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Global Lighting Marketplace Gathers Over 3,000 Exhibitors

Saturday, 28 October 2023, 6:21 am | ACN Newswire

Connected Lighting zone debuts at Autumn lighting fair, showcasing smart-lighting products and solutions HONG KONG, Oct 27, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) - The 25th Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) , organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development ... More >>

Belarus Misuses Counter-terrorism And Anti-extremism Legislation To Stifle Dissent: UN Expert

Friday, 27 October 2023, 8:53 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

NEW YORK (26 October 2023) – The Belarusian authorities are misusing counter-terrorism and anti-extremism legislation to further purge civic space, suppress freedom of expression and eradicate political opposition, a UN expert said. “Many opposition ... More >>

Eco Expo Asia Opens At AsiaWorld-Expo Today

Friday, 27 October 2023, 8:52 pm | ACN Newswire

Carbon reduction, innovation, technologies and talent spotlighted as GBA cities strive to create a waste-free Bay Area together HONG KONG, Oct 26, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) -Eco Expo Asia 2023 , jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council ... More >>

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End Forced Evictions In Perak, Ensure Farmers’ Rights And Food Security –PANAP

Friday, 27 October 2023, 8:47 pm | PAN Asia Pacific

PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) condemns the eviction of farmers from their farmland in Kanthan, Tambun, Perak by Malaysian authorities last October 24 that resulted in the arrest of three activists and one local farmer, physical assault of one female ... More >>

HKTDC & UOB Research: Two-thirds Of GBA Firms Adopt Sustainable Development

Friday, 27 October 2023, 8:44 pm | ACN Newswire

About 70% of enterprises consider using more Hong Kong green solutions in next two years HONG KONG, Oct 26, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) - About 65% of enterprises in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) have adopted green and sustainable ... More >>

‘It’s Just How Life Is Here’: Children In Vanuatu Devastated By Early Return Of Cyclone Season

Friday, 27 October 2023, 8:36 pm | Save The Children

Category Five Tropical Cyclone Lola in Vanuatu has claimed at least two lives and caused widespread, severe damage to hundreds of homes, schools and food gardens in a country still reeling from the category four twin cyclones that devastated the ... More >>

Hamas Slaughtered 30 Thais & Seized 19

Friday, 27 October 2023, 4:48 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

Buddhist-majority Thailand's new prime minister flew to Palestinian-friendly Malaysia and reached out to other Muslim nations amid hopes for the release of 19 impoverished Thai laborers held by Hamas, who already slaughtered 30 Thais during the assault ... More >>

Israel-palestine: Gazans ‘Left With Nothing But Impossible Choices’

Friday, 27 October 2023, 6:42 am | UN News

Day 19 of the Gaza conflict comes on the heels of the deadliest 24 hours so far amid hospitals shutting down, while UN humanitarians reiterated urgent calls on Thursday for all civilians to be protected and hostages released. Reports of an overnight ... More >>

DSA: The War On Gaza Is Not An Excuse To Silence People Online

Friday, 27 October 2023, 6:40 am | Access Now

The European Commission’s knee-jerk response to online content governance during the Hamas-Israel war may jeopardise human rights. The Commission’s recommendation , proposing a temporary incident response mechanism as a part of the Digital Services ... More >>

Thailand: Ensure Healthcare for Myanmar Refugees

Friday, 27 October 2023, 6:20 am | Fortify Rights

(BANGKOK, October 26, 2023)—The Government of Thailand should prevent the arbitrary arrest and extortion of Myanmar refugees seeking access to healthcare and provide protective legal status to refugees in Thailand, Fortify Rights said today. A new ... More >>

GAZA: UN Security Council Vetoes Another Resolution As 360,000 People Sign Petition Calling For Ceasefire

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 10:35 am | Save The Children

The UN Security Council has vetoed yet another ceasefire resolution for Gaza and Israel, in a major blow to children and families seeking an urgent end to the violence, Save the Children said. Over 360,000 people and over 500 organisations from 60 countries ... More >>

