International Organizations

  • Experts Applaud US Defunding of UNRWA

    November 30, 2018

    Brett Schaefer and James Phillips of the Heritage Foundation write that the Trump Administration’s decision to end funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees was justified in light of UNRWA’s flaws, including its broad definition of “refugee” and evidence that it has contributed to violent extremism.

  • Haley: UNHRC Provides Cover to Rights Violators

    November 29, 2018

    In remarks at the Heritage Foundation in September, US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley explained at length the reasons behind the US’s withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), citing the loose membership requirements, its disproportionate focus on Israel, and its status as a “bully pulpit for human rights violators.”

  • World Bank Targets $3 Billion in Water-Related SDG Investments

    November 29, 2018

    In August, the World Bank launched a Sustainable Development Bond initiative aimed at raising over $3 billion in investments supporting the realization of the UN’s comprehensive social and environmental targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on SDGs relating to “water, sanitation and marine protection.”

  • UN Official Says Paris Deal Climate Pledges Are Not Enough

    November 29, 2018

    Underscoring the massive level of action needed to meet the global pledges set out in the UN’s Paris climate deal in 2015, the UN’s top climate official Patricia Espinosa has warned that governments are still not on track - even with their current commitments under the deal -  to tackle the threats posed by global warming by the end of this century.

  • China Uses Belt & Road to Overhaul Global Governance

    November 29, 2018

    The Straits Times reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping has been selling his country’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, aimed at funding infrastructure for trade across the Eurasian Continent, as a key contribution to China’s ongoing efforts to reform the global governance system.

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