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Commonwealth honours The Queen with a ‘Commonwealth Canopy’

Saturday, 28 November 2015, 4:36 pm | Royal Commonwealth Society

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, officially opening the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta today, said how delighted she was to receive a dedication of rainforests and other environmental projects for her service as Head ... More >>

Commonwealth Summit in Malta urged to back LGBTI equality

Friday, 27 November 2015, 11:25 am | The Peter Tatchell Foundation

For 66 years, the Commonwealth has refused to even discuss LGBTI rights London, UK - 26 November 2015 Fifty people rallied outside the London headquarters of the Commonwealth, two days before the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting ... More >>

WMO: 2015 likely to be Warmest on Record

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 2:06 pm | World Meteorological Organization

Geneva 25 November 2015 (WMO) The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong ... More >>

India stands with Asia Pacific nations

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 1:41 pm | Citizen News Service

India stands with Asia Pacific nations in drive for malariafree region CNS Photograph is online at: (CNS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined other Asia Pacific Leaders in taking ... More >>

Delays in cutting emissions come at a high cost

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:30 am | Oxfam NZ

Developing countries’ economies face being crushed under the double burden of climate change adaptation costs of almost US$800 billion and more than twice that in economic losses every year by 2050 if pledges to cut emissions are not improved, ... More >>

Downing of a Russian plane by Turkey

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 12:36 pm | United Nations

The Secretary-General is seriously concerned about the downing of a Russian military jet by the Turkish Air Force earlier today. More >>

Oz Kiwi Sydney public meeting

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 9:50 am | Oz Kiwi

On Wednesday, 25th November, Oz Kiwi will host an a meeting in Sydney with Andrew Little (NZ Opposition Leader, Labour) and Phil Goff (NZ Shadow Defence Minister, former Labour leader, and former Foreign Affairs Minister and Trade Minister) on ... More >>

Oz Kiwi takes concerns to Federal Parliament

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 9:48 am | Oz Kiwi

The not for profit group Oz Kiwi, advocating for New Zealanders living in Australia, will go to Canberra on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November to meet with Federal politicians and connect with two visiting New Zealand politicians. Labour leader ... More >>

EU and Tonga sign the short-stay visa waiver agreement

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 5:28 pm | European Union

On 20 November 2015 the EU signed the short-stay visa waiver Agreement with the Kingdom of Tonga. More >>

50 years of aid cargo missions to Antarctica

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 3:04 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

A New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) C-130 Hercules aircraft marked the 50th year of New Zealand’s airlift support flights to Antarctica by delivering over 3,000 kilograms of freight to the icy continent yesterday. More >>

“Orange the World” kicks off global efforts

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 1:12 pm | UN Women

Spotlighting prevention, “Orange the World” kicks off global efforts to end violence against women and girls More >>

Red Cross Prepares for Increased Cyclone Risk in Pacific

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 12:55 pm | NZ Red Cross

Red Cross Prepares for Increased Cyclone Risk in Pacific as El Niño Causes Drought More >>

COP 21: Tribal people on front line on climate change

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 10:03 am | Survival International

The COP 21 summit to be held in Paris from the end of the month has so far declined to give a voice to the indigenous peoples most directly threatened by ecological catastrophe. This omission comes despite clear evidence that tribal peoples are the ... More >>

Energy ministers set course for new era at IEA

Monday, 23 November 2015, 8:45 am | International Energy Agency

IEA Ministerial meeting signals solidarity with France, opens doors to broader engagement with emerging economies More >>

West Papuan political prisoner released

Friday, 20 November 2015, 12:54 pm | West Papua Action Auckland

Friday 20 November 2015 West Papuan political prisoner released after more than 11 years West Papua Action Auckland and Canterbury are delighted to welcome the release of West Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma. Filep was released from prison yesterday ... More >>

Papuan pro-independence activist finally freed

Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:51 am | Amnesty International

