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New cable opens options for boosting islands’ connectivity

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 4:58 pm | Pacific Periscope

A new high speed telecommunications cable straddling the Pacific Ocean brings new opportunities for several Pacific Islands to boost their digital communication capacities in the next few years. More >>

IFC, SICCI Launch Women’s Professional Network in the Solomo

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 2:28 pm | International Finance Corporation

Honiara, Solomon Islands, December 6, 2016 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced the launch this week of the Solomon Islands Professional Women's Network—the first association of its kind in the Solomon Islands to drive economic growth and ... More >>

The politics of the Rising American Electorate

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 2:04 pm | Democracy Corps

The politics of the Rising American Electorate Appeared on on December 5, 2016. By Stanley Greenberg, co-founder of Democracy Corps & Page Garnder, president and founder of Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund More >>

Transport, a pivotal sector in the journey to sustainability

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 1:11 pm | UN ESCAP

Transport is a key contributor to economic growth, prosperity and tosocietal well-being. Physical links across Asia and the Pacific have increasingly improved throughyears of steady investments in the Asian Highway, a project endorsed by the United Nations ... More >>

Syria’s War Spurred by Contest for Gas Delivery to Europe

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:33 pm | Project Censored

At least four years into the crisis in Syria, “most people have no idea how this war even got started,” Mnar Muhawesh reported for MintPress News in September 2015. More >>

NZUN: UN Security Council Syria statement

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 12:02 pm | NZUN

New Zealand is bitterly disappointed that the Security Council was not able to come together today. More >>

Economic stability provides opportunities

Monday, 5 December 2016, 4:02 pm | United Nations ESCAP

Economic stability in Asia and the Pacific provides opportunities to make progress on productivity and inclusiveness By Dr.Shamshad Akhtar More >>

Online Petition Receives 170,000+ Signatures

Monday, 5 December 2016, 3:20 pm | Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation

Our online petition advocates freedom of movement for citizens between the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. More >>

Fiji: A darker side of paradise

Monday, 5 December 2016, 12:12 pm | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

Under the military’s dominance, Fiji has seen an ingrained culture of torture take root among its security forces, a new Amnesty International report says today. More >>

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement

Monday, 5 December 2016, 11:14 am | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II. More >>

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

Monday, 5 December 2016, 11:12 am | US Army

The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today. More >>

United Nations to vote on tuna this week

Sunday, 4 December 2016, 10:23 pm | PNA Tuna

Nadi, Fiji 4 December 2016: A resolution to establish May 2 as World Tuna Day is scheduled for a vote at the United Nations General Assembly later this week. More >>

Indonesia Citizens’ Support Heartens Pacific NGOs Workers

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 11:46 pm | PIANGO

Suva - Visible support by Indonesian citizens for the halting of violence and oppression of West Papuans demonstrates the increasing public will against the Indonesian government’s continuing rule in the territory. More >>

Decolonisation Fundamental to Pacific Sovereignty

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 11:44 pm | PIANGO

Suva - The decolonisation of indigenous peoples in Tahiti, New Caledonia, West Papua, and the American territories is intrinsically tied to the sovereignty of the Pacific region. More >>

PNA brief island media on key fisheries issues

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 1:31 pm | PNA Tuna

Nadi, Fiji 3 December 2016: Parties to the Nauru Agreement representatives briefed media from the Pacific region during a workshop that is being held in conjunction with the upcoming Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission annual meeting ... More >>

Conflict Diamonds from CAR Entering International Markets

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 1:23 pm | Partnership Africa Canada

PRESS RELEASE Conflict Diamonds from CAR Entering International Markets via Cameroon Kimberley Process must act after new report reveals shortfalls in Cameroon’s traceability procedures create opportunities for smuggling and corruption OTTAWA, Canada, December ... More >>

Let Youth Drive Development

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 1:20 pm | UNESCO

Let Youth Drive Development: Young advocates join UN agencies to make ‘Case for Space’ in Asia-Pacific More >>

