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27 million people lack safe water

Monday, 3 April 2017, 12:46 pm | UNICEF

NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF ... More >>

UNICEF and partners assist in South Sudan

Monday, 3 April 2017, 12:43 pm | UNICEF

GENEVA/JUBA, South Sudan, 28 March 2017 – One month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF - together with the World Food Programme and other partners - has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 people, including 33,000 ... More >>

Preserve separation of powers, Zeid urges Venezuela

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 9:02 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (31 March 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has expressed grave concern at the ruling by the Venezuelan Supreme Court to take over the legislative powers of the National Assembly. “I strongly urge ... More >>

Hungary’s use of detention in the spotlight

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 9:01 pm | UNHCHR

Hungary’s use of detention in the spotlight as UN torture prevention body concludes visit More >>

Wastewater an untapped resource: Asia-Pacific

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:59 pm | UNESCO

Photo: From left: Honhjoo Hahm, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP, H.E. Mr. Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Senior Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Government of Sri Lanka, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations ... More >>

UN forum adopts new regional road map

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:57 pm | UN ESCAP

UN forum adopts new regional road map to accelerate Sustainable Development Goals in Asia-Pacific More >>

Developments in the United States: UNFCCC

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:55 pm | UNFCCC

Developments in the United States By UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa Bonn, 31 March 2017 The new US administration announced this week that it will be reviewing America’s Clean Power Plan, domestic legislation brought in by the previous ... More >>

Malaviya Seven update

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:41 pm | ITF

Malaviya Seven update The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) yesterday arrested the ship Malaviya Seven on behalf of its crew. The move is the latest by the ITF in support of the crew of the vessel, which has been effectively abandoned ... More >>

Positive signs as Asia-Pacific moves towards goals

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:38 pm | UN ESCAP

With just over a year since the adoption of a historic blueprint to end poverty and protect the planet, positive signs have already started to emerge among countries in the Asia-Pacific region as they push ahead with the implementation of the 17 Sustainable ... More >>

NZ Government Follows Public’s Lead on Africa’s Famine

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 3:32 pm | Council for International Development

New Zealand’s major aid agencies are welcoming the Government announcement of $3 million in desperately needed funding for the unfolding famine in the Greater Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. “New Zealand aid workers and agencies are working ... More >>

Westinghouse bankruptcy underscores meltdown of nuclear

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 5:16 pm | Greenpeace International

Westinghouse bankruptcy underscores meltdown of the global nuclear industry - Greenpeace Tokyo, 29 March 2017 – The board of Westinghouse’s parent company, Toshiba, today approved the filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy for its drowning U.S. company – a ... More >>

Famine, drought and war threaten millions

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 1:11 pm | UNICEF

UNICEF says children can’t wait, with urgent request for nearly USD 255 million to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen More >>

Dakuivuna villagers commit to mowing programme

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 11:02 am | Fultan Hogan

Trialed last year with the villagers of Dakuivuna in Tailevu, who have now taken over the task of mowing 1.5km of Dakuivuna Road upon advice from Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH), “It’s great to see the villagers taking this on board and owning the process,” ... More >>

Somalia Spirals towards Famine as Humanitarian Crisis Looms

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 10:50 am | Save The Children

The international community is looking to repeat the same failures in East Africa that led to the deaths of over a quarter-of-a-million Somalis in 2011, Save the Children has warned. The international charity’s health and nutrition clinics are reporting ... More >>

Nga Hau E Wha Whanau Hoe Inc saw Taupo well-represented

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 10:44 am | TrustPower Community Awards

The district’s Nga Hau E Wha Whanau Hoe Inc. represented the Taupo volunteer community in Rotorua Lakes this weekend. More >>

National Security top of the agenda in London this week

Monday, 27 March 2017, 3:08 pm | Office of the Speaker

Dr Shane Reti MP will represent New Zealand this week at the International Parliamentary Conference on National Security and Cybersecurity in London, the United Kingdom More >>

Dr. Ashrawi on the adoption of four UNHRC resolutions

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 9:05 pm | PLO

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

Over 100 civilians killed in a month in Yemen Conflict

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 9:02 pm | UNHCHR

Over 100 civilians killed in a month, including fishermen, refugees, as Yemen conflict reaches two-year mark GENEVA (24 March 2017) – Two years and more than 13,000 civilian casualties later, the conflict in Yemen continues to rage, with an intensification ... More >>

INDIA: Anti-Romeo Squads will arrest rule of law

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 9:01 pm | AHRC

First, the facts. Yes, crimes against women are a major problem in Uttar Pradesh. As per the data of the National Crime Records Bureau, the state has the dubious distinction of being the most unsafe Indian state for women in 2015 despite losing ‘top rank’ ... More >>

