UN Security Council again demands immediate release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers detained in Golan

Thu 04 Sep 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ----The United Nations Security Council called again today for the immediate and unconditional release of 45 United Nations peacekeepers seized late last week by an armed group in the Golan, while the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said the UN is continuing to look at ways to enhance ...

September 2014

US seeks dismissal as nuke lawsuit gains support

Giff Johnson

WHEN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS FILED LEGAL action in late April against nine nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice and against the United States in federal district court, it simultaneously stunned the world while sparking an outpouring of media reportage and comment. The filings also surprised almost everyone in ...

From Tuvalu to Kiribati, the outlook for Pacific island states is perilous

Haoliang Xu
Fri 29 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Small island developing states in Asia-Pacific are at a development crossroads. Some have achieved middle-income status. The classification is based on several indicators, one being economic. Some are also ranked as medium human development, a measure of achievement in key areas such as health, income and ...

Feds give 20 species of colorful coral in Atlantic and Pacific protection as threatened

Fri 29 Aug 2014 -

WASHINGTON, USA ---- The U.S federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.

Why Island Wisdom Is Crucial to Help Adapt and Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change the World

Han Seung-soo
Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ----For decades, small island countries have been warning the world about the consequences of climate change. While many countries have been debating whether climate change is even happening or who is to blame, small islands have just had to deal with its impact, from extreme weather to ...

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, US ----Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

UN Conference in Samoa set to bypass Climate Change refugees

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, US -----An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal to create a new category of “environmental refugees” fleeing tiny island nations threatened by rising seas.

Moral voice of island states must be heard: Nauru Ambassador

Wed 27 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, US -----Global attitudes towards small island nations must be overhauled if the UN’s climate summit is to come to a credible conclusion, according to Nauru’s UN Ambassador Marlene Moses.

U.S Secretary of State arrives today in Solomon Islands

Wed 13 Aug 2014 -

HONIARA, Solomon Islands --- United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives today on his first visit to Solomon Islands.

On International Day, Ban says indigenous peoples can be 'powerful agents of progress'

Mon 11 Aug 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said indigenous peoples have a central interest in development and can act as “powerful agents of progress.”

Betrayal? Get real, PNG’s Meg Taylor is the best choice for the Forum

Tarcisius Kabutaulaka
Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

HONOLULU, Hawaii ----An article, which appeared on the front page of the Fiji Sun, accusing Papua New Guinea of “betrayal” , is an interesting and insightful reaction to the election of Dame Meg Taylor as the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).

Japan's soldiers practice amphibious landing in Hawaii

Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its ...

PACOM chief: China spying on RIMPAC brings 'good news'

Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

WASHINGTON, USA ---- A decision by China to spy on a U.S.-led military exercise could be a positive sign, according to the leader of American forces in the Pacific.

Human trafficking has no place in modern world, UN General Assembly President says

Wed 16 Jul 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, the President of the General Assembly declared today at a special event at United Nations Headquarters ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Former husband of Tongan Princess shot dead in Hawaii

Wed 16 Jul 2014 -

HONOLULU, Hawaii ---- A former New Zealand police sergeant, Joshua Tu'iono Liava'a died in Kahaluu, Hawaii Monday after shooting incident in a house at the Waihee Road, his first cousin Taufu’i Moala has confirmed to Kaniva News.

Ban appoints former Irish President Mary Robinson as special envoy for climate change

Tue 15 Jul 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson as his Special Envoy for Climate Change to mobilize political will and action ahead of the climate summit that the United Nations chief will convene in September.

UNESCO highlights freedom of expression, media development in new report

Fri 11 Jul 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- “Tectonic shifts” in technology are having mixed results for freedom of expression and media development – sparking unprecedented creativity and dialogue, while also ushering in increased use of censorship policies and measures that do not comply with international norms – the United Nations cultural agency reports ...

Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual damage to marine ecosystems, says UN agency

Tue 24 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, US ---- Concern is growing over widespread plastic waste that is threatening marine life – with conservative yearly estimates of $13 billion in financial damage to marine ecosystems, according to two reports issued at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly.

Ahead of Samoa conference, island nations gather in New York to discuss partnership opportunities

Tue 24 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, US ---- Preparations are well underway for a United Nations conference on the challenges and opportunities of partnering with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said as representatives are gathering in New York to agree on what will be the outcome of the conference.

Community engagement key to tackling non-communicable diseases, says UN Assembly President

Fri 20 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, US --- Broader community-based engagement is vital to tackling non-communicable diseases – such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes – which are one of the major challenges for development in the 21st century, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed today.

UN officials call for restoration of ecosystems to reduce climate change disasters

Wed 18 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials today emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change.

Obama proposes vast expansion of Pacific Ocean sanctuaries for marine life

Wed 18 Jun 2014 -

WASHINGTON, USA --- U.S President Barack Obama later today will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials.

Australian PM intensifies commitment to US war preparations

Mike Head
Mon 16 Jun 2014 -

WASHINGTON, US ---U.S President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have announced a series of agreements that will open up more Australian bases for American forces and further integrate its military into the US preparations for war against China.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch puts fish on 'plastic diet'

Mon 16 Jun 2014 -

CALIFORNIA, US --- Researchers are about to head to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to spend a month analysing the huge build-up of rubbish that's polluting the ocean.

Ban urges recommitment to landmark treaty governing use of world’s oceans

Tue 10 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, US ---- Marking the upcoming 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the landmark treaty that has become known as the “Constitution for the Oceans”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged Member States to recommit to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at ...