The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Embracing business and human rights

In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) endorsed the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” (UNGP) formulated by John Ruggie, an international affairs scholar who also serves as UN special representative on human rights and transnational corporations.

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Standing on the coastline

The time has come for Myanmar’s government to implement its marine zone management scheme and regulate maritime industries.

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Earthquake risks Yangon’s old high-rises

Earthquakes happen frequently in Yangon, and the risk from them is worrying residents of old, outdated high-rise buildings. At the same time, officials are working to make sure that new buildings are better able to withstand quakes.

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Social finance taps funding so all benefit

A bag of rice is a simple, everyday product. At social enterprise Javara, one bag of black rice indigenous to central Java tells an incredible story about cultural preservation and poverty reduction.

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Globalisation not over but at crossroads

It’s been more than two decades since the world witnessed far-reaching political and economic changes that institutionalised a new world order and began economic globalisation.

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Europe needs more cooperation, money to better fight terrorism

Last week’s terrorist attack in London, which left four people dead, wounded dozens more and led to the temporary lockdown of Parliament, was a grim reminder of the daily threat Europe faces from extremist violence.

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Other countries’ experience may help China end poverty

One of the most cited statistics about China may well be the number of Chinese who have been lifted out of poverty over the past 35 years. At over 800 million, it is a huge number and an extraordinary feat. Indeed, no other country has achieved such a level of poverty reduction in such a short period. But what about the millions of Chinese who have remained behind?

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Britain’s messy divorce from EU

As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening.

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The coming ban on nuclear weapons

On Monday, the United Nations started negotiations on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which is a milestone marking the beginning of the end of an age of existential peril for humanity.

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EU turns 60 – anniversary celebrating peace, democracy and solidarity

On Saturday, the European Union celebrated its 60th anniversary of the signing of the 1957 Rome Treaties, which laid the foundations for what the EU is today. Since then, the citizens of Europe have enjoyed six decades of peace, prosperity and security, which is unprecedented in modern history.

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