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Solomon Islands leads ACP humanitarian mission to Vanuatu

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:27 pm | Solomon Islands Government

The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of states whose Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium has this week responded to the cyclone Pam relief appeal by the government of Vanuatu by sending a humanitarian Mission to Vanuatu. More >>

“We have lost a great human rights advocate,” UN expert

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:20 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Ambassador ‘Bari Bari’ – “We have lost a great human rights advocate,” UN expert on Somalia says More >>

One week mark for detained Al Jazeera journalists in Nigeria

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:16 pm | Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera has once again urged the Nigerian authorities to release their detained journalists in Maiduguri who have now been detained for a week without any explanation. More >>

USA submits its Climate Action Plan: 2015 Paris Agreement

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:14 pm | UNFCCC

Bonn, 31 March 2015 – The United States has submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More >>

IISD responds to USA climate plan

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:10 pm | International Institute of Sustainable Development

WINNIPEG —March 31, 2015—The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) congratulates the USA for its official commitment towards a new international climate change agreement, announced today. IISD commends the USA for submitting its ... More >>

Chevron falsified evidence before U.S. Federal Court

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 1:44 pm | Karen Hinton

Chevron Falsified Evidence Before U.S. Federal Court About Authorship of Ecuador Judgment, Arbitration Panel Is Told NEW YORK, N.Y., Mar. 31 - A new forensic analysis appears to completely undermine the testimony of Chevron’s star witness in the ... More >>

Equatorial Guinea: concerns regarding arrests

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:59 pm | U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Marie Harf Acting Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 31, 2015 More >>

International Security and Missile Defense

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:57 pm | U.S. Department of State

Remarks Frank A. Rose Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Romania-American University/National School of Politics and Administration Bucharest, Romania March 30, 2015 More >>

U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to Syrian crisis

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:51 pm | U.S. Department of State

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samanatha Power announced today at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait that the United States will provide nearly $508 million in additional life-saving assistance to benefit ... More >>

APEC ministers in Kuala Lumpur to boost digital economies

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:47 pm | APEC

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 31 March 2015 – Telecommunications and Information Ministers from the 21 APEC members are finalizing a new five-year plan for maximizing the potential of the internet to unlock next generation growth across Asia-Pacific economies and ... More >>

Cyclone Pam drives up contraceptive demand in Vanuatu

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:38 pm | UNFPA

UNFPA Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (March 31, 2015) - Katherine Silas grimaces but one is not entirely sure if it is in response to pain or merely the sight of the needle being used to implant the long-term contraceptive, jadelle, a week after Cyclone ... More >>

Discrimination against autistic persons

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:28 pm | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (30 March 2015) – Two United Nations human rights experts today called for an end to discrimination against autistic persons and a celebration of diversity. Speaking ahead of World Autism Awareness Day, the Special Rapporteurs on the rights ... More >>

Potato/sweet potato to improve Pacific food security

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:22 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

New potato and sweet potato varieties from Latin America to improve Pacific food security Suva, Fji – Almost 70 new varieties of potato and sweet potato will soon be available to Pacific Island countries and territories, to improve food security ... More >>

Criminal charges filed against protesters in Burma

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:19 pm | US Department Of State

The United States is concerned by reports that the Government of Burma has filed criminal charges against peaceful protesters engaged in campaign activities advocating reform of the National Education Law. We call for the immediate, unconditional release ... More >>

Attacks against Mexican journalists up 80% under Peña Nieto

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:16 pm | teleSUR

Journalist Alberto Lopez Bello was recently found dead, along with a policeman, near Oaxaca. | Photo: Reuters More >>

BPCIF calls for the eviction of the Iranian regime

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:11 pm | British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom

The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF) supports the Prime Minister's statement on the “UK’s firm political support for the Saudi action in Yemen, noting that it was right to do everything possible to deter Houthi aggression, to ... More >>

Nowruz celebration in the House of Commons

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:09 pm | British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom

While the nuclear talks with Iran resume in Lausanne, members of both Houses of Parliament urge the UK government to adopt a firm stance against the Iranian regime as stated in the EDM342 Iran and Nuclear Weapons, a parliamentary motion supported by over ... More >>

Solidarity March in Tunis, Tunisia

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 3:02 pm | U.S. Department of State

On behalf of President Obama, I would like to express the United States’ solidarity with the Tunisian people as they march tomorrow in Tunis in defiance of the shocking and grotesque terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum on March 18. The U.S. ... More >>

U.S. condemns terrorist attack in Somalia

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 2:54 pm | U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Marie Harf Acting Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 28, 2015 More >>

Toothfish poaching vessel Viking detained in Malaysia

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 1:56 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Another major blow has been dealt to illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean with the detention of the Nigerian flagged poaching Vessel, Viking, in Malaysia. More >>

