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  • 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. 

  • UN Agent Pushes Global Funding for “Water Rights”

    March 30, 2017

    UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to water and sanitation Léo Heller called on governments to direct sufficient funding toward development cooperation in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that all citizens enjoy the human rights to “safe drinking water and sanitation.” 

  • UN Rights Adviser Predicts Downfall of Trump

    March 29, 2017

    In a recent interview, member of the Advisory Committee to the UN Human Rights Council Jean Ziegler asserted that US President Donald Trump will not serve a full term in office, due either to "psychiatric problems" or a "moral insurrection" of the American people that will place too much pressure on the Administration to continue to govern.

  • US Pressures UN Commission on "Sexual Rights"

    March 29, 2017

    The Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam) reports that, under pressure from the US delegation, the UN Commission on the Status of Women removed references within its "Agreed Conclusions" to a right to abortion and qualified all appearances of the term "sexual and reproductive health" to make clear it does not refer to abortion practices.

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