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Oceans, tuberculosis and killer robots – the UN’s diverse agenda in 2017

UN member states hope to reach agreement on a diverse range of global issues in 2017, from managing the world’s oceans to banning killer robots to stopping tuberculosis, one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

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Can ecosystem-based adaptation help deliver the promise of Paris?

Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is gaining traction as a way to help manage the threats of climate change. But for the policy community to realise EbA's real potential as a viable response for climate vulnerable communities, we need to plug knowledge gaps on how it works, when and why. 

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Feminist innovations in the Pacific: The inaugural Pacific Feminist Forum

A close look at the feminist activities at the regional level in the Pacific region show that there are various feminist initiatives seeking to develop a shared vision and voice for gender equality in the region and beyond. 

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NZ’s two richest men own more wealth than poorest 30%

Two New Zealand men own more wealth than the poorest 30 per cent of the adult population, according to new research to be released today by Oxfam.

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The blue threat: Vietnamese poachers are rocking the boat in the Pacific

Targetting coastal fish stocks and other marine resources, "Blue Boats," a phantom fleet of marginally registered fishing vessels pose an increasing threat to small island nations and regional authorities. 

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PNG military operation underway in Hela

A surge of security personnel is fanning across Papua New Guinea's Hela Province as a large-scale operation to restore law and order to the province gets underway.

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Trail of slaughter in prisons shocks Brazilians as gang war explodes

‘Brazil is getting out of control’ warns police investigator after a series of horrific massacres by rival drug gangs sweeps the country’s penitentiaries

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Stranded islanders running out of food in Fiji floods

About 1000 villagers stranded on their island in Fiji's Rewa River delta say they are running out of food after six days of constant rain and rising floodwaters.

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Kenya’s striking medical workers are using social media to challenge the government

The ongoing health workers strike in Kenya has taken a new dimension with medics adopting social networking sites to air their grievances. In the process they have forged a discussion in the new information spaces, and rallied support for their actions.

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Human rights and Duterte’s war on drugs

Since becoming president of the Philippines in June 2016, Rodrigo Duterte has launched a war on drugs that has resulted in the extrajudicial deaths of thousands of alleged drug dealers and users across the country. 

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