West Papuan Leaders join International Solidarity Groups

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 1:48 pm | AWPA

West Papuan leaders of the newly formed United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) including Benny Wenda, Octovianus Mote and Rex Rumakiek met in Brisbane over the weekend with Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand solidarity groups. More >>

Gov't extends sea cucumber harvesting period

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 4:20 pm | Solomon Islands Government

The Government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) has extended the harvesting period for sea cucumber (bech-de-mer) for an additional month on strict conditions. More >>

Solomons timber exporters gauge true Anzac market potential

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 3:20 pm | Pacific Periscope

Delegates of the Solomon Islands Timber Export Mission to New Zealand have described their experience as “invaluable”. More >>

World Bank Group offers support to aid Vanuatu’s recovery

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:53 pm | World Bank

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2015 – The World Bank Group today announced that Vanuatu has received a US$1.9 million payout from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot, the first of several measures that will help the Pacific Island country recover ... More >>

Work on demolishing of Tokelau buildings in Samoa

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:44 pm | Tokelau Apia Liaison Office

Tokelau Liaison Office in Apia (TALO) building located at Savalolo, opposite the St Mary’s Primary School, and main building at the Lelata compound will soon be gone with General Fono approving funding for the demolition work, now up for tender. More >>

Asia Pacific works towards effective development financing

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:30 pm | Pacific Islands Forum

In preparation for the Third Global Conference on Development Financing, more than 80 participants gathered at an Asia Pacific regional meeting held at the New World Hotel in Makati City, Manila, Philippines from 26 to 27 March 2015 to discuss development ... More >>

Drug delivery to the eye just became a lot less painful

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:09 pm | Insight

6.5 million Europeans currently suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One way to treat this life altering condition is by delivering drugs right to the source – injecting them into the back of the eye. At present this procedure may ... More >>

Women given training for contesting Bougainville election

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:01 pm | Pacific Media Centre More >>

WEST PAPUA: Leaders meet solidarity groups in Brisbane

Monday, 30 March 2015, 8:55 pm | Pacific Media Centre More >>

Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Japan eliminate measles

Monday, 30 March 2015, 4:47 pm | WHO

Western Pacific Region achieves progress towards measles elimination, but challenges remain MACAO SAR (CHINA), 27 MARCH 2015 – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan have been verified as having achieved measles elimination by the Measles Regional ... More >>

PNG Tsunami Threat Mostly Passed

Monday, 30 March 2015, 4:34 pm | Pacific Tsunami Warning Center


Famed Warship Recovery Support by APS Philippines

Monday, 30 March 2015, 4:32 pm | Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ

March 30, 2015…Philippines— MY Octopus recently made history with one of the most significant WW2 discoveries in recent history. Proving that true adventure is still alive the 120m vessel, equipped with state of the art equipment, found the ... More >>

Hazardous Tsunami Waves Possible in PNG, Solomons

Monday, 30 March 2015, 1:57 pm | Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

[The following are messages from the NOAA Tsunami Warning Center covering the Pacific Ocean following a large earthquake in the New Ireland region of Papua New Guinea. There is no predicted tsunami threat to NZ. See National Advisory: Tsunami - No Threat ... More >>

Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter #12 - 27/3/15

Monday, 30 March 2015, 9:32 am | Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand

We lead the newsletter with an important declaration from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean states criticising the US for its action against Venezuela. Then human rights and telecommunications are topics addressed by reporters in Havana ... More >>

Police Killings of Children & Youth from Student Protests

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 11:31 pm | Honduran Committee for Freedom of Expression

Four students were assassinated on March 24th in Honduras during a wave of student protests that began 12 days ago. This multiple-assassination "is an attempt to eliminate the student struggle," different human rights organizations denounced in press releases. More >>

Young Feminists Release Statement for the 59th Session of CS

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 10:41 pm | Fiji Women's Rights Movement

29th March, 2015 PRESS RELEASE: Young Feminists Release Statement for the 59th Session of CSW Young Feminists from allover the world, who were present at the 59th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), released a collective statement last ... More >>

Rivers REC Boss Hands Over Original Copies of Result Sheet

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 12:48 pm | Nwaorgu Faustinus

Reports reaching us indicates that the Rivers REC Mrs. Gesila Khan have few hours ago handed over the original copies of the INEC result for tomorrow'selection to Chief Nyesome Wike the PDP guber candidate at an undisclosed location in Port Harcout. More >>

Key U.S Outcomes at the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 12:46 pm | U.S. Department of State

The outcomes of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) underscored the importance of robust U.S. engagement at the Council, where the United States continues to work with countries from all regions to address urgent human rights ... More >>

Dr. Ashrawi on the adoption of three UNHRC resolutions

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 12:35 pm | Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Dr. Ashrawi on the adoption of three UNHRC resolutions regarding the occupied State of Palestine More >>