Papuan pro-independence activist Filep Karma tasted freedom yesterday after being unjustly jailed for more than a decade for simply raising an independence flag at a political ceremony in 2004, Amnesty International said. More >>

World Toilet Day 2015

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 11:45 am | World Bank Group

SYDNEY, November 19, 2015 – As more and more families migrate from rural areas to Pacific capital cities, water, sanitation and health challenges in rapidly growing informal settlements in key Pacific capital cities are in urgent need of response, ... More >>

Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 10:55 am | Embassy of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the morning of Wednesday, 18 November 2015, attended the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem. At the start of the event, he met with French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave, ... More >>

HWPL Peace Discussion in London

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 10:13 am | HWPL

London, UK – While the world was sending its grievances and expressing fury at the indiscriminate armed violence perpetuated by terrorists on Friday, 13 November in Paris, the HWPL International Law Peace Committee members and renowned international ... More >>

“Crime against humanity, crime against culture"

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 9:23 am | United Nations

GENEVA (17 November 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, today denounced in the strongest possible terms the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris. “These attacks may constitute a crime ... More >>

Winner of the 2015 APEC Video Contest Announced

Monday, 16 November 2015, 5:29 pm | APEC

Manila, The Philippines, 16 November 2015 – The winners of the APEC Video Contest have been announced in conjunction with the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Manila. More >>

Arab Trade Union Confederation backs Qatar rights reform

Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:42 am | ITF

The Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC) – which represents union federations across the Arab and Middle Eastern region – has backed the campaigns by global union organisations to achieve justice for workers in Qatar. More >>

Speaking Out Against The Terrorist Attacks in Paris, France

Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:40 am | Holocaust Foundation

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA – Yesterday, the city of Paris was rocked by the sounds of bombs and gunshots, hundreds of innocent lives were lost to the international threat of terrorism. With the rise of Islamic terrorism including Da’ish (The Islamic State), ... More >>

2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week Opens in Manila

Monday, 16 November 2015, 11:26 am | APEC

Manila, The Philippines, 13 November 2015 – The 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week hosted by the Philippines and chaired by President Benigno S. Aquino III has commenced in Manila. More >>

ITUC Condemns Barbaric Terror Attacks in Paris

Sunday, 15 November 2015, 1:41 pm | International Trade Union Federation

The ITUC has condemned the barbaric terror attacks in Paris overnight, which left more than 120 people dead and many more injured. French President Francois Hollande has described the attacks, which took place at six different locations, as a « declaration ... More >>

Global leaders will stand by G20

Friday, 13 November 2015, 10:18 am | The B Team

Global leaders will stand by G20 to help secure a long term goal in Paris More >>

SeaWorld ending San Diego Orca Show

Tuesday, 10 November 2015, 1:50 pm | World Animal Protection

“SeaWorld’s announcement today that it will end its infamous orca show in San Diego is an important first step for the company; performances using orcas and other marine mammals are highly cruel and contrary to these animals’ natural behaviors. ... More >>

Loopholese are driving tortoises towards extinction

Tuesday, 10 November 2015, 9:35 am | World Animal Protection

The survival of the Indian Star tortoise is being threatened by a booming illegal trade, that causes extreme suffering to tortoises, due to a growing international demand for tortoises as exotic pets, wildlife experts warn today. More >>

Al Jazeera wins prestigious Red Dot award for design

Sunday, 8 November 2015, 10:48 am | Al Jazeera

Doha – 7/11/2015: The “Hear the Human Story” marketing campaign for Al Jazeera English has been awarded with a Red Dot “Best of the Best” prize in communication design. A Red Dot is internationally recognized as a symbol for design excellence, ... More >>

Comment on Burundi killing

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 5:35 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Comment by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Burundi killing More >>

Boost for Climate Action as ILO Adopts ‘Just Transition’

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 5:33 pm | International Trade Union Federation

