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  • Kahler Warns of "Fracturing" of Global Governance

    February 21, 2017

    In a recent paper, Miles Kahler of the Council on Foreign Relations explores the increasing relevance of regional organizations in global governance and calls for a more effective "division of labor" between global and regional organizations to prevent a "fragmented global order" and encourage what he perceives to be the benefits of global institutions.

  • OECD Pushes Sweden on "Inclusive," "Green" Growth

    February 21, 2017

    In a recent report on the economic situation in Sweden, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has called on authorities to adopt more "inclusive" measures to reduce income inequality in the country, create a more permissive immigration system, and promote environmentally friendly economic growth.

  • EU Warns of WTO Complaint on US Tax Proposal

    February 21, 2017

    The Irish Times reports that EU officials and lawyers from other US trading partners are prepared to launch a World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint against a proposal in the US House of Representatives to impose a corporate tax on imports into the US while exempting exports from taxes to remedy what some see as a global trade imbalance.

  • Schaefer Praises Draft Orders on Multilateral Funding

    February 16, 2017

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation has published an article exploring the potential positive impacts of two draft US executive orders on evaluating and reducing funding for international organizations, including an increase in efficiency at such organizations and a more appropriate balance of funding for such entities between the US and other countries.

  • OSCE Official Warns US on Reporter Arrests

    February 03, 2017

    Connecting the arrests to general "threats" from the Trump Administration toward the media, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović called on local authorities to uphold international free speech obligations when trying two reporters for "inciting a riot" during Trump inauguration protests.

  • Draft US Orders Target Multilateral Funding, Treaties

    January 30, 2017

    The New York Times reports that the Trump Administration is considering two draft executive orders that would reduce US funding toward international organizations and initiate a review of treaties involving more than two countries from which the US should withdraw.

  • OSCE Official Criticizes Hungary's Migrant Detention Plans

    January 27, 2017

    Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s human rights committee Ignacio Sanchez Amor has asserted that the Hungarian government's proposal to detain asylum seekers for the duration of their application process threatens a violation of global human rights norms.

  • WEF Forms Ocean "Sustainability" Partnership

    January 26, 2017

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced a new partnership with the University of California Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute to engage scientists on how to contribute to "ocean change" to fulfill marine-related provisions of the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

  • WEF Panel: Go Beyond COP21 Pledges

    January 26, 2017

    Participants on a panel at the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) called for governments to go beyond their commitments from the UN climate deal agreed in Paris in 2015 (COP21) to fight climate change, including by agreeing to "retrofit for greater energy efficiency every building in every community in the world."

  • OSCE Report Seeks Expansive US Electoral Reforms

    January 25, 2017

    In its final report on the US elections in November 2016, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights called for a litany of changes to the country's electoral process to bring it in line with international standards, including by expanding representation in overseas territories and reviewing voting restrictions for those with criminal convictions.

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