Over 114 Million Displaced By War, Violence Worldwide

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 5:55 am | UN News

More than 114 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes in the first nine months of this year due to conflict, persecution and human rights violations, UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday. War in Ukraine and conflicts in Sudan, ... More >>

UN Women’s Rights Committee Deplores Withdrawal Of Nicaraguan Ambassador From Public Review

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 5:51 am | UN Treaty Bodies

GENEVA (25 October 2023) - The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) today deplored that the dialogue with Nicaragua to consider the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination ... More >>

Israel-Palestine: Blockade Puts Gaza Aid On The Line, WHO Spotlights Soaring Mental Health Needs In Israel

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 5:33 am | UN News

Humanitarian operations in Gaza risked grinding to a halt on Wednesday due to the ongoing fuel blockade, while Israel continued to deal with a protracted hostage crisis amid the horrific aftermath of Hamas’ 7 October attacks. UPDATED: An alert from ... More >>

HKTDC Welcomes 2023 Policy Address

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 5:32 am | ACN Newswire

Annual address outlines comprehensive blueprint for Hong Kong's future development HONG KONG, Oct 25, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) - The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) welcomes the 2023 Policy Address, delivered today by the Hong Kong Special ... More >>

Children At Risk As Yet Another Severe Cyclone Batters Vanuatu

Thursday, 26 October 2023, 5:25 am | UNICEF Pacific

Third tropical cyclone of 2023, reminder of the threat posed by climate change SUVA, 25 October 2023 - UNICEF Pacific is ready to respond and ensure the survival and protection of children in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Lola, which ... More >>

Insipid Call For A Tea Break Before The Slaughter Of Palestinian Civilians Continues

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 3:29 pm | PSNA

The government announcement today at the United Nations calling for a “humanitarian pause” in the Israeli war on Gaza are an insipid response to the slaughter of Palestinians civilians in their thousands in Gaza. “Is it the best New Zealand can do to call ... More >>

Over 800 Children Missing Under The Rubble In Gaza As Rescue Efforts Hindered By Ongoing Bombardment And Siege

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 10:49 am | Save The Children

At least 870 children are missing in Gaza and feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, as relentless bombardments, decimated infrastructure including roads, and lack of fuel due to the ongoing siege prevent rescue workers from reaching ... More >>

Afghanistan: Perfect Storm Of Human Rights Challenges Require Urgent Redress, Says UN Expert

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 6:29 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

NEW YORK (24 October 2023) – Afghanistan is facing a convergence of challenges, including a deteriorating human rights situation due to the Taliban's repressive policies and practices, a culture of impunity, an ongoing humanitarian and economic ... More >>

Myanmar: UN Expert Urges Member States To Strengthen “Growing Trend” Of Coordinated Action

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 6:27 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Myanmar: UN expert urges Member States to strengthen “growing trend” of coordinated action as human rights and humanitarian crisis deepens NEW YORK (24 October 2023) – A growing trend of coordinated action by Member States, including sanctions targeting ... More >>

Iran Must Safeguard Basic Freedoms And Protect Human Rights: UN Expert

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 6:25 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

NEW YORK (24 October 2023) – The entrenched shortcomings in the legal and political framework of the Islamic Republic of Iran significantly limit the ability of Iranian citizens to exercise their right to democratic participation in political and public ... More >>

Introducing Long Grain Cambodia's Cutting-Edge Facility Poised To Rapidly Grow In The $271 Billion Global Rice Market

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 6:23 am | ACN Newswire

KAMPONG SPEU PROVINCE, Cambodia, Oct 24, 2023 - (NewMediaWire) - Long Grain Co. Ltd ("Long Grain" or the "Company") is a specialty rice production and distribution enterprise positioned to make a significant impact in the global ... More >>

India: As New Film Is Released On The Sentinelese, Their Uncontacted Neighbors Face Destruction

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 6:12 am | Survival International

As a National Geographic documentary about the death of missionary John Allen Chau at the hands of the uncontacted Sentinelese people is released, campaigners have warned that the imminent destruction of their little-known neighbors, the Shompen ... More >>

