The World of International Organizations Explained

Trade organization shuttered after 22 years

International Geneva (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

An international organization created to advance sustainable development through trade policy is shutting down after 22 years due to financial difficulties, days after it was cited for suspected misuse of funds in a British government report.

Leaders send ‘NAFTA 2.0’ to lawmakers

North American leaders at the signing ceremony for a new trade pact (ARÊTE/Shealah Craighead)

North American leaders signed a new trade pact that the Trump administration claimed was a major accomplishment but analysts said was more of the same.

U.N.: Climate goals dangerously off-track

Pulp and paper mill smokestack in New Brunswick, Canada (ARÊTE/Tony Webster)

The gap is widening between the goal of limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius this century and what is realistically achievable, U.N. Environment warned.

Financial regulator seeks U.S. engagement

Inaugural meeting of the Financial Stability Board at Basel, Switzerland in 2009 (ARÊTE/FSB)

The international organization that oversees how global finance is regulated hopes to encourage American involvement by selecting as its next chairman a political appointee in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

IFC case is a challenge to immunity rules

Tata Mundra project in Gujarat, India (ARÊTE/Joe Athialy)

U.S. Supreme Court case could weaken immunity rules for international organizations in the nation that offers them the most financial support.

Swiss sense of international duty tested

Swiss crowds in Bern's Federal Square (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Voters in Switzerland overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure seeking to put the nation’s laws ahead of international obligations. But a third of all who cast ballots sided with a right-wing populist belief in “self-determination” above all else.

Interpol picks South Korean for president

Interpol headquarters (ARÊTE/Interpol)

Interpol’s general assembly, defying expectations and bowing to international pressure, rejected a Russian frontrunner and instead chose its interim chief, South Korean police officer Kim Jong Yang, to serve as its next president. The world’s largest international police organization voted after protests went up abroad.

U.N. environment chief resigns after audit

Erik Solheim (ARÊTE/UNIDO)

U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim resigned after an internal audit found he spent almost a half-million dollars on nearly constant world travel.

Russian tipped to take helm of Interpol

Interpol headquarters (ARÊTE/Fred Romero)

A senior official in Russia’s interior ministry was poised to assume the presidency of the world’s largest international police organization, setting off alarms that Russian President Vladimir Putin stands to gain a dangerous tool to hunt his critics. Interpol’s general assembly was expected to select Alexander Prokopchuk.

U.S. midterms revise international outlook

U.S. Capitol (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

America’s foreign policy including its bedrock financial support for international organizations has become an emerging battleground in the newly divided U.S. Congress.

The world of international organizations explained.

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