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  • Critics Point to Political Motivations in World Bank Index

    January 29, 2018

    An article in The Economist highlights how, egged on by a recent, "misleading" interview answer by the international institution's chief economist, some observers view the World Bank's "Doing Business" index as an exercise in politics and an encouragement of a "race to the bottom" in regulations that make it more difficult to set up and maintain businesses.

  • World Bank Calls for More Tax Revenue in Dominican Republic

    January 29, 2018

    The World Bank has published a report calling on the Dominican Republic to maximize the revenue it gains from tax collection, including by expanding the country's tax base, "to pursue more active social policies and a more inclusive growth."

  • Scholar Points to Merits of US Decision on UNRWA

    January 24, 2018

    Elliott Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations writes that the Trump Administration's decision to cut funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), charged with handling Palestinian refugees, is the correct one due to UNRWA's troubling association with radical groups like Hamas and its perpetuation, rather than resolution, of Palestine's "refugee" problem.

  • US Withholds More Funding from UNRWA

    January 24, 2018

    The Times of Israel reports that the US State Department has announced its withdrawal of $45 million more in funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) days after the US withheld $65 million as it undergoes a "fundamental re-examination" of its contributions to the agency charged with financing institutions for Palestinian refugees.

  • NGOs Counter UN Claims of Declining Sex Abuse in CAR

    January 24, 2018

    USA Today reports that human rights groups are countering claims by UN officials that the number of sex-abuse allegations against UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) is falling and are calling for the UN to establish an independent tribunal to evaluate such abuse claims.

  • UN Agencies Fight Health Effects of Global Warming

    January 19, 2018

    The UN Environment Programme and the World Health Organization have launched a partnership for combating "environmental health risks," including health threats from climate change and "food and nutrition issues."

  • UNESCO Renews Guide Pushing for Sexuality Education

    January 18, 2018

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently updated its International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education to renew its push for countries to implement "quality comprehensive sexuality education," including for children as young as five years old, as part of the global human rights and health agenda.

  • UNESCO: Tech Development Must Respect Rights Agenda

    January 18, 2018

    At a December session in Geneva hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNESCO representatives and other commentators called for a broad infusion of the global human rights agenda in the development of "big data and artificial intelligence" technologies.

  • US Withholds $65 Million from UNRWA

    January 17, 2018

    Fox News reports that the US government has announced that it is withholding $65 million of its planned $125 million funding from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), charged with supporting institutions for Palestinian refugees, as it presses for reform in UNRWA operations.

  • UN Agents Warn of Rights Impacts of Kenyan Climate Project

    January 17, 2018

    A press release from a group of UN human rights mandate holders signals the complexity of the interplay between climate and human rights issues by warning EU institutions that their failure to conduct a "human rights impact assessment" in funding a "Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation" project in Kenya may have resulted in human rights abuses.

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