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UN group controls on spread of crop-attacking pests

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 10:42 am | United Nations

Photo/FAO Asian longhorned beetle – one of the main catalysts for the development of standards on pests and agricultural goods crossing borders, specific to forestry. With an estimated $220 billion of the global harvest lost to plant pests each year, ... More >>

Ghana must prioritise social protection

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 10:33 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (18 April 2018) – A UN human rights expert has commended Ghana as a champion of African democracy and a country which has achieved some important development milestones. But says unless growing inequality and continuing high poverty rates ... More >>

Global plan to strengthen protection of displaced persons

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 9:16 am | United Nations

With multiple crises forcing millions of people away from their homes, United Nations agencies, Governments and partners have launched a set of measures to strengthen protection of internally displaced persons as well as find solutions to address their ... More >>

Australian researcher faces eye of the storm for science

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:29 am | Ecological Society of Australia

An Australian ecologist whose scientific site was destroyed by a severe cyclone has used the experience to document important new research into how forests recover. More >>

Mediator seeks ‘relaunch’ of UN-led Syrian talks

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8:26 am | United Nations

A renewed United Nations-led diplomatic push is under way for a “meaningful relaunch” of intra-Syrian talks by the Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, his office has announced. More >>

Satun becomes Thailand’s first UNESCO Global Geopark

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 6:39 pm | UNESCO

18 APRIL, PARIS – Satun Geopark in southern Thailand has become the country’s first UNESCO Global Geopark. More >>

Damning Report on Youth Detention in WA

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:03 pm | National Justice Project

The National Justice Project welcomes the report of the WA Inspector of Custodial Services into the Youth Detention Centre at Banksia Hill but notes the problems inside the WA Youth detention system remain unaddressed and children’s lives are being ... More >>

End ‘daily tragedy’ for millions urges UN migration chief

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:50 pm | United Nations

More than 40 million people are displaced by conflict and another 25 million annually by disaster ¬¬– within the borders of their own countries – with children, on average, making up over half those numbers, the United Nations migration agency ... More >>

Plight of 400,000 Rohingya still inside Myanmar

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 12:18 pm | United Nations

Although the massive outflow of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh grabbed worldwide headlines, the international community must not forget that more than 400,000 of the minority group are living in dire situations at home, a senior United Nations ... More >>

Syria: Sustained fighting taking enormous toll on civilians

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:20 am | United Nations

Despite the Security Council’s demand for cessation of hostilities in Syria, civilians in the war-torn country continue to bear the “enormous” cost of intense military activity by parties to the conflict, the top United Nations relief official said ... More >>

Yemen: new UN envoy hopes to rekindle peace talks

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:33 am | United Nations

The new United Nations envoy for war-torn Yemen called Tuesday for all parties to the conflict to abandon preconditions and begin negotiations, and said he would offer a new framework for talks within the next two months. More >>

Upswing in global growth won’t last forever

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:15 am | United Nations

Upswing in global growth won’t last forever; IMF says world must prepare now for leaner times ahead More >>

UN agency launches appeal to assist in crisis-struck Ukraine

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:13 am | United Nations

UN agency launches appeal to reach over 340,000 with assistance in crisis-struck Ukraine Amid critical humanitarian needs in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations migration agency on Tuesday launched a $38 million funding appeal to reach more than 340,000 ... More >>

UN human rights experts condemn killings of Palestinians

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:11 am | UNHCHR

UN human rights experts condemn killings of Palestinians near Gaza fence by Israeli security forces More >>

Global anxiety deepens over online data and privacy protect

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 10:23 am | United Nations

Internet users worldwide are becoming more worried about their privacy online and many question the protections offered by Internet and social media companies, a new United Nations survey has found. More >>

UNICEF and NZ partnership on Pacific children’s health

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 9:39 am | UNICEF

UNICEF and New Zealand government sign NZ$7 million partnership to improve children’s health in the Pacific More >>

Tonga PM launches regional strategy for surveying

Monday, 16 April 2018, 3:47 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Tonga’s Prime Minister launches the world’s first regional strategy for surveying and geospatial capacity development More >>

Niche-Market Investment Needed to Drive Tourism in PNG

Monday, 16 April 2018, 1:15 pm | IFC

IFC Highlights Niche-Market Investment Needed to Drive Tourism in Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, April 16, 2017— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea, says ... More >>

SETF Applauds Strikes on Syrian Regime Targets

Monday, 16 April 2018, 10:12 am | Syrian Emergency Task Force

Washington DC - The Syrian Emergency Task Force welcomes President Trump’s strikes against the Assad Regime in response to the recent chemical weapon attack against civilians in the Eastern Douma region of Damascus suburbs. More >>

Solomon Islands launches chocolate festival

Monday, 16 April 2018, 9:31 am | SolChoc

Honiara, Solomon Islands, April 15, 2018. The delicious and unique flavours of Solomon Islands chocolate will be showcased at SolChoc (Solomon Islands Cocoa and Chocolate Festival) a fun and festive event, launched today. More >>