South Africa: death of at least 37 people

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 1:07 pm | UNHCHR

South Africa: UN experts shocked by death of at least 37 people in flawed relocation process from psychiatric hospitals More >>

Sexual violence in South Sudan

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 1:06 pm | UNHCHR

UN Experts call for UN special investigation into epic levels of sexual violence in South Sudan More >>

USA: UN human rights expert to assess trafficking in persons

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 1:05 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / WASHINGTON (2 December 2016) – United Nations human rights expert Maria Grazia Giammarinaro will visit the United States of America from 6 to 16 December to gather first-hand information on trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation ... More >>

The world should defend Palestine

Friday, 2 December 2016, 3:11 pm | Palestine Human Rights Campaign NZ

In a New York Times article entitled America must recognise Palestine , Jimmy Carter, founder of the Carter Center and former United States president, drew attention to what he called the key words in United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, which ... More >>

Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want

Friday, 2 December 2016, 2:02 pm | Pacific Disability Forum

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is commemorated every year on 3rd December and this year it is celebrated with the theme “Achieving 17 goals for the future we want”. The theme noted the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable ... More >>

CDOT Asks Public and Entrepreneurs for Tech Ideas

Friday, 2 December 2016, 11:40 am | Colorado Department of Transportation

Invites citizens from across the U.S. and around the globe to concept innovative solutions for cash prizes to keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe in Colorado More >>

CGA conducts Taiping Island humanitarian rescue exercise

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 5:24 pm | Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand

The ROC Coast Guard Administration and other agencies carried out a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise, Operation Nanyuan No. 1, on Taiping Island and in its relevant waters in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands Nov. 29. More >>

NZUN: UNSC Syria statement

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 2:10 pm | NZUN

Thank you Mr President. New Zealand welcomes today’s briefing on the events unfolding in eastern Aleppo and we thank the briefers and commend them and the brave people that have been working with them in such difficult circumstances. More >>

2016 Conference in Support of HWPL's Work for Peace

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:25 pm | HWPL

Seoul, Korea – A conference aimed at advocating for the implementation of an international legal document compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was convened by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) on November ... More >>

Korean Religions Take the Role of Bridge-building of Peace

Thursday, 1 December 2016, 12:24 pm | HWPL

Religions are standing at a crossroads. The first path is that religious leaders are dedicated to bringing out spiritual leadership in spreading love for humanity and coexistence in the global community. The other path is that religions remain ... More >>

Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child & forced labour

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 2:07 pm | Amnesty International

The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said ... More >>

RCEP must not be another TPP, say civil society groups

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 11:59 am | AFTINET

The failed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should not be used as a model for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)*, 316 civil society organisations from across the Asia Pacific have warned as the sixteenth round of negotiations begin ... More >>

Dominica, Mongolia ratify the Trade Facilitation Agreement

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:10 am | World Trade Organisation

In a speech to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Global Strategy Group on 28 November, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo stressed the importance of making the case for trade amid a rise in anti-globalisation sentiment in many ... More >>

Youth in Action welcome for Prince Harry

Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 11:55 am | Laureus

GRENADA, November 28, 2016 – Young people from the Youth in Action programme in Grenada, a new initiative by Laureus Sport for Good and the Jason Roberts Foundation, have met Britain’s Prince Harry during his visit to the island. More >>

Fidel: Heart of Gold - By Julie Webb-Pullman

Monday, 28 November 2016, 2:44 pm | Julie Webb-Pullman

The passing of Fidel Castro is of a baton, not just a life. The values he represented and the ideals he struggled for and in many areas achieved, will not die with him but continue to advance, not only in Cuba, but everywhere. More >>

New York school offering yoga

Monday, 28 November 2016, 12:07 pm | Patchogue-Medford School District

Hindus have commended Patchogue-Medford School District (PMSD) in New York for reportedly implementing yoga, calling it a step in the positive direction. More >>

