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New US$15 Million Operation To Build Sustainable Growth In Solomon Islands

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 4:58 pm | World Bank

World Bank assistance supports efforts to improve budget efficiency, fight corruption, and promote private sector growth WASHINGTON D.C., May 6, 2020 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$15 million Development Policy Operation ... More >>

After 'Encouraging' Results From Finnish UBI Experiment, Experts Say It's Time For Such A Bold Idea

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 4:08 pm | Common Dreams

"If there isn't a minimum income floor to fall back on when this kind of massive shock hits, people literally have no options." by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Lorrine Paradela poses for a photograph in Stockton, California on February 7, 2020. ... More >>

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Thousands Stranded In Bay Of Bengal ‘unable To Come Ashore'

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 8:47 am | UN News

Rohingya refugees walk ashore at Shamlapur beach in Cox's Bazar district in Bangladesh, after crossing the Bay of Bengal. (File) UNICEF/Patrick Brown In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,United Nations agencies called on Wednesday for South-East Asian ... More >>

Vodafone And Avaroa Cable Get Ready for Manatua Cable

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 8:46 am | Joint Press Release

Avaroa Cable Ltd and Vodafone Cook Islands have confirmed today that they are working together to get ready for the Manatua Cable going live later this year. More >>

Senior UN Official Calls For Universal Basic Income To Tackle Growing Inequality

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 8:28 am | UN News

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but it is also proving to be an economic disaster for huge numbers of people worldwide. A senior UN official with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for countries to provide citizens ... More >>

OECD Postpones 2020 Ministerial Council Meeting And Forum Due To Coronavirus Precautions

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 8:12 am | OECD

In keeping with measures being taken around the world to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the OECD has taken the decision to postpone OECD Week 2020 – made up of its annual Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) and public OECD Forum – from More >>

UN Expert Urges Adoption Of Draft Declaration On International Solidarity

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 6:42 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

States and non-state actors must cooperate much more closely in the struggle to fully respect human rights after the world emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, the UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity said today. In ... More >>

COVID-19: Urgent Need For Child Protection Services To Mitigate The Risk Of Child Sexual Abuse

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 6:40 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

A UN human rights expert today warned that a reported surge in violence against children and new forms of sexual exploitation and abuse of them during COVID-19 lockdowns will have lifelong implications for millions worldwide. Mama Fatima Singhateh, the ... More >>

Enhancing Statistical Skills Through Opportunities

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 6:42 pm | Solomon Islands National Statistics Office

Some say countless opportunities may come at once in a life time, but small opportunities surround us every day. Don’t waste it. Grab it and make the most of it. Otherwise the sun will set on your time, then you’ll look back and say, such is an unrewarding ... More >>

IRENA And ESCAP Step Up Joint Efforts To Support Asia-Pacific’s Crisis Response

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 6:17 pm | UN ESCAP

The two organisations will seek to bolster provision of low-cost, sustainable energy to prepare health systems for vaccine delivery and rebuild economies Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and ... More >>

Energy Prices Cause Sharpest Slowdown In OECD Annual Inflation Since The Financial Crisis

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 4:07 pm | OECD

Annual inflation in the OECD area slowed significantly to 1.7% in March 2020, compared with 2.3% in February, the largest deceleration since the financial crisis, as energy prices fell by (minus) 3.6% in March following a rise of 2.3% in February. Food price ... More >>

COVID-19’s long shadow darkens the future in Southeast Asia

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 2:52 pm | Food and Agriculture Organisation

As COVID-19 continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Southeast Asia, additional concerns are being raised about the longer term health of the sub-region’s food systems – a complex matrix involving farmers, fishers, ... More >>

COVID-19 could reverse 30 years' poverty reduction progress

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 2:11 pm | World Vision New Zealand

World Vision today warned that unless the international community immediately prioritises the world’s most vulnerable in the fight against COVID-19, 30 years of progress against poverty will be reversed. Children will bear the brunt of this and child ... More >>

Complaint By HHS Official Says He Was Pressured To Give Contract To Trump-Friendly Pharma Firm

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 11:03 am | Julia Conley

Original URL: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/05/explosive-whistleblower-complaint-ousted-hhs-official-says-he-was-pressured-give A federal scientist filed a formal whistleblower complaint Tuesday, weeks after being reassigned from his position at the Health and Human Services Department following ... More >>

ABS-CBN forced off air after threats

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 9:53 am | Amnesty International

Responding to news that the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease-and-desist order effectively stopping the operations of ABS-CBN, one of the country’s largest broadcast media companies, Amnesty International Philippines Section Director Butch ... More >>

APEC Ministers Responsible For Trade Issue Statement On COVID-19

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 8:33 pm | APEC

We, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade, recognise the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are deeply saddened by the human losses due to the pandemic. We also express our utmost appreciation ... More >>

