Officers from U.N. Migration, or IOM, enroll Somalis returning from Libya (AN/Omar Abdisalan)
June 29, 2018
(AN) — For only a second time in a half-century, the leading international organization for migration will not be led by an American.
South Pacific around New Zealand (AN/Bernard Spragg)
June 28, 2018
(AN) — 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.
A U.S. Army specialist training in nuclear, biological and chemical attacks at Fort Bragg (AN/Darryl L. Montgomery)
June 27, 2018
(AN) — 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.
Northern edge of iceberg B-15A in Ross Sea, Antarctica (AN/National Science Foundation)
June 26, 2018
(AN) — 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.
An ad for 5G technology on a rail car in the Washington, D.C. Metro (AN/John Heilprin)
June 25, 2018
(AN) — As telecoms hurtle down a racecourse towards 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.
Venezuelan municipality of Carrizal (AN/Ricardo Mello)
June 22, 2018
(AN) — 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.
World Council of Churches receives a visit from Pope Francis (AN/Albin Hillert/WCC)
June 21, 2018
(AN) — 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.
Visitors gaze at Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barceló's ceiling painting in the U.N. Human Rights Council (AN/John Heilprin)
June 19, 2018
(AN) — 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.
Lining up for food at Congo's Kibati camp (AN/John Heilprin)
June 19, 2018
(AN) — 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.
A popular video game for kids (AN/John Heilprin)
June 18, 2018
(AN) — 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.