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  • UN Agents Focus on Economic, Social Rights in Turkish Purge

    July 11, 2017

    In response to the purge by Turkey's Islamist government of officials, educators, and others from a broad swath of society following the attempted coup in the country, a group of UN human rights mandate holders have issued a statement condemning the impacts of the purge on the "economic, social, and cultural human rights" of the Turkish people.

  • UN Agent: Focus on Inequality in Treating Depression

    July 10, 2017

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, has called on societies to reconsider the use of biomedical approaches to mental health and place greater focus on redressing factors such as "unequal power relationships" in treating depression in line with the health targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Activist Seeks Independent Court for UN Sex Abuse Claims

    June 29, 2017

    Paula Donovan of the advocacy organization AIDS-Free World writes that the UN must create an independent court, outside the apparatus of the UN Secretary-General, to try cases of alleged sexual abuse committed by non-military UN officials.

  • AP Report Shows Long-running UN Sex Abuse Problems

    June 23, 2017

    An Associated Press report on a child sex ring maintained by over 100 UN peacekeepers in Haiti between 2004 and 2007, and the uncertainty regarding whether their home countries have held them accountable for their crimes, highlights the long-time lack of institutional will to ensure sex abusers in UN peacekeeping forces face punishment.

  • Haley Pushes for UNHRC Reforms

    June 21, 2017

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation describes the two major UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) reforms demanded by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to restore legitimacy to the controversial body: hold competitive elections for seats and eliminate the UNHRC's disproportionate focus on Israel's human rights record.

  • UN Group: Climate Policies Must Focus on Child Rights

    June 15, 2017

    Illuminating the UN's expanding agenda to develop a legal category for people who flee the forces of global warming as "climate refugees," UNICEF United Kingdom has published a report calling on governments to consider child rights in developing climate change mitigation strategies and migration policies.

  • UN Body Monitors Education Systems on SDG Progress

    June 14, 2017

    UNESCO's Global Alliance to Monitor Learning recently met in Mexico City to decide on a "roadmap" toward building "national strategies for learning assessment" and pushing for international reporting on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to education.

  • UN Laments US Withdrawal from Climate Deal

    June 02, 2017

    Responding to President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will withdraw from the UN's 2015 Paris deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, UN officials called the decision a "major disappointment" that could contribute to global crises ranging from rising sea levels to terrorism to refugee flows.

  • Doran: US Must Demand UNHRC Members Uphold Rights

    June 02, 2017

    Andrew Doran writes that, in order to address the harm the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is inflicting on the civil and political rights agenda around the world, the US must condition its future involvement in the UNHRC on the compliance by members with the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, particularly with regard to religious freedom.

  • EU Council Promotes Global Governance of Oceans

    May 30, 2017

    The Council of the EU has adopted a set of conclusions welcoming the participation of EU institutions in setting the standards of "international ocean governance," a signal of the supranational organization's participation in the fulfillment of the UN's comprehensive "sustainable development" agenda.

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