UN Rights Expert Urges States To Step-Up Anti-slavery Efforts & Protect Most Vulnerable Amid COVID19

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 6:50 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (5 May 2020) – A UN expert has urged Governments worldwide to increase protection for those most vulnerable to drifting into exploitative jobs. Inaction could lead to a sharp rise in the number of people being pushed into slavery because ... More >>

Intergenerational Model Gives Hope Even During Pandemics

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 5:10 pm | CNS

“The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world”, said United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres last week on the launch of the policy brief on older persons and coronavirus disease (COVID-19). ... More >>

Citing 'Vein Of Toxicity' And Firing Of Whistleblowers, Amazon VP Resigns In Disgust

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 4:52 pm | Common Dreams

"This is a really big deal. This kind of courage is what we need right now, in every workplace and walk of life." by Julia Conley, staff writer Workers protest against the failure from their employers to provide adequate protections ... More >>

'Results May Be Catastrophic': Concerns Grow As Trump Shuns Global Cooperation On Covid-19 Treatment

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 4:40 pm | Common Dreams

"Trump's refusal to participate in a coordinated global effort to respond to COVID19 is the 21st century equivalent of the U.S. not joining the League of Nations." by Eoin Higgins, staff writer President Donald Trump speaks during a Fox News virtual ... More >>

'Time For The Agency To Come Clean': FCC Ordered To Release Data From Fake Net Neutrality Comments

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 4:33 pm | Common Dreams

"Journalists wanted to get to the bottom of this mess. The FCC told them go away. But a court just told the FCC to stop hiding from the press." by Jake Johnson, staff writer Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai testifies ... More >>

Journalists: Democracy’s Frontline Workers

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 4:18 pm | Common Dreams

Without relief to keep reporters on the job, each local-news closure will cut into our democracy in ways that may prove fatal. by Tim Karr "Any support for journalism tied to the pandemic must also foster a more resilient model for news production ... More >>

The Novel Coronavirus And Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 4:10 pm | Common Dreams

As with viruses, containment of atomic weapons may be good, but eradication is best. by Sergio Duarte , Ira Helfand "Just as the threat of the new coronavirus must be met by cooperation, common-sense and solidarity among peoples and nations," ... More >>

'Results May Be Catastrophic': Concerns Grow As Trump Shuns Global Cooperation On Covid-19 Treatment

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 11:15 am | Eoin Higgins

Critics warn that President Donald Trump's spurning of international cooperation on Covid-19 could result in disaster and set back efforts to cure the disease even as the president promised in a town hall with Fox News Sunday that the U.S. would ... More >>

Vandana Shiva Fights Patents On Seeds To Make Farmers Independent From Monsanto And Nestlé

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 9:48 am | Steffi Hackl

Original URL: https://scoop.me/vandana-shiva-earth-seeds-monsanto/ Vandana Shiva, the Indian scientist and activist stands for social justice and uncompromising sustainability. The Alternative Nobel Prize winner gained worldwide attention through her fight against ... More >>

Vaccines And Antibiotics: Commodities Or Public Good?

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 6:55 am | Ian Powell

The coronavirus crisis afflicting the planet raises the issue of vaccines as a commercial commodity made profitable through patents rather than a public good. As a family of genetically related viruses affecting respiratory systems, coronavirus is not ... More >>

Detained Manus Refugee Moz Sings His Ode To “Love” And Compassion

Monday, 4 May 2020, 6:47 pm | Jane Salmon

Moz is a Kurdish refugee who fled from troubles in his homeland and arrived in Australia in 2013. He was forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea and locked up in Manus Detention Centre, designed to deter refugees from coming to Australia. After 6 years he was ... More >>

FWRM Condemns And Calls For Renewed Effort Against Gender Based Violence

Monday, 4 May 2020, 5:30 pm | Fiji Women's Rights Movement

Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) is deeply concerned with news reports of a young woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by her partner in Naitasiri. With the added stress emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, FWRM realises that the vulnerabilities ... More >>

Amnesty International Calls For The Release Of All Prisoners Of Conscience Worldwide

Monday, 4 May 2020, 1:35 pm | Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all the prisoners of conscience it is campaigning for worldwide, who are now at heightened risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "As this devastating virus sweeps across ... More >>

Women Bear The Brunt Of Humanitarian Disasters, Including COVID-19

Monday, 4 May 2020, 7:48 am | Citizen News Service

The United Nations (UN) data estimates that 168 million people worldwide will need assistance in 2020 to deal with humanitarian crises, including natural disasters, extreme climate events, conflicts and infectious disease outbreaks. 25% of these ... More >>

Philippines: Labor Day | Global Day Of Protest Against Duterte’s “De Facto” Martial Law

