Experts: US Congress Must Halt UNFCCC Funding

April 27, 2016

Brett Schaefer and Steven Groves of the Heritage Foundation write that legislators must not allow the Obama Administration to "circumvent" US law by funding the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ("UNFCCC") following the accession of the Palestinian Authority to the UNFCCC treaty.

EU Charges Google with Antitrust Violations

April 20, 2016

Politico reports that, in the latest legal feud between the EU and an American tech giant, the European Commission has announced that it has charged Google with antitrust violations stemming from the apps the Commission says Google requires manufacturers to install on the company's Android operating system.

US Struggles to Implement Visa Safeguards

April 13, 2016

Politico reports that the Obama Administration has not so far expressed clear criteria regarding how it plans to implement a recent US law requiring, for security purposes, dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan to apply for visas to enter the US.

UN Officials Seek Immediate, Comprehensive Climate Action

April 06, 2016

Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme Achim Steiner and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres have published an op-ed in which they call for immediate action from countries to restrict a wide range of greenhouse gases under the UN climate agreement agreed in Paris last year.

 

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  • Panel Seeks Ambitious Global Carbon Tax

    April 29, 2016

    The World Bank has announced that leaders from governments and international organizations on a Carbon Pricing Panel have issued a "vision statement" in which they call for an ambitious, globally connected system of carbon taxation that would cover 50 percent of the world's carbon emissions by the year 2030 in order to counter climate change.

     
  • Ambassador: UN Israel-Palestine Resolution Is No Path to Peace

    April 29, 2016

    Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, writes that UN and US officials should deny calls for a UN Security Council resolution that outlines a final agreement between Israel and Palestine, as he argues that such a resolution is not an effective substitute for direct negotiations and will not lead to peace.

     
  • UN Agents: Australia Must Provide Support to Deaf Jurors

    April 29, 2016

    The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has found that Australian authorities violated international human rights law by failing to provide deaf people sign-language interpretation or real-time captioning to permit them to participate on juries, concluding that the government's rationale of protecting the confidentiality of deliberations was insufficient.

     
 
  • NGOs Pressure Canada on BHR in Mining Industry

    April 29, 2016

    A group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") has published a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeking his implementation of global business and human rights ("BHR") principles in the Canadian mining industry by, among other policies, creating a mechanism to investigate alleged BHR violations and easing the access of alleged victims to Canadian courts.

     
  • FIFA Announces Panel on Qatar World Cup Workers

    April 29, 2016

    Responding to an outcry from nongovernmental organizations and a review by Professor John Ruggie of the organization's human rights impacts, International Federation of Association Football ("FIFA") President Gianni Infantino has announced a panel that will monitor labor conditions involved in Qatar's construction of stadiums that will host the 2022 World Cup.

     
  • UN Network Seeks Strong UK Corporate Reporting Mandate

    April 29, 2016

    Désirée Abrahams of the UN Global Compact ("UNGC") Network UK has published a letter to the UK Government on its plan to transpose the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive for corporations into law, calling on the UK to use UNGC's reporting standards, apply the reporting mandate to almost all companies, and include nongovernmental organizations in the process.

     
 
  • Economists Predict Positive Post-Brexit Picture

    April 29, 2016

    A new campaign group called Economists for Brexit has contradicted negative outlooks from the UK Treasury and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD") by forecasting positive British growth produced by slashing red tape and increasing free trade if the UK votes to withdraw from the EU.

     
  • Proposed Law Restricts Benefits to EU Migrants in Germany

    April 29, 2016

    Deutsche Welle reports that German Labor Minister Andrea Nahles has proposed legislation that would allow migrants from other EU countries to receive social security and unemployment benefits only if they have lived in the country for five years and have not received such benefits during that time.

     
  • EU Threatens Legal Action over UK Truck Tax

    April 29, 2016

    The Daily Mail reports that the European Commission has threatened to file a complaint against the British Government in EU court claiming that it had engaged in impermissible "state aid" by lowering road taxes for UK truck drivers as compared to foreign drivers.

     
 
  • UN Chief Expresses Concern on Anti-Migrant Sentiment in Austria

    April 29, 2016

    Expressing his concern at the growth of "xenophobia" in Austria and beyond during the ongoing crisis of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Austrian Parliament to cooperate with EU institutions to manage the acceptance of refugees and to contribute to a "comprehensive solution" to the crisis forged by the UN and EU.

     
  • Austrian Measures Seek to Quell Migration

    April 28, 2016

    The BBC reports that Austria has passed legislation permitting the government to declare a "state of emergency" under which it could reject asylum seekers seeking to cross the Austrian border and is planning to build a fence along the country's main border crossing with Italy in order to prevent entry by migrants.

     
  • US Intelligence Chief Warns of IS Cells in Europe

    April 27, 2016

    US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has warned that, due to lapses in intelligence sharing among European governments and the EU's internal open border policy, the Islamic State ("IS") has taken advantage of the migrant crisis and established cells that can carry out attacks in Western Europe.