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  • UN Laments Proposed US Funding Cuts

    August 09, 2017

    Reuters reports that a spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General has demonstrated the disproportionate reliance of the UN system on US taxpayer funding by lamenting that US President Donald Trump's proposed cuts in funding to the body, and especially to its peacekeeping arm, would "make it impossible" for the UN to perform "its essential work."

  • UN Body Pushes Latin America on SDG Progress

    August 09, 2017

    The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean held a workshop in Trinidad in May to press national officials to create "national institutional frameworks" toward fulfilling the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region through a broad array of social and environmental policies.

  • UN "Scorecard" Pushes Cities to Manage Climate Risks

    August 09, 2017

    The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction recently launched a revised "Disaster Resilience Scorecard" to pressure cities to improve their management of disaster-related risks, including catastrophic weather events fueled by global warming.

  • WHO Raises Alarm on European Obesity

    August 09, 2017

    Demonstrating its continued expenditure of resources on noncommunicable diseases, as opposed to epidemics that can be transmitted across borders, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a report pushing for targeted efforts by European governments to combat the "alarming rise" in adolescent obesity on the continent.

  • UNESCO Seeks "Gender-Responsive" Schooling in Africa

    August 09, 2017

    In May, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hosted an Inter-Agency Task Team on Education and School Health in Zambia pushing for government authorities to implement "gender-responsive education" and "comprehensive sexuality education" in school curricula to further the UN's "sustainable development" health and education targets.

  • UNESCO Examines Universities' SDG Promotion

    August 09, 2017

    UNESCO's International Association of Universities has published a global survey of higher education's role in promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), finding that universities are implementing the SDGs "at all levels" but mostly have failed so far to develop a "strategic plan" to push sustainable development among students.

  • UNESCO Monitors Progress on "Global Citizenship Education"

    August 09, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a study in May showing widespread success in its agenda to insert "sustainable development" and climate education in national curricula around the world, tempered by lagging results in the replacement of lessons on "national citizenship" with its doctrine of "Global Citizenship Education."

  • UN Women Seeks "Gender-Responsive" SDG Fulfillment

    August 09, 2017

    In the lead-up to the UN's High Level Political Forum to review progress on fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Women hosted a program in May on how to achieve "gender-responsive implementation" of the SDGs through the broad concepts of gender equality and women's "empowerment."

  • UNESCO Seeks "Gender Sensitive" Arab Media

    August 08, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) hosted a training event aimed at teaching journalists in the Arab world how to protect against “gender bias” in reporting and how to use media to help “progress” society in line with the Sustainable Development Goal of “gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

  • UNESCO Official Highlights "Cultural" Element in SDGs

    August 08, 2017

    Jyoti Hosagrahar of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) highlights the expansive nature of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by pointing out that it is the first set of global development commitments to refer to the "safeguarding and promotion of culture" and calls for their implementation to be "culturally-informed."

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