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  • 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.

  • UNESCO Analysis Shows SDG Impact on School Policies

    April 19, 2017

    UNESCO has released an analysis of national education practices showing significant progress in the incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Education into national education policies to promote “international understanding” and “human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

  • UN Report Urges Increased Funding to Reach SDGs for Water

    April 19, 2017

    A new UN report has called on countries to “‘radically’ increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure” in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include “universal access to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030.”

  • UN Secretary General Calls for Increased UNRWA Funding

    April 12, 2017

    UN Secretary General António Guterres has issued a “landmark report” calling on all member states to increase funding for the controversial UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) due to the integral role he believes it plays in regional peace.

  • UN Principals Push for “Collective Outcomes” for Development

    April 12, 2017

    The UN Secretary-General and nine UN Principals have signed a “Commitment to Action” with the aim of harmonizing national and local development and humanitarian projects around the world under loosely-defined “collective outcomes” in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

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