Women raise the Morning Star Flag to honor West Papua

Monday, 28 November 2016, 10:09 am | Oceania Interrupted

On Thursday December 1st 2016, 5:30pm at the reserve on the corner of Waterfront Road and Coronation Road, Mangere Bridge in Auckland, a collective of Maori Morning Star flag, a flag banned within Indonesian administered West Papua. More >>

UN Secretary-General on the death of Fidel Castro

Sunday, 27 November 2016, 7:37 pm | United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the death of Fidel Castro Ruz The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the death of Fidel Castro Ruz, former President of Cuba. An emblematic figure of the Cuban revolution, ... More >>

Pygmy Marmosets stolen from Symbio Wildlife Park

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 9:21 pm | Symbio

At some point between Friday night (25th) and the early hours of Saturdaymorning (26th) there was a break in at Symbio Wildlife park, South of Sydney. This resulted in the theft of three Pygmy Marmosets - Gomez (Dad), Sofia (10 months) and one of ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Caught between the military and the terrorists

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 8:46 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

The people of tribal areas bordering Afghanistan are caught between the Pakistan army on one hand, and the Taliban and ISIS on the other. The terrorists attack and kill tribal leaders for not allowing them to set up their training centers and move ... More >>

Many Forms of Violence against Women

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 8:44 pm | Rene Wadlow

Many Forms of Violence against Women by Rene Wadlow 2016-11-25 12:16:39 stop_en_0030_40025 November is the day designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.” Violence against women is a ... More >>

Fundamentalism and populism pose deepening threat

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 8:42 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (25 November 2016) – Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations rights experts* has warned. More >>

Thailand: Court Acquits Environmental Defenders

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 8:41 pm | Fortify Rights

Thailand: Court Acquits Environmental Defenders of Wrongful Charges Protect environmental activists, uphold rights to peaceful assembly and expression (Loei, November 25, 2016)—Fortify Rights welcomes a decision today by the Loei Provincial Court to ... More >>

PNA to Tuna Commission: Enforce high seas fishing measures

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 8:39 pm | PNA Tuna

Majuro, Marshall Islands 25 November 2016: The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission needs to focus on controlling fishing on the high seas when the multi-national body meets for its annual meeting in Fiji next month, said the head of the Parties ... More >>

North Korea: UN expert calls for a people-centred approach

Saturday, 26 November 2016, 8:25 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA / SEOUL / TOKYO (25 November 2016) A United Nations rights expert has appealed to Governments and civil society organizations to put people squarely at the centre of their approaches to improve the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s ... More >>

Regional Cooperation Offers Central Asia a Better Pathway

Friday, 25 November 2016, 4:26 pm | Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific

Ganja, Azerbaijan (ESCAP News) -- Central Asian countries today adopted the Ganja Declaration on “Enhanced Implementation of SDGs through Cooperation”, at the Governing Council of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central ... More >>

Emirates A380 Blossoms in Dubai Miracle Garden wonder

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 2:19 pm | Emirates Group

A new botanical wonder has taken root at the heart of the world’s largest natural flower garden in Dubai. Emirates Airline has teamed up with Dubai Miracle Garden to construct the world’s largest floral installation through a life-size version ... More >>

Fees for landlords unlikely to deter buy-to-let investors

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 11:18 am | Skipton International

Moves by the British Chancellor to shift lettings fees from tenants toagents is unlikely to put off expat investors. More >>

Australian Visa Application Service Fees in South Pacific

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 10:30 am | TT services

TT Services (TTS) provides visa application services, including the operation of Visa Application Centres, to the South Pacific on behalf of the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection. As of 01 December 2016, the Service ... More >>

Small Business Stories Galvanize Support

Sunday, 20 November 2016, 8:19 pm | APEC

Small Business Stories Galvanize Support for Inclusive Agenda Issued by the APEC Secretariat Lima, Peru, 19 November 2016 - Stories of two families from the opposite sides of the Pacific, who tapped the benefits of connectivity and mobility to successfully ... More >>

