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Five new non-permanent Members elected to Security Council

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 2:13 pm | United Nations

Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Dominican Republic, Belgium, elected to Security Council In a single round of voting on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected five new non-permanent Members of the Security Council, who will each serve ... More >>

Libya – escalating risks

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 1:03 pm | UNHCHR

We are deeply alarmed at the escalating risks to the population in the eastern city of Derna in Libya, where fighting has intensified in recent days with the Libyan National Army group – the LNA - reported to have taken over densely populated districts. More >>

Our Pacific Ocean Media Award launched

Friday, 8 June 2018, 7:41 pm | SPREP

8 June 2018, WORLD OCEANS DAY - “Our Pacific Ocean Media Award” has been launched in commemoration of World Ocean Day on 8 June, 2018 to both recognise and encourage Pacific island journalists to highlight our Pacific ocean, the largest resource of ... More >>

New online look for SPREP

Friday, 8 June 2018, 7:40 pm | SPREP

New online look for SPREP, your Pacific regional environment agency! A new online look for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) was launched on World Ocean’s Day in celebration of its 25 years of service throughout ... More >>

PhD scholarships announced for Pacific island nationals

Friday, 8 June 2018, 7:38 pm | SPREP

PhD scholarships announced for Pacific island nationals to advance environmental research in the SPREP region 8 June 2018, WORLD OCEANS DAY - With a shared vision to support the resilience and sustainability of some of the world’s most at-risk ... More >>

No to Corporal punishment

Friday, 8 June 2018, 5:40 pm | Fiji Women's Rights Movement

Save the Children Fiji (SC Fiji) and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) stands together in solidarity to reiterate that there should be zero tolerance for corporal punishment in schools. More >>

Pacific marine climate change

Friday, 8 June 2018, 4:34 pm | SPREP

Pacific marine climate change - partnership with regional and UK experts reveals full regional impacts The first ever Pacific Marine Climate Change Report Card has been launched today as part of World Oceans Day, at events in Fiji and Samoa. The ... More >>

World Oceans Day - What it means for the Pacific

Friday, 8 June 2018, 4:11 pm | SPREP

Celebrating World Oceans Day: Message from the Acting Director General of SPREP, Mr Stuart Chape More >>

SPC staff support victims of natural disasters

Friday, 8 June 2018, 3:08 pm | Pacific Community - SPC

Noumea, New Caledonia – On Friday morning, Colin Tukuitonga, Director-general of the Pacific Community (SPC), handed 705,840 Pacific Francs, collected from all SPC staff in New Caledonia and Fiji, over to the French Red Cross. More >>

Fijian Children Ask to Be Listened to About Disaster Risk

Friday, 8 June 2018, 1:51 pm | Save The Children

What do you get when you bring eight child advocates into a room with 18 Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) club members from disadvantaged communities and let them mix for three days? Lots of positive energy, inspiring discussions, giggles and pertinent ... More >>

UN Secretary-General: Message on World Oceans Day - 8 June

Friday, 8 June 2018, 1:35 pm | United Nations

The oceans make our blue planet unique in our solar system -- and not just visually. They help regulate the global climate and are the ultimate source of the water that sustains all life on Earth, from coral reefs to snow-covered mountains, from tropical ... More >>

Pageup Data Breach Calls For Zero Trust Security

Friday, 8 June 2018, 10:30 am | Centrify

Cybersecurity specialist Centrify warns that this week’s revelation of a major data breach by Human Resource services company PageUp highlights the need for companies to deploy Zero Trust Security. More >>

Emirates to Launch Third Daily Service to Moscow

Friday, 8 June 2018, 10:21 am | Emirates Airlines

Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, will start a third daily service between Moscow’s Domodedovo (DME) Airport and Dubai, commencing on October 25. More >>

Fighting Must End in South Sudan Says UN Aid Chief

Friday, 8 June 2018, 10:03 am | United Nations

Fighting Must End in South Sudan Or Worsening Humanitarian Crisis Cannot Be Tackled, Says UN Aid Chief More >>

