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Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

21 October 2017 – Condemning 'in the strongest terms' the terrorist attack that took place Friday in Egypt's El Wahat desert, the United Nations Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such 'reprehensible ...

UN chief Guterres and Trump commit to work together

21 October 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met Friday with United States President Donald Trump and discussed, among others, tensions in the Korean Peninsula and the fight against terrorism.

Samoa and Sri Lanka step up to protect the Blue Shark

Samoa and Sri Lanka step up to protect the Blue Shark at global migratory species conference 21 October 2017, Manila, Philippines - Approximately 20 million Blue Sharks are killed each year, propelling Samoa and Sri Lanka to jointly propose to place ...

Finance Ministers Drive Inclusive Recovery

Hoi An, Viet Nam, 21 October 2017 – APEC member economies must ensure that growth tangibly improves people’s lives as they move to sustain an emerging recovery in the Asia-Pacific, said Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in remarks to the ...

A Matter of Fifty Degrees: Climate Change in Australia

A country baked to the core, its citizens roasted, an electricity grid battered to its limits. Capital cities trapping scorching heat, toasting its citizens and assaulting the young, the elderly, the infirm with temperature fluctuations. This is the vision ...

Killing of peasants continue under Duterte regime

Killing of peasants continue under Duterte regime - Karapatan 'There is not only the massacre of urban poor communities in the cities, but there is also the systematic killing of farmers in the countryside. With Duterte’s counterinsurgency program ...

Five Eyes governments On encryption

This summer, a five-nation coalition of rights groups asked leaders in the "Five Eyes" surveillance partnership -- Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- to disavow any and all plans to mandate deliberate ...

U.N. health agency names tyrant Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador'

GENEVA, October 19, 2017 – The non-governmental human rights group UN Watch expressed 'grave disappointment' at the U.N. health body's appointment of Zimbabwe's dictator as a goodwill ambassador on health, even as his policies have devastated Zimbabwe's ...

Surveillance, big data and open data: UN Privacy Agenda

NEW YORK –Governments must not release any personal data under open data schemes unless privacy safeguards are 'bulletproof', a UN expert on privacy has told the General Assembly in New York.

ACP Reaffirm Strong Commitment to Multilateral System

Brussels, 20 October 2017/ ACP : Ministers and senior officials responsible for Trade from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries reaffirmed their strong and resounding commitment to the multilateral trading system, at the conclusion of ...

Libya: Smugglers holding refugees in deplorable conditions

Libya: Smugglers holding refugees and migrants in deplorable conditions, say UN agencies 17 October 2017 – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more ...

Despite drop in mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

New fungus strain threatening world’s bananas

18 October 2017 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization announced on Wednesday that it is working with partners to help protect the world’s banana crops a new strain of fungus, known as Fusarium wilt TR4, which can last for ...

Rohingya crisis: UNICEF issues 'Child Alert'

Mohammed Yasin, 8, is amongst the Rohingyas refugee children living in shelters at the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/UN0119119/Brown

Iran urged to British-Iranian citizen after fresh charges

20 October 2017 – United Nations human rights experts have appealed to Iran to immediately release a jailed British-Iranian citizen, who is now facing fresh charges, and expressed 'grave' concerns for her welfare.

APEC Accelerates E-Vehicle Transition

Singapore, 20 October 2017 – APEC member economies are shifting the transition to electric vehicles into overdrive, jointly redeveloping their regulatory regimes to accommodate the impending surge of new models to hit Asia-Pacific auto markets.

Ukraine Files WTO Complaint Over Russian Restrictions

Ukraine has requested WTO consultations with Russia regarding Russian measures affecting trade in certain products such as juice, alcoholic beverages, confectionery and wallpaper from Ukraine. The request was circulated to WTO members on 19 October. > News item: ...

Strong civil society can push back

Strong civil society can push back against 'major attack' on human rights, says senior UN rights official

Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization

19 October 2017 – A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development.

UN rights chief rebukes notion multilateralism is a threat

In Balustein lecture, UN rights chief rebukes notion that multilateralism is a threat in today's world

#MeToo movement stems from impunity and culture of silence

19 October 2017 – Casual indifference to sexual harassment is unacceptable, the head of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality today said, urging women and men to change their response to acts of sexual aggression.

Humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

19 October 2017 – The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured ...

Vengeful in Defeat: Hillary Fantasises about WikiLeaks

The Hillary Clinton mope tour, which should have reached a high water mark, has gone global. It entails drumming up her credentials , and pouring upon the man who beat her to the White house . ...

Australia’s Citizenship Bill Fails

This is a government that takes pride in its hard headedness and faux populism. Knowing it would have to brave a sceptical, even baffled Senate, Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, resembling a bit dictator struggling for traction, decided to ignore ...

UN Scales Up Response as Libyan Fighting Displaces Thousands

13 October 2017 – United Nations relief agencies have upped their response in western Libya’s Sabratha region following intensification of conflict that has already driven over 15,000 people from their homes.

UN Chief Urges Need to Revive Political Process in Syria

Watchful of the situation in Raqqa, Syria, UN chief urges need to revive political process

Petition Asks Charlottesville to Keep Weapons Out of Rallies

A new petition, signed by over 8,000 people and just sent to Charlottesville’s City Council, asks Charlottesville to keep weapons out of rallies. The petition, found at https://diy.rootsaction.org/p/cville , reads:

UN Ramps Up Aid Delivery to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

13 October 2017 – The speed and scale of people fleeing Myanmar has triggered a humanitarian emergency in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of refugees now depend on humanitarian assistance for shelter, food, water and other life-saving ...

