Topic: Human Rights

REPORT: The How: Message For UN High-Level Meeting On NCDs

This September’s UN General Assembly high-level meeting (HLM) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) provides a strategic opportunity to propel the response—from “where do we want to be” to “how do we get there”…

BLOG: We Care

These are times when our political leaders work to divide us and separate us by spreading lies and fears and hatred about different groups of people, instead of looking for true solutions to real problems. These are troubling times, when opinions are taken for facts, when talking points have replaced dialogue, when shouting is more important than listening, when corporate interests drown out people’s needs, when ideology trumps reality, when respect has become weakness and when truth has become an afterthought.

In times like this, it can be hard to feel hope and to see where change should come from. I believe, the starting point for change is to resist giving up and retreating, and instead stand firm by saying:

I care. We care. Let’s go…

NEWS: U.S. Withdraws From Human Rights Council

The United States announced to the United Nations its intention to withdraw from the intergovernmental organization’s Human Rights Council.
The United States under President Trump has yet again withdrawn the country from a major global body — this time the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The move is not surprising but sudden, coming a day after the Human Rights Council criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies…

NEWS: WHO Released New ICD-11

WHO has released a new and updated version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide, and contains around 55 000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death. It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe.
ICD-11, which has been over a decade in the making, provides significant improvements on previous versions…

BLOG: First World Cup 2018 Games Reveal Fifa Hypocrisy

The 2018 Fifa World Cup is in full swing, again. It is the world’s biggest sporting event. Reaching over 3.2 billion television viewers, the quadrennial World Cup is the most watched live sporting event globally. And so, Fifa’s hypocrisy is on full display, again, too.
Two examples after the first weekend of match play clearly expose Fifa’s profit interest from alcohol sponsorship contradicting the core values the organization claims to embrace…

NEWS: Global Beer Giant Kirin Pays Myanmar Military

Amnesty International has called for an urgent investigation by Japanese authorities into payments that a subsidiary of the multinational brewing giant Kirin made to Myanmar’s military and authorities at the height of an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya population in the fall of 2017…

NEWS: Highlighting Alcohol As TB Risk Factor

IOGT International is participating at the United Nations in the Interactive Civil Society Hearing on the fight against tuberculosis to highlight alcohol as major risk factor for tuberculosis and promote alcohol policy best buy measures as part of the solutions to help end TB…

BLOG: The Promise Of Back-To-Back High-Level UN Meetings On Health Topics

The parallel processes of preparation for and follow-up on both high-level meetings could lead to an elevation of global health as a central issue for world leaders in years to come, if we use the opportunity wisely. Interventions to prevent and reduce alcohol harm provide an excellent lesson: What IOGT International’s three core strategies show is that there are very real and evidence-based ways to link the conversations, communities and commitments for ending TB as well as NCDs…

NEWS: Heineken Company Profile

Heineken’s track record of unethical business practices speaks for itself – and has been covered by investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen in his book “Heineken in Africa”. From aggressive political activity, to tax avoidance schemes; from racism, exploitation of women, Human Rights abuses to unethical marketing, Heineken relies on a vast spectrum of unethical business practices…