WASHINGTON, USA --- The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders ...
NEW YORK, USA --- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his profound sadness at the passing of Nelson Mandela, extolling the life of the late human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, international peacemaker and first democratically-elected President of post-apartheid South Africa as an inspiration for all.
Fri 06 Dec 2013 -
I ended a recent article http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/obama-administration-food-security-act on the US government’s objections to the food security proposal of India and other developing countries at the World Trade Organization meetings in Bali with the provocative statement that what the WTO needs is not a “Peace Clause” – a four-year cease fire on ...
NEW YORK, USA --- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the millions of young volunteers around the world who are acting globally for social change, marking this year’s International Volunteer Day.
NEW YORK, USA --- Despite significant progress in meeting international development goals for women’s empowerment, gaps in key areas remain, which require a renewed effort from all partners to better integrate gender issues into the overall quest for sustainable development, a United Nations gender equality official said today.
WASHINGTON, USA ---The United Nations and the World Bank today announced a concerted effort by governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to scale up efforts to provide sustainable energy to all, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for massive new investments in the face of a rising “global ...
PANAMA, Central America --- The world's largest biennial gathering of delegates in the global fight against corruption opened in Panama with the United Nations top crime fighter warning that the scourge not only hobbles sustainable development but generates other crimes.
NEW YORK, USA ---The UN General Assembly's human rights committee has unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Brazil and Germany to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance, following months of reports about US eavesdropping abroad.
HONOLULU, HAWAII --- The Executive Director of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission says the member groups may have to vote next week if they can’t agree on new regulations.
NEW YORK, USA ---- Asylum-seekers transferred from Australia to Pacific island processing centres, including survivors of torture and trauma and unaccompanied children, are living in arbitrary detention and harsh physical conditions that do not meet international standards, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
HONOLULU, Hawaii ---- The fisheries council based in Honolulu is blaming the purse seine fishery for the reduced bigeye tuna stock in Pacific waters.
NEW YORK, USA ---- Today is an opportunity for each person to recommit to ending the harm being committed against one out of three women, senior United Nations officials said marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
NEW YORK, USA ---There should be a greater emphasis on job creation in the world’s 49 poorest nations, where the number of young people of working age is increasing by 16 million per year, says a new report released today by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it awarded grants to island territories in the Pacific Ocean to fund drinking water improvements.
NEW YORK, USA --- In addition to economic benefits, the creative economy - which includes audiovisual products, design, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts - also contributes significantly to inclusive social development, dialogue and understanding between people, the United Nations today reported.
NEW YORK, USA --- Members of parliament around the world play a crucial role in shaping and implementing the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations General Assembly President stressed today.
HONOLULU, Hawaii --- The Hawaii state Senate has passed a bill legalising gay marriage, putting Hawaii a signature away from becoming a same-sex wedding destination.
NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nation General Assembly today elected 14 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2014.
NEW YORK, USA --- With myriad technological, demographic and financial factors impacting all facets of labour – perhaps even giving the idea of work an altogether different meaning in the years to come – two key United Nations bodies joined forces today to examine “the future of employment” and the ...
NEW YORK, USA --- United Nations agencies are working closely with the Government of the Philippines to reach those affected by the super typhoon Haiyan, as the number of reported casualties continues to rise and access remains a challenge in many areas.
NEW YORK, USA --- The United Nations environment agency today welcomed the ratification by the United States of the Minamata Convention, which seeks to bring down emissions and releases of mercury.
NEW YORK, USA --- The President of the General Assembly today urged Member States to embrace a spirit of compromise as they renewed their discussion of a topic that has eluded consensus for two decades – reform of the United Nations Security Council.
NEW YORK, USA ---Renowned United States actor, filmmaker and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice Nicolas Cage today called for greater efforts to assist human trafficking victims, stressing the international community cannot “stand quietly on the sidelines” while this scourge persists across the globe.
GEF Grants Conservation International and World Wildlife Fund-US Direct Access to Environmental Funding
WASHINGTON DC, USA ---Two global civil society organizations, Conservation International (CI) and the World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF-US) can now directly access funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under a decision welcomed today by the GEF’s governing Council.
NEW YORK, USA ---The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries today urged Governments to recognize the need for a legally binding international agreement to regulate the use and activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs) to complement existing regulations.
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- Mon 09 Dec - Papua New Guinea: Oil Search may extend PNG reach
- Mon 09 Dec - Fiji: Criminals stand to lose all under new Fiji laws
- Mon 09 Dec - USA: NSA defends global cellphone tracking as legal
- Mon 09 Dec - Solomon Islands: Solomon Islands holds exploratory talks with Bangladesh