The World of International Organizations

Backlash blocks Trump migration nominee

Officers from U.N. Migration, or IOM, enroll Somalis returning from Libya (AN/Omar Abdisalan)

For only a second time in a half-century, the leading international organization for migration will not be led by an American.

An ‘alphabet soup’ of high seas rules

South Pacific around New Zealand (AN/Bernard Spragg)

Marine experts urged nations to improve how the high seas are governed, saying the global commons needs better conservation and sharing.

Chemical weapons watchdog adds powers

A U.S. Army specialist training in nuclear, biological and chemical attacks at Fort Bragg (AN/Darryl L. Montgomery)

An international organization that investigates chemical weapons attacks expanded its own authority so it can go a step further by assigning blame.

Polar research looks at climate unknowns

Northern edge of iceberg B-15A in Ross Sea, Antarctica (AN/National Science Foundation)

The world’s fourth largest and southernmost ocean is “surprisingly unknown” despite its importance to climate change, polar researchers said.

Behind scenes 5G edges closer to reality

An ad for 5G technology on a rail car in the Washington, D.C. Metro (AN/John Heilprin)

As telecoms hurtle down a racecourse towards 5-G wireless technology, U.N. technical experts function as race directors working behind the starting gates.

U.N. report targets abuses in Venezuela

Venezuelan municipality of Carrizal (AN/Ricardo Mello)

U.N. human rights investigators said the ICC should prosecute Venezuelan security forces for hundreds of arbitrary killings and other alleged abuses.

Pope’s visit spotlights church organization

World Council of Churches receives a visit from Pope Francis (AN/Albin Hillert/WCC)

Visiting Switzerland, Pope Francis focused attention on one of the world’s oldest and largest international organizations: the Roman Catholic Church.

U.S. abandons U.N. Human Rights Council

Visitors gaze at Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barceló's ceiling painting in the U.N. Human Rights Council (AN/John Heilprin)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration said it will withdraw the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council, complaining of bias against Israel.

Record 68.5 million forced to flee in 2017

Lining up for food at Congo's Kibati camp (AN/John Heilprin)

One of every 110 people worldwide has been forced to leave home because of conflict, war, violence, human rights abuses or persecution, the U.N. reported.

Gaming addiction a mental health disorder

A popular video game for kids (AN/John Heilprin)

An inability to stop playing video games will be classified as a mental health condition for the first time in WHO’s manual of the world’s diseases.