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Annual Regional Civil Society Forum Goes Virtual

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 6:43 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Civil Society representatives at the Civil Society dialogue at the 2019 Leaders Forum in Tuvalu SUVA, Fiji: Forty Civil Society Organizations’ representatives from fifteen Pacific Forum Island countries will meet from June 3-9 2020 to discuss ... More >>

IFC Helps Pacific Banks Build Resilience

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 2:50 pm | International Finance Corporation

The Pacific’s biggest commercial financial institutions have come together to share ways to stay resilient during the COVID-19 crisis. In a first-of-its-kind virtual meeting hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), senior management ... More >>

Hillary Clinton’s Achievements As Secretary Of State

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 11:43 am | Eric Zuesse

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker Some people say that Hillary Clinton had no achievements as the U.S. Secretary of State; but that view is factually false. She had a huge and enduring impact, on at least three countries, as will here be ... More >>

Weeks Ahead Of Dog Meat Festival, Chinese Ministry Confirms Dogs Are Companions, Not For Eating

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 8:37 am | Humane Society International

Just three weeks ahead of China's infamous Yulin dog meat festival at which thousands of dogs are killed for consumption, China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has made official its declaration that dogs are companions and not "livestock” ... More >>

Impact Biomedical And GRDG Sciences Announce Medical Technology Package Valued At USD 1.39 Billion

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 8:23 am | ACN Newswire

SGX-listed Singapore eDevelopment Limited's (the "Company") (SeD; SGX:40V) wholly owned subsidiary, Impact Biomedical Inc. ("Impact Biomedical"), would like to update its stakeholders on its suite of antiviral and medical technologies ... More >>

Venice International Art Fair 2020 - Let's Get Ready!

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 8:16 am | Its Liquid

ITS LIQUID Group is ready to restart! We will open all our Venice locations starting from July 23, 2020. We can't wait to see you again and continue sharing contemporary art all over. Venice International Art Fair is a contemporary art fair that presents ... More >>

SKP Say Māori Cultural Values Are Important As Marina Battle Goes To High Court

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 7:57 am | SKP

SKP Inc (Save Kennedy Point) are in the High Court seeking to overturn a resource consent for a mammoth marina development at Kennedy Point, Waiheke Island. The question at the centre of the appeal rests upon a premise that will be important for decision ... More >>

WHO To Support DR Congo As Ebola Resurfaces In The Northwest

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 7:45 am | UN News

The World Health Organization ( WHO ) will assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as it confronts a new Ebola outbreak in the northwest amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and other challenges, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ... More >>

Rolls-royce Remembers Founder’s Pioneering Flight

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 7:28 am | Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce celebrates 110 year anniversary of Charles Stewart Rolls’ world’s first non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by aeroplane Aviation pioneer completed the round trip from Dover to Sangatte and back on 2 June 1910 Rolls’ ... More >>

ICHRP Alerts The International Community As Philippines Fast-tracks 'Terror Bill'

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 7:09 am | ICHRP

The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) alerts the global community to an all-out escalation of rights abuses with the railroading of the latest Anti-Terrorism legislation. A proposed law that claims to supposedly curb ... More >>

COVID-19 Disrupting Services To Treat Non-communicable Diseases, WHO Survey Finds

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 6:53 am | UN News

The fight against COVID-19 has severely disrupted services to prevent and treat cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which kill more than 40 million people each year, according to a new survey published on Monday ... More >>

Why Business Needs To Address The Social Impacts Of COVID-19: An Interview With Lise Kingo

Monday, 1 June 2020, 5:30 pm | UN News

World Bank/Dominic Chavez | Factory workers in Accra, Ghana, producing shirts for international markets. (file) As businesses struggle to cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, they need to remain aware of their responsibilities as ... More >>

After Years Of Trump’s Demonization Of The Media, Unprecedented Violence Against Journalists

Monday, 1 June 2020, 11:35 am | Reporters Without Borders

Protests in at least 30 cities across the US following the police killing of George Floyd have resulted in violent attacks from police and protesters alike against journalists. Dozens of incidents have been reported so far, ranging from threats to serious physical ... More >>

Peacekeepers Exemplify ‘service, Sacrifice And Selflessness’, In Face Of Pandemic

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 4:56 pm | UN News

To honour the more than 3,900 women and men who have lost their lives under the UN flag since 1948, Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath at the Peacekeepers’ memorial on Friday, International Day of UN Peacekeepers UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ... More >>

Mass Surveillance By Germany’s Intelligence Service Declared Unconstitutional In Landmark Ruling

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 8:42 am | Reporters Without Borders

In a much-anticipated verdict issued this morning, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has put an end to the groundless mass surveillance of global internet traffic by Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). The ... More >>

