Monday, November 30, 2009

[pima.nius] UNIFEM on YouTube

10:12 AM |


Dear all,

The Communications Team is proud to present UNIFEM's  very own YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/unifem  <http://www.youtube.com/unifem > --  complete with all productions undertaken or commissioned by HQ in the last few years and sorted thematically in playlists. Currently it opens with a piece on shelters in Afghanistan for UNTV's magazine 21 Century that is broadcast worldwide – check it out!

The Say NO YouTube channel www.youtube.com/saynotoviolence  <http://www.youtube.com/saynotoviolence> opens with our new PSA No is NO in any language. Check that one out, too!

Happy watching,

UNIFEM HQ

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UNIFEM Pacific Regional Office
Suva, Fiji
Email: sheryl.ho@unifem.org



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[pima.nius] Re: National Pacific Radio Trust Annual General Meeting

2:22 AM |

Good on the Tongans for demanding some answers...Do we Samoans just go
with the flow?
What's with the Christchurch meeting... How many Chrischurch
businesses advertise on Niufm/531pi?

Surely on that point alone ,Auckland should be hosting the AGM


Savili

On Nov 26, 10:56 pm, w...@waiatatrust.co.nz wrote:
> what... how many Pacific islanders in christchurch in comparison to  
> the world's largest Pacific Island city in the world Auckland pre  
> Super City ?????
> what... No AGM in Auckland... what have they got to hide this time????
>
> the  Tongan community leaders of Tamaki makaurau and Manukau have  
> asked NPRT for a meeting in Manukau on Monday 7th...
>
> Will 'Ilolahia
> Executive Producer
> PiTV
>
> Quoting "Aaron Taouma" <aaron.taou...@gmail.com>:
>
> > "Quick grab your bags...We're off to Christchurch!! Yay!!"
>
> > "Oh, damn - no 39 dollar tickets. Oh well, guess we'll have to miss that one
> > then."
>
> > This must be how South Islanders feel with all the meetings held in
> > Auckland.
>
> > Yes, the National Pacific Radio Trust Chair, Board and CEO invite you to
> > join them at the 2009 Annual General Meeting in Christchurch Monday 14th
> > December at 7pm.
>
> > Find out details of the 2009 AGM at any two of these websites:
> >www.niufm.comorwww.531pi.co.nz.
>
> > For more information, please contact Christina Kamilo on 021-508-134 or
> > e-mail christina.kam...@pacificmedianetwork.com.
>
> > Let's go Southside...way down south.
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[pima.nius] Appealing for homeless Tongan tsunami victims...CAN PIMA HELP

2:15 AM |

Appealing for homeless Tongan tsunami victims

www.tonganz.org reports a fresh appeal for the displaced – and
overlooked? - population of Niuatoputapu, many still without temporary
let along permanent shelter says Tongan Advisory Council chair Melino
Maka..

The shelter need remains 60 days after the tsunami of 30 September
killed nine Tongans and destroyed 79 buildings in the isolated
northern Tongan island near to Samoa he said in announcing a fresh
attempt to get attention – in the face of public focus on Samoa's own
real needs.

In the first of a week of www.tonganz.org special reports to focus on
the disaster that hit Niua, he recalled how the New Zealand government
aid agency NZAID had said in the first 30 days after the waves struck
they awaited a Tongan government request for housing reconstruction.

But Niua people think that is not good enough, he said, citing the
comments of a priest who has just been to the ravaged Island.

"Why wait? Our people are desperate and longing for help" says Fr
Mateo Kivalu, just back to Wellington from Niuatoputapu.

Archdiocese of Wellington priest Father Mateo Kivalu said 60 days
after the wave struck his people are impatient to see action.

The Tongan government and its partners has left him and isolated Niua
people confused.
Mr Maka said that with the help of Asia Pacific Economic News NZ
Parliamentary Press gallery correspondent Anthony Haas, the web site
was preparing a week of fresh reports from Niua and places influencing
it.