Al Jazeera condemns attack on Sanaa bureau

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 11:44 am | Al Jazeera

Doha, 27/03/2015: Al Jazeera Media Network condemned the invasion of Houthi rebels on its bureau in the Yemeni capital. Armed Houthis stormed the bureau in Sanaa as guards reported that the rebels destroyed security cameras, smashed the entrance ... More >>

Government admits they need to make changes to Bill C-51

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 11:43 am | OpenMedia

The government admits they need to make modest changes to Bill C-51 - but they should listen to citizens and experts calling for a restart to the bill not tinkering More >>

Al Jazeera detention clouds Nigerian election

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 11:41 am | Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera is still demanding the release of their two Nigerian journalists who have been detained in Maiduguri by Nigerian forces for nearly four days. More >>

Tribal leader targeted for resisting eviction

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 11:23 am | Survival International

A tribal leader in one of India’s tiger reserves is fearing for his safety after a wildlife official urged his community to beat him and drive him out for defending their right to remain on their land. More >>

Pacific Insurance Regulators Develop Action Plans

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 11:17 am | Asian Development Bank

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (27 March 2015) — Pacific Island insurance regulators have developed regional and individual country action plans to improve supervision of insurance and reinsurance regulatory regimes in the Pacific region. More >>

UBS Chairman: Europe could look this bad for years to come

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 10:56 am | Al Jazeera

• Axel Weber tells Al Jazeera that without the right reforms, “Europe will look as bad as it does today” in a few years More >>

Communities show resilience, needs remain high

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 10:19 am | Vanuatu Red Cross

Two weeks since severe Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu with ferocious winds, heavy rain and tidal surges leaving thousands of people homeless, Red Cross is scaling up relief efforts to support thousands of families. More >>

Diplomatic security: Large interagency operation in Florida

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 8:08 am | U.S. Department of State

Passport and visa fraud are federal felonies that often enable other crimes such as terrorism, drug trafficking, and money laundering. Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) special agents all over the world lead criminal investigations into passport ... More >>

Charles Rivkin travels to Republic of Korea and Japan

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 8:02 am | U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin Travels to Republic of Korea and Japan More >>

SPC lends public health surveillance helping hand to Vanuatu

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 7:57 am | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

SPC lends public health surveillance helping hand to Vanuatu 27 March 2015 Noumea, New Caledonia – Three public health experts from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will head to Port Vila and Pentecost Island this weekend to support ... More >>

Solomon Islands give emergency medical supplies to Vanuatu

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 7:52 am | WHO

PORT VILA, 25 March 2015 – A shipment of much-needed medical supplies arrived in Vanuatu yesterday. The supplies were donated by the Government of Solomon Islands. The supplies were transported from Honiara by the Australian military and include ... More >>

Driverless cars poised to transform automotive industry

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 7:46 am |

The newest Mercedes autonomous car looks like a car on the outside but like a lounge on the inside, with four swivel seats facing each other in a multimedia bubble of padded leather and walnut veneer. More >>

Food security projects for remote island communities

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 7:40 am | UNDP Fiji

26 March 2015 (Fiji) Remote island communities in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands will be better prepared to have food supplies in times of disaster, even if their crops are destroyed. More >>

Border Police extremely close when they shot the US activist

Friday, 27 March 2015, 4:03 pm | International Solidarity Movement

New testimony at final hearing in Tristan Anderson's trial indicates Border Police were extremely close when they shot the US activist in the head More >>

Driving the data revolution

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:37 pm | UN ESCAP

Bangkok  (ESCAP  News) -- Between 2001 and 2011, over 450 million people in the Asia-Pacific region were brought out of poverty, but 772 million people still  live  on  less  than  $1.25 a day. The number of women in the region dying  because  ... More >>

Stopping Ebola With Courage

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:32 pm | NZ Red Cross

When my colleague Josh told me a few weeks ago the Red Cross emblems had been temporarily taken off our cars in Guinea, I found it hard to grasp what I was hearing. But being in Conakry and experiencing the hostility of some in the community first-hand, I ... More >>

Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:26 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Supporting Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific - Forum Secretariat involvement at the 3rd World UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction More >>

Azevêdo says lack of trade finance can be a barrier

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:23 pm | World Trade Organisation

Azevêdo says lack of trade finance can be a significant trade barrier for developing countries More >>

Disarmament Verification and the NPT Ahead

Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:17 pm | US Department Of State

I’m Anita Friedt, and I serve as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Bureau at the U.S. Department of State. More >>


Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:14 pm | Solomon Islands Government

The Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) Hon. Duddley Kopu has urged Provincial Governments to implement their budgets properly and to ensure services and developments occur where it is needed. More >>


Friday, 27 March 2015, 3:11 pm | Solomon Islands Government

Solomon Islands foreign minister Hon Milner Tozaka has thanked his United Arab Emirates counterpart his highness sheikh Abdullah bin zayed Bin Sultan al Nahyan for UAE’s contribution of US$200,000 dollars to assist the government in dealing with the impact ... More >>


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