Asia-Pacific countries call for action to end hunger

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 11:29 am | FAO

Asia-Pacific countries call for accelerated action to end hunger, improve nutrition and tackle the effects of climate change on agriculture More >>

Guterres briefing to the Security Council on Syria

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 11:21 am | United Nations

I have been following closely the reports of air strikes in Syria conducted by the United States, France and the United Kingdom. More >>

UN chief warns against escalation over Syria

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 6:42 pm | United Nations

The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the international community to avoid actions which could escalate the crisis in Syria and deepen the suffering of its people. António Guterres made the appeal late on Friday evening just hours after ... More >>

Winnie Mandela left an indelible mark on history

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 12:19 pm | United Nations

Winnie Mandela left an ‘indelible mark on the history of the 20th century,’ says UN chief More >>

Court Hearing Against Chevron Over $12b Pollution Judgment

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 12:01 pm | Amazon Defense Coalition - FDA

Ecuador Indigenous Leaders In Canada for Critical Court Hearing Against Chevron Over $12b Pollution Judgment More >>

Donors pledge over $500 million for Congo crisis

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:57 am | United Nations

Donors pledge over $500 million to tackle growing needs in DR Congo; UN warns humanitarian crisis cannot be ignored More >>

Reflecting on 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:55 am | United Nations

World ‘must nurture the courage to care – and the resolve to act,’ says UN chief, reflecting on 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday urged the world to reflect on the suffering of those ... More >>

Conditions not yet conducive for Rohingya refugee to return

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:52 am | United Nations

Conditions ‘not yet conducive’ for Rohingya refugee to return home to Myanmar – UN agency 13 April 2018 The United Nations refugee agency and the Government of Bangladesh on Friday signed a cooperation agreement on the safe, dignified return ... More >>

Short-termism impedes progress of hundreds of millions

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:48 am | United Nations

Short-termism impedes progress of hundreds of millions of people, United Nations report says Major report released in advance of the G20 and World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings NEW YORK, 13 April 2018 – The prospects of around 800 million of the world’s ... More >>

Report on Human Trafficking in the Commonwealth

Saturday, 14 April 2018, 11:21 am | Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative launch landmark report on Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery, and Child Exploitation in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is publishing the first-ever report on SDG8.7 within the ... More >>

Bearing Witness students win big at AUT awards

Friday, 13 April 2018, 7:29 pm | Pacific Media Watch

Friday, April 13, 2018 Item: 10131 By Jean Bell AUCKLAND ( Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch ): Bearing Witness climate change project students won big last night at the annual awards ceremony for AUT’s School of Communication Studies last night. ... More >>

Trump backflip on the TPP exposes its problems

Friday, 13 April 2018, 4:34 pm | AFTINET

Trump backflip on the TPP exposes its problems and reinforces the need for full-length JSCOT and Senate Inquiries More >>

UN launches initiative to improve road safety worldwide

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:41 am | United Nations

With some 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians dying each year on the world’s roads, the United Nations took a major step to address this tragedy by launching on Thursday a trust fund to spur action that could save lives and prevent ... More >>

Returning home, Afghans continue to face challenges

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:40 am | United Nations

In 2017, about 58,000 Afghan refugees voluntarily returned to their country after decades aboard only to be met with protection risks and “significant” barriers to long-term reintegration into society, two United Nations agencies working in the ... More >>

Viet Nam: UN experts call for change

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:35 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (12 April 2018) – A group of UN experts* has urged Viet Nam not to crackdown on civil society or stifle dissent after the jailing of seven human rights defenders for "conducting activities to overthrow the people's government". More >>

Call for Myanmar to drop prosecution of Reuters reporters

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:35 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (12 April 2018) - A Myanmar court’s decision to continue pursuing a case against two Reuters reporters gives rise to grave concern for investigative journalism and the public’s right to information in the country, UN experts* have said. More >>

WHO demands ‘unhindered access’ to suspected chemical site

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:55 pm | United Nations

WHO demands ‘unhindered access’ to site of suspected chemical attack in Syria The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that it has received reports that an estimated 500 patients at Syrian health facilities have ... More >>

Desperate migrants to Europe face greater perils

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:53 pm | United Nations

Despite drop in numbers, desperate migrants to Europe face greater perils, UN refugee agency reports While the number of migrants and refugees reaching Europe declined last year, the dangers they faced along the journey in many cases increased, according ... More >>

Death penalty: Sub-Saharan Africa a ‘beacon of hope’

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:48 pm | Amnesty International

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 April 2018 Death penalty: Sub-Saharan Africa a ‘beacon of hope’ as global executions and death sentences slide • Positive steps seen across sub-Saharan Africa, with Guinea becoming 20th abolitionist state, ... More >>

Admiring Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg goes before Congress

