UNDP Pursues SDG Impact Practice Standards for Private Equity Funds

September 06, 2019

The United Nations Development Programme has released a draft SDG Impact Practice Standards for Private Equity Funds, a set of standards developed by SDG Impact to guide private fund managers toward investments that advance the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

UNCTAD to Facilitate Redistribution of Digital Economy's Gains

September 06, 2019

Reflecting global efforts to re-distribute the rapidly expanding digital economy's gains, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released its first-ever Digital Economy Report 2019 that maps the flow, data, and funds in the world's digital economy.

Al Qaeda Remains Committed to Attacks on US Homeland as 9/11 Anniversary Approaches

September 10, 2019

US intelligence and military sources concur that al Qaeda remains committed to attacks on the US homeland in the approach to the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist event.

Reno: "Transnational Utopianism" Threatens Transatlantic Alliance

September 11, 2019

R. R. Reno, editor of First Things, explains how "transnational utopianism encourages the illusion that a global system is emerging that will make national sovereignty obsolete," as it "detaches elites from the life of their nations" and seeks to produce "citizens of the world rather than national leaders."

 

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  • Amnesty International Urges Schools to Excuse Children for Climate Change Strikes

    September 13, 2019

    In a letter sent to Australian, Canadian, Hungarian, Spanish, New Zealand and UK education authorities, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Kumi Naidoo, has written a personal plea to more than 30,000 schools around the world urging them to allow children to take part in the unprecedented wave of global climate strikes planned for 20 and 27 September.

     
  • UNCTAD Encourages Commodity-Dependent Countries to Diversity Economies

    September 13, 2019

    The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has asked the countries dependent on commodities to diversify their economies to survive the climate crisis, including to adopt policies such as strengthening human capital through investments in education and health, and targeted measures to promote individual sectors.

     
  • UN Expert Scientist Report to Facilitate UNGA Review of SDG Progress

    September 13, 2019

    An independent group of scientists appointed has produced the Global Sustainability Report, the first-of-its-kind report to inform the quadrennial Sustainable Development Goal review deliberations at the UN General Assembly, consisting of surveys on scientific findings from ocean livelihoods, to sustainable consumption, production, and disaster risk management, among other issues.

     
 
  • Schneider: China's Dominance Over 5G Has Profound National Security Implications

    September 06, 2019

    In a new paper, Hudson Institute's, William Schneider, Jr., explains how China's dominance over the 5G communications system will produce national security-sensitive intelligence relating to the large and growing faction of the world's day-to-day life of individuals, objects, and institutions that will be stored with an electronic footprint.

     
  • UNDP Pursues SDG Impact Practice Standards for Private Equity Funds

    September 06, 2019

    The United Nations Development Programme has released a draft SDG Impact Practice Standards for Private Equity Funds, a set of standards developed by SDG Impact to guide private fund managers toward investments that advance the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

     
  • Economist Encourages Multilateral Solution to Taxation of Digital Services

    September 04, 2019

    In a commentary on the shortcomings of France's Digital Services Tax ("DST") on large tech companies, economist Joyce Beebe urges the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ("OECD") to "generate a solution that is less distortionary and prevents the unilateral measures from expanding."

     
 
  • EU Commission and WHO Convene Global Vaccination Summit

    September 13, 2019

    To accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide, the European Commission and the World Health Organization have co-hosted the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels, Belgium.

     
  • Reno: "Transnational Utopianism" Threatens Transatlantic Alliance

    September 11, 2019

    R. R. Reno, editor of First Things, explains how "transnational utopianism encourages the illusion that a global system is emerging that will make national sovereignty obsolete," as it "detaches elites from the life of their nations" and seeks to produce "citizens of the world rather than national leaders."

     
  • Solicitors Express Need for Facial Recognition Technology Legal Framework

    September 10, 2019

    In a euronews.com op-ed, Michael Drury and Julian Hayes of BCL Solicitors, LLP explain that regulators, the courts, and legislators need to provide a clear and up-to-date legal framework to ensure that facial recognition technology ("FRT") is used securely and within the boundaries of what is regarded as acceptable by society as a whole.

     
 
  • OIC Supports Islamization through Cultural Capital Programs in Africa

    September 13, 2019

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)'s Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) is expanding its regional footprint and international action plan, with week long cultural programmes in 2020 slated for Mali and Egypt, to highlight, revive, and spread Islamic civilization and values across the African Continent.

     
  • OIC Calls Foreign Ministers Meeting to Respond to Israel PM's West Bank Annexation Plans

    September 13, 2019

    Saudi Arabia has called for an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers from all 57-member-states making up the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in order to discuss the global Islamic entity's range of possible responses to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's declaration of his plans, if re-elected in upcoming Israeli elections, to annex sizable part of the West Bank of the Palestinian Territories.

     
  • Causes & Consequences of Collapsed US-Taliban Peace Talks Reveals Islamist Group's Motivations & Mission

    September 10, 2019

    The collapse of nearly a year of intensive US-Taliban negotiations for a staged withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan in return for Taliban guarantees to prevent the South Asian country from becoming a jihadist platform was caused by an escalation in Taliban attacks against both Afghan government and American forces.