The World of International Organizations Explained

Backlash blocks Trump migration nominee

Officers from U.N. Migration, or IOM, enroll Somalis returning from Libya (ARÊTE/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 (ARÊTE/Bernard Spragg)

Marine experts urged nations to improve how the high seas are governed, saying the global commons needs better conservation and sharing to sustain fishing, shipping, mining and other industry. A conference hosted by French and international organizations examined the challenge.

Chemical weapons watchdog adds powers

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

An international organization that investigates chemical weapons attacks has expanded its own authority so that it can go a step further by assigning blame. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons added to its own powers through a vote beyond a two-thirds majority needed.

Polar research looks at climate unknowns

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

The world’s fourth largest and southernmost ocean is “surprisingly unknown” despite its importance to climate change, polar researchers said. The need for more science focused on the Southern Ocean was among the themes of a polar conference where researchers said China could add knowledge.

Behind scenes 5G edges closer to reality

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

As telecoms hurtle down a racecourse toward the next generation of high-speed wireless technology, U.N. technical experts function as race directors working behind the starting gates. The advent of 5G, or fifth-generation wireless technology, promises data speeds like landline broadband.

U.N. report targets abuses in Venezuela

Venezuelan municipality of Carrizal (ARÊTE/Ricardo Mello)

U.N. human rights investigators suggested the International Criminal Court should take up evidence that Venezuelan security forces carried out hundreds of arbitrary killings and other abuses in the name of fighting crime.

Pope’s visit spotlights church organization

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

With his one-day visit to Switzerland, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to rally for peace and justice, focusing 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 (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Disdainful of international organizations and treaties, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration said it will withdraw the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Announcing the withdrawal, U.S. officials complained of a chronic bias against Israel.

Record 68.5 million forced to flee in 2017

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

One of every 110 people worldwide has been forced to leave home because of conflict, war, violence, human rights abuses or persecution. In places like Congo, South Sudan and Myanmar, 68.5 million people globally suffered from forced displacement in 2017.

Gaming addiction a mental health disorder

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

An inability to stop playing video games due to digital addiction will be classified as a mental health condition for the first time in the World Health Organization’s diagnostic manual of the world’s diseases.

The world of international organizations explained.

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