Kelly: Trump's Warsaw Speech Reflects a Personalist Nationalism

July 13, 2017

In his recent speech in Warsaw, Poland, President Trump set forth a vision for a Personalist Nationalism, the key features of which Pope John Paul II first articulated.

NGOs, UN Partner to Benchmark SDG Contributions

July 19, 2017

The WWF project Gold Standard and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are launching a "Gold Standard for the Global Goals" that will measure contributions from the public and private sectors toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pressure businesses to help fulfill the UN's social and environmental agenda.

UN Committee Blasts Israeli "Rights Violations"

July 19, 2017

An annual evaluation from a UN Committee established specifically to target Israel over alleged human rights violations concluded that "Israeli authorities continue with policies and practices," including administrative detention and extrajudicial killings, "that negatively impact the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory."

Islamic Finance Sustains Robust Global Growth

July 19, 2017

The systematic internationalization of sharia finance products and services by Islamic finance industry leaders, with particular focus on growing a non-Islamic customer base, accounts for the projected robust growth in the nearly $1.9 trillion sharia-compliant/compatible marketplace.


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  • Academic Report Examines "Climate Refugees" Issue

    July 21, 2017

    The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University has assembled a report that examines current and future conflicts over, among other issues, the international legal status of migrants who resettle across borders to escape the purported effects of climate change.

  • UN, AU Commit to SDG Collaboration

    July 21, 2017

    A recently agreed framework established by the UN and the African Union (AU) commits both organizations to the fulfillment on the African continent of the UN's comprehensive social and environmental objectives contained in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UN Pushes for "Climate Literacy" Among World's Students

    July 21, 2017

    On the occasion of International "Mother Earth Day" in April, UN officials called for national education systems to push students to attain "environmental and climate literacy" in order to create "green voters" and support laws and technology in line with the UN's environmental and "sustainable development" agendas.

  • NGOs Seek BHR Pressure by Clean Energy Investors

    July 21, 2017

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has launched an "investor briefing" counseling financiers of renewable energy projects on tools they should use, such as human rights "due diligence" and monitoring, to ensure that these projects comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • Article: Counsel Must Play Role in "Corporate Citizenship"

    July 21, 2017

    An article from former General Electric Vice President and General Counsel Ben Heineman paints a broad picture of the need for general counsel to steer their corporations toward a concept of "corporate citizenship" resembling the "environmental, social, and governance" responsibilities recommended for businesses by UN agencies and activist groups.

  • NGOs Seek BHR Progress Through Contractual Obligations

    July 21, 2017

    A nongovernmental Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network has published a paper criticizing voluntary corporate social responsibility commitments as insufficient and calling instead for worker-led initiatives for global labor rights in which workers contract with brands and retailers that agree to recognize human rights in their supply chains.

  • Committee: Retain UK-EU Energy Relationship

    July 21, 2017

    The British Parliament's Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Committee recently called on the UK Government to remain in the EU's Emissions Trading System, which allocates permission to release set amounts of carbon emissions, and warned against a potentially "disastrous" exit from the EU's nuclear regulatory body following its departure from the bloc.

  • CoE Committee Criticizes Austrian Minority Policies

    July 21, 2017

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Advisory Committee to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has criticized Austria for its "inconsistent," non-centralized approach to the legal protection of a wide range of listed national ethnic minorities, including the lack of a central mandate on bilingualism.

  • CoE Chief Warns of "Nationalist," "Xenophobic" Pressures

    July 21, 2017

    In a recent report on the status of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Europe, Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland called for CoE member countries "to take a serious look in the mirror" and evaluate the capability of their institutions to withstand pressures from "nationalist and xenophobic parties."

  • Canadian Police Issue Warrant for Imam Inciting Killing of Jews

    July 21, 2017

    Canadian police have issued an arrest warrant on a hate crimes charge for a Jordan Imam who sermonized in Montreal's Saint-Michel mosque, where he cited Koranic passages to support his call for killing of Jews.

  • Turkey's Islamist Conflict Fuels Authoritarianism, Instability

    July 21, 2017

    The intensive competition between Turkey's competing Islamist factions, the governing AKP and the Gulenist movement, is fueling authoritarian nationalism and social unrest in the country, regional instability through jihadist support, and disruptions inside NATO.

  • ECtHR Affirms Broad Grounds for "Hate Speech" Criminalization

    July 21, 2017

    In the case of Belgium's conviction of the leader of the "Sharia4Belgium" movement for promoting violence against non-Muslims, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) supported the conviction on the grounds that states may prevent incitement to "hatred, discrimination and violence" and "oppose political movements based on religious fundamentalism."