UNDP joins test of AI for poverty reduction

Artificial intelligence will be examined as a potential tool of sustainable development by international organizations, tech giants and academics.

Cartoons stir Muslim push for ‘hatred’ ban

Deep-seated Muslim anger at efforts to satirize Prophet Muhammad in Danish cartoons stirred the IOC to propose a ban against incitement of religious hatred.

A quiet force for civilian and political rights

Three times a year, a little-known expert panel gathers in Geneva and New York with a monumental task: upholding people’s civil and political rights.

Experts detail atrocities against Rohingya

A U.N. expert panel returned from Bangladesh after gathering evidence of a military-planned campaign of genocide against Myanmar’s Rohingya people.

Modern slavery traps 40.3 million people

Modern slavery overtook the lives of at least 40.3 million people worldwide in 2016, according to estimates by an international organization.

U.N. urges Turkey to uphold ‘basic rights’

International organizations welcomed the end of Turkey’s emergency rule and called on its government to uphold basic human rights and legal standards.

U.S. and Hungary reject new global pact

A new global pact for promoting safe migration is advancing through the United Nations without participation from the United States and Hungary.

Experts warn of existential threat to WTO

A panel of independent experts warned the WTO could become irrelevant if trade wars and tensions cause wider “backsliding” towards trade protectionism.

Clean energy investment lags behind goals

Global investment in renewables and energy efficiency declined 3 percent to US$318 billion in 2017 and “there is a risk” it will slow more this year, IEA said.

Faster eco-improvement urged despite cuts

The world’s foremost international organization for financing environmental change sent up smoke signals warning faster action is needed on many fronts.

Iceland replaces U.S. on U.N. rights panel

Iceland won election to the world’s top international organization for addressing human rights, filling a vacancy left by the United States.

International hunt detects ghostly neutrino

An international observatory traced a high-energy cosmic neutrino back to its origin in a distant galaxy about 4 billion light years away.

Trump anti-internationalism strains NATO

As a harbinger of an American-led international order, NATO is caught in the crosshairs of U.S. President Donald Trump’s impulsive policies, experts said.

Food and fish waste challenge poor nations

A third of the world’s fish stocks are overfished, FAO said, while about 35 percent of what is caught for eating never makes it onto someone’s plate.

Twiplomacy finds ‘all the world’s atwitter’

The U.N. and UNICEF are the most popular organizations on Twitter, where U.S. President Donald Trump overtook Pope Francis in the most-followed ranking.

U.N. humanitarian chief visits North Korea

The U.N.’s top humanitarian official paid a rare visit to North Korea, meeting other aid providers and some of the more than 10 million people who need help.

International organizations ‘under attack’

The world’s leading international organizations are “under attack” politically but must work together to keep going, U2 frontman Bono told diplomats.

Trump trade war erodes anti-poverty goals

Trade wars and tensions sparked by U.S. tariffs against China, the E.U. and others undermine the work of international organizations fighting poverty.