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UN: Message on the International Day of the Girl Child

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 2:55 pm | United Nations

Today, 600 million adolescent girls are preparing to enter a world of work transformed by innovation and automation. They are the largest generation in history and a vast source of ideas and solutions for all career fields. Yet far too often, girls are ... More >>

Near average Tropical Cyclone season expected for Pacific

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:18 pm | MetService

A ‘near-average’ Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone season is forecast this year, meaning any number from seven to 11 named cyclones occurring between November and April. More >>

Japanese Passport is now the strongest in the world

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:47 am | Henley and Partners

Japan has overtaken Singapore to claim the top spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index , having gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month. Japan now enjoys visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, compared to Singapore’s total ... More >>

UN demands probe into disappearance of Saudi journalist

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:35 am | United Nations

GENEVA (9 October 2018) - UN experts have expressed their grave concern about the disappearance of Saudi journalist and government critic, Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, and called for a prompt independent and international investigation into the case. More >>

States must listen to girls and deliver their rights

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:32 am | United Nations

GENEVA (9 October 2018) – States around the world must take effective action to end discrimination and gender-based violence faced by girls, say a group of UN rights experts*. In a joint statement to mark International Day of the Girl Child, the experts ... More >>

NZDF transports water purification plant to disaster zone

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 11:09 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has transported components of a water purification plant to the Indonesian city of Palu, to help ease the acute shortage of drinking water in areas hardest hit by last month’s earthquake and tsunami. Flight Lieutenant ... More >>

Climate change: Act now or pay a high price, says UN expert

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:56 am | United Nations

GENEVA (8 October 2018) – States must accelerate action to address climate change — from solar electricity to climate-friendly agriculture practices — or risk locking in decades of grave human rights violations, a UN expert says. More >>

NGOs urge opposition to election of rights abusers at UNHRC

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:49 am | UN Watch

NGOs urge opposition to election of rights abusers at UNHRC Six candidates deemed "Unqualified": Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eritrea, Philippines & Somalia GENEVA, October 8, 2018 - Ahead of Friday's UN election of 18 nations to ... More >>

UNFCCC Secretariat Welcomes IPCC’s Global Warming Report

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:47 am | UNFCCC

“The Global Warming of 1.5°C report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the need to maintain the strongest commitment to the Paris Agreement’s aims of limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts towards 1.5°C. More >>

Climate change report is a “wake-up” call on 1.5°C warming

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:17 am | World Meteorological Organization

A landmark report on climate change is a wake-up call about both the huge challenges and the benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius in view of the escalating threats from rising temperatures the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said ... More >>

U.S.-Backed Thai Junta Will Dominate After Election

Monday, 8 October 2018, 4:45 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- If Thailand's U.S.-backed military government allows an election next year, the junta leader and his supporters are expected to dominate thanks to heavy censorship, an appointed Senate, and restricted or self-exiled opposition politicians. More >>

1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the IPCC Special Report

Monday, 8 October 2018, 4:40 pm | SPREP

1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius “As we are faced with darkness there is hope. Today a special report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global ... More >>

Far right candidate surges ahead in Brazil’s election

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:42 pm | Massey University

Far right candidate surges ahead in Brazil’s general elections, echoing populist trends in the US and Europe More >>

‘Unprecedented changes’ needed to limit global warming

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:36 pm | United Nations

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require “far-reaching and unprecedented changes,” such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) has said, launching a special ... More >>

Hollows Foundation NZ signs MoU with Papua New Guinea

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:21 pm | Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ has recently reaffirmed its commitment to improve the accessibility of comprehensive eye care services in Papua New Guinea, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. More >>

Chad: top UN officials on humanitarian response

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:15 pm | United Nations

In Chad, top UN officials say humanitarian response must go ‘hand in hand’ with longer-term recovery More >>

Afghan casualties from IEDs has reached extreme levels

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:13 pm | United Nations

The United Nations on Sunday called on anti-Government elements in Afghanistan to immediately stop using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in civilian areas, after the UN mission in the country recorded a sharp rise in civilian casualties caused ... More >>

NZDF Continues Air Bridge to Quake-Ravaged Indonesian City

Monday, 8 October 2018, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is continuing to help evacuate survivors and transport aid and emergency responders to the quake-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu. The NZDF has delivered more than 18 tonnes of aid and evacuated 120 quake survivors ... More >>

UN ‘stands ready’ to support Haiti after earthquake

Monday, 8 October 2018, 9:00 am | UN News

In the wake of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck north-west Haiti overnight, Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday extended condolence to the island nations’ people and Government, and said the United Nations stands ready to help with the ... More >>

Kimi joins Pacific Statisticians leadership forum

Monday, 8 October 2018, 8:56 am | Solomon Islands National Statistics Office

Statistician Douglas Kimi joined professionals from other Pacific countries at the annual Pacific Statisticians Leadership Forum (PSLF) held in Australia, recently. More >>

