UN Forum Calls for Global Financial System to Align with SDGs

April 26, 2017

At a recent UN event on funding for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN officials expressed their desire for “bold measures to overhaul global finance practices” to ensure funding for the SDGs and take advantage of public and private sources, including “pension funds and the insurance sector.”

Activists Demand Transparency in Textile Supply Chains

April 26, 2017

A coalition of unions and advocates has published a report calling for apparel and footwear companies to disclose the overseas factories used in their supply chains to increase transparency and ensure compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

EP Committee Approves Ban on ‘Hate Speech’ in Online Videos

April 26, 2017

The European Parliament’s (EP) culture committee has approved a legislative proposal that could require online social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to remove video content deemed to contain “hate speech” that could offend viewers or encourage violence.

OIC Report Accuses Europe of Anti-Muslim Bias for Dress Restrictions

April 26, 2017

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s Islamophobia Observatory has released a report accusing the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of anti-Muslim bias and social discrimination because of an ECJ decision permitting employers to impose restrictions on certain types of Islamic dress in the workplace.

 

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  • G20 Creates Group to Monitor Global Financial Governance

    April 26, 2017

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble and President of Bundesbank Jens Wiedmann have announced the creation of a group of financial experts within the G20 (Group of 20 forum) designed to “review issues relating to global financial governance” in institutions like the World Bank.

     
  • UN Forum Calls for Global Financial System to Align with SDGs

    April 26, 2017

    At a recent UN event on funding for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN officials expressed their desire for “bold measures to overhaul global finance practices” to ensure funding for the SDGs and take advantage of public and private sources, including “pension funds and the insurance sector.”

     
  • UN and World Bank Sign Compact for Greater Collaboration

    April 26, 2017

    The UN and the World Bank have agreed to a new framework to increase collaboration—especially in relation to conflict prevention and management—between the two international organizations by aligning activities and resources.

     
 
  • PRI and UN Global Compact Call for "Sustainable" Pension Funds

    April 26, 2017

    The UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and UN Global Compact have called on business leaders to direct corporate pension funds into “sustainable” investments that support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

     
  • ISO Releases International Standard for Sustainable Procurement

    April 26, 2017

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released a new set of standards designed to help companies ensure that their suppliers respect international norms regarding sustainability, workers’ rights, and environmental protection. 

     
  • Activists Demand Transparency in Textile Supply Chains

    April 26, 2017

    A coalition of unions and advocates has published a report calling for apparel and footwear companies to disclose the overseas factories used in their supply chains to increase transparency and ensure compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

     
 
  • EC Attempts to Assert Social Role Through Parental Leave

    April 26, 2017

    As part of European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Pillar of Social Rights initiative designed to demonstrate the EU’s relevance in European social issues, the EC is set to release a “work-life balance proposal” that could significantly increase business obligations toward employees.

     
  • MEPs: Give Asylum-Seekers Quick Access to Labor Markets

    April 26, 2017

    Members of the European Parliament’s (MEPs) Civil Liberties Committee have amended a directive to call on member states to allow asylum-seekers to access local labor markets only two months after applying for asylum, rather than the current nine months.

     
  • EP Committee Approves Ban on ‘Hate Speech’ in Online Videos

    April 26, 2017

    The European Parliament’s (EP) culture committee has approved a legislative proposal that could require online social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to remove video content deemed to contain “hate speech” that could offend viewers or encourage violence.

     
 
  • OIC Report Accuses Europe of Anti-Muslim Bias for Dress Restrictions

    April 26, 2017

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s Islamophobia Observatory has released a report accusing the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of anti-Muslim bias and social discrimination because of an ECJ decision permitting employers to impose restrictions on certain types of Islamic dress in the workplace.

     
  • Attack Demonstrates Global Impact of Saudi Islamist Investments

    April 26, 2017

    A perpetrator in the 2015 Islamist attack in San Bernadino was a graduate of one of Pakistan's fastest growing religious schools with branches across North America and Europe, controversial due to its funding stream and ideology linked to Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi Islamist jihadism.

     
  • Deadly Attack on Military Base Underscores re-Talibanization of Afghanistan

    April 26, 2017

    Despite 16 years of massive US security and development assistance aimed at consolidating the Afghan government's control of the country, the Taliban has demonstrated its resilience and expanding rural-urban footprint by perpetrating a high-casualty attack on one of Afghanistan's largest military bases.