UN Experts on Enforced Disappearances to Visit Ukraine

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:30 am | United Nations

GENEVA (7 June 2018) – The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will visit Ukraine from 11 to 20 June 2018. The experts will study measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related ... More >>

UN Urges Mauritania to Repeal Anti-Blasphemy Law

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:28 am | United Nations

A group of UN human rights experts* have urged Mauritanian authorities to reconsider the adoption of an amendment to the Penal Code which would mandate the death penalty for blasphemy and apostasy, a provision which would gravely violate international ... More >>

Hunger Surges Amid Deadly Conflicts in Many Countries

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:27 am | United Nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization ’s ( FAO ) new Crop Prospects and Food Situation reveals that since its last report in March, the number of countries requiring external food assistance has jumped by two, namely Cabo Verde and Senegal, to 39. More >>

DPRK Should Release Political Prisoners Ahead of Summit

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:25 am | United Nations

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK , made his comments after welcoming Pyongyang’s release of three US nationals last month. More >>

UN Welcomes Temporary Ceasefire by Afghan Government

Friday, 8 June 2018, 9:23 am | United Nations

UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto commended the authorities for the preparedness they expressed “to initiate, in good faith, any steps to toward a formal peace process.” More >>

Sky Tower to beat red for Heart Kids Appeal

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 7:35 pm | SKYCITY

The Sky Tower will light up red like a beating heart for Heart Kids NZ Annual Appeal, the only New Zealand charity that supports Kiwi children and families affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). More >>

Go! Niue App Officially Launches

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 7:32 pm | Niue Chamber of Commerce

Go! Niue App Officially Launches The Niue Chamber of Commerce is officially launching the Go! Niue App to the public on Thursday 7 June to provide a Niue directory of information for visitors and locals. The Go! Niue App is free to download and free ... More >>

ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 4:21 pm | ITUC

ITUC Global Rights Index 2018: Democratic space shrinks and unchecked corporate greed on the rise Restrictions of free speech and the right to protest unleash a wave of mass arrests and arbitrary detention of defenders of workers’ rights Brussels, ... More >>

2017 records 65,004 more tourists to the Pacific

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 3:04 pm | South Pacific Tourism Office

7 June 2018, Suva, FIJI – The Research and Statistics Division of SPTO published its Annual Review of Visitor Arrivals in Pacific Island Countries for the year ending 2017. More >>

UN Court Assumes Functions for Rwanda & Former Yugoslavia

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 10:19 am | United Nations

UN Court Fully Assumes Remaining Functions of Tribunals for Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia, Officials Tell Security Council More >>

Climate Justice is Integral to Development Justice

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:59 am | Bobby Ramakant

By Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) Climate justice is integral to development justice, as it is essential for building a brave feminist future sans power and wealth inequalities. This is the dream of feminists in the Asia Pacific region, including ... More >>

Important Legal Victory for ITUWA Union in Russia

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:55 am | International Trade Union Confederation

The ITUC has welcomed a decision of the Russian Supreme Court, overturning a 10 January ruling from the Saint Petersburg City Court which would have dissolved the Interregional Trade Union Workers’ Association (ITUWA), a member organisation of ... More >>

UN Experts Condemn 5-Year Jail Term for Tibetan Activist

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:23 am | United Nations

UN human rights experts have condemned a five-year jail sentence handed to Mr. Tashi Wangchuk by a Chinese court for his work promoting cultural and linguistic rights of the Tibetan minority of China. More >>

Killings of Suspected Drug Offenders in Bangladesh Must Stop

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:21 am | United Nations

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the alleged extra-judicial killings of suspected drug offenders in Bangladesh and urged the authorities to ensure that these serious human rights violations are immediately ... More >>

UN Child Rights Committee Issues Findings

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:19 am | United Nations

UN Child Rights Committee Issues Findings on Argentina, Angola, Algeria, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Lesotho, and Norway More >>