Here is a taste of what is to come on www.tonganz.org – and about
which fresh comment is being sought said Mr Haas, Fr Mateo and Mr
Maka.

Dilemmas and choices facing Niua Tongan tsunami victims
Wellingtonian Fr Mateo told a Nov 1 2009 meeting on tsunami ravaged
Niuatoputapu he saw contradiction between three voices of the Tongan
government – and back in Wellington relatives are calling for
"action".

The Kingdom of Tonga and its friends face dilemmas.
Fr Mateo, Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Wellington covering
Tongan communities at the top of the South Island and bottom of the
North Island spent November in his home island of Niuatoputapu (Niua),
and Tongatapu, to do what he could for his people. His uncle had died
in the September 30 tsunami that killed nine Tongans in three villages
of the northern Tongan island, near to Samoa, which had been hit even
harder by the rogue waves.

Temporary shelter after Niua's tsunami relief
Fr Mateo Kivalu's Uncle Sililo wants to stay put in Hihifo. "I've
never built a house" the priest who has spent five years ministering
to Marlborough and Wellington Tongans says. Nevertheless during his
November visit to Niua to see what he could do to help; he set to with
his family - and created a shelter of corrugated iron and wood
salvaged from destroyed houses.

The approximately 12 square metre shelter or little house known in
Tongan as fakahekeheke, has a dirt floor and no windows - but does
have a door for entrance and another for access to a kitchen.
However, either a kitchen – or even an outside toilet have yet been
built. What discomfort and sickness will the inhabitants face?

The permanent house dream for Niua residents
What is happening to help Niua people achieve their permanent home
dreams?
Fr Mateo Kivalu calls for a non-government organisation (ngo) effort
to get houses rebuilt for people in the three Niua villages of Hihifo,
Falehau and Vaipoa.
Now back in Wellington in the run up to Christmas the priest who went
to Niua to see what he could do to help wants to get appropriate
houses and community spaces designed.

Niua's dilemma posed by Tongan land rights
It is not easy for Wellington based Fr Mateo Kivalu to clearly
anticipate what follows Tongan government indications land higher
above the beach, inland, can be provided for displaced Niua residents.
The Ma'atu land behind Hihifo, the village most seriously affected by
the September 30 waves, is now distributed to absentee and other land
users. So what land can be available for which people directly and
indirectly affected by the waves?

Dilemmas for Haukinima as Tongan Government representative
Peau Haukinima was the Niuatoputapu MP until the last election – and
acted as Tongan government representative during Fr Mateo's November
visit.
Mr Haukinima's job is to be spokesman of the government. Information
is meant to come through him to the people Fr Mateo said after several
weeks in Niua.
Fr Mateo tells of local reports that Mr Haukinima said ten days after
the waves struck that the Tongan government wanted Niuatoputapu people
to re-establish houses up the hill. Fr Mateo could not report, when
he returned to Wellington at the end of November, what had been done
to achieve this policy.

Fr Mateo as shelter builder
Wellington based Fr Mateo had never built before.
But on his two week November visit to Niua to meet relatives, friends
and strangers in need, he built a shelter less than eight –ten feet
square in most seriously harmed Hihifo village.
This house was for Simione Hami, brother of Salote, and a 14 year old
niece.
Walls were made of tin from destroyed roofs. Framing timber was also
salvaged from destroyed houses. Fr Mateo was pleased he could help
build something from nothing.
The floor was soil and grass. There were no windows. There are two
doors. One goes into the house. One is to the kitchen. "But we
never built the kitchen." "For my uncle I built a similar shelter" he
says.
I want to build a decent home – more than a house – where there are
three or four bedrooms, lounge, with bathroom and toilet outside the
house.
"I want to build that home on their existing piece of land, or
wherever they want it to be built" Fr Mateo said as he prepared to
follow up his mission to Niua.

