United Nations refugee agency and the Government of Bangladesh on Friday signed a cooperation agreement on the safe, dignified return ... More >>

Short-termism impedes progress of hundreds of millions

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:48 am | United Nations

Short-termism impedes progress of hundreds of millions of people, United Nations report says Major report released in advance of the G20 and World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings NEW YORK, 13 April 2018 – The prospects of around 800 million of the world’s ... More >>

Report on Human Trafficking in the Commonwealth

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:21 am | Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative launch landmark report on Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery, and Child Exploitation in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is publishing the first-ever report on SDG8.7 within the ... More >>

Bearing Witness students win big at AUT awards

Friday, 13 April 2018, 7:29 pm | Pacific Media Watch

Friday, April 13, 2018 Item: 10131 By Jean Bell AUCKLAND ( Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch ): Bearing Witness climate change project students won big last night at the annual awards ceremony for AUT’s School of Communication Studies last night. ... More >>

Trump backflip on the TPP exposes its problems

Friday, 13 April 2018, 4:34 pm | AFTINET

Trump backflip on the TPP exposes its problems and reinforces the need for full-length JSCOT and Senate Inquiries More >>

UN launches initiative to improve road safety worldwide

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:41 am | United Nations

With some 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians dying each year on the world’s roads, the United Nations took a major step to address this tragedy by launching on Thursday a trust fund to spur action that could save lives and prevent ... More >>

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