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ICC Prosecutor Asks UN to Act on Outstanding Arrest Warrants

12 December 2017 – Omar Al Bashir recently travelled to countries that recognize the International Criminal Court but none arrested or surrendered the Sudanese President, the ICC Prosecutor today told the Security Council.

UN Calls for Progress on Goal of Universal Health Coverage

UN Assembly Calls on Member States to ‘Accelerate Progress’ on Goal of Universal Health Coverage

DHL Sponsors Africa’s Largest E-Commerce & Fintech Event

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 12, 2017/ - DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa has announced that the company has signed on as title sponsor for the 2018 DHL eCommerce MoneyAfrica Conference & Exhibition , which will ...

UN Urges Greater Cooperation from Ecuador & Venezuela

GENEVA – Progress in the social sector in Venezuela and Ecuador, consistent with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, should be more generally known and recognized, a UN human rights expert has said.

UN Launches $4.4B Regional Appeal for 5M Syrian Refugees

UN And Partners Launch $4.4 Billion Regional Appeal for More than Five Million Syrian Refugees

Green Business Key to Winning War on Climate Change

‘Invest in the Future, Not the Past;’ Green Business Key to Winning War on Climate Change – UN chief

UN Initiates New Compact to Improve Refugee Response

New Compact to Improve Refugee Response ‘A Chance to Chart a Different Course’ – UN Agency Chief

Designers of SPTO brand win Asia Pacific award

Designers of SPTO brand win Asia Pacific award December 12, 2017, Suva, FIJI - Designers of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation new brand South Pacific Islands have been awarded for their innovative work on the brand at the Transform Awards Asia-Pacific ...

UN aid official in Yemen urges lifting of blockade

UN aid official in Yemen urges lifting of blockade, says millions a ‘step away from famine’

Joint operation rescues three children in the Philippines

A tip-off from New Zealand Police has enabled the rescue of three children in the Philippines who were victims of sexual exploitation.

UN Pledges to Advance Human Dignity, Equality, & Rights

Human Rights Day: UN Officials Pledge to Focus on Advancement of Human Dignity, Equality And Rights

UN Honours 14 Peacekeepers Killed in Eastern DR Congo

11 December 2017 – The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Monday paid tribute to the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed on 7 December in the worst attack on UN 'blue helmets' in recent history.

Human Rights Not Yet Protected in Indonesia

On the occasion of international human rights day, the Asian Human Rights Commission observes the major human rights issues of concern in Indonesia. Impunity and a fragile criminal justice system have let down victims of human rights abuse and ...

The Struggles of Women Human Rights Defenders in Nepal

The Asian Human Rights Commission and the CIVICUS spoke with Ms. Rajkumari Upadhaya about her experiences as a Woman Human Rights Defenders in Nepal, changing societal attitudes towards women and hope for the future. The interview ...

UN Calls for Restoration of Democracy in Cambodia

GENEVA – As the world marked the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948, Cambodia should return to a path of multi-party democracy and ensure full freedom for civil society and journalists to operate, said ...

Not Enough Done to Shield Civilians From Violence in Somalia

10 December 2017 – The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to ...

Increase Access & Make Digital World Safer for Children

11 December 2017 – Governments and the private sector have not kept up with the game-changing pace of digital technologies, exposing children to new risks and harms – both on and offline – and leaving millions of the most disadvantaged behind, ...

UN Urges Greater Investment for Sustainable Agriculture

11 December 2017 – On International Mountain Day, the United Nations food security agency has called for greater focus on sustainable agriculture in highland regions around the globe to better respond to climate change impacts and migration challenges.

Opportunities to Tackle Deep-Rooted Development Issues

11 December 2017 – A three per cent upturn in the global economy has paved the way to readjust policy towards longer-term issues, such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, ...

PressCoin opens USD$100mln ICO

Sunday, 10 December 2017 - San Mateo, California: PressCoin’s ICO which opens today, is the largest crowdfunded project for independent news media ever attempted.

UN Publishes Findings on Racial Discrimination

UN Committee On the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Publishes Findings on Serbia, Algeria, Jordan, Australia, Slovakia And Belarus

USIC Claims DRNK Transferred 3 Nuclear War Heads to Iran

US Intelligence Community Claims North Korea Transferred 3 Nuclear War Heads to Iran Last Spring as Both Feverishly Test ICBM’s to Neutralize US And Israeli Threats. Granted, an Interesting Assertation, But Where’s the Beef?

The Entire US-Middle East Political Framework Just Collapsed

Now that US President Donald Trump has fully adopted the Israeli rightwing political discourse on Palestine, the Palestinian Authority is in a very tough spot.

DPRK Officials Agree Korean Peninsula Faces Tense Situation

9 December 2017 – In their meetings this week, the United Nations political chief and senior officials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea shared the view that the Korean Peninsula faces the most tense and dangerous peace and security ...

