Kelly: Trump's Warsaw Speech Reflects a Personalist Nationalism

July 13, 2017

In his recent speech in Warsaw, Poland, President Trump set forth a vision for a Personalist Nationalism, the key features of which Pope John Paul II first articulated.

NGOs, UN Partner to Benchmark SDG Contributions

July 19, 2017

The WWF project Gold Standard and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are launching a "Gold Standard for the Global Goals" that will measure contributions from the public and private sectors toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pressure businesses to help fulfill the UN's social and environmental agenda.

UN Committee Blasts Israeli "Rights Violations"

July 19, 2017

An annual evaluation from a UN Committee established specifically to target Israel over alleged human rights violations concluded that "Israeli authorities continue with policies and practices," including administrative detention and extrajudicial killings, "that negatively impact the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory."

Islamic Finance Sustains Robust Global Growth

July 19, 2017

The systematic internationalization of sharia finance products and services by Islamic finance industry leaders, with particular focus on growing a non-Islamic customer base, accounts for the projected robust growth in the nearly $1.9 trillion sharia-compliant/compatible marketplace.

 

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  • UNESCO Promotes "Citizenship Education" in Southern Africa

    July 20, 2017

    In April, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) supported a meeting of Sub-Saharan African leaders to discuss how "global citizenship education" can promote global perceptions of the concepts of "human rights, citizenship, international relations, peace, conflicts resolution, democracy, and environmental education" in national education systems.

     
  • UNESCO Creates Education Monitoring Database

    July 20, 2017

    As part of its push to meet education targets under the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has created an online database permitting the public, including rights activists, to monitor countries' education systems and pressure them to expand efforts to fulfill the global "right to education."

     
  • UNESCO Calls for More Teacher Training on "Citizenship Education"

    July 20, 2017

    Based on a recent study, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) has called for countries to match their mandatory integration of the "global citizenship education" agenda, which prioritizes diversity and inclusiveness, in their national curricula with a higher level of training for teachers to permit them to appropriately deliver the agenda to students.

     
 
  • NGO: Fund Africa's "Human Economy" Through Corporate Taxation

    July 20, 2017

    In advance of a recent World Economic Forum meeting in South Africa, the activist organization Oxfam called on African leaders to pursue "inclusive growth" by creating a redistributive economic approach focused on reducing economic inequality in part by clamping down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations.

     
  • UN, GRI Develop Guidance for Corporate SDG Reporting

    July 20, 2017

    As part of their Action Platform called "Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," representatives from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the UN Global Compact convened in March in The Hague to collaborate on the formation of guidance for companies on how to publicly report their compliance with and contributions to the SDGs.

     
  • UN Body Seeks Chinese Infrastructure Compliance with SDGs

    July 20, 2017

    As part of the UN's prioritization of obtaining government and private sector support for its comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Economic and Social Council recently held a workshop in New York in which it pressed Chinese officials to explain how their massive infrastructure project the Belt and Road Initiative will contribute to the SDGs.

     
 
  • Kelly: Trump's Warsaw Speech Reflects a Personalist Nationalism

    July 20, 2017

    In his recent speech in Warsaw, Poland, President Trump set forth a vision for a Personalist Nationalism, the key features of which Pope John Paul II first articulated.

     
  • CoE Body Weighs in on Pretrial Detention

    July 20, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) Committee for the Prevention of Torture has called for countries to hold people charged with crimes in detention while they await trial only when "absolutely necessary" and to use alternative measures in all other cases to prevent prison overcrowding.

     
  • EU May Struggle to Enforce "Brexit Bill"

    July 20, 2017

    The Daily Mail reports that, in the run-up to the UK general election in June, the European Commission rejected advice from EU lawyers that enforcement of a so-called "Brexit bill" of 100 billion euros would be "legally impossible" and decided to pursue the payment to plug a substantial hole in the bloc's budget.

     
 
  • UN Chief: Target "Hate Speech" to Prevent Atrocities

    July 20, 2017

    At the launch of an initiative to prevent atrocities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that averting such crimes requires combating "the proliferation of hate speech - both online and offline" that could "spread hostility and hatred" and lead to the normalization of violence.

     
  • UNESCO Event Prioritizes Diversity in Preventing Terrorism

    July 20, 2017

    At a UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) event on how to use "educational media" to prevent "violent extremism," speakers emphasized the importance of promoting "inclusion and respect for diversity" and "citizenship education" in school textbooks and curricula to blunt the force of extremist messaging.

     
  • OSCE Event Counters Religious Clothing Restrictions

    July 20, 2017

    The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights recently held a roundtable in Amsterdam for NGOs and representatives of the Muslim and Jewish communities to discuss state restrictions on religious rites and practices, including on religious clothing, within the OSCE and how to form "sustainable national advocacy coalitions" to combat such restrictions.