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2020: the year for action, to ‘rise up’ and safeguard ocean

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 1:22 pm | UN News

With the ocean in deep crisis, members of civil society and philanthropic organisations are urging governments and corporations to take bold action to safeguard the ocean. After a two-day preparatory meeting in New York ahead of June’s UN Ocean Conference ... More >>

Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable'

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 1:21 pm | UN News

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes. More >>

Refugee resettlement: ‘Tremendous gap’ persists

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 1:19 pm | UN News

Although around 1.4 million refugees are estimated to be in urgent need of resettlement worldwide, only 63,696 were resettled through the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) last year - that's only 4.5 per cent - due to a continuing shortage of offers of sanctuary ... More >>

STREAMWIDE outlines strategic partnership with AIRBUS

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 12:47 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

PARIS & SINGAPORE, Feb 5, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - STREAMWIDE, the specialist in critical communication solutions, today details the agreement and strategic partnership, announced at the end of 2018, with AIRBUS Secure Land Communications (AIRBUS SLC). ... More >>

JCBI and FEB announced the launch of JCB and MIR-JCB Cards

Thursday, 6 February 2020, 12:40 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Vladivostok, Russia & Tokyo, Japan, Feb 4, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Far Eastern Bank, which marks 30 years of successful financial activity this year, became the fourth bank in Russia to start issuing JCB cards. More >>

World Bank Emergency Support for Tuvalu

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 4:32 pm | World Bank

SYDNEY, February 5, 2020 – The World Bank has provided US$6.2 million to support Tuvalu’s recovery from Tropical Cyclone Tino, which hit the Pacific island nation in January. More >>

WiseSpot's Adoption of UC.NOW Online Interview Tool

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 4:16 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Coronavirus Hastened WiseSpot's Adoption of UC.NOW Online Interview Tool To Cope With Their 2020 Recruitment Peak Season More >>

Don't Panic: Coronavirus Death Rate "Same As The Flu"

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 3:40 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- International coronavirus panic is being hyped by social media and news reports, but the actual death rate is the same as the flu and less people will die as the virus mutates, according to David Mabey, professor of communicable ... More >>

How will Wuhan coronavirus impact on future of China?

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 12:57 pm | Pacific Media Watch

What started at a seafood market as a local health issue has grown into a national health crisis in China with a global impact. More >>

Resolving Israel-Palestinian conflict

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 12:14 pm | United Nations

Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “key to sustainable peace in the Middle East”, the UN chief said on Tuesday, maintaining that the lack of any progress only “furthers radicalization across the region”. António Guterres told the ... More >>

Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 11:30 am | United Nations

The second global Ocean Conference taking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, as preparations got ... More >>

Both sides in Libya agree need for lasting ceasefire

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 8:50 am | UN News

The UN negotiator leading talks in Geneva to secure an end to fighting in Libya said on Tuesday that high-ranking officials from both sides of the conflict have agreed on the need for a “permanent and lasting” ceasefire to replace an uncertain truce. More >>

Muddling Democrats: Chaos in the Iowa Caucus

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 8:44 am | Binoy Kampmark

Whatever the claims by the Democratic pollsters on the ground, the party has all the work to do ahead of selecting a candidate to make a fist of it come November. Pity for them, then, that the opening in Iowa proved to be a spectacular shambles, ... More >>

Merck Foundation marks World Cancer Day

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 7:35 am | APO Group

Merck Foundation ( ) partners with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health to build cancer care capacity in the continent; Merck Foundation makes history by training the first African oncologists in many countries. The efforts ... More >>

Zimbabwe's international reputation in the balance

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 7:18 am | ITUC

Zimbabwe: government’s international reputation in the balance as it puts workers’ rights defenders on trial Nineteen of the twenty-eight trade unionists still on trial in Zimbabwe are set to appear soon in front of courts across the country as the government ... More >>

Travellers from China face growing restrictions

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 2:36 pm | Asianz

China has called on the international community to respond to the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV outbreak in a ' calm and rational manner '. In a news conference yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying was particularly critical of the United States ... More >>

2,000+ Industry Experts Gather

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 1:14 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

THAILAND, Feb 4, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - On 12 & 13 February at BITEC, Bangkok, the inaugural Roads & Traffic Expo Thailand will bring together Thailand's entire road transportation and infrastructure ecosystem to discuss new strategies and innovations ... More >>

Climate action ‘both a priority and a driver of the decade

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 11:47 am | United Nations

Climate action will be both a priority and a driver of world affairs through the coming decade, United Nations Secretary-General chief António Guterres announced on Monday, during a speech at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday, in which he ... More >>

Global initiative launched to keep top sports events safe

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 9:34 am | UN News

Representatives from international sporting federations and the private sector joined with ambassadors at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to launch a global programme aimed at safeguarding major sporting events from terrorism-related threats. More >>

Syria: UN health agency highlights 'critical health threats'

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 9:31 am | UN News

The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the alarm on Monday over critical health threats facing hundreds-of thousands of Syrians forced to flee due to intensified hostilities in Syria’s northwest, where health facilities and workers have increasingly ... More >>

