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 ...

One planet, one ocean – together, we must protect them', urges UN on World Oceans Day

Mon 09 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, US --- To commemorate World Oceans Day, the United Nations family is encouraging the international community to reflect on the multiple benefits of oceans and commit to keeping them healthy and productive for current and future generations.

First annual UN forum seeks to mobilize investment, action for sustainable energy for all

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, US --- Over 1,000 participants from government, business, international organizations and civil society groups gathered today at United Nations Headquarters to kick off a three-day forum designed to mobilize investment and action to realize the goal of ensuring sustainable energy for all.

U.S. missile defense test could shift timing to add interceptors

Thu 05 Jun 2014 -

WASHINGTON, US --- The success or failure of an upcoming U.S. missile defense test could affect when the Pentagon deploys 14 more ground-based interceptors to defend against possible missile threats from North Korea, a top U.S. official said Wednesday.

Developing nations’ policies push renewable energy capacity to record high, says UN-backed report

Wed 04 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- The number of developing countries with policies in place to support renewable energy has increased six-fold in just eight years, resulting in one-fifth of the world’s power production now coming from renewable sources, according to a United Nations-backed report produced ahead of the UN Sustainable Energy ...

#Youth2015: young people unite at UN forum to shape future development agenda

Tue 03 Jun 2014 -

NEW YORK, US ---- Young people from more than 1,000 youth organizations have gathered today at United Nations Headquarters to add their voices to the ongoing discussion about a new global agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Obama will allow states decide how to cut US greenhouse gas emissions

Wed 28 May 2014 -

WASHINGTON, U.S --- U.S President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from US power plants.

Obama welcomes Kiribati diplomat

Wed 28 May 2014 -

WASHINGTON, U.S ---- U.S President Barack Obama welcomed Kiribati’s Ambassador to the United States – Makurita Baaro, at the White House Oval Office in a presentation of credential ceremony last week.

The Deep Sea Resources Rush

Gemima Harvey
Tue 20 May 2014 -

Exploitation of seafloor minerals appears imminent. But do we really understand the potential impact?

Life expectancy rising, but UN report shows ‘major’ rich-poor longevity divide persists

Fri 16 May 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA --- People everywhere are living longer, the United Nations health agency today reported, mostly because fewer children are dying, certain diseases are in check, and tobacco use is down, but conditions in low-income countries continue to plague life quality there.

On World Intellectual Property Day, UN celebrates movies, filmmaking

Mon 28 Apr 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ---- Film tastes are as varied as the people around the world watching them, and as cinematic excellence sprouts up in dozens of countries, the United Nations and the global intellectual property (IP) system are helping to keep the reels rolling by supporting filmmaking through this year's ...

On Mother Earth Day, UN urges protecting planet from ‘heavy hand of humankind’

Wed 23 Apr 2014 -

NEW YORK, USA ----On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet.

Ahead of Sendai conference, Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk

Tue 22 Apr 2014 -

NEW YOR, USA --- Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters.

U.S Army's presence in Pacific won't diminish

Wed 16 Apr 2014 -

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The commander of U.S. Army Pacific said the military's presence in the region won't diminish despite cuts elsewhere.