Members Of CTBTO Group Of Eminent Persons Warn Against Any Demonstration Nuclear Test Explosion

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 8:37 am | CTBTO Preparatory Commission

Members of the CTBTO Group of Eminent Persons (GEM) issued the following statement in reaction to media reports that senior officials in the United States have discussed the possibility of conducting a demonstration nuclear test explosion: “We express ... More >>

After Arrest Of CNN Crew Covering Minnesota Protests, RSF Calls On US Police To Review Protections

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 8:31 am | Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the arrest of a CNN crew on the morning of May 29 during protests in Minneapolis. This is in violation of the First Amendment rights of these journalists, and authorities must ensure such unconstitutional actions ... More >>

Nine In 10 Smokers Start Before They Are 18 Years Old, Warns WHO

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 8:13 am | UN News

Tobacco products continue to kill eight million people a year who get hooked via a $9 billion a year marketing strategy. That’s the warning from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which has said that even during a global pandemic, ... More >>

New Zealand-Based 1934 Alvis, One Of Only Eight Survivors, Sells With H&H Classics For £103,500

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 8:10 am | Bendigo PR

H&H Classics sold this magnificent 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas Two-Door Saloon to a UK collector for £103,500. It is one of just eight known survivors and proof that the company’s Live Auction Online platform knows no geographical boundaries! ... More >>

Governments Commit To Take Forward Vital Work To Tackle Climate Change In 2020

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 7:54 am | UNFCCC

At a virtual meeting today, the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC committed to take forward crucial work to tackle climate change under the umbrella of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), despite the COVID-19 crisis. ... More >>

Talofa Air New Zealand. Samoa To Welcome Series Of Repatriation Flights

Friday, 29 May 2020, 9:36 am | Air New Zealand

It’s on its way - the first of a series of repatriation flights has departed Auckland on its way to Apia as Air New Zealand works with the Samoan government to return Samoan citizens home. The service, operated on an Airbus A321A aircraft, departed ... More >>

UN Human Rights Chief Urges 'serious Action' To Halt US Police Killings Of Unarmed African Americans

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:26 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday condemned the killing of George Floyd, an African American man whose death in police custody on Monday was captured on video and has led to serious ongoing protests in Minneapolis. ... More >>

2020 WTO Public Forum Cancelled

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:24 am | World Trade Organisation

After careful consideration of COVID-19 related uncertainties and health concerns, the WTO has decided to cancel this year’s WTO Public Forum, scheduled for 29 September to 2 October.  This decision responds to the complexities around planning ... More >>

FAO Warns Multiple Impact Of Viruses, Plagues And Economic Damage Will Fuel Hunger In Asia, Pacific

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:12 am | Food and Agriculture Organisation

While the world fights to slow the spread of COVID-19, the worst pandemic experienced in a century, countries in South Asia are simultaneously responding to plagues of locusts, cyclones and a deadly livestock disease, all of which threaten to worsen More >>

Covid-19 Hits G20 International Merchandise Trade In First Quarter

Friday, 29 May 2020, 7:46 am | OECD

G20 international merchandise trade. Quarterly percentage changes based on seasonally adjusted figures, in current prices and US dollars Covid-19 containment measures introduced in many countries in March 2020 hit G20 merchandise trade hard in the ... More >>

COVID-19 Intensifies The Urgency To Expand Sustainable Energy Solutions Worldwide

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 6:37 pm | International Renewable Energy Agency - IRENA

To meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets by 2030, countries must safeguard the gains already attained and accelerate efforts to achieve affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all WASHINGTON, May 28, 2020 — Despite ... More >>

Countries Need To Do More To Stop Harmful Marketing Of Breast-Milk Substitutes, Says UN

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:31 pm | UN News

© UNICEF/Zahara Abdul | Lucy Atokoru, 28 breastfeeds her baby at her home in Omugo, Arua District. Despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information, ... More >>

COVID-19: A ‘new And Deadly Threat’ For Civilians Caught Up In Violence

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:14 pm | UN News

UN Photo/Hervé Serefio | The protection of civilians is a key mandate for many United Nations peacekeeping operations including in the Central African Republic. Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from ... More >>

WHO Foundation To Broaden Funding Base For Global Health Investment

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:07 pm | UN News

UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo | UNICEF health worker uses a pen to mark the thumb of Ajeda Mallam, 6 months, who has just been vaccinated against polio at a camp for internally displaced persons outside Maiduguri northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo ... More >>

US States ‘manipulating’ COVID-19 Pandemic To Restrict Abortion Access, Rights Experts Charge