UN forecasts 14M Made Homeless Each Year by Disasters

13 October 2017 – Sudden onset disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and tropical cyclones, are likely to displace nearly 14 million people worldwide each year, warns a United Nations-backed study released Friday – International ...

UN 'Deeply Concerned' Over Arrests of LGBT People

UN rights office 'deeply concerned' over arrests of LGBT people in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia

Malta Must Bring Daphne Caruana Galizia's Killers to Justice

Malta must bring killers of Daphne Caruana Galizia to justice and protect journalists – UN experts

Stop the assaults on Kurdistan! Solidarity with the Kurds

The Communist League joins with other supporters of the Kurdish people’s fight for independence in opposing the armed occupation of Kirkuk and surrounding areas by the Iraqi government and by the Hashd al-Shaabi militia under the command of the ...

Unisys to Manage Australian Border Immigration Systems

Unisys to Manage Critical Immigration Systems Used to Protect Australia’s Borders and Facilitate Flow of Legitimate Travelers and Freight

IMF Needs Radical Reform to Halt 'Failed Policies'

NEW YORK – The lending policies of the International Monetary Fund are actively undermining some of the UN’s human rights and development priorities, as well as promoting the 'failed' policies of privatization and 'austerity', ...

WTO Stresses Growing Importance of Services in Global Trade

Speaking at the Global Services Summit in Washington D.C. on 17 October 2017, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted that trade in services accounts for almost 50 per cent of world trade today. He said that updating rules for trade in services is one of ...

UN Rights Experts Urge Iran to Halt Execution of Juvenile

GENEVA – UN human rights experts* have made an urgent appeal to Iran to halt the execution of Amirhossein Pourjafar, who was 16 years of age when he was sentenced to death. The execution is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

The State of World Population 2017

Unchecked inequality, failure to protect the rights of poorest women could threaten unrest, undermine peace and world's development goals, new UNFPA report warns

Sanctions Bring Suffering Not Solutions, UN Expert Warns

NEW YORK – Unilateral sanctions are not the answer to the crises being faced in the world today, and the international community should not impose them, United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy has said.

23 countries and states to phase out coal

23 countries and states to phase out coal as US$432 billion of capital leaves the industry Hong Kong, 18 October 2017 - Over a quarter of the 1,675 companies that owned or developed coal-fired power capacity since 2010 have entirely left the coal ...

Myanmar: New evidence of systematic campaign of crimes

Myanmar: New evidence of systematic campaign of crimes against humanity to terrorize and drive Rohingya out

Next Climate-Related Insurance Round Open for Pacific

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company anticipates a ten-fold increase in premium volume for catastrophe risk insurance it provides to Pacific Island Countries in its sixth season of coverage. THE COOK ISLANDS, October 17, 2017 – The upcoming ...

African unions demand Madagascar act on Malagasy 43

The Madagascan Government will be the target of a protest at 08:30 tomorrow at the African Ports Evolution conference in Durban, South Africa. The Congress of South African Trade Unions , and its affiliate the South African Transport ...

Superpower aspirations while 21 pc of children waste away

With the publication of the 2017 Global Hunger Index Report, it is clear that India’s dreams of becoming a superpower, with world class airports and bullet trains, are all hyperbole. The utopian narrative of modern India overlooks the fact that it is ...

Victims should take centre-stage in corporate human rights

NEW YORK – Victims seeking redress for corporate human rights abuses are suffering intimidation, harassment, detention and in some cases even murder, a group of UN experts has warned, setting out new proposals to give victims a key ...

France must act to end segregation and inequality

GENEVA / PARIS – 'To achieve equal citizenship for persons with disabilities, France needs to end segregation and move towards inclusive services and support in the community', UN disability rights expert Catalina Devandas warned.

Samsung, Huawei and Amazon failing ‘green’ electronics

Samsung, Huawei and Amazon failing Greenpeace’s ‘green’ electronics guide San Francisco, 17 October 2017 - Fairphone and Apple are ahead of brands such as Samsung, Huawei and Amazon, which are failing to take responsibility for their environmental ...

I Demand the Green Bay Packers Hire Colin Kaepernick

For many years, I have held two shares in America’s only publicly owned major sports team, the Green Bay Packers. There are no dividends, no special seats, no stadium perks. I cannot sell the shares. I can only pass them on to immediate family. But ...

Doctors Ring Alarm Over Manus Island Health Crisis

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join Dr Barri Phatarfod and Dr Paddy McLisky from Doctors for Refugees to discuss the deteriorating health situation on Manus Island.

Kenya must lift protest ban and end police brutality - UN

GENEVA – Kenya must lift its newly-imposed ban on protests in key cities, end police brutality during demonstrations, and halt attacks on the judiciary and civil society in the tense run-up to presidential elections on 26 October, a ...

ITUC Condemns Somalia Atrocity

Brussels, 16 October 2017 : The ITUC has condemned yesterday’s truck bomb attack, believed to be the responsibility of fundamentalist terror group Al Shabaab, which killed over 300 people and injured hundreds more. The truck carrying ...