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Legal News
21 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called on business leaders to work with the US to pursue and promote sustainable development [press release] worldwide in a statement made on Friday at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit [official website] in New York. The Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013 [PDF] … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jul 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Cephans Lumina [official profile], the UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights, called upon Japan Monday to adopt a rights-based approach to international development [press release]. As one of the largest providers of development assistance in the world, Lumina recommended that Japan make a … [read more]

Legal News
12 May 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A group of international non-governmental organizations released a joint statement [text, PDF] Friday urging world leaders to establish a global development framework that prioritizes human rights and normative justice over aid-based models after the expiration of the UN's eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [official website]. In July 2012 the … [read more]

Legal News
12 Apr 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A UN independent expert on minority issues on Thursday urged [press release; UN News Centre report] the international community and African States to strengthen protection for minority groups throughout Africa. Independent Expert Rita Izsak explained that the African Commission needs to implement a systematic solution for ensuring that the … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jan 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon [official profile] said in a statement [text] delivered Sunday to the African Union [official website] summit that the leaders in Africa must increase efforts to lower poverty levels, end cycles of violence and accelerate development. Ban noted that while many countries have made strides … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque [official profile] on Friday applauded [press release] a new California law [AB 685, PDF] creating a right to safe drinking water. Assemblymember Mike Eng [official website] sponsored the legislation, which declares "the established … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] on Wednesday adopted a resolution [materials] declaring that access to clean and sanitized drinking water is a basic human right [press release]. The resolution, passed by a vote of 122-0 with 41 member states abstaining, also requires the UN Independent Expert on the … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] urged world leaders to strengthen the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [UN backgrounder] to meet international human rights standards in a report [text, PDF; press release] released Wednesday. The report, From Promises to Delivery, focuses on three main areas where governments can improve the MDGs … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Four members of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD) have been jailed for a year for having campaigned against the country's then-draft constitution [JURIST news archive], according to NLD spokesperson Nyan Win as quoted by AP. Win said Friday the four were arrested in March for spreading leaflets which … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor [official website] released a report [materials; press conference recorded video] Tuesday emphasizing the essential nature of the rule of law in eliminating poverty. The report's findings indicated that a vast majority of the world's poor live outside the protections of … [read more]

Legal News
15 Apr 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The rule of law is a necessary prerequisite to achieving all eight of the UN's anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) [official website; official backgrounder], UN Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa [official profile] said in an address [text; press release] Monday at the opening of … [read more]

Legal News
15 Nov 2004
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] The UN Security Council meets Monday to consider a draft French resolution proposing sanctions against Cote d'Ivoire. The proposed sanctions include an arms embargo, travel restrictions on those actively violating the cease-fire, and the freezing of governmental assets. The region has been highly unstable in the last 10 days, … [read more]

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