Brussels, 6 November 2011 (ITUC OnLine): Hopes for the Paris Climate Summit in December to capture one of the three topline union demands have received a boost this week, with the UN’s International Labour Organisation formally adopting criteria for ... More >>

UN expert warns against proposed funding bills in Bangladesh

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 5:31 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (6 November 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, on Friday urged the Bangladeshi Parliament not to adopt a bill which could severely restrict civil society ... More >>

Freedom of expression stifled in Belarus

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 5:27 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Freedom of expression stifled in Belarus, in media and on Internet, UN rights expert warns More >>

Pacific family and UN Envoy turn tide on youth outlook

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 5:25 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Alofi, Niue – In recognising the need for a high-level forum to monitor the situation of youth and drive progress in the Pacific, the member countries and territories represented at the Pacific Community’s 9th Conference today agreed that a focus ... More >>

Pacific's smallest nations showcase boutique products

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 9:37 am | Pacific Islands Trade and Invest

They are amongst some of the smallest Pacific Island economies in the Pacific but they are resilient survivors when it comes to being successful in business on small islands. More >>

Campaign to amplify Pacific voice on climate change

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 9:25 am | Pacific Island Forum

6 November, 2015 - In December history will be made in Paris, France with the anticipated sign off on a global climate change agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). More >>

TPP text threatens Internet freedom: will Trudeau go along?

Friday, 6 November 2015, 8:55 am | OpenMedia

November 5, 2015 – Over a month since a deal was first announced , the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has finally been revealed. The text, published today by the New Zealand government, will force Canada to overwrite its current balanced ... More >>

Sea Shepherd shocked at proposal to increase drum lines

Thursday, 5 November 2015, 12:05 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd Australia is beyond shocked upon learning that the Queensland Department of Fisheries is looking to increase the number of drum lines that require a permit to be used within the Great Barrier Reef from 148 to 213; an increase of 65 drum ... More >>

New incidents of forced labour on Thai-operated vessels

Wednesday, 4 November 2015, 4:23 pm | Greenpeace

Bangkok, 4 November 2015 - Thai Union Group has not done enough to alleviate concerns over human rights abuses in the company’s tuna supply chain despite recent media scrutiny of its business operations, according to a Greenpeace Southeast Asia investigation. More >>

Three UN agencies support GLOW initiative

Tuesday, 3 November 2015, 12:30 pm | United Nations

Apia, 3rd of November 2015 – Three United Nations agencies - UNWomen, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – donated a total of USD 3,000 to the Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) for its upcoming ... More >>

Syria’s ‘Monument Citizens’ taking risks

Tuesday, 3 November 2015, 9:57 am | Franklin Lamb

Syria’s ‘Monument Citizens’ taking risks saving the future of our past Franklin Lamb Damascus More >>

Greens call on Shorten to back Pacific development

Monday, 2 November 2015, 4:32 pm | Australian Green Party

Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on opposition leader Bill Shorten to use his Pacific trip to commit a future Labor government to scrapping the PACER-Plus agreement as it does not meet social and environmental standards ... More >>

Southern Ocean progress remains stalled

Monday, 2 November 2015, 12:25 pm | Antarctic Ocean Alliance

Despite substantial movement from China on Antarctic Conservation, Southern Ocean progress remains stalled while protection efforts expand around world More >>

Myanmar's election 2015: Eight things to know

Monday, 2 November 2015, 11:54 am | ADC

ADC has New Zealand-based experts with on-the-ground experience in Myanmar available for interviews about this landmark election on November 8. Scroll down for details. More >>

Kiwis contesting Australian kart title final in Geelong

Sunday, 1 November 2015, 9:44 pm | Fast Company

Young Kiwi karters Ryan Wood and Connor Davison are in Australia this weekend contesting the KA 12 class at the final round of this year's Australian Kart Championship presented by Jayco and Castrol Edge in Geelong. More >>

