The World of International Organizations

African migration seen as economic boost

The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AN/John Heilprin)

African migration could trigger big new economic benefits for origin and destination countries, UNCTAD reported. Most migrants move within the continent.

Case made for top-down U.N. reforms

The entrance to the the Palais des Nations in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

The U.N. is weighing proposals to add two departments and revamp its 44,000 staff — a third the size of Microsoft or Apple — in a management shakeup.

#MeToo arrives at top labor forum

Workers on laptops and tablets (AN/Rawpixel Ltd.)

The world’s foremost gathering of labor officials wants to universally define workplace harassment and guarantee workers’ rights against violence.

Syria takes helm of disarmament forum

The Palais des Nations in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

Chemical weapons killed hundreds of people in its seven-year civil war, yet Syria has a new role of presiding over the U.N. Conference on Disarmament.

Clean energy enters business mainstream

Some companies are investing in electric vehicles (AN/John Heilprin)

An international organization found 8 percent of 2,410 large companies it surveyed last year got at least half their electricity from renewable energy.

Refugee crises push the limits of capacity

The Red Cross responding to the Sudanese crisis in Darfur (AN/Boris Heger)

Conflicts around the world forced more than 65 million people to leave their homes. On average, 28,300 people a day flee conflict or persecution.

U.N. chief takes aim at the ‘scourge of war’

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres at the Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal (AN/Seb Daly)

The U.N. secretary-general led off a major push to cut arms stockpiles — everything from “grenades to H-bombs” — in an attempt to eliminate warmongering.

Africa’s youth enlisted to fight corruption

A boy in Harrar, Ethiopia (AN/Boris Heger)

Fighting the endemic corruption that deters Africa’s development is a major focus for some international organizations in 2018.

Experts propose clean energy global fund

Wind turbines in Southern California (AN/Moonjazz)

Proponents say a new global fund is needed to accelerate creation of technology that can help the clean energy sector fulfill the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Mideast adds focus on war crimes tribunal

Monument with over 4,500 pairs of shoes for Palestinian lives lost on display in Brussels (AN/Olivier Matthys/AVAAZ)

A Palestinian request for an investigation into Israeli settlement policies and alleged crimes brings into focus the International Criminal Court’s role.