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:00 pm | UN News

UN Photo/Elma Okic | The Human Rights Council, Geneva (file photo, May 2018) Independent UN human rights experts fear that some authorities in the United States are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict access to abortion, with at least eight states ... More >>

Leaders Must Act To Protect Refugees And Internally Displaced People In Africa

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11:04 am | Common Dreams

"We are waiting to die from Covid-19." These chilling words, uttered by a Somalia refugee in Mogadishu, encapsulate the fears of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Africa. A few hundred kilometers away in Qunyo Brrow on ... More >>

First In-depth Study Of Mental Health Issues In Cook Is

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 10:20 am | University of Auckland

A study investigating mental health in the Cook Islands is the first of its kind and will provide better understanding of how the Islands are being impacted by mental health issues. Dr Sam Manuela will lead a project to conduct a survey across the ... More >>

Civil Society To WHO: Let’s End Government-ordered Internet Shutdowns

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 7:40 am | Access Now

Last week, the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision-making body, convened its 73rd annual meeting online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast the global spotlight on the WHO, the United Nations specialized ... More >>

Total Value Of Commercial Bank Loans In The US Jumped By $1trn Since January

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 7:37 am | Psychic Ventures Ltd

American debt levels continue rising year after year, with a surge in the number of people using loans to pay anything from home renovation and medical expenses to vacations, scholarship, and credit card debts. However, with thousands of troubled ... More >>

OECD GDP Falls By 1.8% In The First Quarter Of 2020

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 7:19 am | OECD

Following the introduction of COVID-19 containment measures across the world, real gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area fell by 1.8% in the first quarter of 2020, the largest drop since the 2.3% contraction in the first quarter of 2009 at ... More >>

Building The Bubble: Demand For Trans-Tasman Travel Soaring

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6:55 am | NZ Compare

Research conducted in both New Zealand and Australia by leading market research agency Opinion Compare, shows the desire of both countries to travel to respective countries is surging. An online survey of nationally representative samples in both ... More >>

Over 40 Mn Health Professionals Urge G20 Leaders To Put Public Health At Core Of Covid-19 Recovery

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6:42 am | Global Climate and Health Alliance

Over 40 million doctors, nurses and other health professionals from 90 countries, including many working on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic, sent a letter today to G20 leaders urging them to put public health at the centre of their economic ... More >>

Taylor Doubles Down On Failure, Refuses To Lift Australia’s Woeful Pollution Reduction Target

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 11:05 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace Australia Pacific has condemned Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s decision to defy the calls of the international community and prioritise the interests of fossil fuel barons over Australian people. In a letter to the UNFCC, Taylor said ... More >>

Chair Of Agriculture Negotiations Announces He Will Step Down On 30 June

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 7:32 am | World Trade Organisation

Chair of agriculture negotiations announces he will step down on 30 June. Photo: WTO At a virtual meeting of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session on 25 May, the Chair of the Committee, Ambassador John Deep Ford (Guyana), informed WTO ... More >>

Maldives Good News For Superyachts

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 7:14 am | Asia Pacific Superyachts

The Yacht Marina at CROSSROADS. The Maldives has announced an ease in lockdown restrictions starting from 29th June 2020. “International airports will open in phases from 1st July 2020 for flights and tourist/ yacht arrivals. Per the current plan, the ... More >>

Children Hit By Cyclone Amphan Even More Vulnerable To COVID-19

Monday, 25 May 2020, 10:38 am | World Vision New Zealand

Children in India and Bangladesh are even more vulnerable to COVID-19 after Cyclone Amphan destroyed the homes and livelihoods of thousands of families. The most powerful cyclone to strike the two countries in 20 years, Amphan claimed more than 100 lives ... More >>

Rise In Gender-based Violence During COVID-19 Warrants A Gendered Response

Monday, 25 May 2020, 7:26 am | Shobha Shukla

Preventing sexual and other forms of gender-based violence (SGBV) before it happens and meeting the needs of all survivors should always be a priority - but it becomes even more of a compelling priority during pandemics and other emergencies. Such crisis ... More >>

Na I Solisoli Initiative Targets Infants

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 4:32 pm | Rotary Club of Suva Peninsula Sunset

A charity organisation will continue to distribute essentials to unfortunate families around the country. This time, delivering much needed baby and child care packages to deserving families to support their babies and infants during this COVID-19 pandemic ... More >>

The International Tech4Islands Awards The Innovation For The RECOVERY Of The “islands Of Tomorrow”

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 4:26 pm | La French Tech Polynesie

Converging the forces of innovation of French Polynesia, LA FRENCH TECH POLYNÉSIE will launch the second edition of its international TECH4ISLANDS AWARDS 2020 competition this Tuesday 26 May . The main objective of this event - the only one in the world ... More >>

Governments' Accountability For Responding To COVID-19, NCDs And Tobacco Epidemics

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 10:40 am | Citizen News Service

Shobha Shukla – CNS   Politics, in many ways, is the ultimate determinant of health, had said Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, a couple of years back. In lead up to the 2020 World No Tobacco Day, and before the first virtual ... More >>

Happy International Day For Biological Diversity!