NAURU: Loss of MSF mental health carers heightens fears

Sunday, 7 October 2018, 7:38 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

Pacific Islands Synod strengthened as Pacific Presbytery

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 6:28 pm | Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

The Presbyterian Church General Assembly gave overwhelming support today for the Pacific Islands Synod to be renamed the Pacific Presbytery. More >>

Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN Ambassador and Congolese doctor

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 12:14 pm | United Nations

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence ... More >>

Bachelet urges Iran to stop executing juvenile offenders

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 12:11 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (5 October 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday condemned the execution in Iran this week of Zeinab Sekaanvand Lokran, a juvenile offender. Ms. Sekaanvand was convicted of murdering her husband in 2012, ... More >>

Bachelet on Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 12:10 pm | UNHCHR

Comment by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege More >>

India: Terrorism charges are pretext to silence human rights

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 12:09 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (5 October 2018) – UN human rights experts* have expressed concerns about terrorism charges laid against 10 human rights defenders working with India’s poorest and most marginalised communities, including the Dalits, and urged authorities to ... More >>

Time to end invisibility of LGBT people in Georgia

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 12:08 pm | UNHCHR

Time to end invisibility of LGBT people in Georgia - expert GENEVA (5 October 2018) - A UN expert has commended the commitment of the Georgian Government to address violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans persons, ... More >>

Banabans of Rabi short climate documentary chosen

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 12:00 pm | Pacific Media Watch More >>

Pacific storytelling with a focus on the ignored and untold

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 11:59 am | Pacific Media Watch Wednesday, October 3, 2018 More >>

New App to be a digital ledger for farmers

Saturday, 6 October 2018, 11:54 am | PFIP

New App to be a digital ledger for farmers Suva, Fiji – Farmers in Fiji now have access to an information one stop shop through the launch of a first of its kind in the Pacific - mobile App. More >>

Thousands of animals urgently need help after deadly tsunami

Friday, 5 October 2018, 1:05 pm | World Animal Protection

Thousands of animals including cattle, pigs, dogs and cats are struggling to survive after the tsunami hit Indonesia last Friday. Many area residents are dependent on animals for their livelihoods. More >>

Oxfam treatment units on way to Palu

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:42 am | Oxfam

Oxfam water treatment units and purification kits are en route to Palu, Sulawesi, with clean water in short supply after the deadly Indonesia earthquake and tsunami. More >>

NZDF Aircraft Arrives in Indonesia with Aid Supplies

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:30 am | New Zealand Defence Force

A C-130 Hercules aircraft sent by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) arrived in Indonesia about midnight overnight with 8.2 tonnes of emergency supplies for survivors of last week’s 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami. More >>

Aid starting to flow in Indonesia as access improves

Friday, 5 October 2018, 10:25 am | UNICEF

October 5, 2018: One week after the Indonesian region of Sulawesi was devastated by disaster, the delivery of aid is ramping up, but the enormous need is becoming more apparent with each new day, according to UNICEF. More >>

End of Hegemony: UN Must Reflect Changing World Order

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:10 pm | Ramzy Baroud

End of Hegemony: UN Must Reflect Changing World Order By Ramzy Baroud There is a rational explanation of why India and Brazil, two countries with vast populations and large and growing economies, are not permanent members of the United Nations ... More >>

NZDF To Deliver Aid for Indonesia’s Tsunami Survivors

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:14 am | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is delivering more than eight tonnes of aid supplies for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian city of Palu last weekend. The supplies, from the emergency stores of the Ministry of ... More >>

UN disability rights experts issue new legal guidance

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:03 am | United Nations

GENEVA (3 October 2018) — People with disabilities and their representative organizations must participate in public decision-making processes about their own human rights, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities said today as it issued ... More >>

Malaysia: UN expert says child marriages must end

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:02 am | United Nations

GENEVA (3 October 2018) – A UN human rights expert has urged Malaysian authorities to redouble their efforts to end child marriages, and to establish a robust non-discriminatory child protection system. More >>

Going full circle for growth and the planet

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 10:51 am | United Nations

The business case for making our economy more sustainable is clear. Globally, transitioning to a circular economy - where materials are reused, re-manufactured or recycled-could significantly reduce carbon emissions and deliver over US$1 trillion in material ... More >>

PIANGO receives Special UN status

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 4:27 pm | PIANGO

PIANGO receives Special UN status The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) has been granted Special consultative status by the United Nations. More >>

Sulawesi Children at Risk Warns Save the Children

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 3:19 pm | Save The Children

Save the Children is warning of the potential for an outbreak of disease or illness in communities ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. More >>

Wahana Visi Indonesia responds to earthquake and tsunami

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:13 pm | World Vision

Four days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia, millions are growing desperate as they wait for aid. More >>