What happened?
At approximately 1848 GMT on 30 September 2009, an 8.3 magnitude
earthquake located at 15.3 South and 171 West at a depth of 33 kms
between Tonga and Samoa, triggered the first tsunami ever to hit
Tonga

"The immediate response operation as Phase I of the entire relief
arrangement operates as one team with one goal – to provide most
effective and timely relief operation for the people of Niuatoputapu.
The recovery and reconstruction phases would follow" the authors of
the initial Tongan government report said.

Find out more from:
melino@tapanz.com 027 563 5466
ahaas@decisionmaker.co.nz 027 242 2301
fr_mateo.kivalu@paradise.net.nz 0274787189

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

[pima.nius] Labour PR - Laban: Pasifika Education plan takes wrong turn under National

10:19 AM |


 27 November 2009       Media Statement        
Pasifika Education plan takes wrong turn under National        
       
National's announcement today that it is shoehorning its controversial National Standards into the Pasifika Education Plan puts ideology before effectiveness, Labour's spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Luamanuvao Winnie Laban said.

"The Pasifika Education Plan (2009-2012), with its new goal of national standards for Primary school children, is a disappointing response by National because it ignores strong consensus arriving from wide consultation undertaken by Labour last year along with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs," Winnie Laban said.

"National has ignored a lot of good work that was done on the plan last year, simply to introduce a flawed measuring stick that will lead to schools in poorer areas being stigmatised because they often have fewer resources.

"The Pasifika plan already had agreed upon standards of achievement to work towards.

"They resulted from the extensive work between key stakeholders, using evidence from 2000 to 2007 to set out goals and targets across early childhood, school and tertiary education sectors that will significantly raise Pasifika achievement, retention and participation.

"It recognised that over the last 10 years achievement for pacific islanders at all levels of education had been steadily improving, and sought to build on that.

"This is being replaced with national standards which both international evidence and local experts warn will not improve the quality of education and will likely see a decrease in quality, and teaching to the test rather than focussing on a student's overall learning.

"Many Pacific island children attend low decile schools, and there are risks with national standards that data collected into a national database will be turned into school league tables which will stigmatise poorer schools." Winnie Laban said.

Contact: Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, 027 2709041.
<<Laban-Pasifika-plan worse.doc>>

Richard Trow
Press Secretary
Office of Hon Phil Goff
Leader of the Opposition
Tel: 021 278 7233
Email: richard.trow@parliament.govt.nz


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[pima.nius] STATEMENT The Philippines - Massacre - Of the 57 killed, 24 Women, including 2 Human Rights Lawyers

10:17 AM |



 Note: A comprehensive list of names of the victims by sex, age and occupation would help to put the carnage into context and step out the diversity and purpose of the group who most likely travelled together believing in the safety of numbers. Such devastating news, on the heels of the hope and energy of the Asia Pacific Beijing+15 NGO forum.
 
Lis
 
WUNRN
 
 
"Twenty-four of the victims were women including the candidate's wife and sisters and two lawyers Concepcion Brizuela and Cynthia Oquendo."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2009
ALRC-STM-005-2009

A Joint Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada

PHILIPPINES: Human rights groups denounce massacre of lawyers Concepcion Brizuela and Cynthia Oquendo and 55 others on November 23, 2009 in Maguindanao Province

November 25, 2009

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC)

  • condemn the execution of two human rights lawyers, Concepcion Brizuela and Cynthia Oquendo, along with 55 others in the November 23, 2009 massacre in Maguindanao province of the Philippines.
  • condemn government failure to investigate the murders of more that 37 jurists and over 800 other members of Philippine society since 2001,
  • calls for the creation of an international body equipped and mandated to conduct a thorough and timely investigation of the November 23, 2009 massacre and to recommend prosecutions and such further actions required by law.

On November 23, 2009, 57 people were abducted and executed by approximately 100 gunmen while en route to file election papers for Ismael Mangudadatu as a candidate for governor of Maguindanao in the May 2010 election. The candidate was not with the entourage as he has received deaths threats.

Reports indicate that many of the 57 people murdered were subjected to terrible acts prior to their deaths. Twenty-four of the victims were women including the candidate's wife and sisters and two lawyers Concepcion Brizuela and Cynthia Oquendo.