Universal Access to Modern Energy is Catalyst of Inclusivity

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:17 am | United Nations

No single entity is large enough or has all the necessary skillsets to deliver the 2030 Agenda on its own, the United Nations deputy chief told a high-level meeting on the issue of transforming energy access in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). More >>

Economy to Expand by 3.1% in 2018, slower growth ahead

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 5:11 pm | World Bank Group

WASHINGTON D.C., June 5, 2018 —Despite recent softening, global economic growth will remain robust at 3.1 percent in 2018 before slowing gradually over the next two years, as advanced-economy growth decelerates and the recovery in major commodity-exporting ... More >>

Samoa Kava Standard, to improve kava quality and export

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 10:06 am | PHAMA

The launch of the Samoa kava Standard and kava Regulation marks a new beginning in the country’s efforts to improve the quality of kava. Launched on Friday, 25 May 2018, the standard and regulation have been welcomed by stakeholders of the kava ... More >>

Weeding corruption out of sport an investment in development

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 10:01 am | United Nations

Sports scandals, including allegations of endemic corruption and the involvement of organized crime, threaten to undermine the sector’s potential to contribute to peace and global development, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday More >>

‘Spotlight Initiative’ can end violence against women

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 10:00 am | United Nations

‘Spotlight Initiative’ can make violence against women ‘a thing of the past’, says UN deputy chief More >>

Trade has important role in protecting the planet

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 9:57 am | World Trade Organisation

On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted the important role of trade in fostering a sustainable world economy. An open and transparent trading system aligned with sound environmental ... More >>

Syria: Raqqa in ruins and civilians devastated

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 2:02 pm | Amnesty International

From amid the rubble of Raqqa, civilians are asking why US-led Coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of civilians in the process of “liberating” them from the armed group calling itself “Islamic State” (IS), Amnesty International said ... More >>

Twats and Tweets: Roseanne Barr and the Issue of Proportion

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Can anything be said that doesn’t warrant an empaneled jury of twitting twats to determine the fate of an individual? It is evident that branding, marketing and selling can only be done in a context of controlled hypocrisy. Companies long happy to use ... More >>

A Literary Vice: Me Too Enthusiasm and Junot Díaz

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 10:31 am | Binoy Kampmark

It all happened at break neck speed. Before the dust settled, Junot Díaz was on plane from Sydney back to the United States. The Sydney Writers’ Festival had received a severe spiking of flavour from another Me Too, stop that and what to do skirmish. More >>

In Masterpiece, the Bakery Wins the Battle but Loses the War

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9:58 am | ACLU

In the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a bakery that had refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. It did so on grounds that are specific to this particular case and will have little to no applicability ... More >>

Contempt for the poor in US drives cruel policies

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9:52 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (4 June 2018) – The United States’ principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty is to criminalise and stigmatise those in need of assistance, a report by a UN independent expert has found. More >>

UN Secretary-General's Spokesman on Afghanistan

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 9:30 am | United Nations

The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attack in Kabul today that targeted religious scholars, who had gathered from across the country to promote peace in Afghanistan. A number of civilian causalities are reported. More >>

United Nations: Looking toward 2020

Monday, 4 June 2018, 11:19 am | Rene Wadlow

There are two major issues today that the League of Nations did not have to face. Thus when the League was reincarnated in 1945 as the United Nations, no one considered how to structure appropriate responses. The major political issue today is the disintegration ... More >>

We pray the “Mother” of our Revolution is Scylla

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 5:35 pm | Franklin Lamb

Were one to credit the notion that Bashar Assad, Ali Khamenei, Hassan Nasrallah, some Gulf countries, Israel, the USA and several countries in the West, among others, are Stepmothers of ISIS and coddled them to varying degrees since the March 2011 ... More >>

The American veto is a sign of moral bankruptcy

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 10:43 am | PLO

In response to questions regarding the recent UN Security Council vote, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi issued the following statement: More >>

