Society & Culture
May 15, 2013
At a UN Global Compact board meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on businesses to do more to police their supply chains and to work with the UN to promote economic rights and equality.
May 14, 2013
Past and present leaders of the UN Population Fund have criticized the difficulty the organization has had in the past twenty years promoting "reproductive rights," a term often used to refer to the right to abortion.
May 13, 2013
The UN's recent System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting drew hundreds of UN and private sector leaders to Geneva to discuss how to persuade business leaders to support UN goals and programs.
May 8, 2013
The Washington Times reports that Human Rights Watch ("HRW") has chosen Mona Seif, an Egyptian activist noted for deeming Israel the "real terrorist," as a finalist for its human rights defender award.
May 6, 2013
A Washington Examiner editorial asserts that the U.S. Department of Defense has endangered religious freedom by seeking advice on religious expression from an NGO leader who labels as "monsters" military service members who express their Christian beliefs to colleagues.
May 3, 2013
A global survey of Muslims conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals a prevailing view that Islam should determine the nature of society and politics, as well as support for the idea that countries should adopt Sharia - the traditional law of Islam - as their official law.
May 3, 2013
The Civil Society and Outreach Unit Division for Social Policy and Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has announced the formation of a new web portal that will disseminate information and knowledge produced by the UN system in the area of social development, particularly on the three core issues of poverty eradication, employment generation, and social integration.
May 2, 2013
Following its official visit to the U.S., the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights called on U.S. companies to go beyond legal and regulatory requirements in promoting human rights, encouraged schools and business groups to teach entrepreneurs about their human rights responsibilities, and expressed concern about the lack of scrutiny of the human rights impact of institutional investors.
May 1, 2013
Eight U.S. Senators have added their names to a letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley seeking to remove any funding from the Administration's use of the Common Core Standards, which are being used to promote the United Nations human rights agenda.
May 1, 2013
UN independent expert Cephas Lumina argues that austerity measures required under the terms of Greece's financial bailout violate the human right of the country's citizens to a social safety net.