July 2017 Newsletter

Featured Story

 65 million people are displaced worldwide

According to the annual Global Trends study produced by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 65.6 million people were displaced from their homes because of conflict and persecution by the end of 2016. Of those, nearly half of all refugees are children, and approximately 20 people are newly displaced every minute of the day.

 

Global Peace and Justice

 Legal obligation to help refugees

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres summarily rejected recent trends to seal borders to refugees, instead arguing that the protection of refugees is both a collective imperative and a legal obligation.

 

Human Rights

UN Reform

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivered a speech at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland in which she outlined reforms to the UN Human Rights Council that the U.S. would like to see before committing to continued participation.

LGBT Rights in Russia

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that Russia’s prohibition of what it considers the promotion of homosexuality is discriminatory and violates freedom of expression.

 

Gender Equity

Gender equity is a good business

The Stanford Social Innovation Review makes a compelling case for why gender equity could be the next frontier in socially responsible business endeavors, much as just as environmental stewardship has become central to many mission-driven Fortune 500 companies over the past 30 years.

 

Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Development

Actions speak louder than words

China remains in the Paris Climate Agreement and appears to be turning a new leaf in the fight against climate change. New data suggests, however, that more than 700 new coal plants are under development by Chinese corporations around the world.

Heat wave 

Temperatures above¬†120¬įF¬†grounded planes in Phoenix, Arizona, which was both an inconvenience¬†to travelers and an example of what some scientists are referring to as the¬†‚Äúhidden cost of climate change.‚ÄĚ

 We’ve been warned

The New York Times created an interactive map based on data from the Climate Impact Lab. The resource demonstrates how the incidence of 95-degree will continue increase, even if countries take only moderate climate action.

 

Global Governance and Connectivity

 Shortfall in Humanitarian Aid

A recent UN report concluded that the global community is falling short of its financial obligation to provide financial assistance to an estimated 141 million vulnerable people around the world, with donations reaching a mere 26% of what is needed.

 

Poverty Reduction and Income Inequality

The downside of innovation

Fears are rising about the threat that automation poses to the economic growth potential of developing countries, which rely on wage competitiveness to attract investment.

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