United Nations

  • UN Chief Seeks Substantial Increase in EU Emissions Action

    June 17, 2019

    Reuters reports that UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on European Council President Donald Tusk to encourage EU leaders to ramp up plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030 to help achieve the UN’s Paris climate deal targets.

  • US Authorities Criticize UN Official’s Visit to Xinjiang

    June 17, 2019

    Fox News reports that the US State Department has criticized as “highly inappropriate” a visit by Under-Secretary for the UN Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov to the Chinese province of Xinjiang, where US authorities say there is a a “repression campaign” underway against the Muslim Uighur population.

  • UNICEF Ranks Countries on Parental Leave, Childcare Policies

    June 14, 2019

    Newsday reports that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has published a ranking of 41 countries’ “family friendliness,” focusing on national policies regarding paid maternity and paternity leave and funding for early childhood care and giving the US a poor score due to its lack of a federal parental leave policy.

  • UN Chief Laments Organization’s “Financial Crisis”

    June 12, 2019

    In testimony to the UN’s budget committee, UN Secretary-General António Guterres complained of a “financial crisis” at the international organization due to the failure of member states to pay contributions “in full and on time” and pushed for wide-ranging budget reform, including by creating a single fund for peacekeeping operations.

  • UN Official Labels US Abortion Restrictions “Torture”

    June 05, 2019

    In a recent interview, the UN’s Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore referred to new state restrictions on abortion in the US as “torture” and “gender-based violence against women.”

  • UN Commission Pushes Asia on SDG Contributions

    June 05, 2019

    The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, which the UN “informally” refers to as a “regional parliament,” focused its recent conference on the vast region’s contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and responses to the global “climate emergency.”

  • US Protests Venezuelan Leadership of UN Body

    June 05, 2019

    Fox News reports that US delegates recently left a meeting of the UN Conference on Disarmament to protest the assumption of the presidency of the body by Venezuela’s Maduro regime, arguing that “there is something fundamentally wrong” with conference procedures that allow such rights-violating governments to preside over UN business.

  • Schaefer Warns of Impact of US Bill on UN Funding

    June 04, 2019

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation warns that a funding bill under consideration in the US Congress that, among other policies, overrides a cap on US payments for UN peacekeeping operations will undermine attempts by lawmakers and executive officials to reduce the US share of UN spending and save taxpayer dollars.

  • US Prompts UNSC Change in Sexual Violence Resolution

    May 30, 2019

    Stefano Gennarini of the Center for Family & Human Rights reports on the recent US veto threat at the UN Security Council (UNSC) that prompted the removal from a resolution on sexual violence in conflict of references to abortion and “sexual and reproductive health” rights.

  • UN Launches Youth Alliance to Further Environmental Agenda

    May 30, 2019

    The UN Environment Programme has launched a Youth and Education Alliance (YEA!) that includes an initiative “to integrate environmental education into university curricula around the world” and to work with “youth movements” to inculcate environmentally friendly values in children.

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