Kimberley Process Muct Ban All Blood Diamonds

Kimberley Process Plenary Must Broaden the Definition of a 'Conflict Diamond' And Ban All Blood Diamonds, Not Just Rough Diamonds That Fund Rebel Violence.

Pakistan, US Drones, and Idle Threats

Should US drone operators and the officers responsible for them be concerned by the latest sentiments from the Pakistani Ministry of Defence? The head of the Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, made the most pointed remarks yet that ...

Podcast: Peacekeeping And Protection in South Sudan

7 December 2017 – Defending the vulnerable from attack is one of the important duties of a UN peacekeeper, but what do you do when you come across a secret safe that may contain weapons, hidden away in a camp designed to protect civilians?

International Day for Human Rights - Pakistan Violations

Pakistan is a signatory to several international human rights conventions. The country has in its constitution a good set of fundamental rights. Yet, the human rights situation in Pakistan is deteriorating. All human rights are violated in Pakistan with impunity.

PHILIPPINES: Massive protests against human rights violation

The Asian Human Rights Commission has been informed that different human rights groups across the country will hold protests and a series of other events tomorrow, December 10, to mark the International Human Rights Day.

PLO on the UNSC emergency meeting on Jerusalem

'We express our appreciation to all United Nations Security Council members who have taken a position of courage and principle and have rejected and condemned the irresponsible decision of the US Administration to unilaterally and illegally recognize ...

Peaceful conduct of elections 'historic moment' for Nepal

9 December 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the holding of the two-phased State and Federal elections and congratulates the people of Nepal for the peaceful conduct of the polls.

Genocide should not be part of our present or our future

'Genocide should not be part of our present or our future,' UN adviser says on day to honour victims

Argentina’s WTO Civil Society Ban is Outrageous

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION ITUC OnLine Argentina’s WTO Civil Society Ban is Outrageous Brussels, 8 December 2017 : Argentina’s decision to ban civil society advocates from participating in meetings at the WTO Ministerial ...

Thousands of West African migrants to leave Libya

8 December 2017 – The United Nations migration agency and the Government of Niger welcomed the first 504 people from Libya to Niger, kicking off a voluntary mass evacuation of nearly 4,000 migrants.

Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017

GENEVA - On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its timing so close after the end of World War II was no coincidence. Rather, it reflected the conviction that ...

Enhancing public resources through progressive tax policies

Enhancing public resources through progressive tax policies can help reduce inequality, highlights a joint UN-Oxfam study Bangkok -- A joint study released today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ...

At least 14 peacekeepers dead in volatile eastern DR Congo

UN chief condemns attack that leaves at least 14 peacekeepers dead in volatile eastern DR Congo 8 December 2017 – At least 14 United Nations ‘blue helmets’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been killed and many more injured, in ...

UN Middle East envoy warns of ‘risk of violent escalation’

UN Middle East envoy warns of ‘risk of violent escalation’ after US decision on Jerusalem

Fiji to host FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference

Fiji to host FAO Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 8 December 2017, Suva, Fiji – The Government of Fiji has formally agreed to host the 34th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific , the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United ...

Call for accelerated action to eliminate malaria before 2030

Amid concern over drug resistance, Mekong countries call for accelerated action to eliminate malaria before 2030 NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar 8 December 2017 – Representatives from Cambodia, China, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand and ...

SI Records $170 Million Trade Deficit in June Quarter

Solomon Islands has recorded a trade deficiency of $170.5 million in the second quarter of 2017.

UN designates 2021-2030 ‘Decade of Ocean Science’

6 December 2017 – The United Nations today designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management ...

ITUC: Trump Jerusalem Announcement Reckless and Divisive

Brussels, 7 December 2017 : US President’s Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a divisive and reckless act which seriously undermines the quest for peace between Israel and Palestine.

Afghan Women Reporters Empower Voices Against Violence

7 December 2017 – In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is ...

The One Indicator OPEC Must Watch

"We will not let go of our current approach until we reach a balanced market," Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said Monday at a news conference in Riyadh.

Charlottesville Beyond the Lee Statue

If you haven’t seen Charlottesville on the news lately, you should know that the Lee Statue and the Jackson Statue still stand, covered with enormous black garbage bags so that nobody can see them, but everybody can know there’s something ugly ...

UN Secretary-General’s Message for Human Rights Day

10 December 2017 - This year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of seven decades since the adoption of one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements. The Universal Declaration ...

UN Urged to Do More to Protect Civilians in South Sudan

7 December 2017 – With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world’s youngest country.

UN Condemns Reported Slave Trade of Migrants in Libya

7 December 2017 – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the slave trade of African migrants in Libya as 'heinous human rights abuses which may also amount to crimes against humanity,' and called on those responsible to ...

UN Launches First Global Monitoring System for Dementia

7 December 2017 – The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050 – triple the current 50 million – amid the aging of the global ...