Sunday, 3 May 2020, 5:44 pm | International Coalition for Human Rights in the Ph

ICHRP condemns Labor Day arrests and murder of Filipino activist leading relief response to COVID-19 More than 10 cities launched physical and online protests on International Workers Day to denounce President Duterte’s De Facto Martial Law. ... More >>

NZ Charity Calls For Urgent Assistance To Support Impoverished Nations Struggling Under COVID-19

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 5:20 pm | Just Peoples

Just Peoples , a small Kiwi charity, is working around the clock to ensure hard hit communities in Kenya, Bangladesh, and Uganda survive COVID-19. The charity, set up by childhood friends from Christchurch, Johanna de Burca and Christey West, works ... More >>

The Pacific Aid For Trade Strategy (PAfTS 2020-2025) Development Partners’ Roundtable

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 5:07 pm | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

SUVA, Fiji: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and development partners are mobilising support for the Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy (PAfTS) 2020-2025. A consultative virtual teleconference roundtable with development partners was held on 22 April ... More >>

Global Health Experts Advise WHO To Identify Animal Source Of COVID-19 Virus

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 11:10 am | United Nations

International experts have advised the World Health Organization ( WHO ) to work to identify the animal origins of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic and its transmission to humans, the UN agency said on Friday. The recommendation was among ... More >>

Millions Of Missing Airmiles: How The UN Civil Aviation Agency Is Helping Airlines Take Off Again

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 11:08 am | United Nations

In normal times, the world’s airlines would be carrying nearly 2 billion international passengers this year. That’s 5.7 million a day. But with the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the planet, these are not normal times. In its latest analysis of the economic ... More >>

Vaccine Bottlenecks From COVID Lockdown Put Children’s Lives At Stake: UNICEF

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 7:40 am | UN News

Two men from the Eñepa ethnic group transport vaccines to the rural outpatient clinic of San José de Kayamá, Bolivar state, Venezuela, inFebruary 2020. © UNICEF/Alejandra Pocaterra   Help is needed urgently to distribute vaccines worldwide amid ... More >>

Criminalisation Of Journalism Around The World Must End Now, Says UN Expert

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 7:14 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, has urged States to free all media workers detained because of their work and stop the intimidation and repression of the independent press. He released the following statement today ... More >>

Covid-19: Access Now Releases Recommendations on Connectivity For Governments And Telcos

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 7:08 am | Access Now

The world has been fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since late 2019, and with it, we have witnessed the intensifying need to get everyone, particularly underrepresented communities, online. To provide guidance, Access Now releases Expanding ... More >>

Scuttling New START: Trump’s China Distraction

Saturday, 2 May 2020, 6:53 am | Binoy Kampmark

“If we want to preserve strategic stability using arms control as a counterpart of that, as a tool in that toolkit, then China should be in as well.” - US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, Defense News , Feb 26, 2020 For a person keen on throwing babies ... More >>

US $4.5 Million Insurance Payout For Tonga To Support Cyclone Harold Response And Recovery

Friday, 1 May 2020, 5:34 pm | World Bank

NUKU’ALOFA, May 1, 2020 – The Government of Tonga can now access an additional US $4.5million (approx. TOP $10.4million) from its disaster insurance cover to support response and recovery efforts following the impact of Category five Tropical Cyclone ... More >>

‘Innovate Now And Your Charity Could Survive COVID-19,’ Says Australian CEO

Friday, 1 May 2020, 3:46 pm | Council for International Development

A ‘day of reckoning’ has arrived for aid charities, thanks to COVID-19, says author and CEO of Save the Children Australia, Paul Ronalds. “COVID-19 will be a true test of whether you can make the necessary changes to fit the new strategic ... More >>

400 Community Groups Call On World Trade Organization To Focus On Life-saving Medical Supplies

Friday, 1 May 2020, 12:50 pm | AFTINET

“AFTINET is among 400 organizations, including global and national union federations, development advocates, women’s groups, public health, consumer and environmental groups representing millions of people from 163 countries that have endorsed a letter ... More >>

Greta Thunberg Launches Campaign To Support UNICEF Protection Efforts Against COVID-19

Friday, 1 May 2020, 7:00 am | UN News

Swedish youth climate activist, Greta Thunberg, at a demonstration calling for global action to combat climate change in New York in September 2019. © UNICEF/Radhika Chalasani Climate activist Greta Thunberg along with Danish NGO Human Act, on Thursday ... More >>

Despite The Coronavirus Pandemic Lebanese Protestors Are Subjected To Repression Machinery

Friday, 1 May 2020, 6:56 am | Euro Med Monitor

The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor condemned the Lebanese army and security oppression of protesters following the outbreak of popular protests due to the deterioration of economic conditions. The organization expressed in a statement its deep concern ... More >>

Philippines Mine Standoff: Indigenous And Environmental Rights Must Be Respected, Say UN Experts

