March 2017 Newsletter

Featured Story

Cost-benefit analysis

The costs of not participating in the Paris Agreement are more than just environmental, according to the Brookings Institute.

“In terms of returns on investment, climate finance is ridiculously cheap for what America gets for it: goodwill and cooperation, less warming, clean and resilient growth, and, importantly, fewer refugees.”
Global Peace & Justice

Finding kindness in cruelty

To make progress against the greater evils in the world, individuals need to connect on a personal level, argues American ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers.

Russian, Syrian forces both guilty

A UN investigation has created a confidential list of suspected war criminals to share with a new body in Geneva.

Human Rights

Populism fueling intolerance

Antonio Guterres asked the Human Rights Council to “be part of the cure” for what he called the spreading disease of “disregard for human rights” during his first address of the council as UN chief.

Gender Equity

“The biggest robbery in history”

At the latest meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, the UN and International Labor Organization teamed up with celebrities and activists to create the Equal Pay Platform of Champions.

Does it really take a village?

Decreased stigma and increased economic status for women have been contributing factors in the rising rate of out-of-wedlock births.

“Violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia” endanger women

The UN Secretary General described global threats to women’s rights in an apparent reaction to Trump administration anti-refugee travel bans and recent decriminalization of domestic violence in Russia.

Environment & Sustainable Development

A planet in hot water

A new method in ocean temperature measurements means scientists can now show that the speed of upper ocean warming quadrupled between 1960-1991 and 1992-2015.

Dirty air, water, kill 1.7 children annually

The World Health organization estimates that 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 are caused by environmental pollutants.
Global Governance & Connectivity

“U.S. losses from TPP are everyone else’s gains”

With the U.S. pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, countries are swooping in to take advantage of reduced tariffs.

The magic (or maybe not) of the internet

Tech moguls are eager to point to internet access as the quick fix to international development. But is connectivity really the way to growth?

Headlines

Free Expression, Free People

Even in Era of Disillusionment, Many Around the World Say Ordinary Citizens Can Influence Government

Post-war Political Settlements: From Participatory Transition Processes to Inclusive State-building and Governance

Major Nations Need to Build Trust to Suit the Times

UN expert urges next UN chief to focus on ending tax havens

Privatization Cure Often Worse Than Malady

How the Other Tenth Lives

The Mythology of Freedom and Democracy

U.S. will be ‘rogue’ state if it ditches climate accord: U.N. envoy

March 2017 Newsletter

Featured Story

Cost-benefit analysis

The costs of not participating in the Paris Agreement are more than just environmental, according to the Brookings Institute.

“In terms of returns on investment, climate finance is ridiculously cheap for what America gets for it: goodwill and cooperation, less warming, clean and resilient growth, and, importantly, fewer refugees.”
Global Peace & Justice

Finding kindness in cruelty

To make progress against the greater evils in the world, individuals need to connect on a personal level, argues American ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers.

Russian, Syrian forces both guilty

A UN investigation has created a confidential list of suspected war criminals to share with a new body in Geneva.

Human Rights

Populism fueling intolerance

Antonio Guterres asked the Human Rights Council to “be part of the cure” for what he called the spreading disease of “disregard for human rights” during his first address of the council as UN chief.

Gender Equity

“The biggest robbery in history”

At the latest meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, the UN and International Labor Organization teamed up with celebrities and activists to create the Equal Pay Platform of Champions.

Does it really take a village?

Decreased stigma and increased economic status for women have been contributing factors in the rising rate of out-of-wedlock births.

“Violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia” endanger women

The UN Secretary General described global threats to women’s rights in an apparent reaction to Trump administration anti-refugee travel bans and recent decriminalization of domestic violence in Russia.

Environment & Sustainable Development

A planet in hot water

A new method in ocean temperature measurements means scientists can now show that the speed of upper ocean warming quadrupled between 1960-1991 and 1992-2015.

Dirty air, water, kill 1.7 children annually

The World Health organization estimates that 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 are caused by environmental pollutants.
Global Governance & Connectivity

“U.S. losses from TPP are everyone else’s gains”

With the U.S. pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, countries are swooping in to take advantage of reduced tariffs.

The magic (or maybe not) of the internet

Tech moguls are eager to point to internet access as the quick fix to international development. But is connectivity really the way to growth?

Even in Era of Disillusionment, Many Around the World Say Ordinary Citizens Can Influence Government

A new survey of nine democracies found that there is now a common perception that government is run for the benefit of the few. In spite of this negative outlook, the majority of citizens in eight of the nine countries say ordinary people can have a lot of influence on government. Read more from the Pew Research Center

Post-war Political Settlements: From Participatory Transition Processes to Inclusive State-building and Governance

The realization that the social, economic or political exclusion of large segments of society is a key driver of intra-state wars has many to search for the right formula to support inclusive and participatory conflict transformation mechanisms and post-war state-society relations. This report examines the consequences of inclusive processes and outcomes in peace processes and political transitions. Read more from Reliefweb

Major Nations Need to Build Trust to Suit the Times

The relationship between China and the US is also often troubled by the lack of trust. While the two countries have established strong economic ties, the South China Sea has brought conflicting security interests into focus, reminding many that in spite of inseparable interdependence, the two nations are far from partners in the security field. Read more from China Daily USA

UN expert urges next UN chief to focus on ending tax havens

A U.N. human rights expert urged the next U.N. secretary-general on Friday to make the elimination of tax havens a priority to ensure that corporations, billionaires and “kleptocrats” pay their fair share of taxes. Read more from U.S. News & World Report

Privatization Cure Often Worse Than Malady

Privatization was seen and advocated as an easy means to accelerate growth, improve efficiency and productivity, shrink the public sector and associated debt, as well as reduce governments’ financial and administrative responsibilities and activities. However, the privatization experiences of the last three and a half decades, especially for developing countries, have been anything but glorious. Read more from IPS News

How the Other Tenth Lives

On October 2nd, the World Bank reported that 767m people live in extreme poverty, subsisting on less than $1.90 a day, calculated at purchasing-power parity and 2011 prices. The latest figures should arouse mixed feelings: the poverty headcount is worth cheering because it is so much lower than it was, but 767m is still a lot of people and it is hard to imagine how anyone could subsist on so little. Read more from The Economist

The Mythology of Freedom and Democracy

The world’s first systematic review of how well countries uphold fundamental civic freedoms – to protest, organize and speak out – reveals a significant deterioration in the protection of these constitutional rights in the US. The US is not alone, of course, and there are dozens of countries around the world in which governments are cracking down even harder on protest.
Read more from IPS News

U.S. will be ‘rogue’ state if it ditches climate accord: U.N. envoy

After U.S. President-elect Donald Trump promised to pull the United States out of that global climate accord, Mary Robinson, a former Irish president and human rights advocate, warned that the United States would become “a kind of rogue country” if it followed through on this promise. It would leave the world more vulnerable to droughts and other climate extremes. Read more from Reuters