Committee Seeks More "Political Ambition" in EU Budget

May 23, 2018

The European Economic and Social Committee recently hosted a meeting at which its leaders criticized the European Commission's proposal for a post-2020 EU budget as lacking "political ambition," calling for a budget increase despite Brexit and pushing for "greater conditionality" for access to EU funding.

OIC Calls for UN Protection Force for Palestinians in Gaza

May 23, 2018

An emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convened in Istanbul called on the UN Security Council and General Assembly to address Israel's response to Palestinian protests at the Gaza border and the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem by establishing an "international protection force" for the Palestinians.

UN, World Bank Launch Joint SDG Framework

May 23, 2018

The UN and World Bank Group have agreed to a Strategic Partnership Framework consolidating their commitments to achieving the UN's comprehensive social and environmental targets contained in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through financing for "sustainable development" and action against climate change.

OECD-ILO Report Calls for Stronger Labor Movement

May 23, 2018

As part of their partnership promoting "decent work" across the globe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have produced a report calling for better labor relations to make economic growth "more inclusive" and pressure employers to provide for fair working conditions.

 

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  • World Bank Approves "Sustainability" Loan to Turkey

    May 24, 2018

    The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors recently approved a loan of just over $90 million to Turkey as part of a new "Sustainable Cities Project," through which the development institution will support the Turkish cities Antalya and Muğla in achieving "economic, financial, environmental, and social sustainability" in infrastructure, water, sanitation, and other areas.

     
  • World Bank Calls for "Nature Based" Responses to Climate Risks

    May 24, 2018

    The World Bank explains its partnership in the development of a guidance document considering how development institutions should integrate "nature based solutions" to disaster risks in their financing strategies to respond to increased risks of global warming and extreme weather events.

     
  • World Bank Funds "Climate-Smart" Agriculture in Bangladesh

    May 24, 2018

    Illustrating the World Bank's embrace of the global climate agenda as a viable path toward achieving development, the institution recently announced the launch of a Climate-Smart Agriculture Country Profile and the Climate Smart Investment Plan for Bangladesh, pushing the country to take into account threats from global warming in its agricultural policies.

     
 
  • UK Peers Seek Broad AI Regulation

    May 24, 2018

    The Guardian reports that the UK House of Lords select committee on artificial intelligence (AI) has issued a report warning that the alleged misuse of Facebook data by the firm Cambridge Analytica shows the need for Britain to become a leader in regulation promoting a set of broad goals on the ethical use of AI technology.

     
  • Turkish Unions Embrace Global "Living Wage" Initiative

    May 24, 2018

    A group of unions in the Turkish textile, garment, and leather sector has endorsed the "Action, Collaboration, Transformation" (ACT) initiative backed by the global union federation IndustriAll as a way through which they plan to promote the payment of a "living wage" to workers in their fields.

     
  • Oxfam: Corporate Lobbying for Lower Taxes Fuels Poverty

    May 24, 2018

    The activist organization Oxfam has warned that the lobbying US companies perform at the federal level in favor of lowering corporate tax rates undercuts the rhetoric of these businesses on such social and environmental issues as climate change, diversity, and immigration and "fuels the scourge of poverty and inequality in the US and abroad."

     
 
  • EU Institutions Plan Comprehensive ePrivacy Rules

    May 24, 2018

    Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl of DIGITALEUROPE examines the development by EU institutions of an ePrivacy Regulation that would go farther than the onerous General Data Protection Regulation in imposing requirements aimed at maintaining privacy in electronic communications, thus determining "how all present and future digital technologies and devices function."

     
  • Rees-Mogg: Call the Bluff of EU Negotiators on Irish Border

    May 24, 2018

    The Express reports that UK Member of Parliament and head of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg has called on Brexit negotiators to call the bluff of EU officials rejecting UK plans for minimal border disruptions between Ireland and Northern Ireland and ramp up preparations for a scenario in which there is no withdrawal deal between the UK and EU.

     
  • German Church Faces Employment Lawsuits After ECJ Ruling

    May 24, 2018

    The Catholic Herald reports that the German Catholic Church is reviewing its employment policies for conflicts with EU anti-discrimination laws after the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) placed limits on the ways in which churches can use religious affiliation as an employment qualification and subjected such employment decisions to judicial review.

     
 
  • Muslim Inmates in Alaska Bring Lawsuit over Ramadan Food

    May 24, 2018

    Muslim inmates represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Legal Defense Fund have brought suit against the state of Alaska, alleging "cruel and unusual punishment" and seeking financial damages for inadequate caloric content of food provided at the end of the daily Ramadan fast.

     
  • UK Official Urges EU to Help End Blasphemy Laws

    May 24, 2018

    Britain’s Foreign Office Minister of State for Human Rights Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon has urged British, EU, and UN policymakers and officials to cooperate in ending global blasphemy and apostasy laws used by Islamists to silence religious freedom, while also recognizing that some EU member states have their own, albeit outmoded, blasphemy laws.

     
  • British Court Convicts Mother for Daughter's Forced Marriage

    May 24, 2018

    A British court has convicted a Pakistani woman in London for forcing her then-14-year-old daughter to marry a 36-year-old man in Pakistan, in the first successful prosecution related to the work of the country’s Forced Marriage Unit.