Microsoft, UN Partner on Rights-Monitoring

May 17, 2017

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and technology giant Microsoft have announced a five-year partnership to use enhanced technology to monitor human rights violations around the world and to promote broader corporate adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

UN Agency Assists North Korea with Patent for Banned Chemical

May 17, 2017

George Russell reports that the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) registered a patent application from North Korea for a chemical whose exportation to the country is banned by the UN Security Council due to its potential use in nerve gas but did not report the application to UN sanctions monitors.

Officials Push for EU Sanctions on Poland

May 17, 2017

Reuters reports that, at a recent meeting of foreign ministers of EU member states, officials from multiple countries recommended that the EU impose consequences on Poland if the government fails to resolve its rule-of-law dispute with the Constitutional Court in line with demands from the European Commission.

UN Roundtable Targets "Hate Speech" in South Sudan

May 17, 2017

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently celebrated World Press Freedom Day by holding a roundtable conference in South Sudan on how the media and others must work to eliminate "hate speech" in online and offline fora.

 

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  • UN Report Pushes Urban "Sustainability" in Asia

    May 18, 2017

    The UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific recently released a report blaming "income inequality" for growing poverty in the Asia-Pacific region and calling for the fulfillment of the comprehensive social and environmental "sustainable development" agenda in Asian cities to address the problem.

     
  • UN Agency Assists North Korea with Patent for Banned Chemical

    May 17, 2017

    George Russell reports that the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) registered a patent application from North Korea for a chemical whose exportation to the country is banned by the UN Security Council due to its potential use in nerve gas but did not report the application to UN sanctions monitors.

     
  • WHO Launches New Campaign on Noncommunicable Disease

    May 15, 2017

    As part of the UN agency's array of campaigns against noncommunicable diseases, including obesity and mental health issues, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched a call for governments around the world to invest more financial resources in combating depression.

     
 
  • Skeptics Question "Sustainable Finance" Products

    May 18, 2017

    Reuters reports that, while a report from an alliance of organizations advocating "sustainable investment" indicates a growing movement toward "ethical, sustainable and socially responsible" finance, skeptics of such investment products question whether they actually contribute to the global "sustainability" agenda.

     
  • Microsoft, UN Partner on Rights-Monitoring

    May 17, 2017

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and technology giant Microsoft have announced a five-year partnership to use enhanced technology to monitor human rights violations around the world and to promote broader corporate adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

     
  • Utility Company Pursues "Green Bond" Market

    May 15, 2017

    French utility company Engie has announced its release of a second "green bond," valued at 1.5 billion euros and aimed at investments in renewable energy projects that will help fulfill the UN's climate change and "sustainable development" agendas.

     
 
  • EU Agency Seeks More Ambition on Green Energy

    May 18, 2017

    A recent report from the EU's European Environment Agency praised the continued roll-out of renewable energy sources in Europe but warned that the shift away from fossil fuels is not currently fast enough to meet the EU's target of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.

     
  • Officials Push for EU Sanctions on Poland

    May 17, 2017

    Reuters reports that, at a recent meeting of foreign ministers of EU member states, officials from multiple countries recommended that the EU impose consequences on Poland if the government fails to resolve its rule-of-law dispute with the Constitutional Court in line with demands from the European Commission.

     
  • German President Criticizes "Irresponsible" Brexit

    May 15, 2017

    In an address to the European Parliament, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that the "black and white" message of nationalists, including in the UK's EU referendum campaign, is "irresponsible" and asserted that EU member states are "gaining strength through" sovereignty as part of the supranational project.

     
 
  • Plan for Laptop Ban Shows Extended Terrorist Threat

    May 18, 2017

    The US plan to expand the ban on laptops to incoming flights from Europe underscores the extent of the danger posed by the ability of radicalized Islamist fighters returning from Syria to Europe to weaponize electronic devices as a jihadi tool against America.

     
  • OIC Places Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia

    May 18, 2017

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) inaugurated the headquarters for its Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, which is committed to implementing international human rights standards subject to sharia law, in Saudi Arabia to improve the country's negative international image caused by a poor human rights record.

     
  • Islamic Finance Shows Slowed Annual Growth

    May 18, 2017

    The annual report released by the Islamic Financial Services Board indicated that 2017 was a year of slowed growth in the sharia-compliant financial services industry, suggesting the industry's lack of resilience in the face of external shocks such as declining global oil prices and weak economic growth worldwide.