February 2016

UN development agenda seeks to reach ‘those farthest behind,’ Ban tells Human Rights Council (UN News 29 February 2016)

UN development agenda seeks to reach ‘those farthest behind,’ Ban tells Human Rights Council (UN News 29 February 2016) At the opening of the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, senior UN officials emphasized the powerful link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the right to development, highlighting that people on the…

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Philippines asks China to respect sea dispute arbitration (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2016)

Philippines asks China to respect sea dispute arbitration (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2016) The Philippines has urged China to respect a forthcoming ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague on a territorial dispute in the South China Sea after Beijing accused Manila of “political provocation”. China claims almost the entire South China Sea,…

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Singapore will work to formulate Code of Conduct in South China Sea: Vivian Balakrishnan (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2016)

Singapore will work to formulate Code of Conduct in South China Sea: Vivian Balakrishnan (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2016) As country coordinator of ASEAN-China relations, Singapore will focus on the formulation of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, said Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on Saturday (Feb 27). Speaking to…

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The Philippines asks WTO to force Thailand to comply on cigarette import ruling (Manila Bulletin, 3 February 2016)

The Philippines asks WTO to force Thailand to comply on cigarette import ruling (Manila Bulletin, 3 February 2016) The Philippines has formally asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to compel Thailand to act consistently with the multilateral trade body’s ruling favouring the customs valuation of Philippine-made cigarette imports. The move was prompted by a legal…

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New UN report finds migrants play critical role in Asia-Pacific development (UN News 29 February 2016)

New UN report finds migrants play critical role in Asia-Pacific development (UN News 29 February 2016) Migrants from countries across Asia and the Pacific play a key role by helping to drive economic growth in their countries of destination while also supporting families in their countries of origin, but the benefits of migration remain under-acknowledged,…

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Bay of Bengal ‘three times more deadly’ than Mediterranean for migrants and refugees (UN News, 23 February 2016)

Bay of Bengal ‘three times more deadly’ than Mediterranean for migrants and refugees (UN News, 23 February 2016) Refugees and migrants crossing the seas of Southeast Asia died at a rate three times higher than those in the Mediterranean last year, a new United Nations report has found, highlighting the urgency of greater life-saving cooperation…

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