The World of International Organizations

Space station at crux of science diplomacy

Earth in clouds as seen from the International Space Station (ARÊTE/NASA)

For two decades, the $100 billion space station has been a hub for living and experimenting in space — and example of how science can help nations rise above political rivalries.

Nikki Haley to resign as U.S. envoy to U.N.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley at a U.S. Department of Defense news conference (ARÊTE/DoD/EJ Hersom)

Nikki Haley will resign her post as U.S. envoy to the United Nations at the end of 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced. No reason was given why Haley, a rarity in Trump’s Cabinet for having avoided getting fired or departing under a cloud of controversy, would be stepping down.

Experts dash false hopes on climate change

Polar bear on thin Arctic ice (ARÊTE/Patrick Kelley)

The Nobel Prize-winning U.N. panel on climate change put to rest any remaining sophistry over whether a “safe” temperature guardrail exists: It’s life or death for much of the planet as soon as 2040.

Nations agree to Arctic marine protections

Arctic landscape (ARÊTE/Caitlin Bailey)

Nine nations and the European Union signed a legally binding accord to delay widespread Arctic commercial fishing in an area larger than the Mediterranean Sea for at least 16 years, so scientists can first study how it might affect marine life.

U.S. ordered to lift some Iran sanctions

Iranian civil aircraft (ARÊTE/Gerard van der Schaaf)

The U.N.’s highest court ordered the United States to lift economic sanctions against Iran on imports of humanitarian goods linked to civil aviation safety. Hours later, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration cancelled a 63-year-old treaty on U.S.-Iran economic and consular ties.

E.U. joins WIPO’s ‘Books for Blind’ Treaty

Stevie Wonder (ARÊTE/Public Domain)

The European Union has joined a global treaty overseen by the World Intellectual Property Organization, greatly expanding availability of books produced in a format that visually impaired people can use.

Fear discourages most U.N. whistleblowing

View from U.N. headquarters in New York (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

An independent review of whistleblowing at the United Nations found that nearly half its global staff witnessed misconduct or wrongdoing at work in the past five years, but most of those who did were too afraid to report it.

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