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New Zealand’s Place In The World: The Implications Of COVID-19

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 6:17 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand needs to leverage its safe, strong reputation and unique position of being COVID-19-free for its economic advantage, say experts in a new paper that examines the effect of the pandemic on our international standing. 'New Zealand’s place ... More >>

Job Losses, Another Pandemic And Protectionism Are Top Worries, Say Industry Leaders

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 5:49 pm | World Economic Forum

“Prolonged global recession”, “high unemployment”, “another outbreak of infectious disease” and protectionism dominate the list of near-term worries for companies, according to the World Economic Forum’s report, COVID-19 Risks Outlook: ... More >>

Huobi And UN-Sanctioned NGO Launch Joint COVID-19 Charity Campaign

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 5:41 pm | PR Newswire

Huobi Charity and Finance Center for South-South Cooperation to raise $143,000 USD in crypto donations to supply Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America with PPE SINGAPORE, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Huobi Charity, the philanthropic arm and ... More >>

Travel Bubble Further Strengthens NZ And South Australian Ties

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 2:40 pm | South Australian Tourism Commission

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) and Adelaide Airport have thrown added weight behind the Trans-Tasman travel bubble with plans to welcome Kiwis who are ready to travel once it is safe to do so. For the year ending December 2019, ... More >>

China's Wildlife Farmers Offered Buy-out To Grow Plants Instead Of Porcupines In COVID-19 Crackdown

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 1:24 pm | Humane Society International

Wildlife farmers in two provinces in mainland China are being offered a government buy-out to facilitate a move away from breeding wild species for consumption, as part of the country's crackdown on the wildlife trade in the wake of the COVID-19 ... More >>

'US Blockade Off Cuba Amounts To Biological Warfare, NZ Government Must Take A Stand'

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:58 am | NZ Cuba Friendship Society

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the planet it is time for the New Zealand Government to actively support the UN’s call to the US to urgently lift the blockage of Cuba that is obstructing the country’s health care system’s ability to fight the COVID-19 ... More >>

Stronger Universal Public Health Services, Not Privatization, Will Deliver #HealthForAll

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:40 am | Citizen News Service

When the world has come to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is majorly the public health services that are on the frontline of the efforts to contain it (with most of the private health industry 'safe distancing' ... More >>

'COVID-19 Is Devastating Indigenous Communities Worldwide, And It’s Not Only About Health'

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:15 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, José Francisco Cali Tzay, today expressed serious concerns over the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on indigenous peoples beyond the health threat. “I am receiving ... More >>

EUROSOLAR Call: Our Future Needs Renewable Energies And Not A Nuclear Deterrent

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:11 am | EUROSOLAR

Almost two trillion US dollars are spent on armaments worldwide every year. The current crisis demonstrates more urgently than ever that our financial resources are needed elsewhere: To build resilient global and local economies founded on 100 ... More >>

148 Groups Worldwide Urge UN To Sever Partnership With WEF

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:09 am | People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty

A total of 148 organizations from 28 countries issued a statement calling for the revocation of the 2019 Strategic Partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). According to the groups, WEF’s involvement in the ... More >>

Asia-Pacific Countries Convene On Regional Actions To Mitigate COVID-19 Impacts

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 6:54 am | UN ESCAP

Heads of State, senior government officials and other stakeholders from 62 countries will convene this week to coordinate stronger regional responses in addressing the significant socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hard hit the ... More >>

“Trade Me” Challenged To Ban Illegal Timber Products

Monday, 18 May 2020, 2:16 pm | West Papua Action Aotearoa

The national network West Papua Action Aotearoa this week launched a petition calling on” Trade Me” to stop the trade of the rainforest timber kwila/merbau on their site, “In 2010 we negotiated an agreement that Trade Me would only allow kwila ... More >>

Millions More Face Child Labour, Early Marriage Because Of COVID-19

Monday, 18 May 2020, 11:25 am | World Vision New Zealand

Aftershocks – A Perfect Storm, released today by World Vision, reveals that up to 85 million more children could experience physical, sexual and emotional violence in the next three months as vital isolation measures force them to stay home. The ... More >>

IDAHOT: NGO Coalition On Human Rights Calls For Protection Of LGBTQI Rights

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 5:13 pm | NGO Coalition on Human Rights

Today marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The day is marked worldwide to raise awareness on the discrimination and human rights violations faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) ... More >>

The Mouse Roars: Australia, China And A Coronavirus Independent Inquiry

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 6:59 am | Binoy Kampmark

Australia matters little when it comes to international muscle. It is the retainer and pretender of power, a middle-distance runner who runs out of puff on the final stride. The big boys and girls look, agog. Why did you even bother? In the recent ... More >>