According to Reporters without Borders, at least 22 journalists were killed in the attack, the largest killing of journalists in a single day.

Police have named as the chief suspect, Andal Amputuan, son of the three-term governor of Maguindanao province and a powerful supporter of the Lakas Kampi colation led by PhilippinePresident Gloria Arroyo. This raises the sceptre of possible complicity by government agents. The past reveals a record of failing to take effective measure to prevent such atrocities.

Since 2001 over 800 have been killed in the Philippines, all of them in some way seen as opponents or critics of the regime led by President Gloria Arroyo. The dead include peasants, lawyers (22), judges (15), opposition politicians, journalists and other members of civil society. These extra-judicial killings were thought to be a result of the U.S. initiated counter-insurgency plan to eliminate the New People's Army -- Operation Plan Freedom Watch (Oplan Bantay Laya - OBL). The OBL was first ceated by the Arroyo regime in 2002 as a 5-year plan and extended in 2007. There have been no proper investigations of these extrajudicial killings and only one prossecution and conviction.

In 2007, Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur for extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, made a number of recommendations to prevent further and punish past extrajudicial killings. His recommendation that, "Convictions in a significant number of extrajudicial execution must be achieved" has not been implemented. His recommendation that, "IALAG [Inter-active Legal Agency Group] should be abolished, and the criminal justice system should refocus on investigating and prosecuting those committing extrajudicial executions and other serious crimes" has not been implemented. His recommendation that, "Human rights should be safeguarded within the peace movement has not been implemented.".1 has not been implemented.

The Philippine government failed to take effective steps to prevent or punish those extrajudicial killings, in spite of the careful recommendations of Professor Alston. That failure violated the Philippine government's primary legal duty to protect the right to life and to ensure adequate criminal and civil remedies when that right is violated. It also created the climate of impunity that encouraged and allowed the November 23 2009 massacre.

For a period of over 8 years, the Philippine government has on the one hand refused, and on the other, demonstrated a lack of capacity, to carry out the investigations required by both international law (binding on the Philippines) and domestic law.

A state's duty to protect the right to life, in part by punishing violations has been articulated by the European Court of Human Rights,

"The obligation to protect the right to life... requires by implication that there should be some form of effective official investigation when individuals have been killed as a result of the use of force. …The essential purpose of such investigation is to secure the effective implementation of the domestic laws which protect the right to life and, in those cases involving State agents or bodies, to ensure their accountability for deaths occurring under their responsibility.." 2 

The articles of the European Convention on Human Rights considered above are the same as Articles 2 and 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which the Philippines became a party on 23 January 1987.

The UN Human Rights Committee has also determined that the failure to properly protect the right to life by punishing those who violate that right is itself a violation of the right to life.

"...the positive obligations on States Parties to ensure Covenant [ICCPR] rights will only be fully discharged if individuals are protected by the State...There may be circumstances in which a failure to ensure Covenant rights as required by Article 2 [rights to a remedy] would give rise to violations by States Parties of those rights, as a result of States Parties' permitting or failing to take appropriate measures or to exercise due diligence to prevent, punish, investigate or redress the harm caused by such acts by private persons or entities.3

The UN General Assembly has likewise affirmed the duty of states to provide victims of extrajudicial killings and other gross human rights violations with 'full and effective reparation ...which includes ...[v]erification of the facts and full and public disclosure of the truth' 4 

The UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions (UN Investigation Principles)5 and the Model Protocol for a Legal Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions (Minnesota Protocol)6 reflect a global consensus on the appropriate standards for such investigations. The initial remedy for the loss of life by violence is an investigation, which is capable of effectively determining if the death occurred by an illegal use of force. If the loss of life was the result of illegal violence, the state has a duty to prosecute and try the perpetrator(s), to punish those convicted and to afford access to civil remedies.