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 7:47 am | SPREP

'Our Solutions are in Nature’ is the theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity observed annually on 22 May. Nature-based solutions can support climate change adaptation, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, ... More >>

Swire Bulk Takes Delivery Of New Bulk Carrier

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 7:41 am | China Navigation Co

Swire Bulk, the bulk division of The China Navigation Company, has taken delivery of its new, log-fitted bulk carrier into service. MV Singan is traded worldwide with a strong focus on the logs trade in the Pacific and South Atlantic. The vessel was ... More >>

Protecting Biodiversity And Its Guardians: Our Fight For Land And Rights

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 7:37 am | IPMSDL

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and LIberation (IPMSDL) celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity with our continuing call for the protection of the world’s remaining biodiversity, the environment ... More >>

Shrinking Forests Need Bold Action To Safeguard Their Biodiversity

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 7:34 am | UN News

Forests are the most diverse habitat on land. ©UNEP/José Sabino Amidst alarming rates of deforestation and land degradation, urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests, according to a new United Nations report, ... More >>

Palestinian Leadership Response To Israeli Occupation Plans

Friday, 22 May 2020, 6:28 pm | General Delegation of Palestine

In response to the recent Israeli occupation plans to annex parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), the Palestinian Leadership has declared the following points. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the State of Palestine are ... More >>

FFA Continues To Monitor Fishing Amidst COVID-19 Situation

Friday, 22 May 2020, 6:05 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency

The RFSC team during OP RAI BALANG, the surveillance operation taking place as global COVID restrictions came into effect.There were considerably less personnel in the Regional Fisheries Surveillance Centre due to travel restrictions; aircraft were ... More >>

Cyclone Amphan’s trail of destruction in Bangladesh/India

Friday, 22 May 2020, 9:24 am | United Nations

UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall on Wednesday, wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse. More >>

International Tea Day: Trusty Cuppa Represents ‘crux’ Of Today’s Issues – UN General Assembly Head

Friday, 22 May 2020, 7:57 am | UN News

Art, culture, heritage, and a source of livelihood for millions. Because tea is so much more than just a drink, on Thursday, at a virtual event commemorating the first-ever International Tea Day , the president of the UN General Assembly lauded ... More >>

Europe's Banking Population Surpasses 400 Million As Germany, UK Lead

Friday, 22 May 2020, 7:29 am | Psychic Ventures Ltd

Data gathered by shows that Europe’s banking population hit 409.46 million by the end of 2019. From the data, about 77.74% of Europe is now part of the banking population. Germany takes lead in banking population Our data shows that ... More >>

IPMSDL Website Is Currently Down

Friday, 22 May 2020, 7:25 am | IPMSDL

International body Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) has temporarily suspended our website ( ) due to another series of malicious attacks. Meanwhile, we shall continue posting news and updates ... More >>

FAO And UNEP To Launch The First Joint Edition Of The State Of The World’s Forests

Friday, 22 May 2020, 7:10 am | Food and Agriculture Organisation

The State of the World’s Forests 2020 has been produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the first time. As FAO and UNEP prepare to lead the United Nations ... More >>

EU Commission Plans Green Reset For Nature, Food And Farming

Friday, 22 May 2020, 7:05 am | WWF

Yesterday, the European Commission published their roadmap for EU policy action on biodiversity and food for the coming decade. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak that has brought our relationship with the natural world into sharp focus, the strategies ... More >>

Reform The IMF And World Bank To Re-build Better From COVID-19

Friday, 22 May 2020, 6:44 am | ITUC

To build a stronger and resilient world from the economic, health and social devastation of COVID-19 and the crises of inequality and climate change which preceded it, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund must move beyond structural reforms driven ... More >>

Malaysia / COVID-19: “Stop Crackdown On Migrants, Journalists And Civil Society” – UN Rights Experts

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 6:15 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The government of Malaysia must halt an ongoing crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society in the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and strongly oppose xenophobia and hate speech against migrants, UN experts said today. “I am ... More >>

Euro-Med Monitor: Malta Should End Illegal Use Of Private Vessels To Push Asylum Seekers To Libya

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 6:12 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Malta’s use of private vessels to return asylum seekers distressed in the Mediterranean to infamous Libyan detention camps is illegal, and flagrantly violates international law, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a statement today. The Maltese ... More >>