United Nations

  • Schaefer: US Must Pressure UN on Whistle-blower Rules

    May 25, 2017

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation writes that US officials should motivate UN agencies to pursue best practices in the protection of whistle-blowers by exercising their statutory authority to withhold a portion of the funding of these agencies and communicating what improvements must be made to restore full US contributions.

  • UN Struggles to Rein in WHO Travel Costs

    May 24, 2017

    The Associated Press reports that lack of accountability for unreasonable travel costs at the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) is causing concern among government donors and the UN system, as the agency's spending on travel in recent years has outstripped its spending to combat some of the world's most serious diseases.

  • UN Agency Seeks End of Refugee Transfers to Hungary

    May 24, 2017

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called on EU member states to suspend all transfers of asylum seekers to Hungary, asserting that the country's policy requiring the detention and eventual expulsion of anyone unlawfully crossing its border violates international law.

  • Campaign Pushes Link Between Climate, Rights

    May 24, 2017

    In a contribution to The Hill, former President of Ireland and climate change campaigner Mary Robinson announces a global campaign promoting "climate justice" and seeking to link universal access to renewable energy sources to the UN's "economic, social, and cultural human rights" agenda and its comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Critics Call for Blacklisting Australia from UN Rights Body

    May 23, 2017

    The Guardian reports that speakers at a women's event in New York who have documented alleged abuses of detainees in detention centers off the coast of Australia called for the UN Human Rights Council, whose current controversial members include Egypt, China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia, to block Australia's bid to become a member due to its detention practices.

  • UN Agency Creates Global Standards on Medicine Use

    May 22, 2017

    The UN's World Health Organization has launched a patient safety "challenge" in which it will develop global standards seeking to "improve the way medicines are prescribed, distributed and consumed," including through government health regulations, in order to reduce the risk of improper prescription or use of medicines.

  • 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.

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