OECD Countries Invite Costa Rica To Join As 38th Member

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 7:03 am | OECD

OECD countries unanimously decided today to invite Costa Rica to become a member of the Organisation. Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will sign an Accession Agreement in the coming days. Costa Rica’s ... More >>

UNHCR Welcomes New Zealand’s Positive Budget Announcement For Refugees

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 6:58 am | UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes New Zealand’s funding to extend and expand the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) pilot for another three years. Communities play a vital role in helping families who have fled their countries because ... More >>

The First Confirmed COVID-19 Case In The Rohingya Refugee Camps Is A Major Cause For Concern

Friday, 15 May 2020, 4:15 pm | Save The Children

Bangladesh risks losing decades of child development gains as Coronavirus sweeps through the country Athena Rayburn, Senior Advocacy Manager in Cox’s Bazar, said: "We are deeply worried about the catastrophic impact of COVID-19 on Bangladesh, ... More >>

Deadly Gas Leak In India, Grim Wake-up Call For Global Chemical Industry: UN Rights Expert

Friday, 15 May 2020, 8:11 am | UN News

Last week’s deadly toxic gas leak at a Korean-owned polymer plant in south-eastern India, is a grim wake up call for the chemical industry to acknowledge and fulfil its responsibility to respect human rights, the UN independent expert who monitors ... More >>

WTO DG Azevêdo Announces He Will Step Down On 31 August

Friday, 15 May 2020, 8:09 am | World Trade Organisation

At a virtual meeting of all WTO members on 14 May, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo announced that he would step down on 31 August, cutting his second term short by exactly one year. He said that bringing forward his departure would allow ... More >>

States Must Include LGBT Community In COVID-19 Response: The How And Why From A UN Expert

Friday, 15 May 2020, 7:55 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Governments worldwide must ensure COVID-19 emergency measures do not worsen inequalities or structural barriers faced by people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, or lead to increased violence and discrimination against them, a UN expert ... More >>

Suprema Further Enhances Cyber Security With New BioStar 2 Release

Friday, 15 May 2020, 7:50 am | ACN Newswire

Suprema, a global leader in security and biometrics, has released a new version BioStar 2 platform, enhancing the cyber security features. Suprema BioStar 2 is a web-based, open, and integrated security platform that provides comprehensive functionality ... More >>

Vaccinating Poorest Half Of Humanity Against Coronavirus Could Cost Less Than Four Month’s Profits

Friday, 15 May 2020, 7:45 am | Oxfam

Vaccinating the poorest half of humanity – 3.7 billion people – against coronavirus could cost less than the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies make in four months, Oxfam said today. The agency is urging governments and pharmaceutical companies to ... More >>

Rethinking Food Systems To Protect Human And Planetary Health

Friday, 15 May 2020, 7:41 am | Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Digital Conference , which will run online from 3-5 June, will kickstart a global conversation on how to transform food systems to protect human well-being and planetary health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. ... More >>

Remarks By NZ China Council Chairman Sir McKinnon At Meeting Of NZ-China Friendship Society

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:19 pm | Sputnik

China’s status as an economic superpower is self-evident. The fact that it has attained this status in a relatively short period is remarkable, and China deserves respect for doing so. Superpowers are fundamentally different from other states because ... More >>

Coronavirus ‘grim Reality’: World Economy To Shrink By 3.2 Per Cent, New UN Report Projects

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 10:17 am | United Nations

World Bank/Peter Kapuscinski Economic Development Against the backdrop of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the world economy in 2020 is projected to shrink by 3.2 per cent, racking up some $8.5 trillion in overall losses – wiping out nearly four years ... More >>

Hong Kong Urged To Drop Prosecutions Of Leading Activists, Not To Silence Peaceful Protest

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:48 am | UN News

Independent UN human rights experts urged Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday to immediately drop the criminal prosecution of 15 pro-democracy activists who participated in peaceful protests across the Special Administrative Region of China last year. ... More >>

Imposing Sanctions Is A War Crime Amid Pandemic

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:39 am | Peoples Coalition on Food Sovereignty

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) calls for the immediate lifting of international sanctions, especially those that include food and agriculture trade to relieve vulnerable countries and enable them to effectively battle the coronavirus ... More >>

Asuransi Jasindo Committed To Settling Palapa N1 Nusantara Dua Satellite Claim

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:36 am | ACN Newswire

PT Asuransi Jasa Indonesia, or Asuransi Jasindo, is ready to assist the claims process for the launch and in-flight insurance of the Palapa N1 Nusantara Dua Satellite, owned by client PT Palapa Satelit Nusa Sejahtera (PSNS). This was confirmed by Asuransi ... More >>

Etihad Airways Visits NZ Skies For First Time To Repatriate Kiwis Abroad, Support Critical Exports

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:29 am | Etihad Airways

An Etihad 787. File photo Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), visits New Zealand skies for the first time ever today in a special mission to repatriate Kiwis from the UAE and support important exports from New Zealand. ... More >>

