Islamism and Populism Ascend in Turkey Coup Aftermath

July 20, 2016

Democracy is the loser in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, as President Erdogan's Islamist government has arbitrarily detained 6,000-plus "coup plotters" in the judiciary, armed forces, and police, many of whom belong to the country's competing Islamist movement led by Pennsylvania cleric Fetullah Gulen.

EU Parliament Reports Call for "More Europe"

July 20, 2016

According to Politico, in the face of calls from EU leaders and member states to step back from EU federalism following the UK's vote to leave the bloc, Members of the European Parliament have produced a set of reports seeking more measures to solve problems at the EU level and treaty changes that bring more power to Brussels.

NGOs Criticize UNCTAD Trade, IP Involvement

July 20, 2016

Intellectual Property Watch reports that a letter published by a network of nongovernmental organizations calls on the UN Conference on Trade and Development to reject involvement in the promotion of "trade liberalization" and intellectual property rights and instead should focus on advancing the UN's agenda on "sustainable development."

World Bank Event Seeks Business Funding of Climate Efforts

July 20, 2016

At a recent forum in Vienna, the World Bank and 12 other groups published a guide called Principles for Dialogue on Climate Action that seeks pathways for governments to persuade businesses to invest billions of dollars in funding and collaborate in a variety of ways to implement the UN's agenda on climate change.

 

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  • UN Chief Presents Report on SDG Progress

    July 22, 2016

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released his first annual report on global progress toward implementing the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030 and has noted that 22 countries have agreed to present "voluntary national reviews" of their SDG progress at this year's UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

     
  • UNHCR Criticizes Migration Restrictions in Hungary

    July 22, 2016

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed concern that Hungarian regulations restricting the entry of migrants, including refugees, into the country violate international law and has criticized officials for pushing back migrants from the border into Serbia.

     
  • WHO Calls for Noncommunicable Disease "Surveillance"

    July 22, 2016

    A report from the UN's World Health Organization expresses concern over the lack of progress among countries on factors, such as tobacco and alcohol use and unhealthy diets, causing noncommunicable diseases and calls for action, including "surveillance systems," to meet health targets under the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

     
 
  • Accountant Group Pushes BHR Due Diligence

    July 22, 2016

    In cooperation with the UN Global Compact Network UK, Chartered Global Management Account has produced a guide for management accountants to pressure their companies to perform due diligence in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and complying with international BHR reporting standards.

     
  • US Seeks Ramped-up Business Humanitarian Funding

    July 22, 2016

    The White House, with a number of US corporations, has launched a Partnership for Refugees that pushes businesses to increase their financial and other humanitarian assistance to refugees around the world.

     
  • Countries Eye Global Mechanism on Aviation Emissions

    July 21, 2016

    EurActiv reports that countries forming the International Civil Aviation Organization general assembly, which is meeting in September, are seeking to use the meeting to finalize a global mechanism for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions from airlines.

     
 
  • EU Seeks Tough Emissions Restrictions on Members

    July 22, 2016

    Politico reports that the European Commission's proposed Effort Sharing Regulation, which seeks to meet its greenhouse gas emissions pledges under the recent UN climate deal, is facing blowback from governments on which the regulation imposes the toughest emissions restrictions.

     
  • Court: Greek Investor "Haircut" Did Not Violate ECHR

    July 22, 2016

    The European Court of Human Rights has found that Greek legislation forcing holders of the country's bonds to exchange these bonds for instruments of lesser value in order to stave off government bankruptcy during a serious economic crisis did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights' protection of private property.

     
  • ECtHR: Bulgarian Prisoner Voting Ban Violates Rights

    July 22, 2016

    The European Court of Human Rights has held that a blanket ban on voting by incarcerated prisoners in Bulgaria, without regard for "their individual circumstances, their conduct and the gravity of the offences committed," violates prisoners' right to vote under European human rights law.

     
 
  • Swedish Policymakers Disagree on Best Methods for Countering Islamist Extremism

    July 18, 2016

    In the face of the spread of Islamist extremist ideologies and transitional jihadist activities inside Sweden, Swedish policymakers are sharply divided on whether security and intelligence tactics or democratization and social integration programs are the optimal methods for countering threats from radical Islamism.

     
  • French Citizens Heckle PM at Nice Memorial

    July 18, 2016

    Hecklers called for the resignation of France's Prime Minister at the memorial service for victims of the terror attack in Nice, critiquing the government for its national security failures against individuals in France, like the perpetrator of the Nice massacre, with ties to and interest in global Islamist extremist groups.

     
  • Islamism and Populism Ascend in Turkey Coup Aftermath

    July 18, 2016

    Islamism and populism are the winners - and democracy is the loser - in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, as President Erdogan's Islamist government has arbitrarily detained 6,000-plus "coup plotters" in the judiciary, armed forces, and police, many of whom belong to the country's competing Islamist movement led by Pennsylvania cleric Fetullah Gulen.