LRWC and ALRC call upon the international community to condemn the massacre of 57 people that has left members the human rights community around the world in shock. LRWC and ALRC also call upon the international community to insist on and to take all measure to ensure:

1. The appointment of a team of professional investigators from outside the Philippines;
a) qualified in the various necessary aspects of criminal investigations,
b) absolutely independent of the Arroyo regime; and
c) authorized to compel production of evidence and examine witnesses; and,
d) mandated to conduct a thorough, transparent and accountable inquiry into the 57 murders that occurred on November 23, 2009; and.
e) mandated to make recommendations for the prosecution of the suspected perpetrators identified by the inquiry and to make recommendations of alternatives in the event that the Philippine courts are unable or unwilling to proceed with the prosecutions recommended.
2. Monitor the safety of others likely to be under attack.

Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of Canadian lawyers who promote human rights and the rule of law internationally by engaging in education and research and providing support to lawyers and other human rights defenders in danger because of their advocacy. LRWC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC/UN). www.lrwc.org; lrwc@portal.ca; Tel : +1 604 738 0338 ; Fax : +1 604 736 1175

Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) is a Hong Kong-based NGO with General Consultative status with ECOSOC/UN. Founded in 1986 by a prominent group of jurists and human rights activists in Asia, ALRC promotes respect for human rights in the region through the strengthening of institutions of the rule of law, notably the police, prosecution and judiciary. It also seeks to strengthen and encourage positive action on legal and human rights issues by the bar and other legal bodies and personnel, at the local and national levels and to promote rights in the region through advocacy, research and publications, such as Article 2. www.alrc.net and www.ahrchk.net; alrc@alrc.net; Tel: +(852) - 2698-6339; Fax: +(852) - 2698-6367


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Endnotes:
1 Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, Addendum, Follow-up to country recommendations – Philippines, A/HRC/11/2/Add.8, 29 April 2009, Appendix, analyzing compliance with the recommendations made in his 2007 report, A/HRC/8/3/Add.2.
2 Finucane v. The United Kingdom (Application no. 29178/95) Judgment, Strasbourg, 1 July 2003, at para. 67.
3 Human Rights Committee, General Comment No. 31 on Article 2 of the Covenant: The Nature of the General Legal Obligation Imposed on States Parties to the Covenant, UN Doc. CCPR/C/74/CRP.4/Rev.6, 21 April 2004, para. 8.
4 GA Res. 60/147, Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law, 16 December 2005, Articles 18 and 22. See Duty of States to Investigate Extra-Judicial Killings, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, November 2009.
http://www.lrwc.org/documents/Duty%20of%20States%20to%20Investigate.Extra-Judicial%20Killings.Nov.09.pdf  
5 Recommended by Economic and Social Council resolution 1989/65 of 24 May 1989.
6 Part III of the United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, U.N. Doc. E/ST/CSDHA/. 12 (1991)

 

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[pima.nius] PRLabour: Horomia : Maori Party criticism misguided

10:15 AM |



27 November 2009        Media Statement        

Maori Party criticism misguided
       

Senior Labour MP Parekura Horomia today rejected criticism of Phil Goff's speech.

"Phil's my mate. I've known him for more than 20 years and he isn't a racist," Parekura Horomia said.

"The comment by Pita Sharples that Phil didn't have the right to talk about the foreshore and seabed shows exactly why he does need to comment on it.

"The reaction from the Maori Party and others is expected because Phil is raising legitimate questions.

"It is a pity that we can't talk about these things without being accused of playing the race card,"

Contact: Kris Faafoi 021 648 859


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[pima.nius] NZH: Tapu Misa and Editorial on Goff speech

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

[pima.nius] PR: Georgina te Heuheu - Minister launches plan to lift Pacific education results

12:10 PM |



 

 

Hon Georgina

te Heuheu

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs

27 November 2009

      Media Statement       

Minister launches plan to lift Pacific education results

 

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Georgina te Heuheu today described the revised Pasifika Education Plan 2009-2012 as a key stepping stone to raise Pacific education results.

 

"Along with young Maori, Pacific young people are our future workforce," she told those gathered at the Cook Island Community Centre in Flaxmere, Hawke's Bay, for the launch of the plan.

