The World of International Organizations Explained

A ‘stress test’ of world conflicts and climate

Ukraine infantry marines in Georgia (ARÊTE/U.S. Army Europe)

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

Japanese whaling ship (ARÊTE/Australian Border Force)

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

Fridays for Future climate protests escalate

Student climate demonstrators in front of the Federal Palace at Bern (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The world is on fire. Adults failed to stop it, so they should get out of the way and let children lead. 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

Migrant workers in California (ARÊTE/U.S. State Department)

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

Demonstration in Slovakia for murdered journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová (ARÊTE/Peter Tkac)

Journalists faced an “unprecedented level of hostility” in 2018 due to populist hatred whipped up by “unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen,” Reporters Without Borders said in a new report.

Global ‘new deal’ approved for refugees

Darfur refugees in Chad (ARÊTE/UNHCR/F. Noy)

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

School kids demonstrate on the last day of U.N. climate talks in Poland (ARÊTE/David Tong)

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

Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS, right, with UNIDO's LI Yong.(ARÊTE/UNIDO)

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

Leaders at U.N. climate talks in Poland (ARÊTE/Krystian Maj)

At risk of ending without agreement, the U.N. climate conference was jolted towards a potential compromise by urgent appeals for unity from the U.N. secretary-general and Fiji’s prime minister.

Anti-corruption bets on ‘people’s pressure’

Anti-corruption rally in St. Petersburg, Russia (ARÊTE/Alexei Kouprianov)

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

The world of international organizations explained.

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