United Nations

  • Schaefer: US Should Demand UNHRC Reforms

    April 03, 2017

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation has released a report arguing that the US should withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) if the body refuses to implement certain reforms, including requiring “competitive elections” for members and eliminating items from the UNHRC’s agenda that lead to a biased review of Israel. 

  • UN Agents Criticize “Undemocratic” US Protest Bills

    April 03, 2017

    UN human rights mandate holders Maina Kiai and David Kaye have warned of what they see as an “alarming” trend of proposals from US state legislatures restricting the conduct of protesters, arguing these proposals violate international legal protections of the right to peaceful assembly and that there is “no such thing in law as a violent protest.”

  • IPCC Chief: Climate Action Leads to "Equitable Development"

    March 31, 2017

    In an address to an event at the UN General Assembly "to invigorate political momentum on climate change," Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Hoesung Lee warned there can be no disputing that human activity is responsible for global warming and predicted positive impacts of global climate action on "inclusive and equitable development."

  • UN Agencies Call for "Sustainable" Use of Wood

    March 31, 2017

    A recent report from the UN's Department for Economic and Social Affairs and Food and Agriculture Organization calls on countries to implement policies encouraging sustainable charcoal production and forest management as part of the global organization's comprehensive "sustainable development" agenda.

  • UN Agency Issues Global Ethics Guidance on TB

    March 30, 2017

    The UN's World Health Organization has issued global ethical guidance on the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in order to encourage governments and health providers to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals by respecting the "human rights, ethics and equity" of TB patients.

  • UN Meeting Produces SDG Pledge on Ageing, Women

    March 30, 2017

    An outcome document from a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized as part of UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme committed Asia-Pacific government ministers to promote "inclusive social development" of elderly women in their countries as part of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UNESCO Seeks "Indicator" for Education Monitoring

    March 30, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published an article calling for the development of a global "flagship indicator" permitting international observers to determine whether countries are on track to fulfill provisions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to education.

  • UN, EU Issue "Roadmap" on Global Maritime Planning

    March 30, 2017

    UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the European Commission's maritime and fisheries agency have issued a "joint roadmap" promoting worldwide use of the practice of "maritime spatial planning" as a tool of global governance of maritime areas.

  • UNESCO Seeks "Community-Based" Sustainability Learning

    March 30, 2017

    The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning has published a policy brief to guide local and national governments on how to use "community-based learning" strategies to promote the UN's "sustainable development" agenda.

  • NATO Commander Knocks Proposed UN Nuclear Weapons Ban

    March 30, 2017

    In recent congressional testimony, US Army General and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Curtis Scaparrotti called a proposed UN treaty banning nuclear weapons “not realistic” amid threats from North Korea and Russia, a day after the US and other nations announced they would not participate in treaty negotiations. 

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