EC Advances Procedure over Polish Judicial Retirement Rules

August 15, 2018

The European Commission (EC) has advanced its legal proceedings against Poland over legislation lowering the mandatory retirement age of Supreme Court judges by sending a “Reasoned Opinion” to Polish authorities demanding that the country comply with EU law on judicial independence.

World Bank Explains Strategy for Achieving SDGs

August 15, 2018

The World Bank Group recently published its second edition of a document explaining how it has retooled its global financing strategy to focus on achieving the “ambitious” and comprehensive set of social and environmental targets contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Germany Arrests Iranian Diplomat over Terror Plot

August 15, 2018

Germany's recent arrest of a high-ranking Iranian diplomat from Tehran's Embassy in Austria reveals a network of activities underscoring the extent to which Iranian intelligence operatives are engaged in espionage and violent activities committed to destabilizing the Euro-American space in line with Tehran's radical Islamist revolutionary goals.

Tourism Council Joins UN Initiative on Climate Action

August 15, 2018

The World Travel and Tourism Council, a global body representing companies in the travel and tourism industry, has agreed to join the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative with a pledge by its members to reduce and offset their greenhouse gas emissions and push for “sustainable” practices in line with the UN’s Paris climate deal.

 

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  • World Bank Explains Strategy for Achieving SDGs

    August 15, 2018

    The World Bank Group recently published its second edition of a document explaining how it has retooled its global financing strategy to focus on achieving the “ambitious” and comprehensive set of social and environmental targets contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

     
  • UN Rights Chief Criticizes Trump’s Media, Minority Rhetoric

    August 15, 2018

    The Guardian reports that outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has characterized US President Donald Trump’s attacks on media outlets as “very close to incitement to violence” and his rhetoric regarding minorities as reminiscent of language used to stir up racial hatred in 1930s Germany.

     
  • UN Chief Seeks “Safe Spaces” for Youth Expression

    August 15, 2018

    Marking International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for the creation of “safe spaces” for young people in both the physical and digital worlds guaranteeing their “security and dignity” while expressing their views.

     
 
  • Tourism Council Joins UN Initiative on Climate Action

    August 15, 2018

    The World Travel and Tourism Council, a global body representing companies in the travel and tourism industry, has agreed to join the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative with a pledge by its members to reduce and offset their greenhouse gas emissions and push for “sustainable” practices in line with the UN’s Paris climate deal.

     
  • EU Court Takes on Legal Challenge to Emissions Targets

    August 15, 2018

    The website Climate Liability News reports that, as part of a growing global trend of “climate litigation,” the EU’s General Court has accepted a case challenging the EU’s current target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to comply with the bloc’s pledges under the UN’s Paris climate deal as insufficient and a violation of Europeans’ fundamental rights.

     
  • Global Energy Company, UN Partner on Fulfilling SDGs

    August 15, 2018

    The energy company Repsol has signed a deal with the UN Development Programme providing for a two-year collaboration to help support local communities in fulfilling the comprehensive social and environmental objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

     
 
  • EC Advances Procedure over Polish Judicial Retirement Rules

    August 15, 2018

    The European Commission (EC) has advanced its legal proceedings against Poland over legislation lowering the mandatory retirement age of Supreme Court judges by sending a “Reasoned Opinion” to Polish authorities demanding that the country comply with EU law on judicial independence.

     
  • Italian Official Links EU Budget Constraints with Infrastructure Safety

    August 15, 2018

    Bloomberg reports that Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini has warned, following the fatal collapse of a bridge in Genoa, that constraints imposed by the EU on Italy’s budget could undermine the country’s infrastructure and threaten the safety of the Italian people.

     
  • Germany Pays Benefits to 260,000 Children Living Abroad

    August 15, 2018

    The Express reports that the German Finance Ministry has determined citizens of other EU member states working in Germany are claiming monthly child benefits for over 260,000 children living outside the country, leading critics to warn that EU rules encourage benefits shopping in rich EU countries.

     
 
  • Germany Arrests Iranian Diplomat over Terror Plot

    August 15, 2018

    Germany's recent arrest of a high-ranking Iranian diplomat from Tehran's Embassy in Austria reveals a network of activities underscoring the extent to which Iranian intelligence operatives are engaged in espionage and violent activities committed to destabilizing the Euro-American space in line with Tehran's radical Islamist revolutionary goals.

     
  • IS Targets Druze as Militants Regroup in Syria

    August 15, 2018

    Islamic State (IS) fighters targeted Syria's Druze community kidnapping-for-ransom and violence, a first-time move against the Islamic offshoot community considered heretics by IS and a signal of the Islamist extremist group's shift to targeted, low-risk-high-return attacks designed to sustain their jihadist operations over the long haul in Syria and Iraq.

     
  • Judge Sentences Ex-Marine for IS Terror Plot in San Francisco

    August 15, 2018

    A former US Marine was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for his role in plotting with Islamic State (IS) to perpetrate a terrorist attack against the popular tourist spot Pier 39 in San Francisco.