BANTgo And Verofax Team Up To Revolutionize E-waste Collection Through Tokenized Rewards

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 6:08 am | ACN Newswire

DUBAI, Oct 24, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) - In an ambitious stride towards environmental sustainability, BANTgo and Verofax have announced a pioneering collaboration to enhance e-waste collection. The groundbreaking partnership seeks to galvanize the masses ... More >>

Türk Regrets Australia No Vote As Missed Opportunity, Urges Inclusion & Participation

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 6:06 am | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

GENEVA (24 October 2023) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on Tuesday said he was deeply disappointed that a referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples of Australia ... More >>

Wine & Spirits Fair Showcases Drinks From Across The Globe

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 5:32 am | ACN Newswire

The trading platform for fine wines from across the world will hold a Public Day on Sunday HONG KONG, Oct 24, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) - The HKTDC Hong Kong International Wines & Spirits Fair , organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council ... More >>

Haiti: UN Envoy Upholds Critical Role Of Elections Amid Rising Gang Violence

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 7:11 pm | UN News

The security situation continues to deteriorate in Haiti as gang violence grows, and elections are crucial for the sustainable rule of law, the UN Special Representative in the country, María Isabel Salvador, told the Security Council on Monday. “Elections ... More >>

Justifying Collective Punishment: Israel’s Assault On Gaza

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 12:38 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Erroneous doctrines are current in the world, which declare a man culpable and responsible merely because he is a member or part of a determined country, without taking the trouble to seek or examine whether on his part there has been any personal ... More >>

At Least 2000 Children Killed In Gaza As Airstrikes Continue Unabated

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 9:58 am | Save The Children

At least 2,000 children have been killed in Gaza over the past 17 days, and a further 27 killed in the West Bank, with constant airstrikes reducing thousands of buildings across the Gaza Strip to piles of smoking rubble. A further 27 children were killed ... More >>

Israel/OPT: Türk Says Humanity Must Come First, Urges Humanitarian Ceasefire

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 9:07 am | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (23 October 2023) – UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk today called for a broad humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and Israel. He also called on the parties to the conflict to redouble efforts to ensure proper compliance with international ... More >>

Israel-Palestine: Gaza Death Toll Passes 5,000 With No Ceasefire In Sight

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 6:24 am | UN News

The number of people killed in Gaza has reached 5,087 according to latest reports from de facto authorities there, amid intensifying Israeli airstrikes in response to Hamas attacks, while humanitarians repeated urgent calls for a ceasefire and more ... More >>

More Than Two Decades After Landmark Agreement, Women Remain Under-represented In Peace Processes

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 6:20 am | UN Department of Global Communications

United Nations marks anniversary of the Women, Peace and Security resolution, calling for more meaningful participation of women as active agents of peace 23 October 2023 — As the international community marks the 23rd anniversary of the UN Security ... More >>

UN Experts Urge Lawyers Advising Israeli Military To Refuse Legal Authorisation Of Actions That May Amount To War Crimes

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 6:10 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (23 October 2023) – UN experts* today called on all lawyers advising the Israeli military to refuse legal authorisation for acts that may amount to war crimes in retaliation for the Hamas attacks on Israel. “We unequivocally condemn the massacres ... More >>

Government Urged To Support Safe Withdrawal Of UN Mission From Mali

Monday, 23 October 2023, 5:15 pm | UN News

Mali must ensure that the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA, can safely complete its drawdown by the end of the year, amid insecurity in the north and other restrictions. “The UN underscores the responsibility of the Malian Transitional Government for ... More >>

Second Aid Convoy ‘Another Glimmer Of Hope’ For Millions In Gaza

Monday, 23 October 2023, 5:10 pm | UN News

More aid arrived in Gaza on Sunday aboard 14 trucks that passed through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator said in a post on social media. In a statement published on X, formerly Twitter, Martin Griffiths described ... More >>

