The World of International Organizations

Critics see lost chance on fighting diseases

Doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a boy at a mobile health clinic in Pakistan (AN/Vicki Francis)

Hundreds of organizations and experts described the third United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases as a “squandered” opportunity.

Global appeal to free captive journalists

Scene in Yangon, Myanmar (AN/Eddy Milfort)

Participants in a high-profile gathering at the United Nations denounced countries that imprison journalists for doing their jobs.

Wetlands vanishing at triple rate of forests

Coastal wetlands in the U.S. at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (AN/Kelly Fike)

The world has lost about 35 percent of its swamps, bogs and other wetlands since nearly a half-century ago, sped up by climate change and overpopulation.

Trump lambastes U.N. as ‘unaccountable’

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly (AN/White House)

At the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump belittled the world body as “an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy.”

Nuclear power in the age of climate change

Switzerland's Gösgen Nuclear Power Plant (AN/John Heilprin)

The IAEA released two reports this month that together capture nuclear power’s incongruity: its uncertain economic appeal but relative climate advantages.

Syria task force seeks civilian protections

The destruction in a once-thriving farm town in Syria's Idlib province after government shelling in 2012 (AN/Freedom House)

Despite agreeing to create a buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib region, Russia and Turkey will let air raids and ground offensives continue in civilian areas.

Myanmar democratic push at a ‘standstill’

Rohingya refugees at a Myanmar camp accessible only by sea (AN/Mathias Eick)

U.N. human rights investigators urged international justice for Myanmar’s military-led crimes, which show its democratic transition is all but halted.

Syria buffer zone is latest use of old tool

Syrian independence flag unfurled above protesters in Idlib, Syria (AN/Freedom House)

The demilitarized buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib region makes use of a centuries-old tool that international treaties and organizations now use.

WTO welcomes revamp by trade ministers

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

The World Trade Organization is under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to justify its global rules and existence.

High seas treaty a step closer to reality

Lava rock off the coast of Blue Lagoon, Iceland (AN/Thomas James Caldwell)

Diplomats, experts and international organizations are rushing to protect the rich biodiversity of open oceans against commercial pressures.