Business & Human Rights

  • UN Agency Broadens Scope of MNE Declaration

    March 22, 2017

    The International Labour Organization's recently updated Tripartite Declaration of principles concerning Multinational Enterprises (MNE) and Social Policy includes items from the global business and human rights agenda including corporate due diligence standards and the social right to "decent work."

  • UN Agency Adopts Aircraft Emissions Rules

    March 22, 2017

    The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization has formally adopted a set of global standards regulating aircraft emissions in order to force the airline industry to contribute to the implementation of the UN's agenda against climate change beginning in the year 2020.

  • UN Event Promotes Women’s "Economic Empowerment"

    March 22, 2017

    Participants at a UN Asia-Pacific regional policy dialogue called for "decisive measures" to fight gender inequality in the economy and ensure the “economic empowerment” of women, although the precise meaning of "empowerment" and the role of national governments in these reforms remain unclear.

  • Asian, African Countries Eye "Green Bond" Initiatives

    March 21, 2017

    Reuters reports that Asian and African governments, under pressure from environmental activists pushing action on the global climate change agenda, are considering proposals to follow the lead of countries like France and Poland that have set up "green bond" markets to pull investments into renewable energy projects.

  • World Bank Pushes Private Funding of SDGs

    March 21, 2017

    Mahmoud Mohieldin and Svetlana Klimenko of the World Bank Group write that, given the vast level of resources needed to achieve the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), businesses must accept a "broader, more integrated role" in funding the SDGs than they took on in previous attempts to implement the UN's social and environmental agenda.

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