New ESCAP reports highlight regional cooperation

Saturday, 25 March 2017, 8:59 pm | UN ESCAP

Seoul, Republic of Korea (ESCAP News) – Regional cooperation and integration will be key to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in East and North-East Asia, according to two new reports launched by the United Nations Economic and Social ... More >>

China FTA review should ditch controversial clause

Friday, 24 March 2017, 9:20 pm | AFTINET

China FTA review should ditch controversial temporary worker clause, says AFTINET “The Australian and Chinese governments’ announcement of a review of the Investment Facilitation Memorandum of Understanding attached to the China-Australia free trade ... More >>

Pacific feminists negotiating in shrinking spaces

Friday, 24 March 2017, 3:15 pm | Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

“Pacific feminists and women led groups are pressing for a CSW61 Agreed Outcome document that shows Governments showing courage to change the inequalities within and between states, examining and addressing sustainable consumption and production ... More >>

Statement following attack in Westminster, London

Friday, 24 March 2017, 12:37 pm | Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at NZ

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand strongly condemns the barbaric attacks in Westminster yesterday. Such heinous actions have no place anywhere in the teachings of Islam, and should not be seen as representative of our faith. The terrorists of ... More >>

PAKISTAN: Ratify all international human rights treaties

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 4:43 pm | Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

On 14 March 2017, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) joined forces with the Asian Legal Resource Centre, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation and the World Sindhi Congress in a side-event to the 34th Regular Session of the ... More >>

Solomon Islands Honorary Consul in Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 5:15 pm | Solomon Islands Government

The Solomon Islands Government confirms that Mr. Kayhan Khadem was officially appointed as the Solomon Islands Honorary Consul in Auckland following a Cabinet approval and official exequatur signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade in ... More >>

Focus on trade liberalization in Pacific region

Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 10:01 am | International Beef Alliance

International Beef Alliance Statement: Ministers from TPP countries confirm focus on trade liberalization in Pacific region, IBA applauds progress More >>

Predators of Press Freedom Use Fake News

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 9:07 pm | Reporters Without Borders

Predators of Press Freedom Use Fake News as a Censorship Tool Predators of press freedom have seized on the notion of “fake news” to muzzle the media on the pretext of fighting false information. Nonetheless, many of them have taken recent statements ... More >>

UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 9:03 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (17 March 2017) – The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has published its findings on Cuba, Ecuador and Senegal, which it reviewed during its latest session, held from 6 to 17 March in Geneva. The findings cover how the respective State is ... More >>

Right to health in Indonesia: UN expert

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 9:01 pm | UNHCHR

JAKARTA / GENEVA (17 March 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pûras will visit Indonesia from 22 March to 3 April 2017 to assess the realisation of the right to health in the country. More >>

INDIA: Racism and attacks against people

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 8:59 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

INDIA: Racism and attacks against people from Northeast India must be investigated promptly On March 6, Higio Gungtey, a 22-year-old man from Arunachal Pradesh studying in Bengaluru was allegedly beaten up by his landlord and forced to lick the landlord’s ... More >>

Tamil community in New Zealand mourns death of Trevor Grant

Friday, 17 March 2017, 9:16 am | National Council of NZ Tamils

The Tamil Community in New Zealand was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Trevor Grant on the 5 March, after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago. More >>

Harvard-Columbia researchers find yoga can reduce depression

Friday, 17 March 2017, 8:54 am | Universal Society of Hinduism

Columbia and Harvard researchers find yoga and controlled breathing reduce depressive symptoms, according to The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine which has published this study on March one. More >>

The Queen’s Baton at the High Commissioners’ Banquet

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:47 pm | Royal Commonwealth Society

14/03/2017 The Queen’s Baton continues on its journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the High Commissioners’ Banquet More >>

Attack on FBC reporter outside court stirs media protests

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 1:09 pm | Pacific Media Watch

The safety of media personnel has come under the spotlight again after an attack on a Fiji Broadcasting Corporation television journalist on Monday. More >>

Children's suffering in Syria at its worst

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 1:31 pm | UNICEF

DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 13 March 2017 – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years. More >>

The Queen celebrates Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:55 am | Royal Commonwealth Society

Her Majesty The Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, today attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Day. The Queen was joined by TRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince ... More >>

Investigation of Australian Refugee Programmes

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 9:54 am | Auckland Resettled Community Coalition

Auckland Resettled Investigating Australian Refugee Programmes Auckland Resettled Community Coalition General Manager, Abann Kamyay Ajak Yor, has been awarded The New Zealand Winston Churchill Memorial Trust scholarship, investigating resettled ... More >>

Scottish First Minister speech on independence referendum

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 1:48 am | Scotland First Minister

Text of the First Minister’s speech setting out her plan for a referendum in face of hard Brexit More >>