Child Mortality Rate Set To Increase For First Time In Decades Without Urgent Action

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 6:48 am | UNICEF

As COVID-19 devastates already fragile health systems, over 6,000 additional children under five could die a day, UNICEF warned today. The estimate is based on an analysis by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly published ... More >>

72 Years Of Ongoing Nakba

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:06 pm | General Delegation of Palestine

15 May 2020, marks the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe) in Palestine. In 1948, Zionist militants destroyed 531 Palestinian towns and villages and took control of an additional 774. More than 800,000 Palestinians were ethnic cleansed ... More >>

Tonga: US$8.4 Million To Strengthen Resilience And Fight COVID-19

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 4:53 pm | World Bank

World Bank supporting efforts to strengthen public financial management, disaster resilience, labor, together with COVID-19 response funding The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$5.5 million operation for Tonga to strengthen ... More >>

Climate Explained: What Caused Major Climate Change In The Past?

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 8:58 am | Dr James Renwick

Authored by James Renwick, Professor, Physical Geography (climate science), Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington. Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer More >>

Universal Basic Income The Right Prescription For Latin America & Caribbean – UN Report

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 7:58 am | UN News

The Lo Valledor main wholesale market, in Chile, pictured during the COVID-19 pandemic. FAO/Max Valencia A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ( ECLAC ) unveiled on Tuesday, proposes that governments ensure immediate ... More >>

UN Chief Appeals To ‘common Humanity’ Across All Faiths, In Tackling The Coronavirus

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 7:52 am | UN News

Religious leaders. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Our shared vulnerability to the coronavirus pandemic reveals “our common humanity”, the UN chief said on Tuesday during an online meeting with religious leaders on the important role they can play, in limiting ... More >>

Healthy Oceans: Keeping Asia And The Pacific Afloat

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 7:35 am | Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we remain at home. Yet, we need not look far to appreciate the enduring history of the ocean in Asia and the Pacific. For generations, the region has thrived on our seas. Our ... More >>

‘Urgency To Act’ For Sustainable Development, Greater Than Ever As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 7:03 pm | UN News

UNDP Bangladesh/Fahad Kaizer | The UN in Bangladesh is prioritising gender-based violence services in communities affected by COVID-19. As COVID-19 upends lives and livelihoods across the planet, the UN on Monday held a wide-ranging policy discussion ... More >>

Humane Society International Welcomes $150 Million Funding For Wildlife & Habitat Bushfire Recovery

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 5:42 pm | Humane Society International

HSI welcomes the additional $150 million in funding for wildlife and habitat bushfire recovery the Prime Minister announced yesterday. Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has set out the details for this funding today. "HSI is encouraged. Sustained ... More >>

Progressive International Launches 'To Form Common Front' In Global Struggle For The Planet's Future

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 4:38 pm | Common Dreams - Eoin Higgins

"Nothing less than the future of the planet is at stake." by Eoin Higgins, staff writer "There is a global struggle taking place of enormous consequence," said Progressive International on Monday. "Nothing less than the future of the ... More >>

The Elders Issue Scathing Rebuke Of Israel's Trump-Approved West Bank Annexation Plan

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 4:25 pm | Common Dreams - Andrea Germanos

"The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians can only ever be solved by finding a solution that guarantees peace, security, rights, and dignity to both peoples. Unilaterally seizing territory and ignoring international law achieves precisely ... More >>

New Blueprint Sets Forth Bold Vision To Save Local Journalism

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 4:20 pm | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

"Congress must act now to save jobs and ensure crucial economic and health information reaches the people harmed most by this pandemic." by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Journalists wearing masks document a protest in Chicago where demonstrators ... More >>

Botched Infiltration Of Venezuela Leaves Guaidó Tainted Beyond Repair

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 4:07 pm | Common Dreams

Unless Democrats begin to take advantage of the liability Guaidó represents and push back against Trump’s regime change efforts, there seems to be little hope of improving U.S.–Venezuela relations, regardless of who wins the presidency in ... More >>

Olives NZ Members All Take Gold At New York

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 7:53 am | Olives New Zealand

The results of the 2020 New York International Olive Oil Competition are underway. This is arguably the most prestigious competition in the world and this year attracted 900 entries from 26 countries. This year so far medals awarded are 87 Gold and 25 ... More >>

Battle ‘not Yet Over’ Against Locust Invasions In East Africa And Yemen

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 7:48 am | UN News

A wave of desert locusts has formed swarms in parts of South Sudan. WFP/Peter Louis Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, significant gains have been made against Desert Locust encroachment in East Africa and Yemen, with an estimated 720,000 ... More >>

Pacific Parliaments Overcome Physical Barriers To Support Budget Analysis In Tonga

