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Boosting women’s political participation: Pacific delegates explore options

The various options Pacific island jurisdictions have taken to increase the numbers of women in parliaments and representative bodies was the topic of discussion at a regional conference held in Port Moresby this week. Roy Trivedy, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative noted, “each Pacific country will approach this issue in their own way, but I am hopeful that this conference will allow different countries to learn from each other to ensure that women increasingly take their rightful places in Pacific parliaments.” Continue reading

Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf to Hold Thirty-eighth Session at Headquarters, 20 July to 4 September

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will hold its thirty-eighth session from 20 July to 4 September. The two plenary parts of the session will be held from 3 to 7 August and from 24 to 28 August, while the remainder of the time will be devoted to the technical examination of submissions at the Geographic Information Systems laboratories and other technical facilities of the Division. Continue reading

UNDP kicks off training support to 2015 Bougainville elections

UNDP is starting a comprehensive training programme focusing on election Scrutineers, Returning Officers, and Media in Bougainville. The trainings are part of UNDP´s effort to enhance the understanding of the 2015 Bougainville general elections process, due to start from 11 May. UNDP will also be supporting the coordination of election observation groups, providing training support to women candidates, and facilitating a post-elections lessons-learnt exercise. Continue reading

Unique needs of island nations to be the focus of the 2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plants mangrove shoots on Tarawa, the main atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Mangroves help to protect against the rising sea levels caused by climate change. 05 September 2011 Tarawa, KiribatiFor small island developing States, the devastating impacts of climate change struck at the very heart of their survival, and without renewed political efforts to mitigate their reach, those nations would continue to suffer dramatic setbacks in their economic and social well-being, several world leaders warned today, as the General Assembly moved into the fifth day of its annual debate. Continue reading

Pacific representatives meet to develop campaigns to address violence against women

One Billion Rising March Suva, Fiji-V Day, 14 February 2013Twenty-six representatives from government as well as non-governmental organisations in six Pacific Island countries are in Suva this week for a five-day regional workshop to develop concrete action plans to address high rates of violence against women in the region. The workshop organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Continue reading

Australia-PNG asylum agreement presents challenges

This is a view of the Palais des Nations, showing in the foreground the sphere, and the flags of the member states of the United Nations. [1959] 01 January 1959 Geneva (Palais des Nations), SwitzerlandThis is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 26 July 2013, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR has reviewed the measures announced by the Australian Government on 19 July in relation to asylum-seekers arriving by boat in Australia. Continue reading

Latest report on Manus Island Regional Processing Centre

Adrian Edwards, Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Photo: UNIFEEDDespite recent improvements, conditions at an offshore processing centre currently housing 250 people seeking asylum in Australia do not meet international standards, the United Nations refugee agency said today, citing “continued and worrying shortcomings” at the facility. “Living conditions are still harsh, processing Continue reading

Financial Transparency In Extractive Industry Critical to Reducing Potential for Corruption

A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Africa Progress Panel, addresses via video conference the Council’s debate on conflict prevention and natural resources. 19 June 2013 United Nations, New YorkThe current of wealth from the world’s abundant natural resources was too often diverted away from populations in need, instead feeding conflicts and corruption, and leading to human rights abuses and environmental damage, warned a number of high-level speakers as they briefed the Security Council. Continue reading