UN Agencies Seek to Globalize Human Right to a Healthy Environment

August 16, 2019

The UNEP and UN Human Rights Office have agreed to cooperate in pressuring national governments to accept the human right to a healthy environment, thereby promoting its global recognition. 

Wedding Cake Case Referred to European Court of Human Rights

August 16, 2019

A case involving a Christian bakery, which refused to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage, has been referred to the European Court of Human Rights.

Business Roundtable Redefines Purpose of a Corporation

August 20, 2019

Abandoning the long-standing principle of shareholder primacy, the Business Roundtable has released a new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, signed by 181 CEOs "who commit to lead their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders."

Moody's Forecasts Strong Five-Year Growth in Islamic Finance in Eurasia's CIS

August 20, 2019

American financial services giant Moody's Corporation is forecasting strong growth of sharia-compliant/compatible finance and banking in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) comprised of ten former Soviet Republics stretching from Russia and Ukraine to the Caucasus and Central Asia.


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  • UN Special Rapporteur Monitors Vancouver Homeless Relocation

    August 22, 2019

    Leilani Farha, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, has informed Vancouver, Canada officials that she is closely monitoring potential human rights law violations associated with city attempts to relocate 200 people who, for one year, have been living in tents at Oppenheimer Park.

  • Samsung and UNDP Partner to Promote SDGs

    August 22, 2019

    To help the UN Development Programme promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Samsung Electronic Co., Ltd. is offering the new ‘Samsung Global Goals’ app, which "will give consumers easy and effective ways to learn more about each of the 17 Global Goals and take part in small actions to help support the issues that matter most to them."

  • Human Rights Watch Seeks Human Rights Protection for Children at U.S. Border

    August 21, 2019

    Lamenting the conditions children entering the U.S. face as a result of an overburdened immigration system, Human Rights Watch looks to the UN human rights treaty system as a source of potential remedy.

  • Nordic CEOs Pursue Collaboration with Governments on SDGs

    August 22, 2019

    At a meeting of the Nordic Council of Ministers, leading business CEOs from the Nordic region presented their vision for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through greater public-private sector collaboration and the transition to purpose-driven business practices.

  • GRI Driving Corporate Action on SDGs

    August 21, 2019

    Global Reporting Initiative (“GRI”), an organization “that helps businesses, governments and other organisations understand and communicate their sustainability impacts” continues to collaborate with the United Nations and NGOs to increase SDG compliance reporting.

  • OECD Considers Tax Apportionment Reform

    August 20, 2019

    The Tax Justice Institute is expressing progressive support for a shift to a global unitary corporate tax system, with apportionment of taxes being based on the location of a company’s employment and sales.

  • Expert Calls for EU Development of "Trustworthy" AI Platform

    August 22, 2019

    Opining on the European Leadership Network website, Raluca Csernatoni explains how EU could play a significant role in "putting forward policy and research frameworks and initiatives for the responsible design and governance of AI in Europe and the world, thus potentially mitigating great power competition."

  • Macron Promotes “European Renaissance” Agenda in Central and Eastern Europe

    August 21, 2019

    Politico.eu reports that French President Emmanuel Macron is promoting his European Renaissance agenda among liberal leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, which “consists of greater EU integration, a beef-up common defense and security policy and stronger EU presence on the international stage” and embraces “young, educated, urban, socially liberal EU enthusiasts.” 

  • Russia and Iran Oppose Competing Trans-Caspian Pipeline

    August 19, 2019

    Citing “ecological concerns,” at a recent Caspian Economic Forum, Russian and Iranian delegates made clear their opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline through the Caspian seabed.