Monday, 11 May 2020, 6:47 pm | UNDP

(Nuku’alofa, Tonga) 11 May 2020 – In preparation for the tabling of the 2020-2021 national budget, which will also include the appropriation for the COVID-19 stimulus package, the Legislative Assembly of Tonga is benefitting from the remote support ... More >>

The Shift To A More Sustainable Food System Is Inevitable. Here’s How To Make It Happen

Monday, 11 May 2020, 3:35 pm | SAPEA

Europe’s top scientists agree that a radical change is coming in how we produce and distribute food, to ensure food security and deliver healthy diets for all. Now a new report from SAPEA lays out the social science evidence on how that transition ... More >>

Commonwealth Of Learning And Coursera Join Hands To Offer Workforce Recovery Programme

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 7:15 am | Commonwealth of Learning

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has entered into a partnership with Coursera to facilitate free access to 3,800 courses designed to skill and reskill citizens of Commonwealth Member States for livelihoods. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic ... More >>

Police Fine Refugee Supporters For Carrying Placards In Melbourne

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 7:10 am | Refugee Action Committee

In another disgraceful display of an authoritarian state attacking the right to protest, Victorian police have again turned out to fine refugees supporters for being outside the Mantra hotel-prison that is holding 65 refugees in unsafe conditions. ... More >>

Resist State Repression Amid Pandemic, Food And Rights For All

Sunday, 10 May 2020, 6:54 am | Peoples Coalition on Food Sovereignty

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) urges governments to uphold and protect the universal rights of the people instead of promoting abuse of authority and the culture of impunity amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world grapples with ... More >>

Samui Highlighted For Donation Efforts

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 6:53 pm | APS

SOS Samui Food Donation Samui was highlighted by the Center for the national Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for its “ community effort ” to feed those on the island in need of food. Reporting on a live update, the Samui Times published ... More >>

If It Fails To Support An End To Wildlife Markets, The WHO Would Fail To Protect Human Health

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 4:30 pm | Humane Society International

Humane Society International calls on WHO to clarify statements made in briefing. The Associated Press is reporting that a scientist from the World Health Organization does not support closing live animal markets, such as the one in Wuhan, China, linked ... More >>

75 Years On From The Nazi Defeat, Many Still Suffer Impact Of Conflict: Guterres

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 10:15 am | United Nations

On 8 and 9 May, the UN commemorates the millions who lost their lives during the Second World War, the tragic conflict that led to the birth of the United Nations. In a video message released late on Friday, UN chief António Guterres warned that ... More >>

Queensland Police Break Up Refugee Picnic Protest

Saturday, 9 May 2020, 6:52 am | Refugee Action Coalition

Around 30 police have been mobilised outside the Kangaroo Point Hotel in Brisbane to try and prevent a peaceful protest of picnickers and exercisers outside the hotel-prison holding around 110 refugees from Manus and Nauru. Police were at the protest early ... More >>

Human Rights: A Media Guide To The New UN Independent Experts (2020)

Friday, 8 May 2020, 6:44 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (8 May 2020) – The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed in March, at its 43d session, 12 new independent experts to its fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms. Currently, there are 56 mandates: 44 thematic ones and 12 mandates related ... More >>

The Fijian Coup 20 Years On: How Ordinary People Coped With Chaos

Friday, 8 May 2020, 11:34 am | University of Auckland

An vivid personal account of the 2000 Fijian coup from the viewpoint of the Indo-Fijian community is being republished this month to mark the coup’s 20th anniversary. State of Suffering (Cornell University Press, 2008) by University of Auckland anthropologist ... More >>

COVID-19 Causes Some Illegal Drug Prices To Surge, As Supplies Are Disrupted Worldwide

Friday, 8 May 2020, 10:15 am | UN News

Measures by governments across the world to curb the COVID-19 pandemic have led to the widespread disruption of trafficking routes for illegal drugs, mainly by air and on land, upping some prices, according to a new UN report published on Thursday. ... More >>

African Artists Take Creative Approach To Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, 8 May 2020, 10:14 am | UN News

Top artists from across Africa and throughout the African Diaspora have joined forces with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO , to save lives and counter misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are creating public service announcements, songs and ... More >>

COVID-19: UN And Partners Launch $6.7 Billion Appeal For Vulnerable Countries

Friday, 8 May 2020, 8:06 am | UN News

The updated Global Humanitarian Response Pl an, launched on Thursday, provides help and protection that prioritize the most vulnerable in society, such as older people, people with disabilities, and women and girls. Speaking ahead of the launch event, ... More >>

Preventing Corruption, A Priority During COVID-19

Friday, 8 May 2020, 7:23 am | UN PRAC Project

Adopting comprehensive auditing, oversight, accountability and reporting mechanisms to monitor the disbursement process is one of the key recommendations to prevent corruption in the Pacific during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to ... More >>