Friday, 1 May 2020, 6:52 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

A group of UN experts* urged the Philippines government not to discriminate against indigenous peoples in favour of business interests and when enforcing anti-COVID19 measures. On 6 April, around 100 police forcibly dispersed some 30 indigenous and ... More >>

E-commerce Proposals At The WTO: A Recipe For Corporate Greed

Friday, 1 May 2020, 6:32 am | ITUC

A new report commissioned by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and authored by the New Economic Foundation warns that proposals, currently on hold, for a WTO “e-commerce” agreement would further exacerbate inequality and division ... More >>

Airline Bailouts Set To Double To €26bn As Countries Fail To Impose Binding Green Conditions

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 6:22 pm | Carbon Market Watch

Brussels, 30 April 2020 Airline polluters are now seeking more than €26 billion in taxpayers’ money - double the amount of just a week ago - according to the European airline bailout tracker compiled by Carbon Market Watch, Greenpeace and Transport ... More >>

Census ‘unpaid Claims’ Payout Process Clarified

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 5:29 pm | Solomon Islands National Statistics Office

The Census Office within the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) would like to clarify concerns raised in the print media regarding census outstanding payments/claims for the conduct of the 2019 National Population & Housing ... More >>

Inflation Up In Feb But Remain Stable In March

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 5:24 pm | Solomon Islands National Statistics Office

The country’s inflation also known as the change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) has rose +0.3 percent to 112.7 in February but remained stable at 112.7 in March 2020. That’s according to the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office ... More >>

Coronavirus Lockdown Casts Harsh Light On Our Data And Privacy Online

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 8:11 am | UN News

Code displayed on a computer monitor. Unsplash/Markus Spiske A third of all nations lack laws to protect their citizen’s online data and privacy, despite an 11 per cent uptick in the global adoption of data protection and privacy legislation since ... More >>

OECD Study On Internet Traffic During The Covid-19 Crisis

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 7:32 am | OECD

A short OECD study of Internet use during the Covid-19 crisis shows that traffic through Internet exchange points, where networks interconnect, has jumped by as much as 60% in OECD countries as a majority of people are now working, studying, streaming ... More >>

International Report Identifies Worst Violators Of Religious Freedom

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 7:03 am | ADF International

Religious liberty remains under threat worldwide. This is the finding of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in its annual report published this week. The report identifies 14 countries as “countries of particular concern” ... More >>

88 European And British Citizens Repatriated From Fiji

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 6:57 am | Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific

88 European and British citizens were repatriated from Fiji on a United Kingdom chartered, Fiji Airways operated flight on 29 April 2020, bringing the total number of Europeans repatriated from Fiji due to COVID-19 pandemic to above 400. The Fiji ... More >>

Lao Dam Disaster: UN Rights Experts Call For Justice Two Years On

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 7:04 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / BANGKOK (29 April 2020) – A group of UN experts* called on governments and relevant businesses to take immediate action to address ongoing human rights violations experienced by survivors of a tragic dam collapse in the Lao People’s ... More >>

Myanmar: “Possible War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity Ongoing In Rakhine & Chin States”

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 6:29 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA / BANGKOK (29 April 2020) – A UN human rights expert today called for an investigation into allegations of ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin States. “While the world is occupied with the COVID-19 ... More >>

Startup Domineum.io Generates $5M For African Govts Within 11 Months

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 12:21 pm | ACN Newswire

LONDON, Apr 29, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - As blockchain technology is taking the market by storm and creating exponential growth, Africa would not be exempted. Delivering blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) and AI enabled SaaS designed to increase the efficiency ... More >>

NZ aid agencies call for global action on pandemic

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 10:19 am | Oxfam NZ

Fourteen leading New Zealand aid agencies have today called on the New Zealand government to step in with immediate humanitarian assistance to save millions of lives in the world’s worst crisis and emergency situations. More >>

UN Leads Bid To Help 135 Countries Get Vital COVID-19 Medical Kit, Amid Severe Global Shortages

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 10:01 am | UN News

A major UN-led initiative is under way to secure supplies of key medical equipment for 135 low to medium-income countries facing down the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The COVID-19 taskforce initiative follows ... More >>

Global OECD Welcomes Colombia As Its 37th Member

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 8:51 am | OECD

Today Colombia has formally become an OECD Member, the 37th country to do so in the Organisation’s near 60-year history. Colombia has now completed its domestic procedures for ratification of the OECD Convention and deposited its instrument of ... More >>

Sudan: Coronavirus Could Be Tipping Point For ‘untold Suffering’, Bachelet Urges Sanctions Relief

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 8:39 am | United Nations

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and people of Sudan could experience “untold suffering” unless donors act fast to shore up a country still in transition, the top UN human rights official warned on Tuesday. One year after ... More >>