UNESCO Seeks Policies Against "Fake News"

September 13, 2017

At a recent Joint Extremism/Digital Europe Working Group Conference hosted at the European Parliament, Guy Berger of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on media organizations to do more to debunk "fake news" stories and pushed governments to find ways to prosecute certain purveyors of false stories.

Hungarian Official: Ceding Power to EU Is a "Dead End"

September 13, 2017

Reuters reports that Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has pledged to fight against EU migrant resettlement plans despite the dismissal by an EU court of Hungary's legal challenge to the policy and warned that the surrender of powers by EU member states to the supranational organization represents a "dead end street."

Report Considers New Global Governance Structures

September 13, 2017

An extensive report from the Council on Foreign Relations examines how transnational institutions might sidestep the reassertion of nationalism in Western democracies to create a new order of global governance arising out of flexible structures influencing policy on human rights, the climate, the internet, and other global issues.

Report: BHR Treaty Must Expand Corporate Liability

September 13, 2017

In a recent report, Daniel Blackburn of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights outlines several ways in which a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) could promote global liability of corporations for alleged BHR violations, including by requiring them to adopt extensive "due diligence" procedures.


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  • UN Officials Seek Multilateralism on Climate, SDGs

    September 19, 2017

    UN officials opened the high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council's 2017 session in July by stressing the need for multilateralism and funding from rich to poor countries to combat worldwide challenges such as climate change, as one official labeled the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "a new social contract for the world."

  • UN Bases SDG Efforts in Global Technology

    September 19, 2017

    A report from several high-ranking UN officials organized by the UN's International Telecommunications Union describes how the UN will work to leverage the power of information and communication technologies to achieve each of the comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UNESCO Teaches Gambian Youth "Sustainability"

    September 19, 2017

    In July, UNESCO's network in The Gambia gathered hundreds of young people in the country to teach them about the UN agency's "Global Citizenship Education" (GCE) and "Education for Sustainable Development" (ESD) programs aimed "to promote fundamental values of peaceful co-existence" and ended the session with a declaration in favor of GCE and ESD learning.

  • Trade Associations Promote "Sustainability" Agenda

    September 19, 2017

    In an op-ed, representatives from the UN-coordinated International Trade Centre and the Foreign Trade Association present initiatives from their organizations, including a "business social compliance initiative" and "trade for sustainable development" programme, seeking to persuade governments and businesses to adopt the "sustainability" agenda in their foreign trade practices.

  • NGO Publishes Guide on Opposing Extractive Operations

    September 19, 2017

    The Association for Women's Rights in Development has released a "practical guide" containing strategies for global human rights and environmental activists to oppose the operations of oil, gas, and mining companies, thereby "resisting corporate power that commodifies nature and prioritizes profit over people and the environment."

  • NGO: Regulate Emissions to Quell Security Risks

    September 19, 2017

    An article on the website Eco-business cites analysis by the nongovernmental Center for Climate and Security pushing for increased regulation of corporate greenhouse gas emissions to address "climate-related risks" such as increased security threats and migration around the world stoked by rising temperatures.

  • Scholar: Poland Moves Toward "De-Europeanisation"

    September 19, 2017

    Piotr Buras of the European Council on Foreign Relations has produced an article asserting that recent developments in Poland concerning the country's courts and parliamentary procedure, along with criticism of EU institutions, signal an attempted "de-Europeanisation" by the ruling party that could harm the internal cohesion of the EU.

  • UK MPs: EU Owes Britain €10 Billion

    September 19, 2017

    Business Insider reports that over 100 UK Members of Parliament (MPs) who form the euroskeptic European Research Group have produced a report asserting that the UK has no legal obligation to pay a "divorce bill" to the EU upon leaving the bloc, and instead could claim €10 billion from the EU for the country's share in the European Investment Bank.

  • UK Paper Seeks Continued EU Science Ties

    September 19, 2017

    The UK government has published a position paper stating that British officials involved in Brexit negotiations will seek to agree "a far-reaching science and innovation agreement with the EU that establishes a framework for future collaboration" and permits the UK to continue to receive billions of pounds in research funding from the bloc.

  • Critics Point to Chilling Effects of German "Hate Speech" Law

    September 18, 2017

    The BBC reports on the growing debate in Germany over the potential chilling effects of a law set to enter into force in October that provides for large fines of social media companies that do not take down "blatantly illegal" speech, including "defamation of religions, religious and ideological associations," from their online platforms.

  • NYT Critiques Forms of Private Internet Censorship

    September 15, 2017

    The New York Times has published an editorial expressing alarm about the implications of a website security and performance company's decision to effectively take off-line a neo-Nazi website for mocking a victim of violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, arguing that private internet censorship presents a new problem for freedom of expression.

  • UN Report Points to Economic Factors in Driving Extremism

    September 15, 2017

    The UN Development Programme has produced a new study, based on "hundreds of interviews with extremists" involved in groups like Islamist organizations Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab, pinpointing "deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance" as key factors in pushing Africans into the arms of violent extremist groups.