The World of International Organizations

UNDP joins test of AI for poverty reduction

Artificial intelligence rendered through an artist's view (AN/Alan Simpson)

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

Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan (AN/Public Domain)

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

Statue of Indian independence leader and symbol of nonviolent resistance Mahatma Gandhi outside the Palais des Nations in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

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

Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who have fled for Bangladesh (AN/Ashraful Alam)

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

Total numbers from Walk Free Foundation's report (AN/Walk Free Foundation)

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’

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey (AN/Leandro Centomo)

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

Confrontation between migrants and police at Hungarian border (AN/Trollman Capote)

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

The World Trade Organization in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

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

New Zealand's Aviemore Dam on Waitaki River, completed in 1968 (AN/Graeme Scott)

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

Dolphins off the coast of Australia (AN/Bernard Spragg)

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