EC Floats Prospect of UK Joining EEA During Transition

April 19, 2017

Politico reports that the European Commission (EC) is considering the possibility of a transition deal whereby the UK would join the European Economic Area (EEA) and remain a part of the EU’s single market while the bloc continues to work out its long-term relationship with the UK.

Boeing Aircraft Sale Shows Complications of 2015 Iran Deal

April 19, 2017

Boeing Airlines' planned $3 billion sale of aircraft to a major Iranian carrier has revealed the unanticipated complications of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal given that the sale is now legal despite the known ties of the Iranian buyer’s CEO to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

NGO Leader Calls for Global Governance to Achieve SDGs

April 19, 2017

Director general of the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa Belay Begashaw has argued for increased global governance in the form of international peer-pressure and resource coordination to ensure that less-capable national governments do not fail to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GRI Standards Board Considers Further Use of BHR Guidelines

April 19, 2017

The Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Global Sustainability Standards Board has released a draft project proposal that seeks input on how to further incorporate the UN’s Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (BHR) into the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.

 

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  • UNESCO Analysis Shows SDG Impact on School Policies

    April 19, 2017

    UNESCO has released an analysis of national education practices showing significant progress in the incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Education into national education policies to promote “international understanding” and “human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

     
  • NGO Leader Calls for Global Governance to Achieve SDGs

    April 19, 2017

    Director general of the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa Belay Begashaw has argued for increased global governance in the form of international peer-pressure and resource coordination to ensure that less-capable national governments do not fail to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

     
  • UN Report Urges Increased Funding to Reach SDGs for Water

    April 19, 2017

    A new UN report has called on countries to “‘radically’ increase investments in water and sanitation infrastructure” in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include “universal access to safely managed water and sanitation services by 2030.”

     
 
  • GRI Standards Board Considers Further Use of BHR Guidelines

    April 19, 2017

    The Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Global Sustainability Standards Board has released a draft project proposal that seeks input on how to further incorporate the UN’s Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (BHR) into the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.

     
  • ILO Workers: Governments Should Protect Rights in ‘Gig Economy’

    April 19, 2017

    Janine Berg and Valerio De Stefano of the UN’s International Labour Organisation have argued that traditional government labour protections should be applied to workers who obtain platform-based work such as that found via mobile phone apps like Uber.

     
  • NGO: Governments Should Assist Foreign Nationals in BHR Cases

    April 19, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has published an article calling on governments to assist foreign nationals seeking to sue transnational companies for alleged business and human rights (BHR) violations.

     
 
  • Hungarian President Hardens Stance on EU Migrant Quotas

    April 19, 2017

    The Times reports that Hungarian President Viktor Orbán has insisted that his country would not “yield an inch” on its refusal to accept the EU’s migrant quotas despite threats that the country would face “legal action” if it did not comply.

     
  • Czech Government Intends to Resist EU on Migrant Quotas

    April 19, 2017

    Despite EU demands that it accept a total of 1,600 migrants, the Czech government has announced that it will accept no more migrants because of difficulties in the vetting process even though the country may face EU fines of several million euros.

     
  • CoE Commissioner Criticizes Ireland on Abortion Laws

    April 19, 2017

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has released a report calling on the government of Ireland to significantly expand abortion rights in order to protect human rights and reflect “changing social attitudes” in the country.

     
 
  • Boeing Aircraft Sale Shows Complications of 2015 Iran Deal

    April 19, 2017

    Boeing Airlines' planned $3 billion sale of aircraft to a major Iranian carrier has revealed the unanticipated complications of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal given that the sale is now legal despite the known ties of the Iranian buyer’s CEO to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

     
  • Chinese State Heightens Security in the Face of Uighur Islamists

    April 19, 2017

    Chinese authorities have implemented a range of security measures to combat the growing threat of terrorist attacks by the country's radicalizing Uighur Islamists.  

     
  • IS Propaganda Message Shifts Focus to Long War

    April 19, 2017

    The most recent issue of the Islamic State's online propaganda journal, Rumiyah, suggests a messaging shift in line with recent battlefield losses, by encouraging followers to adopt a long-war strategy that combines endurance for jihad, warns of punishments for jihadi defectors, and urges theft and plunder of enemy "wealth, weapons, women, and children."