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  • UN Officials Link "Human Security" Agenda with SDGs

    August 30, 2017

    Addressing a high-profile event at UN headquarters, officials of the international organization called for governments and other actors to forge connections between the global "human security" agenda, a broad concept based in protecting individuals' economic and social freedoms through development, and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UN Officials: End Israeli "Occupation" to Achieve Rights

    August 30, 2017

    Marking 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war in June, a set of top UN officials issued messages asserting that ending Israel's "occupation" of Palestinian territories and establishing an independent Palestinian state is the "only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people."

  • UNESCO Issues "Inclusive Learning" Guide

    August 30, 2017

    Demonstrating the extent to which UN officials have expanded efforts to tell governments how to run their education systems, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has produced a global guide teaching countries how to "develop and implement inclusive education policies and programmes and ensure inclusive learning environments."

  • UNESCO Pushes Urban "Creativity" for SDGs

    August 29, 2017

    At the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) recent Creative Cities Network Mayors’ Forum, on the topic of "designing inclusive public spaces in the digital age," speakers considered how city leaders can use "culture and creativity" to bolster the UN's comprehensive efforts to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UNESCO Training Focuses on Climate, "Sustainability" Education

    August 29, 2017

    At the conclusion of a recent Advanced Training Programme hosted by UNESCO's International Institute for Education Planning, representatives of the Institute stressed to trainees the importance of education on climate change and the UN's "sustainable development" agenda in contributing to "just and peaceful societies" around the world.

  • UN Officials Push Worldwide Schooling on SDGs

    August 29, 2017

    At a High-level Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Action Event on Education in New York in June, high-ranking UN officials emphasized their strategy to achieve the international organization's comprehensive "sustainability" agenda in part by convincing countries around the world to include the SDGs and "Global Citizenship Education" in their school curricula.

  • UNESCO Pushes Scientists to Fulfill SDGs

    August 29, 2017

    The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently announced a meeting of its Chairs and Networks in the Natural Sciences in Geneva to discuss aligning their scientific and technological research with the fulfillment of the comprehensive social and environmental targets contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • City Leaders Join "Covenant" to Support UN Climate Deal

    August 29, 2017

    In a CNN interview, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Maroš Šefčovič of the European Commission touted their leadership of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and highlighted the Covenant as a way for city leaders to issue their own ambitious pledges to support the fulfillment of the UN's Paris climate accord.

  • UN Agencies Create Database on Abortion Rights

    August 28, 2017

    The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) reports that the UN's World Health Organization and Department of Economic and Social Affairs have partnered on a global database cataloging government laws and policies on access to abortion as a political tool to advocate for controversial "sexual and reproductive health rights" around the world.

  • UN Agency Prioritizes "Sexual and Reproductive" Rights

    August 28, 2017

    The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) reports that a draft, three-year strategic plan from UN Women focuses in part on combating "structural barriers" to women's equality that include the denial of "sexual and reproductive health" rights, a term often interpreted to include access to abortion.

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