UN Launches Digital Platform on Corporate SDG Action

September 19, 2018

The UN Global Compact, a “corporate sustainability” network aimed at advancing the UN’s social and environmental goals among the business community, has launched a digital platform called the Academy as a new tool to train business leaders how to help the UN achieve its expansive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Paper Proposes Regionalism-Based Global Governance Model

September 19, 2018

The World Economic Forum has published an article by a Eurasian Development Bank official and a NGO leader calling for a new global governance model to be grounded in a G20-led mechanism coordinating the activities of regional development institutions to promote economic cooperation and resolve transnational crises.

Hungary Considers Legal Challenge to EP Resolution

September 19, 2018

Politico reports that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced his government is considering a legal action in the Court of Justice of the EU to overturn a vote by the European Parliament (EP) calling for sanctions against Hungary over a “systemic threat” to the rule of law in the country.

Time Horizon Is Key to US Defeat of Islamist Extremism

September 19, 2018

Al-Qaeda’s long-term worldview has been crucial to its resilience in an asymmetrical war waged against American values and interests, as Islamist militants calculate their advantage lies in the impatience of US policymakers and the American public for a long war against the ideas and activities of global jihad.

 

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  • Paper Proposes Regionalism-Based Global Governance Model

    September 19, 2018

    The World Economic Forum has published an article by a Eurasian Development Bank official and a NGO leader calling for a new global governance model to be grounded in a G20-led mechanism coordinating the activities of regional development institutions to promote economic cooperation and resolve transnational crises.

     
  • US Official Threatens ICC with Sanctions

    September 11, 2018

    US National Security Adviser John Bolton has threatened the International Criminal Court (ICC) with sanctions over the announced plans of its prosecutor to investigate alleged war crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan and by Israeli forces against Palestinians as attacks on national sovereignty.

     
  • US Ends Funding for UNRWA

    September 05, 2018

    The Washington Post reports that the US government has halted funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), established to fund institutions and programs supporting Palestinian refugees, to place pressure on other countries to fund UNRWA and reduce the number of people the agency recognizes as refugees.

     
 
  • UN Launches Digital Platform on Corporate SDG Action

    September 19, 2018

    The UN Global Compact, a “corporate sustainability” network aimed at advancing the UN’s social and environmental goals among the business community, has launched a digital platform called the Academy as a new tool to train business leaders how to help the UN achieve its expansive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

     
  • NGO Rankings Pressure Pension Funds on Climate Action

    September 11, 2018

    A nongovernmental initiative called the Asset Owners Disclosure Project has published a ranking of climate action by the world’s largest public pension funds, warning that 60 percent of these funds have “little or no strategy” on how they plan to comply with the global agenda aiming to restrict corporate greenhouse gas emissions.

     
  • Germany Launches Monitoring of BHR Due Diligence

    September 05, 2018

    The German government has launched a three-year monitoring process to find whether German businesses are engaging in “human rights due diligence” measures as envisioned in the country’s business and human rights (BHR) action plan and to determine the need for mandatory BHR-oriented legislative measures.

     
 
  • Hungary Considers Legal Challenge to EP Resolution

    September 19, 2018

    Politico reports that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced his government is considering a legal action in the Court of Justice of the EU to overturn a vote by the European Parliament (EP) calling for sanctions against Hungary over a “systemic threat” to the rule of law in the country.

     
  • ECJ Warns of Discrimination in Firing by Religious Hospital

    September 11, 2018

    Deutsche Welle reports that the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has pointed to “hidden discrimination” in the firing of a doctor by a Catholic German hospital due to the hospital’s finding that the doctor had violated his faith by remarrying, setting up a possible conflict between EU and German laws on religious employers.

     
  • EC Warns Against National-Level Brexit Talks

    September 05, 2018

    Politico reports that, after the European Commission’s (EC) chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier rejected the UK government’s latest proposal on post-Brexit relations, the EC has called on national officials not to engage in bilateral talks on “mini deals” with the UK as British officials seek leverage in averting a “no-deal” Brexit.

     
 
  • Time Horizon Is Key to US Defeat of Islamist Extremism

    September 19, 2018

    Al-Qaeda’s long-term worldview has been crucial to its resilience in an asymmetrical war waged against American values and interests, as Islamist militants calculate their advantage lies in the impatience of US policymakers and the American public for a long war against the ideas and activities of global jihad.

     
  • US Charges Indiana Woman with Support to IS

    September 19, 2018

    An Elkhart, Indiana, woman charged with providing material support to the Islamic State (IS) is claiming that her husband coerced her to travel into IS territory in Syria as she wanted to protect her children.

     
  • German Intel Warns Salafist Minors Are Growing Domestic Threat

    September 19, 2018

    A recent report by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution points to a growing domestic security and societal threat from the radicalization of children and teens exposed to Salafist Islamists preaching extremist ideology and violence, with mosques and public schools targeting Muslim citizens and new refugee arrivals requiring policy adjustments and innovations.