 

"It is critical that we have a coherent and effective approach for Pacific students from early childhood to tertiary education.

 

"This plan has a vision that the education system must work for Pacific students so that they gain the knowledge and skills they need to thrive, excel and contribute to the overall economy and social wellbeing of New Zealand."

 

The plan was revised to include the Government's key education goals of national standards in literacy and numeracy and a need to respect and value Pacific language and culture in schools.

 

The plan's goals and actions focus on the Government's priorities for Pacific education, Mrs te Heuheu said.

 

"We want everyone in the education sector to concentrate on what will make the most difference for Pacific students.  That involves building strong learning foundations, lifting Pacific literacy and numeracy and increasing the number of Pacific students achieving school level qualifications.

 

"I am also pleased to see a strong emphasis on acknowledging culture and identity. It is identity which binds Pacific communities together, strengthening and affirming New Zealand as a Pacific nation.

 

 "Over the last two decades we have seen enormous progress in the achievements of young Pacific people from early childhood education through to tertiary qualifications, skills, professions and business.

 

"But now we need to urgently build on that platform to ensure that all Pacific children have the chance for success in their education and their future.

 

"That's why the launch today of the Pasifika Education Plan is so important."

 

Media contact:       Rose Hart      021 2799878      04 8179878

 

 

 

 


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[pima.nius] Pacific Media Centre on Youtube

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[pima.nius] Cartoon take on the COP

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From: Nanette Woonton <nanettew@sprep.org>
Date: 2009/11/26
Subject: [pacific-journos] cartoon take on the COP
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Hi there,

 

Something you may be interested in….more or less a synopsis I guess!

Nan

 

 

 

 

Dear fellow climate campaigner person,

the Copenhagen Climate Conference is less than a month away. There will be a real blizzard of information coming at us from the web, television, radio and so on. In the latest New Internationalist magazine there is a 7 page full-colour cartoon by Manchester-based cartoonist Marc Roberts about the Conference. It's called "Gort and Klaatu's International Climate Slamdown," and uses the metaphor of a wrestling match to outline some of the Issues at stake.

It's now out- you can see it online

here http://www.newint.org/features/cartoon/2009/12/01/climate-cartoon/

 

There is now a website, www.climateslamdown.wordpress.com

, that extends that work. "Climate Slamdown" will give you a few fun perspectives before the conference:

"Piece of Cake" uses the analogy of two people in one restaurant to explain the (historical) social justice issues around climate change. http://climateslamdown.wordpress.com/piece-of-cake/

 

"Imagine my Surprise" is a bit more of a chin-stroker piece. It takes a 500 year perspective on our current dilemma

http://climateslamdown.wordpress.com/piece-of-cake/

 

During the conference, we will creating daily updates of how the negotiations progress (or don't). Within days of the end of the conference, we will post a 'sequel' cartoon looking at the outcomes.

What we are asking what you could do

·         sign up to the facebook group

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=152929147122

forward the climate slamdown website to your friends and fellow climate campaigners.

·         tell us what you think

 

Best wishes

 

Marc Hudson & Marc Roberts

 

 

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Climate Slamdown. A cartoon explanation of the Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen

Artist: Marc Roberts

First draft of Scripts: Marc Hudson

www.climateslamdown.wordpress.com

 

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

[pima.nius] ADB's new Pacific Approach 2010-2014

10:37 AM |




 Sally R. Shute-Trembath
External Relations Officer
Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia
Asian Development Bank
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[pima.nius] REPORT: UNFPA finds Women Are Key Agents of Climate Change, to Prepare & Respond

10:35 AM |

 
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State of the World Population 2009 - UNFPA
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FACING A CHANGING WORLD - WOMEN,
POPULATION AND CLIMATE
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CLIMATE CHANGE: ARE WOMEN THE SOLUTION?
 
A new UN Report says that women are the key to helping countries
prepare for climate change and mitigating the damage.
 
