EU President-Elect Previews New Rule of Law Mechanism

July 17, 2019

EURACTIV reports that, prior to her election Tuesday as the next European Commission President, German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen pledged her support for EU social and environmental measures that include a revamped Rule of Law Mechanism requiring annual reporting by all member states.

China Expands Influence at UN

July 17, 2019

Fox News reports that US diplomats and other observers are warning of China’s growing influence within the UN system to promote its “self-serving interests and authoritarian model,” as demonstrated most recently with the election of a Chinese official as the next head of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Coalition Offers Benchmarks for Corporate SDG Contributions

July 17, 2019

A report from the World Benchmarking Alliance, a civil society and business coalition, offers seven “system transformations” as the basis for benchmarking thousands of companies in an effort to encourage businesses to help fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

France Sees Mixed Results in Islamist Deradicalization Programs

July 17, 2019

Measurable outcomes indicating the mixed results of French government programs designed to combat Islamist deradicalization by ideological training in strict secularism are pushing policy experts to reconsider the optimal approaches to avoiding Islamist extremism in Europe.

 

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  • China Expands Influence at UN

    July 17, 2019

    Fox News reports that US diplomats and other observers are warning of China’s growing influence within the UN system to promote its “self-serving interests and authoritarian model,” as demonstrated most recently with the election of a Chinese official as the next head of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

     
  • Governments Agree to UN Initiative on Climate Education

    July 10, 2019

    Governments meeting at a recent UN climate conference agreed to a draft document supporting an Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) initiative, which aims to increase public awareness of climate change and to encourage lessons on global warming in schools around the world.

     
  • UN Rights Chief Opines on US Detention of Migrant Children

    July 10, 2019

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has criticized the US government for its detention of migrant children and has signaled the view of her UN human rights apparatus that detaining children and separating them from their families violates international human rights law.

     
 
  • UN, UAE Partner on Business Roundtable on Climate

    July 19, 2019

    The UN recently partnered with the government of the United Arab Emirates on a roundtable meeting with business, government, and activist organizations on how to achieve a “just transition” to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with the UN’s Paris climate accord.

     
  • NGOs Seek EU Trade Pressure on Brazil over Rights

    July 18, 2019

    Highlighting how nongovernmental organizations are pushing governments to use their trade policies to enforce the global human rights agenda, a group of 340 NGOs have called on EU institutions to express disapproval of Brazil’s alleged rights violations by pulling out of a pact between European and South American trade blocs.

     
  • NGO Accuses Australian Banks of Financing Rights Abuses

    July 18, 2019

    The nongovernmental organization Friends of the Earth Australia has accused the largest four banks in Australia of financing companies engaged in the palm oil trade that are involved in environmental and human rights abuses in foreign countries.

     
 
  • Commission Offers New Options for Post-Brexit Irish Border

    July 19, 2019

    UK Member of Parliament Nicky Morgan describes how the final report of the Alternative Arrangements Commission, set up by the nongovernmental organization Prosperity UK, offers fresh options for the post-Brexit Irish border that can replace the controversial “backstop” provision in the current UK-EU deal.

     
  • Finnish PM Plans to Advance EU Rule-of-Law Budget Rules

    July 18, 2019

    EURACTIV reports that Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne has told the European Parliament that his government will work toward conditioning the disbursement of EU development funds to member states on compliance with rule-of-law principles while it holds the rotating EU Council presidency.

     
  • EC Proceeds with Legal Action Against Polish Judicial Reforms

    July 18, 2019

    In its latest pressure on the Polish government to reverse reforms to the country’s judiciary, the European Commission (EC) has sent a “reasoned opinion” to Polish officials explaining why their new disciplinary procedure for judges violates the principle of judicial independence and threatening referral to the Court of Justice of the EU.

     
 
  • Turkey Exports Islamism Across Mideast Region

    July 19, 2019

    Turkey's foreign policy of exporting the ruling party’s Islamist ideology relies on government agencies and "charities" that fund youth programs and build schools in neighboring countries, with the goal of establishing an international body that resuscitates the Ottoman caliphate in Istanbul.

     
  • OIC Ministers Condemn Israeli Actions to “Judaize Jerusalem”

    July 18, 2019

    The foreign ministers of the 57 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have issued a condemnation of Israel’s recent launch of the Jewish Pilgrims archaeological project in Jerusalem as a “colonial activity” that will accelerate the Israeli government’s attempt to “Judaize Jerusalem.”

     
  • Captured Operative Explains Totalitarian Structure of IS

    July 18, 2019

    A recently captured Turkish operative of the Islamic State (IS) described the totalitarian structure of the Islamist organization as rooted in the role of Muslim clerics and Koranic sources that justify no internal dissent and the use of beheadings and other forms of capital punishment against Christian and Jewish “infidels.”