March 2017 Newsletter

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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?

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