September 28, 2018
Participants in a high-profile gathering at the United Nations denounced countries that imprison journalists for doing their jobs — particularly Myanmar, Bangladesh, Egypt and Kyrgyzstan. The gathering at U.N. headquarters in New York highlighted the many challenges to press freedoms globally.
September 27, 2018
The world has lost about 35 percent of its swamps, bogs and other wetlands since nearly a half-century ago, with the loss rate accelerating because of rising temperatures, populations and urbanization, according to the first assessment by a global treaty among 170 nations known as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
September 25, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump used his second annual address to the U.N. General Assembly to unleash his nationalist, anti-globalist themes while reducing the world’s leading international organization and everything it represents to “an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy.”
September 18, 2018
The demilitarized buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib region makes use of a centuries-old tool that has become an important feature of how international treaties and organizations can offer peace and collective security. Russian and Turkish troops will start patrolling the 15-20 kilometers (9-12 miles) zone by mid-October,
September 17, 2018
The World Trade Organization, under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to justify its global rules and even its own existence, is taking a pragmatic and welcoming approach to calls for significant changes in how it operates from among the world’s 20 largest economies.
September 17, 2018
Diplomats, experts and international organizations are rushing to protect the rich and mysterious biodiversity of open oceans against mounting commercial pressures. No effective or coordinated system of global governance is in place to regulate ocean areas that lie beyond the control of any country and cover almost half the planet.