Cessation of hostilities in Yemen

Sunday, 20 November 2016, 7:43 pm | United Nations

New York - The United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced the resumption of a comprehensive Cessation of Hostilities in Yemen. The Special Envoy has received assurances from all Yemeni parties of their ... More >>

APEC Ministers Issue Joint Statement

Saturday, 19 November 2016, 10:54 pm | APEC

Ministers Issue Joint Statement Issued by the 2016 APEC Ministerial Meeting Lima, Peru, 18 November 2016 – Facing stagnated trade and rising scrutiny of globalization, Ministers from the 21 APEC member economies concluded the 2016 APEC Ministerial Meeting ... More >>

Myanmar: UN expert warns of worsening rights situation

Saturday, 19 November 2016, 10:52 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (18 November 2016) – A United Nations expert has called on the Government of Myanmar to take immediate action to tackle the deteriorating human rights situation in northern Rakhine State. More >>

UN expert urges Turkey to release detainees

Saturday, 19 November 2016, 10:51 pm | UNHCHR

UN expert urges Turkey to release detainees amid “grave concern” about free speech GENEVA / ANKARA (18 November 2016) - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today expressed deep ... More >>

Australia’s human rights record blemished

Saturday, 19 November 2016, 10:42 pm | UNHCHR

CANBERRA / GENEVA (18 November 2016) – United Nations Special Rapporteur François Crépeau today warned that Australia’s human rights record has been tarnished in recent years by migration policies which have increasingly eroded the rights of migrants, ... More >>

Transforming commitment into action - Dr. Shamshad Akhtar

Friday, 18 November 2016, 3:00 pm | Dr. Shamshad Akhtar

Nothing erases development gains as suddenly and severely as natural disasters. Earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones wreak destruction, not only across borders but across generations, reversing the hard-won progress of many years in poverty reduction, ... More >>

Why Trump Won: Part 1

Friday, 18 November 2016, 2:44 pm | Democracy Corps

We are entering a period too awful to contemplate, and James and I thought it important to share our first take on what happened and why. Thankfully, Women’s Voices Women’s Vote Action Fund and the Roosevelt Institute supported this election night survey ... More >>

Finalists for the International Children's Peace Prize

Friday, 18 November 2016, 11:54 am | KidsRights

Today, KidsRights has announced the three finalists for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2016. From a record number of 120 international entries, the Expert Committee chose Divina (12) from Cameroon, Kehkashan (16) from the United Arab Emirates and ... More >>

Reception to showcase dedications

Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 1:54 pm | The Queens Commonwealth Canopy

15/11/2016 PRESS RELEASE: Her Majesty The Queen hosts Reception to showcase dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, tonight hosted a Reception at Buckingham Palace to ... More >>

Sexual harassment problem in Pacific but little robust data

Monday, 14 November 2016, 4:50 pm | Fiji Women's Crisis Centre

NADI (14 Nov) – Sexual harassment is a problem in the Pacific but very little data exist to give a true picture of the extent of the problem. More >>

APEC's Trade Fix

Sunday, 13 November 2016, 8:19 pm | APEC

Sluggish trade growth and rising scrutiny of globalization have cast these forces into uncertainty. On the eve of the 2016 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Lima, APEC Committee on Trade and Investment Chair Marie Sherylyn Aquia discussed the implications ... More >>

Ocean Climate Action Making Waves

Sunday, 13 November 2016, 7:53 pm | UNFCCC

Ocean Climate Action Making Waves Global Climate Action at COP22 Marrakech, Morocco, 12 Nov, 2016 – A special Oceans Action Event at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP22) is bringing together over 400 high-level participants ... More >>

Shifting Gear Towards Low Carbon Transport

Sunday, 13 November 2016, 7:52 pm | UNFCCC

Shifting Gear Towards Low Carbon Transport Global Climate Action at COP22 Press release in French: Press release in Spanish: ... More >>


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