The World of International Organizations Explained

African migration seen as economic boost

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

African migration could trigger big new economic benefits for origin and destination countries, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development reported. It finds most African migrants move within the continent, which is also a destination for 5.5 million migrants from outside Africa.

Case made for top-down U.N. reforms

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

The United Nations is weighing proposals to add two new departments and revamp its 44,000 staff — about a third the size of Microsoft or Apple — in a broader effort to radically shake up management.

#MeToo arrives at top labor forum

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

The world’s foremost gathering of labor officials wants to universally define workplace harassment and guarantee workers’ rights against violence. The International Labor Organization called it an important issue before the #MeToo movement emerged last year.

Syria takes helm of disarmament forum

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

Chemical weapons have killed hundreds of people in its seven-year civil war, yet Syria is taking on a new role of presiding over the United Nations Conference on Disarmament that negotiated the 21-year-old Chemical Weapons Convention.

Clean energy enters business mainstream

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

An international organization found 8 percent of 2,410 large companies it surveyed last year met at least half their electricity needs from renewable energy sources like wind and water. IRENA said 200 companies reported more than half the electricity they consumed was from renewables.

Refugee crises push the limits of capacity

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

Conflicts around the world have forced more than 65 million people to leave their homes and seek safety somewhere else. That includes nearly 22.5 million refugees, and 10 million others who lack nationality and cannot move freely. On average, 28,300 people a day worldwide 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 (ARÊTE/Seb Daly)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres led off a major push to cut stockpiles of arms — everything from “grenades to H-bombs” — in an attempt to eliminate warmongering around the world. His campaign for global disarmament began with an appeal to scrap nuclear arsenals and weapons.

Africa’s youth enlisted to fight corruption

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

Fighting the endemic corruption that deters Africa’s development is a major focus for some international organizations in 2018 that want to improve governance and business with the support of young people. The African Union’s theme this year builds on an A.U. anti-corruption plank dating to 2006.

Experts propose clean energy global fund

Wind turbines in Southern California (ARÊTE/Moonjazz)

Proponents of clean energy say a new global fund or international organization is needed to accelerate the creation of technology that can help the energy sector fulfill the 2015 Paris Agreement’s goal of halting a rise in global temperatures.

Mideast adds focus on war crimes tribunal

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

A Palestinian request for a full investigation into Israeli settlement policies and alleged crimes brings into focus the nearly 16-year-old International Criminal Court’s role in delivering justice to those responsible for the world’s worst crimes. The world’s court of last resort began operating in 2002.

The world of international organizations explained.


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