United Nations

  • Schaefer: US Must Follow Through on UN Funding Threats

    January 17, 2018

    Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation writes that, in the wake of the UN General Assembly vote criticizing US policy on Jerusalem, the US must follow through with its funding threats to discourage future UN votes against US support of Israel, including by cutting the funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency, charged with financing Palestinian institutions and development.

  • UN Programs Leverage "Big Data" for SDGs

    January 16, 2018

    An article from Priyankar Bhunia of OpenGov highlights a series of UN initiatives on the collection and use of "big data" in countries around the world to support the international organization's fulfillment of the comprehensive social and environmental objectives contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UN Office Attacks "Racist" Trump Migration Comments

    January 16, 2018

    CNN reports that a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has labeled denigrating comments about other countries attributed to US President Donald Trump in a meeting on US migration policy as "racist," "shocking," and "shameful."

  • UN Chief: Don't "Obsess" About Negative Migration Impacts

    January 16, 2018

    Identifying migration as a "positive global phenomenon" in a report serving as his input into negotiations regarding a UN Global Migration Compact, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for governments "to broaden the opportunities that migration offers to us all" and warned them not to "obsess about minimizing risks" of the phenomenon.

  • US Withholds Funds from UNRWA

    January 10, 2018

    The Los Angeles Times reports that, after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which distributes aid to Palestinian institutions, for objecting to the US's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the US government did not make its latest scheduled payment to UNRWA.

  • UN Refugee Office Objects to Israel's Migrant Relocation

    January 10, 2018

    Reuters reports that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has objected to an Israeli plan to pay for a group of African migrants, whom Israel treats as having illegally entered the country to pursue economic opportunities, to return back to their home countries in sub-Saharan Africa, calling for Israel to develop "legal alternatives" to the relocation.

  • UNSC Demands Climate Action from Peacekeepers

    January 09, 2018

    In the midst of myriad global security threats and a sex-abuse scandal engulfing the UN peacekeeping system, the UN Security Council (UNSC) has announced in a press statement that UN peacekeeping forces "will continue to consider ways" to reduce their carbon footprint to comply with the UN's Paris climate accord of 2015.

  • UNESCO Course Promotes "Gender-Sensitive" Teaching

    January 09, 2018

    The UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning has published highlights from its online course on implementing and measuring "gender equality" programs in national education systems around the world and promoting "gender-sensitive" teaching in schools.

  • World Bank Touts "Social Protection" Program in Philippines

    January 09, 2018

    In a recent press release, the World Bank holds up its work on the development of a comprehensive "social protection" reform scheme in the Philippines, including a "conditional cash transfer" initiative targeting poor households, as a model for national redistribution schemes in countries around the world.

  • Israel Joins US in Withdrawal from UNESCO

    January 09, 2018

    Noa Landau reports that Israel has announced its decision to join the US in withdrawing from the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), asserting that many of the international organization's decisions were "polluting its noble basic values with politicization and diplomatic terror that sometimes bordered on anti-Semitism."

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