UN experts urge States to boost protection

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 10:37 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (1 June 2018) - UN human rights experts have called on States to ramp up measures to safeguard and support human rights defenders at a time when they are coming under increasing pressure globally, saying civil society’s role in the international ... More >>

UNHCHR: Nicaragua, Ukraine

Saturday, 2 June 2018, 10:36 am | UNHCHR

01 June 2018 Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Liz Throssell Location: Geneva Subject: (1) Nicaragua (2) Ukraine (1) Nicaragua We are appalled at the ongoing violence in Nicaragua, where this week at least 16 people are reported ... More >>

The human right to a healthy environment

Friday, 1 June 2018, 6:41 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (1 June 2018) – Speaking ahead of World Environment Day on 5 June, the head of UN Environment* and the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment** issued a statement urging the United Nations to recognise the human right to a healthy ... More >>

PIANGO‘s Investment in Next Generation Leadership

Friday, 1 June 2018, 6:26 pm | PIANGO

PIANGO‘s Investment in Next Generation Leadership Commended at Women’s Conference 1st June 2018 (For Immediate Release) More >>

UN experts decry Israel plan to demolish Bedouin homes

Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:39 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (31 May 2018) - UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about an Israeli court’s decision on 24 May to uphold a plan by the Government of Israel to demolish the entire Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar Ab al Helu ... More >>

Deadly police response to protest against copper smelting

Friday, 1 June 2018, 10:38 am | UNHCHR

UN experts condemn deadly police response to protest against copper smelting plant in India, call for probe More >>

After democratic elections, Iraqi needs truly national govt

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 2:29 pm | United Nations

The low voter turnout for Iraq’s recent national elections was a “strong signal” to the country’s ruling political elites that they must work harder to ease sectarian divides and promote democratic accountability over nepotism and patronage, the United ... More >>

Sea Shepherd condemns slaughter of 122 mother whales

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:30 pm | Sea Shepherd Australia

New figures released at the recent International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting show that 122 whale mothers were slaughtered as part of the Japanese Government's illegal Antarctic whale hunt. "Its outrageous that the killing ... More >>

Zeid urges Mexico to act to end wave of disappearances

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:16 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (30 May 2018) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called on the Mexican authorities to take urgent steps to end a wave of enforced disappearances in and around the city of Nuevo Laredo, amid strong indications that ... More >>

FIFA commitment to stand up for human rights defenders

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:16 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (30 May 2018) – UN human rights experts have welcomed the move by world football’s governing body FIFA to take steps to safeguard human rights defenders and journalists who raise human rights concerns linked to FIFA events. More >>

UN experts urge Kenya to protect environmental defenders

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 7:53 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (30 May 2018) - The Kenyan Government must urgently take measures to protect defenders who have faced harassment and intimidation after they testified against a local lead smelter accused of environmental pollution, UN human rights experts* ... More >>

INDONESIA: Summary executions recurring with impunity

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:14 pm | Asian Legal Resource Centre

A Written Submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre More >>

BANGLADESH: Government escalates extrajudicial executions

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 5:13 pm | Asian Legal Resource Centre

A Written Submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre More >>

New skills in sensory analysis for fishing industry

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 4:48 pm | PHAMA

Staff of SolTuna Limited and National Fisheries Developments (NFD) Limited can now use sensory techniques to assess the quality of fish products. This follows their completion of a Seafood Sensory Analysis training that has enabled them to make assessments ... More >>

Food insecurity: Call to declare Gaza a disaster area

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 2:25 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Two thirds of households are food insecure: Euro-Med calls for declaring Gaza a disaster area More >>

Europe and Asia - together for a more secure world

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 12:53 pm | Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

Europe and Asia have never been so close. Our economies are interconnected; our cultures are interconnected; and our security is connected: we face the same challenges, we confront similar threats, and we share an interest in preserving peace in our regions ... More >>