United Nations

  • Philippines Withdraws from ICC

    April 04, 2019

    The Philippines recently withdrew from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the midst of a preliminary ICC investigation regarding extrajudicial killings in the Southeast Asian country.

  • UN Presents Climate Action, SDGs as Comprehensive Agenda

    April 03, 2019

    The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change recently hosted a conference in Copenhagen to brainstorm ways in which governments can combine policies advancing the UN’s Paris climate goals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a single, global, social and environmental agenda.

  • UK Opposes UNHRC Agenda Item Targeting Israel

    March 27, 2019

    UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the UK government will vote against the targeting of Israel under the standing “item 7” of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) agenda, warning such anti-Israel bias “obstructs the quest for peace in the Middle East” and “undermines the credibility” of the UNHRC.

  • US Official Outlines Visa Ban for ICC Investigators

    March 18, 2019

    US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has announced that the US government will ban visas for personnel from the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking to enter the country to investigate “war crimes” allegedly committed by members of the US armed forces in Afghanistan.

  • UN Guidelines Demand Rights-Focused Drug Control

    March 18, 2019

    The UN Development Programme, in partnership with governments and nongovernmental organizations, has launched a set of International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy, seeking to persuade states to place “human dignity and sustainable development at the heart of their drug control policy.”

  • Observer Criticizes Lack of UN Remedy for Refugee Poisoning

    March 14, 2019

    Highlighting a pattern of UN inertia preventing or delaying remedies for alleged harm caused by peacekeeping operations, the UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncak has criticized the international organization for failing to compensate ethnic Roma victims for illness caused by polluted water in UN-built refugee camps in Kosovo.

  • UN Report: Environmental Status Quo Will Kill Millions

    March 14, 2019

    The Washington Post reports that the UN Environment Programme’s Global Environment Outlook calls for “unprecedented action” to halt environmental degradation and save millions of lives from air and water pollution through such measures as “mainstreaming” environmental factors in a vast array of social and economic decisions.

  • WHO Reforms Target Action on Broad Range of Health Policies

    March 14, 2019

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a set of far-reaching reforms geared toward helping the UN agency, in part, target health issues traditionally reserved for governments and society, such as the implementation of “universal health coverage” and the enjoyment of “better health and well-being.”

  • UN Fund Pays Brazil $96 Million to Reward Climate Action

    March 07, 2019

    The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Green Climate Fund has approved a $96 million payout to Brazil for reducing deforestation within its territory as part of a “REDD-plus” results-based payments system aimed at redistributing funds to reward countries for complying with the UNFCCC’s agenda on combating climate change.

  • UNESCO Initiative Promotes Policies on “Positive Masculinities”

    March 06, 2019

    A UNESCO-convened group representing Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean recently approved an Interregional Roadmap for the UNESCO Global Initiative on Masculinities, with the ultimate goal of producing global recommendations for public policy promoting “positive masculinities” to achieve gender equality.

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