Gaza: UNRWA Chief Underscores Duty To Protect Civilians At All Times

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 7:06 pm | UN News

The protection of civilians must be upheld at all times, the head of the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees, UNRWA , said on Saturday, appealing for an end to attacks on places such as schools, hospitals and the homes of his staff. “Let me ... More >>

At Cairo Peace Summit, Guterres Stresses Need For Sustained Humanitarian Aid To Gaza

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 7:02 pm | UN News

UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his call for sustained humanitarian aid to be delivered to Gaza in remarks to the Cairo Summit for Peace on Saturday. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi convened leaders from the region and around ... More >>

Banksy Highlights Cultural Revival Amid Rubble Strewn Kyiv Suburb

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 6:16 pm | UN News

When Russian invaders withdrew in early spring of 2022 from Borodianka, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, a piece of street art by world renowned graffiti artist Banksy appeared on the wall of a war-damaged home. The artwork – a ballerina balancing ... More >>

Explainer: A Look Inside The Gaza Crossing Convoy

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 8:29 am | UN News

Hundreds of trucks are waiting for a green light at the Rafah border in Egypt, poised to deliver lifesaving aid to 2.3 million besieged people in the Gaza Strip. What's inside the convoy? After viewing some of the shipments himself in Egypt close to ... More >>

Afghanistan Earthquakes: ‘Staggering’ Health Consequences

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 8:28 am | UN News

Families in western Afghanistan, who have lost everything to a series of devastating earthquakes, need urgent assistance to withstand the harsh winter, the UN relief wing reported on Friday. Temperatures have already started to drop into single figures. ... More >>

Rambo’s Pacific Peace Zone

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 8:27 am | Binoy Kampmark

There has always been something impressive, if slightly idiosyncratic, about political ideas emanating from Pacific states. In recent years, on the world’s largest body of water, the various island states seeing themselves as part of the Blue Pacific ... More >>

UN agencies welcome convoy’s entry into Gaza, but more aid needed

Sunday, 22 October 2023, 7:13 am | UN News

UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Martin Griffiths welcomed the entry of an aid convoy into Gaza on Saturday, the first since the start of hostilities two weeks ago following deadly attacks by Hamas against Israel. The 20-truck convoy that passed ... More >>

Winners Of The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition 2023 Announced!

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 4:48 pm | Royal Commonwealth Society

2023 has been a fantastic year for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC). Celebrating the Commonwealth Year of Youth, the theme, 'A Youth-Powered Commonwealth,’ asked QCEC entrants to explore the power young people hold within the global community ... More >>

Government Blockchain Association (GBA) Releases Voting Solution Assessment Model

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 4:46 pm | ACN Newswire

Washington, D.C., Oct 20, 2023 - (ACN Newswire) - The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) announces the release of the Blockchain Maturity Model (BMM) Voting Supplement. "The Voting Supplement is a critical resource for governments, organizations, ... More >>

World Food Forum: Bridging technological gaps in Low- and Middle-Income Countries and Small Island Developing States

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 7:14 am | UN FAO

Science and Innovation Forum event focuses on how to pave the way for investment and innovation in developing countries amid worsening impacts of climate crisis 19/10/2023 Rome - Making data, information, knowledge, investment and innovation available for ... More >>

Sweden must strengthen dialogue with faith communities to combat religious or belief intolerance: UN expert

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 7:00 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

STOCKHOLM (20 October 2023) – UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Nazila Ghanea, today urged Sweden to strengthen its engagement and dialogue with faith communities to combat religious or belief intolerance in the light of ... More >>

Gaza: Lifesaving aid convoy through Rafah can’t be a ‘one off’

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 6:52 am | UN News

An aid convoy of some 20 trucks poised to go into Gaza carrying lifesaving supplies should not be a “one off” a spokesperson for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA) stressed on Friday. Tamara Alrifai, UNRWA Director of External Relations, ... More >>

ITUC calls for immediate ceasefire

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 6:24 am | ITUC

The ITUC calls for an immediate ceasefire by all parties and the return of all hostages and people held in Gaza and Israel without legitimate legal basis to their homes. We support the UN Secretary General's position for a major humanitarian effort for ... More >>

Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week launches next week to boost regional climate action

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 6:20 am | UNFCCC

UN Climate Change News, 20 October 2023 – The Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW) will take place in Panama City, Panama, on 23-27 October 2023, bringing together representatives from local and national governments, Indigenous ... More >>

The European Commission launches the ‘ImagineEU’ competition for secondary schools

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 6:18 am | Action Global Communications Ltd

In this school year, pupils in the EU are invited to share their ideas about how to make Europe an (even) better place to live, with the chance of winning a study trip to Brussels! The competition complements the release of the toolkit “EU Democracy ... More >>

Physical and digital ceasefire in Gaza: UN, governments, Big Tech must act

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 5:53 am | Access Now

Content note: The following post contains references to violence and war. It’s time for a physical and digital ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Access Now supports Oxfam International and 200+ civil society organizations in calling for an immediate ... More >>

Global Unions Demand Stronger Protections For Working People In Negotiations For Business And Human Rights Treaty

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 5:51 am | ITUC

Corporate human rights abuses will be in the spotlight at the latest round of talks for an international agreement to regulate transnational corporations in human rights law. The ITUC and the Global Unions Federations have outlined their demands for a ... More >>

Asian and Pacific countries at UN forum agree on measures to shape energy transition, address climate crisis

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 5:46 am | UN ESCAP

Asian and Pacific countries agreed today on measures to shape the future of energy use and generation, and to address climate change in a region that consumes more than 40 per cent of the world’s power and generates more than half of global greenhouse ... More >>

Christian World Service Launches Gaza Palestine Emergency Appeal

Saturday, 21 October 2023, 5:42 am | Christian World Service

Christian World Service has launched an emergency appeal to assist people who have been affected by the current conflict in the Middle East, particularly Gaza. Thousands of people have been killed, injured and displaced. Nearly two hundred people are ... More >>


Saturday, 21 October 2023, 5:39 am | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 20 October 2023 Subject: OPT/Israel With over 3,700 people killed in Gaza and 1,000 more presumed under the rubble, as well as 1,300 people killed in ... More >>

Niue Celebrates 49 Years Of Self-Governing - A Journey Of Resilience And Progress

Friday, 20 October 2023, 12:29 pm | Government Of Niue

Alofi, Niue – 19 October 2023 (NZT 20 October 2023) – The Government of Niue proudly commemorates 49 years as a Self-Governing State. This occasion marks nearly half a century of sovereignty, significant achievements, steadfast diplomacy, and ... More >>

New Project To Combat Exploitation In Indonesia's Fisheries Launched Ahead Of Labour Day In New Zealand

Friday, 20 October 2023, 12:28 pm | UnionAID

UnionAID is launching a new partnership with Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) Indonesia to address forced labour and human trafficking in Indonesia's fisheries sector. Indonesian fisheries workers are often subjected to difficult and unsafe and often life-threatening ... More >>

NZMTS: PMA To Deploy Mental Health Specialist Team To Vanuatu

Friday, 20 October 2023, 10:47 am | Pasifika Medical Association

The Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) will deploy a mental health specialist team to the Vila Central Hospital, Vanuatu, as part of the New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS), funded by the New Zealand Ministry Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). ... More >>

Ecuador Elects New Right-Wing President Linked To Big Banana Business

Friday, 20 October 2023, 8:06 am | Globetrotter

Daniel Noboa, son of one of the wealthiest men in Ecuador, was elected as the new president of the Andean nation on October 15. The 35-year-old Noboa of the right-wing National Democratic Action alliance accepted his victory, saying, “Today we have ... More >>

UN Security Council Rejects Resolution Demanding Immediate Ceasefire In Gaza

Friday, 20 October 2023, 8:04 am | Globetrotter

On October 16, the UN Security Council (UNSC) failed to adopt a resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israeli war in Gaza. The U.S. and its allies in the UNSC voted against the move, dashing all hope for relief for millions ... More >>


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