Don’t revive the dead TPP at Chile trade meeting

Monday, 13 March 2017, 10:40 am | AFTINET

Two hundred organisations from 15 countries have urged trade ministers meeting in Chile tomorrow not to use the failed TPP as a model for future agreements. The ministers from some of the 12 TPP countries plus China, Korea and Colombia are meeting on the ... More >>

Human rights in North Korea top priority

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 9:01 pm | UNHCR

Human rights in North Korea top priority despite rising tensions, Special Rapporteur and UN experts More >>

UN expert commends Argentina’s “progressive laws"

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 9:00 pm | UNHCR

UN expert commends Argentina’s “progressive laws and policies” but urges action to stop attacks on LGBT people More >>

Chemical disaster fear in Eastern Ukraine

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:59 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (10 March 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert is warning against the threat of catastrophic chemical disaster due to the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. More >>

Serious rights violations in southeast Turkey

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:58 pm | UNHCR

UN report details massive destruction and serious rights violations since July 2015 in southeast Turkey GENEVA (10 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office on Friday published a report detailing allegations of massive destruction, killings and numerous ... More >>

Reengineer justice institutions to end infant malnutrition

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:46 pm | Asian Legal Resource Centre

An Oral Statement to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Environment and Right to Food ASIA: Reengineer justice institutions ... More >>

Understanding Chronic Urticaria

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:45 pm | World Allergy Organization

Understanding Chronic Urticaria Is the Focus of World Allergy Week 2017 World Allergy Organization says there is hope for the “Agony of Hives” More >>

Resettlement in contaminated areas steamrolls ahead

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 8:40 pm | Greenpeace

Tokyo, 11 March 2017 - Greenpeace today commemorates the more than 15,000 people who died six years ago in the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, and the tens of thousands of survivors of the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. More >>

Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching, second year

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:52 am | Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Greenpeace releases images showing Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching for the second year in a row Sydney, 10 March 2017 - Greenpeace Australia Pacific today releases shocking photos and footage documenting the Great Barrier Reef’s ... More >>

Surgeons want quad bikes banned for under 16s

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:35 am | BlackHawk Tracking Systems

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the New Zealand and Australian Governments to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a young girl in New South Wales. More >>

Civil Society Groups Tell Ministers: Do Not Resuscitate TPP

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:15 am | Professor Jane Kelsey

Ahead of Chile Meeting, 200+ Civil Society Groups Tell Their Trade Ministers: Do Not Resuscitate the TPP More >>

International Children’s Peace Prize 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:09 am | KidsRights

Since January 19th 2017, the KidsRights Foundation has been inviting every organisation and/or individual to nominate a child for the Children’s Peace Prize 2017. This prize is awarded annually to a child, whose courageous or otherwise extraordinary ... More >>

Fiji Times staff facing possible sedition charges

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:03 am | International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly criticizes the latest move by Fiji’s Public Prosecutor with the charges against staff at the Fiji Times. The IFJ calls for all charges against the four staff members to be immediately dropped. More >>

IFJ calls to defend women’s voices online in Asia-Pacific

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:02 am | International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Asia-Pacific affiliates today demanded meaningful action against the growth of online harassment of women journalists in the region. Using the occasion of International Women’s Day (March ... More >>

EU recommendation on return procedures a “slippery slope”

Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:00 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

New EU recommendation on return procedures a “slippery slope” to solve European migration challenges – UN experts More >>

Economic Empowerment for Sustainable Development

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 4:56 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

To mark International Women's Day this year the United Nations has chosen the theme "Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work". It is a theme that resonates for me. More >>

Website and factsheets in the lead up to UN Ocean Conference

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:51 pm | SPREP

“Knowledge is power” - SPREP and UN Environment partnership launch website and factsheets in the lead up to the UN Ocean Conference More >>

Closing Gender Gaps in Asia and the Pacific Requires Change

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 4:29 pm | UN ESCAP

Addressing gender inequality and ensuring equal participation and opportunities for women and girls in Asia-Pacific is central to achieving progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More >>

Women’s Day 2017: Protecting our Ocean and Biodiversity

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 3:11 pm | SPREP

By Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Director of the Climate Change Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Dr Pelesikoti is the first Pacific Island Woman Lead Author for a chapter in the Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental ... More >>

Women’s economic empowerment key to achieving SDGs

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 9:06 am | UN Women

“Women’s economic empowerment is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals” is the message from UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to mark International Women’s Day (IWD), 8 March, around the world. More >>

Wikileaks: Vault 7 - CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 5:52 am | Wikileaks

Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. More >>

ACLU Comment on Trump’s New Muslim Ban

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 2:14 pm | ACLU

March 6, 2017 NEW YORK — The Trump administration today announced a new Muslim ban executive order. More >>


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