UK notifies WTO on implications of withdrawal from the EU

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 9:03 am | World Trade Organisation

The United Kingdom has notified the other 163 WTO members of its status in the organization given its withdrawal from the European Union on 1 February. In a document sent on 1 February, the United Kingdom explains the WTO-related implications of Brexit for ... More >>

“Nobody eats GDP” says African Development Bank President

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 7:14 am | APO Group

“Nobody eats GDP” says African Development Bank President as he calls for inclusive growth. The 2020 African Economic Outlook (AEO) showed that the continent’s economies are growing well. More >>

ThinkMarkets UK Open: A Bad Day For Mainland China

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 6:59 am | ThinkMarkets

China reopens to some horrific scenes. European equities set for relatively unscathed open. UK Johnson and EU Barnier kick off transition proceedings. Alphabet earnings up ahead. China plunges as pandemic fears turbocharge It was a dirty day for residents ... More >>

Italy: Food system exploits smallholder farmers and workers

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 12:12 pm | UNHCHR

Italy: Food system exploits smallholder farmers and workers - UN food expert ROME (31 January 2020) – Despite an estimated GDP of USD 2.84 trillion, world-renowned innovative businesses, a large agriculture sector and modern manufacturing capabilities, ... More >>

Workshop to improve women’s access to justice

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 12:03 pm | FWRM

FWRM organised a 4-day training of trainers’ (TOT) workshop focused on women’s access to justice in Suva from 28-31 January, with support from UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) More >>

Tax challenges from digitalisation

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 12:00 pm | OECD

International community renews commitment to multilateral efforts to address tax challenges from digitalisation of the economy More >>

CSOs accelerate action for effective access to justice

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 11:35 am | UNDP

(Suva, Fiji) – The key role played by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in supporting people’s ability to effectively access justice in Fiji cannot be overemphasized. The EU and UNDP are providing support to CSOs to strengthen their ability to fulfill ... More >>

Dates Shifted for Africa Climate Week in Kampala

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 11:33 am | UNFCCC

Bonn/Kampala, 31 January 2020 - In consultation with the secretariat of UN Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Republic of Uganda has decided to move the dates of the upcoming Africa Climate Week to 20 to 24 April 2020. The new dates take advantage of the G77 ... More >>

UN expert alarmed by ‘lopsided’ Trump plan

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 11:31 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (31 January 2020) - The Trump plan on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a lopsided proposal entirely in favour of one side to the conflict, said Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian ... More >>

What to Expect at the 2020 Ocean Conference

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 11:30 am | United Nations

As ocean health continues to deteriorate, countries kick-off preparations to scale up solutions for marine conservation UN Ocean Conference Preparatory Meeting, New York, 4 to 5 February 2020 More >>

Orders for NatShield Sanitizer Spike after Outbreak

Friday, 31 January 2020, 5:31 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

KUALA LUMPUR / PERTH, Jan 30, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - ASX-listed Holista CollTech (ASX:HCT, 'Holista') announced today a strong spike in demand in Malaysia for it all-natural disinfectant spray NatShield™ Sanitizer containing the powerful Path-Away® ... More >>

Nobody Sets Out To Become A War Propagandist

Friday, 31 January 2020, 5:04 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Nobody Sets Out To Become A War Propagandist. It Just Sort Of Happens) More >>

JCB Partners with Oceanpayment for Merchant Acquiring

Friday, 31 January 2020, 4:07 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Hong Kong & Tokyo, Jan 31, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd. ("JCBI"), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., Japan's only international payment brand, and Oceanpayment Co., Ltd., China's leading cross-border ... More >>

Peace plan strips Palestinians of their rights

Friday, 31 January 2020, 8:52 am | Euro-Med Monitor

GENEVA - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor followed the US President Donald Trump's announcement of a plan to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict entitled "Peace for Prosperity" which was celebrated by Israel and rejected by the ... More >>

Proposals on Israel/Palestine are an affront to Palestinians

Friday, 31 January 2020, 8:51 am | International Trade Union Confederation

The Trump administration’s proposals on Israel and Palestine, announced on Tuesday, are an affront to Palestinian rights and dignity and have none of the elements of a realistic peace plan. The proposals, launched jointly by President Donald Trump ... More >>

Drop Criminal Complaint Against Fortify Rights Senior

Friday, 31 January 2020, 8:48 am | Fortify Rights

Thai authorities or Thai poultry company Thammakaset Company Limited should immediately drop criminal defamation complaints against Puttanee Kangkun and other human rights defenders, Fortify Rights said today. On December 6, Thammakaset filed a complaint ... More >>

UN experts welcome effective cooperation of Ireland & Turkey

Friday, 31 January 2020, 8:41 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (30 January 2020) – UN human rights experts* have commended Ireland and Turkey for their cooperative and effective engagement ensuring the return of Lisa Smith and her infant child to Ireland last December. Ms. Smith, an Irish national, ... More >>

Didgeridoo and drums making noise for Australian charities

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 2:32 pm | Auckland Climate Save

Auckland Climate Save, part of the worldwide Save Movement, is holding a vigil for Australia at Mission Bay this Saturday evening near the fountain. (1 February at 8.30pm-10.00pm). More >>

Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the coronavirus power

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 11:00 am | The Conversation

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread. More >>

Clarification of circumstances surrounding hacking of OHCHR

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 9:09 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (29 January 2020) - The UN Human Rights Office would like to clarify some details in light of news reports today about a cyber-attack on the UN which involved our office. Although hackers accessed a self-contained part of our system in July ... More >>

DR Congo: Bachelet says new Govt has “window of opportunity"

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 9:07 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA / KINSHASA (29 January 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet concluded a five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) late Monday with a call on both the country’s Government and the international ... More >>

Call for NZ to reject “Deal of the Century'

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 9:02 am | Palestine Solidarity Network

The Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa is calling on the New Zealand government to reject outright the US’s so-called “deal of the century” which claims to bring peace to the Middle East. More >>

The worst deal of the century?

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 8:58 am | Wellington Palestine Group

The question of Palestine and Palestinian statehood has been one of the most significant issues in the Middle East for over seventy years. But just yesterday President Trump declared the problem solved with his “Deal of the Century”. Describing his vision ... More >>

GP vaping endorsement, a first step for Australia

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 4:44 pm | Alt and Vapo

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ (RACGP) decision to now recommend vaping nicotine as an option for some Australian smokers can only help reduce the nation’s stubborn smoking rates, says a vaping entrepreneur behind two ... More >>

Trintech Extends Global System of Accounting Intelligence

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 3:40 pm | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Cadency 8.0 launches new industry-leading financial close automation capabilities for reconciliations, journal entry, audit preparation and software systems integration to extend customer's System of Accounting Intelligence DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE, Jan ... More >>

Yemen: Escalation in fighting must stop before it’s too late

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 10:14 am | UN News

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen told an emergency session of the Security Council on Tuesday that a recent upsurge in violence between pro-Government and rebel forces following weeks of relative calm, had to end “before it’s too late”. More >>

New UN finance panel to push Global Goals forward

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 10:13 am | UN News

The President of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday encouraged Member States to support a new panel that has been set up to help make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, by 2030. More >>

West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 9:39 am | United Nations

West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency More >>

UN HR report voices concern over conduct of ISIL fighters

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 8:50 am | UN News

A new UN report published on Tuesday shows that while considerable effort has been made by Iraqi authorities to bring former ISIL terrorist fighters to justice, there are “serious concerns” about the fairness of the proceedings. More >>

Israel, Turkey Hydrocarbon Conflict is Brewing

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 8:49 am | Ramzy Baroud

Massive natural gas discoveries off the eastern coast of Israel and Palestine is slated to make Tel Aviv a regional energy hub. Whether Israel will be able to translate positive indicators of the largely untapped gas reserves into actual economic and ... More >>

Trump’s Failed Bullying: Britain accepts 5G Huawei Tech

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 8:47 am | Binoy Kampmark

It is strikingly bullying and bullish. US officials have been less than reserved in their threats about what Britain’s proposed dealings with Huawei over admitting it to its 5G network might entail. Three Republican Senators – Tom Cotton of Arkansas, ... More >>

Humans Love Violence: Gandhi and the World Economic Forum

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 5:43 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

As we approach the 72nd anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on 30 January 1948, it is worth reflecting on one simple fact that he did not realize. His efforts to teach humanity that conflict, including violent conflict, could be ... More >>

Rising violence in central Sahel

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 2:03 pm | United Nations

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund ( UNICEF ) warned on Tuesday. More >>

Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of hatred'

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 9:05 am | UN News

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and the six million Jews and others murdered on Nazi orders during the Holocaust, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a ceremony in New York on Monday that ... More >>

UN report urges accountability for Libya airstrike deaths

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 9:00 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA/TRIPOLI (27 January 2020) –In a new report on the July 2019 airstrikes in Libya that killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at the Tajoura detention centre – one of the deadliest incidents since a new round of hostilities broke out in ... More >>

International human rights group decry Philippine government

Sunday, 26 January 2020, 11:48 am | ICHRP

International human rights group decry Philippine government closure of Lumad sanctuary Duterte’s gross violation of indigenous people’s rights amounts to crimes against humanity The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) ... More >>

In Davos, DG Azevêdo hears support for WTO reform

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:23 pm | World Trade Organisation

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the strong support expressed at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week by ministers, heads of state, private sector and labour leaders for ongoing efforts to reform and reinforce the WTO to keep up with ... More >>

International Court of Justice: Myanmar

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:19 pm | UNHCHR

We welcome the Order by the International Court of Justice that Myanmar must take “all measures within its power” to protect the members of the Rohingya group from all future acts that may amount to genocide under the provisions of Article ... More >>

World Leprosy Day

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:18 pm | UNHCHR

World Leprosy Day: UN expert calls on States to end discrimination against affected women and children More >>

PHILIPPINES: Rappler challenges president’s ‘media powers’

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:17 pm | Pacific Media Watch

By David Robie MANILA (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Rappler , the innovative online publisher that has been at the media freedom frontline in the Philippines for the past three years, has challenged President Rodrigo Duterte by taking the ... More >>