International Organizations

  • UN Official Lists Next Steps Under Climate Deal

    April 03, 2017

    In a recent interview, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa outlined the next steps the international organization will take to promote adherence to the UN's Paris climate deal, including agreeing in 2018 a "rule book" on how countries must prove their contributions to emissions reductions under the agreement.

  • 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.

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