A ‘stress test’ of world conflicts and climate

Foreign meddling in conflicts, U.S.-China trade tensions and global warming topped the concerns of leading international organizations at the end of 2018.

Japanese pullout marks return to whaling

Japan announced that it will resume commercial whaling by withdrawing from an international organization set up under a treaty signed 72 years ago.

Fridays for Future climate protests escalate

A protest movement of youth who feel betrayed by adult inaction on climate change has been taking wing, spreading that message worldwide.

World’s first global migration pact adopted

A global migration pact won approval in the United Nations General Assembly, setting up a universal system for ensuring the humane movement of people.

Populist hate stirs deadliest year for press

Journalists faced an “unprecedented level of hostility” in 2018 due to populist hatred, Reporters Without Borders said in a new report.

Global ‘new deal’ approved for refugees

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a new global treaty that spreads responsibility for those helping refugees flee from war and persecution.

Nations agree to Paris climate rulebook

Almost 200 nations adopted a rulebook for the Paris Agreement that sets out how nations must report their carbon emissions and pay for climate action.

Instant UNAIDS reform but not at top

UNAIDS said it will take “immediate” steps to recover from a sexual harassment scandal but allow its embattled leader Michel Sidibé to remain until June.

Appeals for unity at polarized climate talks

At risk of ending without agreement, the U.N. climate conference was jolted towards potential compromise by urgent appeals for unity from the U.N. and Fiji.

Anti-corruption bets on ‘people’s pressure’

One in four people said they had to pay a bribe for public services in the past year, Transparency International said on International Anti-Corruption Day.

Experts find ‘failed’ leadership at UNAIDS

The U.N. agency battling HIV and AIDS is run as an old boys’ club that suffers from “failed” leadership and a “broken” work culture, an expert panel found.

Carbon emissions projected at record high

Scientists projected global emissions of CO2 will hit another record high in 2018, highlighting the urgency of international climate talks in Poland.

An ‘instaplomacy’ worth 1,000 missives

Instagram is the fast becoming the go-to social media for leaders, international organizations and governments.

Global health at risk as climate talks open

Propelled by an environmental U.N. chief and nearly all G-20 nations, global climate talks are launching and the public health stakes could not be higher.

Slowing growth hits global patent filings

Inventors filed almost 3.17 million patents in 2017, reflecting a steady rise in patent filings but a slowdown in the growth rate from the previous year.

Qatar quits OPEC to boost gas production

OPEC is poised to lose Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquified natural gas, starting in 2019.

Global trading galvanizes G-20 leaders

Leaders of G-20 major economies urged reform of global trading rules and greater efforts to fight global warming, showcasing U.S. isolationism.