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This is a dance of confused ends and mistrustful glances, mixed with occasional moments of misplaced adoration. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame has never been an empathetic sort and his testifying before the US Congress has done nothing to dispel that assessment. ... More >>

Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu and Australia

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Washington’s vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past “Australia’s neighbourhood”. More >>

Challenges for Resolving Complex Conflicts

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 1:39 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

While conflict theories and resolution processes advanced dramatically during the second half of the 20th century, particularly thanks to the important work of several key scholars such as Professor Johan Galtung – see ‘Conflict Transformation by ... More >>

Security Council fails to adopt three resolutions on Syria

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 3:48 pm | United Nations

Security Council fails to adopt three resolutions on chemical weapons use in Syria Days after alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt two competing resolutions that would have ... More >>

Syria: chemical weapons use, destruction of children

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:15 am | Rene Wadlow

Syria: chemical weapons use, destruction of children, the ethical vacuum. April 08, 2018 By Rene Wadlow At the heart of this growing phenomenon of mass violence and social disintegration is a crisis of values. Perhaps the most fundamental loss a ... More >>

Guterres renews call for Security Council unity over Syria

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:03 am | United Nations

Guterres renews call for Security Council unity over Syria; UN agencies warn ‘desperate’ situation becoming worse for civilians Reports of new alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta over the weekend have been condemned by United Nations ... More >>

Disease outbreaks threaten Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:01 am | United Nations

In earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea, United Nations agencies on the ground are warning of a new looming threat: water-borne disease outbreaks, such as that of diarrhoea and measles. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health ... More >>

UN report details scale and horror of detention in Libya

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 9:51 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (10 April 2018) – Armed groups in Libya, including those affiliated with the State, hold thousands of people in prolonged arbitrary and unlawful detention, and submit them to torture and other human rights violations and abuses, according ... More >>

Bearing Witness climate storytellers gear up for Fiji

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:06 pm | Pacific Media Watch

REGION: Bearing Witness climate storytellers gear up for Fiji challenge More >>

Statement of the Secretary-General on Syria

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 7:37 pm | United Nations

I am outraged by the continued reports of use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic. I reiterate my strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population. Any confirmed use of chemical weapons, by any party to the ... More >>

Singapore Tops Asia Pacific in Global Talent Competitiveness

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 4:28 pm | INSEAD

Singapore Tops Asia Pacific in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2018 • Singapore ranked first in the region and second globally for five consecutive years • With its eye on innovation, Asia needs to tap more into its talent diversity ... More >>

INDIA: Inclusion and the right to dignity

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 4:13 pm | Asian Human Rights Commission

On the morning of April 3, the front pages of newspapers told us of violent protests by Dalits in northern India the day before. They had opposed the dilution by the Supreme Court, in its order of March 20, 2018, of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled ... More >>

Trump’s Corporate Cursing: The Case of Amazon and Jeff Bezos

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 2:39 pm | Binoy Kampmark

When the President of the United States forgets that he is no longer running the set of The Apprentice, with its faux callousness and elevated brutality, he can prove devastating to certain stocks. Even in the land of the plutocrat and the capitalist, ... More >>

Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:50 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine By Ramzy Baroud Why did Israel kill many unarmed Gaza protesters and wound over 2,000 on Friday, March 30 and on the following days, when they clearly posed no threat to Israeli soldiers? ... More >>

The Great March of Return - GAZA

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 1:07 pm | Palestine Solidarity Network

The Great March of Return - GAZA Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa - New Zealand 10th April 2018 More >>

No one in Myanmar should be left behind

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:58 am | United Nations

No one in Myanmar should be left behind on the path to a better future, stresses UN official More >>

UN launches global network of judges

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:56 am | United Nations

UN launches global network of judges to strengthen integrity in courts The United Nations on Monday launched an initiative to connect judges around the world so that they can learn from each other about ways to strengthen integrity in courts, such ... More >>

Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical weapons

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:53 am | UN Watch

Syria to chair UN disarmament forum on chemical weapons; watchdog urges US-EU walk-out More >>

World must react to chemical attacks – Zeid

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 9:49 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (9 April 2018) – Reports suggesting yet another deadly chemical attack may have been carried out in Syria on Saturday in the town of Douma highlight the impotence of the international response to earlier attacks alleged to have been carried out ... More >>

Euro-Med on targeting of Palestinian journalists

Monday, 9 April 2018, 7:10 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med sends urgent letter to UN Rapporteur on targeting of Palestinian journalists Geneva - An urgent letter was sent by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor on Sunday to Mr. David Kay, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection ... More >>

Ocean and Tides workshop an immediate help to Niue

Monday, 9 April 2018, 4:13 pm | Secretariat of The Pacific Community - SPC

Alofi, Niue- Niuean communities and businesses that rely on the ocean are putting to use tools and knowledge acquired in March during the Australian-funded Ocean and Tides Workshop, hosted by Niue Meteorological Service. Participants from communities, ... More >>