By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

November 24, 2009

Johannesburg, South Africa - It is often asserted that climate change will affect women the most in the developing world. That's because most women will have to walk farther for drinking water, work harder to grow food, pull daughters out of school to help with family chores, and fuss more about family hygiene as the world – and particularly the developing world – becomes a hotter, drier place to live.

But women could also be the key agents of change that help countries to do a better job of preparing for climate change, and mitigating the damage.

That is the intriguing idea that comes out of a new report, issued Tuesday by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at an Arab League summit held in Cairo this week.

"We cannot successfully confront climate change if we neglect the needs, rights, and potential of half the people on our planet," said Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the UNFPA, last week at the launch of the UN's State of World Population 2009 report, which is getting a second push at the Arab League summit in Cairo.

"Women should be part of any agreement on climate change – not as an afterthought or because it's politically correct, but because it's the right thing to do," Ms. Obaid said. "Our future as humanity depends on unleashing the full potential of all human beings, and the full capacity of women, to bring about change."

What women do now

Women in the developing world don't need to be told that 10 of the warmest years since 1880 have occurred in the past 15 years. That the world's climate is changing rapidly is not a matter of debate for women in the developing world, especially in the arid regions of North Africa and the Middle East.

From Senegal to Sudan and down to the Persian Gulf, traditional roles still assign men the task of earning wages, and women the task of scratching out an existence cooking food, gathering firewood, fetching water, raising food crops, as well as giving birth to, raising, cleaning, and feeding children:

• Women are behind 80 percent of all food production in sub-Saharan Africa, including the rapidly drying region of the Sahel, from Senegal to Sudan.

•In 56 developing countries, the poorest fifth of women still give birth to an average of six children, compared with 3.2 births for the wealthiest fifth.

•More than 200 million women say they want to delay or prevent pregnancies, but do not use contraception.

•There is a strong link between smaller families and greater prosperity. Researchers attribute a large portion of East Asia's phenomenal postwar growth to the fact that the region had relatively slow population growth, with more productive workers and fewer dependants

•Studies suggest that investing in women's education and expanding their numbers in the workforce can boost per capita income in some countries by 14 percent by 2020.

Step for women equals leap for mankind

Improving education and healthcare choices for women, and even access to clean fuels, would have profound effects not just on the prosperity and health of individual families, but more broadly on the developing countries they live in. Keeping a lid on population growth, in particular, would also allow developing nations – which make up 80 percent of the world's overall population – but which consume only 20 percent of the world's energy resources and contribute only 30 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.

"Women can be more affected by climate change, but they can also be agents of change in their communities and in their families," says Hafedh Chekir, regional office director of UNFPA, speaking by phone between sessions at the Arab League summit. "Women can push to be more organized in their community around common issues, like in Darfur about water issues or about wood for cooking, about desertification, about forced migration."

In Djibouti, for instance, women in rural areas organized a collective bus service for pregnant women to travel into urban areas for checkups and to give birth at maternity hospitals. The initiative has spread to 40 communities, where women collect money from residents, thereby ensuring that any prospective mother will be able to have a safe birth.

"Women's participation can ensure that problems are solved more creatively," says Mr. Chekir.

Not an easy sell

Selling a more women-friendly policy on climate change is hard enough in developed countries of the West, so it will certainly not be easy at the Arab League summit. Even so, UN officials are hoping that moderate regimes will act in their own enlightened self-interest. Desertification is expanding rapidly in north Africa and the rest of the Arab world, and with some 5 percent of the world's population, but 1 percent of the world's fresh water resources, the Arab world is rapidly approaching a water crisis.

"We have to do this step by step, and it's a long-term work," says Chekir. "But we have to be optimistic, or else nothing will change in the Arab region. We believe we can do small changes, and the Arab League wants our help to do development issues."

 
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[pima.nius] PR: New UGC guidelines for broadcasters published

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UGC Cover Square - Web

 

Press Release

 

NEW GUIDELINES FOR BROADCASTERS

ON USER GENERATED CONTENT AND

MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY

 

For the first time guidelines are to be published on how broadcasters around the world can encourage audiences to produce better quality user-generated content and to improve media and information literacy. The new guidelines will also enable the public to become more media and information literate.

