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  • World Bank Supports Kazakh Climate-Reporting Program

    February 14, 2018

    The World Bank's announcement of support for a new platform launched by the government of Kazakhstan to monitor and report greenhouse gas emissions shows how the global finance institution is embracing the international agenda on combating climate change as part of its efforts to spur development in poor countries.

  • World Bank Commits to Urban Efforts to Stem Global Warming

    February 14, 2018

    In a recent press release, the World Bank describes its recent efforts, since the One Planet Summit hosted by the French government last year, to align its financing commitments for urban areas with the global agenda on climate change, including by ramping up support for the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities and the City Resilience Program.

  • World Bank Provides Global Guidance on Financial Regulation

    February 13, 2018

    As part of its global guidance for national regulators focused on the financial industry, the World Bank has produced two reports providing "a comprehensive collection of good practices and benchmarking for financial consumer protection and financial inclusion around the world."

  • World Bank Touts Funding of "New Urban Agenda"

    February 13, 2018

    An article published by the World Bank illustrates the development organization's embrace of the "New Urban Agenda" agreed by participants in the UN Habitat III conference in 2016, highlighting its drive for trillions in funding to make urban areas "inclusive, resilient, productive, and sustainable for all," as well as resistant to the future, catastrophic impacts of global warming.

  • World Bank Wealth Report Tracks "Sustainability"

    February 13, 2018

    Using a new measure of wealth that promotes the UN "sustainable development" agenda by tracking countries' "economic progress and sustainability," including figures on "natural" and "human" capital, a report from the World Bank warns of "substantial" wealth inequality that is leaving behind poor countries.

  • Governments Resist Reforms of UN Development System

    February 13, 2018

    Stefano Gennarini of the Center for Family & Human Rights reports on the resistance by some countries to UN Secretary-General António Guterres's plan providing for a "reinvigorated" system of UN "resident coordinators" in each country empowered to influence national policy priorities within the UN's framework on "sustainable development."

  • UN Agent Calls on US to Reverse National Monument Order

    February 12, 2018

    UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has warned that US President Donald Trump's "outrageous" proclamation opening most of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah to natural-resources projects undermines international legal obligations to obtain the consent of indigenous peoples when implementing measures affecting them.

  • HRW Criticizes Praise for China from UN, Governments

    February 08, 2018

    Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch criticizes international organizations like the UN Human Rights Council, Western governments, and businesses for engaging with, and even praising, the authoritarian, single-party regime of China without taking a principled stand on the country's broad lack of recognition of democratic values and individual rights.

  • Commentary Points to Flaws in UN Firearms Regulation

    February 08, 2018

    Ted Bromund of the Heritage Foundation writes that UN efforts to regulate the arms trade is only serving to hamper legitimate trade of weapons and ammunition to countries like the US - including the US government - with little impact on less-than-scrupulous companies and countries that pay no attention to provisions limiting trade in firearms and ammunition.

  • UNHCR Publishes Draft Global Refugee Compact

    February 07, 2018

    A "zero draft" of a global compact on refugees, developed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for discussion by UN member states beginning in Geneva next week, sets out a broad set of policies for the integration of refugees in host countries and provides for a system of international financial support for these countries.

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