Tag Archives: International cooperation

25 February 2015

Obama calls on the international community to help fight extremist ideologies

On Wednesday 18 February, President Obama called on over 60 states to join the ideological fight against violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The President stated that this was a “generational challenge” which would require governments, communities, religious leaders and educators to come together and “amplify the voices of peace and tolerance and inclusion”, particularly online. White House officials noted that the Presidents “call to arms” signaled a desire to take a leading role in gathering an international coalition to push back against the ideologies of ISIS. (more…)

Source: The New York Times | Obama Urges Global United Front Against Extremist Groups Like ISIS

29 January 2015

Drug Trafficking: a matter of shared responsibility requiring international cooperation

Speakers at the regional conference ‘Drug-Free Society’ in Islamabad stressed that drug trafficking and abuse required ‘concerted effort and mutual cooperation’. Speakers from 18 states gathered to discuss the issue which affects 243 million people globally at this years’ conference organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). (more…)

Source: The Express Tribune | Drug free society: ‘Regional cooperation key to combat trafficking’

6 October 2014

Global health issues and shared state responsibility? The case of Ebola

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is illustrative of a global health issue which requires collective global action. The rapid spread of the virus is alarming health experts. At the time of writing, the number of reported deaths has reached more than 3,338, and the virus could spread even further across borders. States that are most affected are Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, but Ebola cases have also been reported in Nigeria, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Calls for concerted action and international assistance (more…)

12 January 2013

Sharing and pooling no excuse for European states to invest less in (collective) defense

The International Herald Tribune reports that because of the financial crisis and euro crisis, most member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU) will most likely spend less on, and invest less in, defense. EU governments hesitate ‘to really improve Europe’s military technology sector or its security.’ Analysts say that Europe should take ‘more responsibility for its own security’ now the Obama administration’s security agenda focusses more on Asia.

Both NATO and the EU believe there is one way to deal with reducing resources: through smart defense or “pooling and sharing.” In practice, it would mean NATO and EU members, the majority of whom belong to each other’s organization, cooperating much more on defense.

Source: International Herald Tribune | How Much Are Americans Willing to Spend to Defend Europe?

15 November 2012

Adopted Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products calls for cooperation

On 12 November 2012, the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was adopted under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This Protocol supplements the WHO FCTC with the aim to effectively counter the illicit trade in tobacco products and its grave consequences for public health and well-being. The Protocol contains obligations to cooperate, for instance the obligations under Article 4(1) paragraphs (a)(c-f), and under Part V on international cooperation (Articles 20-31). The Articles under Part V concern amongst others information sharing (Articles 20-21), assistance and cooperation in investigation and prosecution of offences (Article 24), law enforcement cooperation (Article 27), mutual administrative assistance (Article 28) and mutual legal assistance (Article 29).

Source: Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products | FCTC/COP5(1)

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