United Nations

  • 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.

  • Uncertainty on US Clouds UN Climate Meeting

    May 10, 2017

    AFP reports that uncertainty regarding future US participation in a global climate change deal agreed in Paris in 2017 has dampened enthusiasm at the opening of an ongoing UN meeting in Bonn aimed at working out a worldwide "rulebook" for the Paris agreement that would bind signatories closer to global climate policy.

  • UN Agent Pressures Indonesia on "Right to Health"

    May 08, 2017

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health Dainius Pūras has called on Indonesia to invest more in its efforts to achieve an "equitable and sustainable healthcare system based on universal health coverage" and called for the government to strengthen "sexual and reproductive health rights," often interpreted to include a right to abortion.

  • UN Rights Observer Objects to Obamacare Repeal

    May 03, 2017

    The Hill reports that a private letter from the UN human rights office to the US State Department voices the concerns of UN Special Rapporteur Dainius Puras that the repeal of the Obama Administration's signature health law could violate the human rights of almost 30 million Americans to health and social security.

  • 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.

  • UN Chief Calls for More Spending on Conflict Prevention

    April 26, 2017

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has argued for increased international investment toward conflict-prevention by strengthening States, institutions, and civil society due to failures in “traditional” development aid to sufficiently address the fragility that leads to conflict.

  • UN Envoy Urges More Global Child Intervention

    April 26, 2017

    UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown has called for greater protections for vulnerable children in conflict zones and developing nations via increased international law protections for children and by increased funding for the UN-backed International Finance Facility for Education.

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