 

Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO said of the guidelines launched today: "UNESCO and CBA joined forces to encourage broadcasters, particularly from the developing countries, to interact with their viewers and listeners to enhance the quality of the User-Generated Content (UGC) through improved Media and Information Literacy (MIL) of their audiences and, more specifically, UGC producers".

 

The guidelines, suggested and funded by UNESCO and commissioned by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), provide guidance on how to encourage a greater diversity of material from a wider range of voices - material that serves both the public duty and commercial needs of broadcasters and the viewing and democratic needs of the audience. Written by Martin Scott, lecturer in media and development at the University of East Anglia, the report follows research published last year by UNESCO and CBA which found a lack of initiatives by broadcasters to promote user-generated content (UGC) and media and information literacy.

 

Rapid advances in technology mean that audiences are able to generate more, and wider ranging, content to offer broadcasters, from letters, emails and text messages to photos, videos and blogs. Benefits of promoting and using UGC include free access to material which broadcasters might not otherwise obtain, for example footage of breaking news stories. Recent examples include the post election riots in Iran and the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

 

The new guidelines address potential risks and concerns about the commercial and practical implications of using audience-generated material. "These guidelines come at a time when the production and availability of UGC continues to grow and there is increasing recognition that in order to take part in modern day information societies, people across the world need to be media and information literate," explained Mr Scott, of the School of International Development. "By providing not only space for the public to express themselves, but also the skills and capacity to take part in public debate, broadcasters can ensure that citizens' right to freedom of expression is realised, as well as engage with communities they might not otherwise reach."

 

While the guidelines are written primarily for broadcasters, it is hoped they will also be of use to the wider media industry and regulators, as well media education organisations. They are able to be purchased or downloaded for free from the CBA website: http://www.cba.org.uk/Resources/shop/UGC_Guidelines.php

 

For further information please contact:

 

Elizabeth Smith, Secretary-General, CBA

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[pima.nius] Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper celebrates 20 years

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Title – 6562 TONGA: Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper celebrates 20 years
Date – 26 November 2009
Byline – Pesi Fonua
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Matangi Tonga Online 25/11/09
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By Pesi Fonua

NUKU'ALOFA (Matangi Tonga Online/Pacific Media Watch): The 20th birthday of the Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper was marked with a thanksgiving prayer service at the Queen Salote College Hall with the publisher and editor Kalafi Moala announcing changes.

The occasion on November 21 was spiritually charged.

The program was directed by Rev. Savinata Moala, a brother of Kalafi, who announced that the special thanksgiving service "dedicated the Taimi to God".

The Kolomotu'a Free Wesleyan Church choir set the glorifying atmosphere with some fine choir singing. The dedication and the benediction was led by Rev. Dr 'Ahio, the president of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga.

Kalafi gave a flashback on his struggle to keep his paper running over the last two decades. He highlighted his stint in jail with 'Akilisi Pohiva and Filokalafi 'Akau'ola [for contempt of Parliamentary Proceedings], and how he moved his operation to New Zealand and then later returned to Tonga.

Kalafi recalled how when he was in New Zealand he received an email from Dr Feleti Sevele asking him why the Taimi was so negative in its reporting.

Kalafi tearfully apologised for anything that they might have got wrong and asked to be forgiven. He said that they had now changed and they were also praising people.

He announced a new joint venture with Joseph Ramanlal, and said that a printing press was currently being established at Longolongo and the Taimi would become a daily newspaper by mid-January 2010.

He also announced that the Taimi would have a new deputy editor, Sia Adams.

During the three-hour long thanksgiving ceremony, there were also reflections and encouragement speeches by the Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, and by Pita Moala, an elder brother of Kalafi. Also present was the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Viliami Tangi.

The celebration ended with the cutting of a birthday cake by Kalafi and his wife Suliana, with refreshments for about 200 relatives and friends who attended the event.

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