Report Calls for Launch of "UN Urban" Mechanism

August 09, 2017

Acknowledging the "limitations" in terms of funding and accountability of the UN's Human Settlements Program, a panel has called for the establishment of a replacement mechanism, "UN Urban," to coordinate the UN's global policies pushing urban development that contributes to its comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

UK Plans Departure from EU Arrest Warrant System

August 09, 2017

The Sun reports that the British Government is developing plans to permit UK judges to deny extradition requests from EU member states after Brexit, breaking from the European Arrest Warrant scheme overseen by the Court of Justice of the EU that provides little judicial recourse to arrest warrants from other members.

Australian Bank Faces Lawsuit over Climate Reporting

August 09, 2017

Reuters reports that nongovernmental organization Environmental Justice Australia is managing the lawsuit of two shareholders in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia alleging that the bank broke the law by failing to include in its financial statements risks posed by climate change to its investment portfolio.

Evolution of Islamism Shows Adaptive Use of Modern Tools

August 09, 2017

The evolution and globalization of Islamism reveals the adaptive use of modern political and social tools aimed at replacing popular sovereignty and secular states with a transnational sharia-based order.

 

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  • UN Rights Chief Pushes for Israeli "War Crimes" Investigations

    August 15, 2017

    In a June report, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called on both Israel and Palestine to heed demands from the UN rights office to pursue accountability for alleged war crimes committed in their territories.

     
  • Israeli PM Calls for Dissolution of UNRWA

    August 15, 2017

    Reuters reports that, in response to the discovery of tunnels used for terrorism purposes under schools supported by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinians, along with the alleged support for terrorist incitement among the UN agency's staff, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the "dismantling" of UNRWA.

     
  • US Proposes $1 Billion Cut to UN Peacekeeping Funding

    August 15, 2017

    Reuters reports that, reflecting complaints from President Donald Trump that US contributions to the UN peacekeeping system are disproportionate, an opening proposal submitted by the US government to the UN in June for its contribution to the organization's annual peacekeeping budget would cut $1 billion from its contribution the previous year.

     
 
  • NGO Pushes for G20 Action on Corporate "Due Diligence"

    August 15, 2017

    Juliane Kippenberg of Human Rights Watch writes that the Group of 20 countries (G20) must support mandatory "due diligence" rules across its members legally requiring businesses "to assess, prevent, mitigate, and remediate harmful human rights impacts of their actions" across their global supply chains and publicly report on their suppliers.

     
  • ILO Calls for Extensive Action on Work for Women

    August 15, 2017

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a report calling on governments to adopt "comprehensive measures" to increase women's participation in the workforce, including "reshaping gender roles," promoting equal pay among men and women, and improving "work-family balance."

     
  • UN Agency: Ad Companies Must Fight Gender Bias

    August 15, 2017

    At a June meeting in Cannes, France, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on global leaders of the advertising industry to commit to a "more progressive portrayal of women" in their work and launched a Tracking Study on Gender Equality Attitudes to monitor and report on attitudes toward gender in the industry.

     
 
  • UK Sets out Options on EU Customs Deal

    August 15, 2017

    UK Brexit Secretary David Davis writes that a new position paper released by the British Government sets out two options for "ambitious new customs arrangements with the EU" after Brexit, the first creating a "highly streamlined" customs border between the UK and EU and the second forming a new customs union with the bloc.

     
  • Spain Announces Support for EU Finance Minister, Budget

    August 15, 2017

    Spanish President Mariano Rajoy has announced that his government will support French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for greater economic and monetary integration of the EU through the creation of an EU finance minister and EU budget.

     
  • UK Judge: Government Must Clarify Future Role of ECJ Rulings

    August 15, 2017

    The Guardian reports that President of the UK Supreme Court Lord Neuberger has called on the UK Parliament to clarify by statute whether UK judges should take rulings by the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) into account after Brexit.

     
 
  • IS Targets Bosnia for Islamist Radicalization

    August 15, 2017

    One month after a major Islamic State (IS) online propaganda magazine called on returning Bosniak caliphate fighters to "spill the dirty blood of apostate" Muslims, the country's Islamic religious and political leaders are calling for counter-radicalization measures to prevent the further penetration of militant Islamism in the center of Europe.

     
  • Returning Balkan Jihadis Present Security Challenges

    August 15, 2017

    Balkan jihadis returning to Bosnia and surrounding countries from their fight to support the Islamic State caliphate in Syria are a complex amalgam of Islamist extremists, criminals, and mercenaries who present a sociopolitical integration and security challenge for Europe.

     
  • China Blocks UN Efforts Against Militant Islamism in Pakistan

    August 15, 2017

    China extended its hold on a proposal at the UN to designate a widely known Pakistani Islamist militant as a terrorist, thereby intensifying US concerns that China and Pakistan are willing to pursue their shared geopolitical objectives in Southwest Asia by supporting radical Islamist groups.