Sydney Opera House lights up for Wallabies

Sunday, 1 November 2015, 1:21 pm | Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House was lit up in green and gold tonight ahead of the Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand in London. More >>

Kiwis offered to learn about Russia's charity work

Sunday, 1 November 2015, 11:59 am | Orphans Aid International

Orphans Aid International is delighted to offer supporters around the country the opportunity to meet its Russian project directors for the very first time in November. More >>

Nauru’s human rights record to be reviewed

Sunday, 1 November 2015, 10:56 am | UN Human Rights Council

GENEVA (29 October 2015) – Nauru’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Tuesday, 3 November 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live. More >>

Pacific Community Gathers in Niue to focus on development

Saturday, 31 October 2015, 6:43 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Alofi, Niue – The endorsement of a five-year navigation chart for the Pacific’s largest regional development organisation is on the agenda as a meeting of officials from among the 26 country and territory members of the Pacific Community (SPC) begins ... More >>

USP Journalism Programme to host awards night

Friday, 30 October 2015, 12:25 pm | University Of The South Pacific

Head of USP’s Journalism programme, Dr Shailendra Singh, said the awards recognise and reward academic excellence and endeavour. More >>

CWS appeals for Afghanistan/Pakistan Earthquake Victims

Friday, 30 October 2015, 9:18 am | Christian World Service

Christian World Service is appealing for donations to help relief efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan after 7.5 quake at 2:09 pm 26 October local time. More >>

Text messages prepare Vanuatu for drought

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 4:50 pm | UNDP Pacific Centre

October 2015 (Vanuatu) – A text messaging system which helped communities in Vanuatu recover from the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam, is also helping communities to prepare for the next potential drought disaster with the impending El Nino. More >>

FFSA promotes food hygiene

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 12:42 pm | FFSA

Timed to coincide with the European Union’s Month of Food Safety, the official launch of the Fiji Food Safety Association (FSSA), a non-profit organisation that brings together a group of professionals to represent the interests and views of ... More >>

AI accuses border officials of 'lawless' actions

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 10:01 am | Pacific Media Watch

SYDNEY (Amnesty International/Pacific Media Watch): New evidence gathered by Amnesty International suggests that Australia’s maritime border control operations now resemble a lawless venture with evidence of criminal activity, pay-offs to boat crews ... More >>

Inclusion of persons with disabilities

Wednesday, 28 October 2015, 2:09 pm | Pacific Disability Forum

“The inclusion of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations in community interventions for climate change adaptation will enhance their livelihood and quality of life”, said Pacific Disability Forum CEO Mr. Setareki Macanawai ... More >>

University students to study flood affected village in Fiji

Wednesday, 28 October 2015, 2:01 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland students are heading to Fiji this Sunday to study how a local community has adapted after three serious floods in a decade. The trip is part of the university’s Development Studies programme, where Professor Andreas Neef is ... More >>

Israeli forces in Occupied Territories - unlawful killings

Wednesday, 28 October 2015, 9:32 am | Amnesty International

Israeli forces have carried out a series of unlawful killings of Palestinians using intentional lethal force without justification, said Amnesty International today, based on the findings of an ongoing research trip to the West Bank, including East ... More >>

Normal Water Supply for Painapiu Place

Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 1:39 pm | Water Authority of Fiji

Residents of Painapiu Place in Nakasi will now be able to receive normal water supply during peak hours after the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) resolved the issue of intermittent supply in the area. More >>

South Asia earthquake

Tuesday, 27 October 2015, 10:31 am | Oxfam NZ

More than 150 people are believed to have died, mostly in Pakistan, after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit Afghanistan’s north-eastern province of Badakhshan early on Monday 26 November. More >>

Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay prawns get the MSC blue tick

Monday, 26 October 2015, 12:00 pm | Marine Stewardship Council

Western Australia’s Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay prawn fisheries have received the independent Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for sustainable fishing. More >>


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