UN Secretary-General's Spokesperson on Afghanistan

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 12:48 pm | United Nations

The Secretary-General condemns the series of lethal attacks – including today’s suicide bombing at a campaign rally in Nangarhar Province, on candidates, their affiliates and their supporters – in Afghanistan in the run up to the October parliamentary ... More >>

Celebrating 4th October Korean Summit

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:04 am | NZ DPRK Society

Eleven years ago hopes for peace on the Korean Peninsula were at an all time high. After their 4th October 2007 summit meeting, Chairman Kim Jong Il and President Roh Moo-hyun jointly signed a Declaration on the Advancement of South-North Korean Relations, ... More >>

UN alarmed by India move to deport Rohingya Men

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:14 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

A UN human rights expert has expressed alarm at the Indian Government’s plan to deport seven Rohingya men to Myanmar, saying their forcible return could constitute refoulement which violates international law. More >>

UN expert condemns killing of more Palestinian protesters

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:13 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The killing and wounding of more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces is an ongoing affront to human rights and human dignity, said a UN human rights expert. “The deaths of seven more participants in the Gaza ... More >>

Humanitarian Community supports Indonesian Govt response

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 5:13 pm | United Nations

Humanitarian Community supports Government response to Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami 02 October 2018 (Jakarta): The United Nations (UN), and wider humanitarian community in Indonesia, stands ready to support the Government of Indonesia as it ... More >>

Oxfam scales up response to deadly Indonesia earthquake

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 2:23 pm | Oxfam

Oxfam and partner organisations are scaling up their response to support 500,000 people after the Indonesian Government announced Monday that more than 2 million people may be affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi. More >>

Limiting Israel: Russia’s Deploys the S-300 to Syria

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:33 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Relations between Russia and Israel have been those of an estranged couple punctuated by occasional breakouts of tense understanding. As with other such couples, a public row does not necessarily reflect the more placid, if stern discussion that might ... More >>

UN Assembly wraps up annual general debate

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 11:41 am | UN News

In the end, after all was said and done in the marathon of speeches from Heads of State and Government at the General Assembly ’s seventy-third annual general debate, it all came down to one thing – the centrality of a strengthened United Nations ... More >>

NZ Baha'is React to Religious Suppression

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 11:28 am | New Zealand Baha'i Community

The New Zealand Baha'i Community has joined a groundswell of international voices denouncing false charges laid against more than 20 Baha'is in Yemen, including all its national-level leaders. The group was recently indicted at a court hearing in ... More >>

NGOs support Indonesia – Cash is the best way to help

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:57 am | Council for International Development

New Zealand’s international charities are working directly with their partners based on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, to get vital supplies to people in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. More >>

Timor-Leste praises continued UN help in settling dispute

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:34 am | UN News

TImor-Leste, a country which the United Nations shepherded to independence from Indonesia 16 years ago, is a prime example of what the world Organization can do in resolving international conflicts and disputes, Delegation Chair Maria Helena Pires told the ... More >>

Nicaraguan Foreign Minister calls for commitment to peace

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:21 am | UN News

While the world was in the midst of a crisis largely sparked by interventionism and “savage capitalism”, Nicaragua continued to bolster peace, strengthen security, “and…promote and defend human rights,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Denis Moncada ... More >>

Thailand endorses call to make UN more effective

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:16 am | UN News

The United Nations needs to adapt to meet the challenges facing the world, Thailand’s Deputy Foreign Minister Virasakdi Futrakul told the General Assembly on Monday, endorsing Secretary General António Guterres ’s efforts to make the Organization more effective. More >>

Is War Alcohol?

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 8:59 am | David Swanson

War is a self-perpetuating habit that harms its users and can provide a certain momentary high. At a peace conference in Canada recently I heard a number of people refer to themselves as “recovering Americans.” The degree to which many people imagine ... More >>

Safeguards must protect all detainees from torture

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 8:39 am | United Nations

GENEVA/BISHKEK (1 October 2018) — The United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) welcomes the creation of Kyrgyzstan’s National Center for the Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment ... More >>

As Indonesian death toll mounts, concern for children grows

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:06 pm | UNICEF

October 1, 2018: As the death toll from Friday’s 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia continues to rise, UNICEF NZ has launched an urgent fundraising appeal to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of children on the affected island ... More >>

Save the Children Launches Appeal

Monday, 1 October 2018, 3:30 pm | Save The Children

Save the Children New Zealand has launched an appeal to help the hundreds of children affected by Friday’s magnitude 7.4 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia’s Sulawesi. More >>

APEC Races to Contain Disaster Shocks

Monday, 1 October 2018, 2:32 pm | APEC

As Typhoon Trami barrels up the Pacific, officials from APEC member economies are racing to mitigate the explosion of climate-driven catastrophes that are putting tens of millions of lives in the Asia-Pacific at risk and the rattled trading landscape ... More >>