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Report on the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

From October 23 to 27, 2023, 76 states met for the ninth time at the United Nations Human Rights Council to negotiate an international human rights treaty to regulate companies and their supply chains (also known as the “UN Treaty”).

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Unilateral Sanctions in International Law

The legal assessment of sanctions is a complex endeavour. It combines many different areas of general international law with specific legal areas such as human rights or trade law, which apply only to certain domains. Furthermore, the question of whether or under which circumstances sanctions are lawful touches upon the foundations of international law. Unlike […]

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The UN Summits Week: Grasping at Straws?

All roads led to New York in September with the convening of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. There were other high-level events held alongside the UNGA to make the most of this coming together of more than 290 of the world’s leaders, therefore forming a “UN Summits Week.” But what actually came of this week of high-level meetings?

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Gender Justice In The Global Economic System

In this new briefing of our series about the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights in collaboration with the Global Policy Forum, Karolin Seitz highlights the potential of the draft agreement to translate the feminist foreign and development policy envisaged by the German government from theory into practice.

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The United Nations as a legitimized site of “global governance” under International Law

There is still enormous potential and possibility of pursuing economic issues, and a new and democratic global economic architecture within the UN, with the potentials and possibilities resting on the political will of states. Pursuing just global governance through international cooperation and solidarity is necessary.

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United NationsDossiersUDHR75 A large group of people, mostly women and children, is facing the camera during a demonstration in Manila. Some are wearing red headbands and purple flags. A woman with long black hair is a bit higher than the rest and has her right fist up. In front of her, a woman with hijab holds a toddler in her arms.

LOVE in Action: Empowering Women and Girls with Disabilities to Win Equality and Freedom

The fight for equality and freedom is far from over, especially for those who face discrimination because of their gender and disabilities.

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Fighting Inequality: The untapped Potential of Human Rights

The “age of human rights”, says legal historian Samuel Moyn, has been “kindest to the rich”. It is hard to argue otherwise, with a staggering rise in economic inequality between the haves and have-nots coinciding with the expansion of human rights discourse over the past 50 years. This trend shows no sign of abating. Since 2020, […]

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Sustainable Peace in Times of Multidimensional Crises: The UN and the Security Council

Researchers Barbara Adams and Marina Lent address the need for a complete overhaul of the UN system, including reforming the Security Council, to create a kind of multilateralism capable of counteracting the global crisis.

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The UN & Democratic Governance

In this paper, Global Policy Forum’s Board Chair and Senior Policy Advisor Barbara Adams explores current approaches to democratizing the United Nations and opportunities for rights-based progressive policy advocacy.

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We Get the UN We Fund, Not the UN We Need

We Get the UN We Fund, Not the UN We Need: How the UN Opened Its Doors to Private Funding and Networked Multilateralism On 11 March 2022 at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City, Secretary-General António Guterres addressed an audience of Member States, UN staff and other stakeholders at the final consultation meeting […]

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The Biden Administration and Trump’s Ashes: A UN Phoenix?

What does the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global economic meltdown mean for the United Nations? In the smoldering ashes of the Trump administration’s hyper-nationalist foreign policy, will the UN be around to celebrate its centenary?

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The UN at 75: Still a Diamond in the Rough?

Comment by Tetet Lauron, in cooperation with Nadja Charaby and Katja Voigt. “The UN was not created to take mankind into paradise, but rather, to save humanity from hell.” -Dag Hammarskjold, UN Secretary General 1953-1961. This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, the institutional bedrock of the post-war international order established to maintain […]

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Confronting Development: A Critical Assessment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

In the year 2000, the world’s leaders assembled at the Millennium Summit to affirm their commitment to an ambitious development agenda, later distilled into eight “Millennium Development Goals” (MDGs). The summit famously called, among other demands, for concrete and time-bound action to eradicate extreme poverty. Criticized from the outset for being crafted without broad consultation, […]

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