UN Organizes Second "Global Citizenship Education" Forum

January 28, 2015

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") is organizing a Second Forum on Global Citizenship Education in order to place pressure on countries around the world to promote its human rights and environmental agenda in their education systems.

Groups Release Draft BHR Reporting Framework

January 21, 2015

The nongovernmental organization Shift and the consulting group Mazars have published a draft "reporting framework" to press businesses around the world to report on their progress in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR").

ECJ Attorney Finds EU Monetary Program Lawful

January 14, 2015

Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU Pedro Cruz Villalon has found, in a nonbinding opinion, that a program under which the European Central Bank buys eurozone government debt is lawful so long as it abides by safeguards intended to prevent direct state aid to EU member states.

Fund: Groups Use UNHRC as "Political Weapon"

January 07, 2015

John Fund writes that the attempt of nongovernmental organizations to use the UN Human Rights Council ("UNHRC") to criticize the government of Sri Lanka demonstrates how groups around the world have politicized the concept of human rights in order to attack their opponents.

 

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  • WEF Participants Call for Redistribution Measures

    January 28, 2015

    Participants on a recent World Economic Forum ("WEF") panel in Davos, Switzerland, including International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, called for energy subsidies and other government and business expenditures to be redirected to help reduce economic inequality.

     
  • UN Solicits Government Plans to Cut Emissions

    January 28, 2015

    In preparation for a UN climate summit in Paris this year, the UN has called for countries to submit by the end of March 2015 their plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in order to counter global warming.

     
  • Article Seeks Establishment of Arctic Development Bank

    January 28, 2015

    The Centre for International Governance Innovation ("CIGI") has published an article exploring the advantages of establishing an international development bank in the Arctic region that would promote projects aligned with the global "sustainability" agenda.

     
 
  • UN Treaty Bodies Push for Business Accountability in SDGs

    January 28, 2015

    A group of UN treaty body committees has called for the inclusion of the UN's human rights agenda in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals ("SDGs"), including holding companies accountable for alleged violations of globally developed business and human rights standards.

     
  • Amnesty International Supports Binding BHR Treaty

    January 28, 2015

    Arguing that the "voluntary" UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") are insufficient, Amnesty International is supporting the development of a binding treaty to require countries around the world to pass and enforce laws prohibiting BHR violations.

     
  • UN Seeks Greater Business Spending on Education

    January 28, 2015

    A report from the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") calls for a greater share of corporate social responsibility ("CSR") spending to be directed toward education programs in order to promote the UN's agenda on "sustainability."

     
 
  • Election in Greece Sets up Conflict with EU

    January 28, 2015

    The Telegraph reports that the victory of the anti-austerity party Syriza in recent elections in Greece could put the government on a collision course with officials in the European institutions, who have stated that they have no plans to forgive any of the country's debt related to its "bailout" in 2010.

     
  • PACE Report Details Concerns over Mass Surveillance

    January 28, 2015

    A new report from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ("PACE") warns that mass surveillance by national governments may violate the rights to privacy, free expression, and a fair trial under the European Convention on Human Rights.

     
  • EU Considers Extensive Passenger Information Record

    January 28, 2015

    The Guardian reports that the European Commission is crafting a proposal that would require the maintenance of an EU-wide database that would store for up to five years 42 pieces of information gathered from each passenger on a flight within Europe or in and out of Europe.

     
 
  • Questions Raised About Islamist Activist Networks in Canada

    January 30, 2015

    Canadian media are raising questions about the links between Islamist civic activism and possible funding streams to radical Islamist organizations in the Mideast, based on alleged fundraising ties between the Muslim Association of Canada ("MAC"), which conducts educational, religious, and cultural activities throughout the country, and Mideast organizaitons designated as terrorist groups by the Canadian government.

     
  • Islamist Infighting in Turkey Costs Christian Safety

    January 29, 2015

    Three jailed suspects accused of involvement in the brutal murders of three Christians in southeastern Turkey nearly eight years ago have been set free by the Turkish courts, on claims that the accused perpetrators have been caught in internecine fighting between the country's Islamist government and the anti-government, Islamist Gulenist movement. 

     
  • Central Asia Emerges as Ripe Recruiting Ground for Jihad

    January 29, 2015

    A newly released report from the respected International Crisis Group details the aggressive recruiting methods and problematic nexus of local conditions combining to make the post-Soviet Central Asian Republics ripe recruiting ground for a jihadis arc from the Mideast to Central Asia.