United Nations

  • OHCHR Develops Measurement Tools for Human Rights SDGs

    October 18, 2017

    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) held a consultation meeting with selected statistical institutes and human rights organizations to formulate ways to measure progress toward human rights targets under the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UN, World Bank Push SDG-based Peace Initiative

    October 17, 2017

    The UN and the World Bank Group are collaborating on a Humanitarian-Development-Peace Initiative seeking to use the UN's comprehensive social and environmental targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address conflicts in fragile countries such as Somalia and Yemen.

  • UN Agency Publishes Global Tourist Guidelines

    October 16, 2017

    The UN World Tourism Organization recently launched a "Travel.Enjoy.Respect" campaign offering a global manual guiding "responsible travellers" visiting other countries on how to "respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host."

  • UN Panel Pushes Samoa to Uphold "Sexual Rights"

    October 16, 2017

    Following a recent visit to Samoa, the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women concluded that the country has failed so far to uphold "women's sexual and reproductive rights" and must establish a "state-sponsored social welfare system" to fully combat gender discrimination.

  • UNESCO Project Seeks Development Based in "Humanitude"

    October 16, 2017

    Adama Samassékou, president of the UNESCO-organized World Humanities Conference, describes how his project is seeking to convince global society that, faced with the "bankruptcy" of a Western way of life based on a "culture of having," it must establish a new model of development grounded in "humanitude," or "a spontaneous impulse of welcoming the Other."

  • US Announces Withdrawal from UNESCO

    October 12, 2017

    Citing "mounting arrears," lack of reform, and anti-Israel bias at the organization, the US State Department has informed the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that it will withdraw from the agency at the end of 2018 and become a non-member observer state.

  • WHO Launches Body with Broad Health Mandate

    October 11, 2017

    As part of the agency's expanding focus in areas related to healthy lifestyles rather than contagious diseases, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) has established a "high-level global commission on noncommunicable diseases" that will recommend worldwide policy approaches to long-term health and the reduction of injuries and violence.

  • UN Agents Criticize EU Mediterranean Migrant Policy

    October 11, 2017

    Two UN human rights mandate holders recently issued a statement criticizing EU and national officials for violating the human rights of migrants by adopting a policy seeking to prevent privately operated boats from transporting migrants off the coast of Libya to Europe, pushing Europe to open new avenues to migration rather than "move its borders" to Libya.

  • UNESCO Pushes for Data on Asian Learning Outcomes

    October 06, 2017

    As part of the UN agency's effort to monitor and analyze global data on education outcomes in pursuit of the international organization's "sustainable development" agenda, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Bangkok office has launched a program to guide Asian countries on developing and analyzing relevant education data.

  • UN Mandate Holders Call for Unfettered Abortion Access

    September 27, 2017

    Calling for the establishment of an International Safe Abortion Day, a group of UN human rights mandate holders has called on national governments to fulfill their “human rights obligations” to legalize, fund, and promote abortion services, and "to counter all stigma against abortion."

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