The World of International Organizations

WHO looks at new strategy on polluted air

Air pollution on the outskirts of Cairo (AN/David Evers)

With 7 million people a year dying from exposure to polluted air, WHO is weighing a new strategy to pinpoint the sources and take action to reduce risks.

U.N. opens inquiry into Khashoggi killing

U.N. special rapporteur Agnès Callamard (AN/U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office)

An international team led by a U.N. expert will visit Turkey next week to begin investigating Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

EU and 47 nations revive e-commerce talks

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo talks at a Davos session (AN/World Economic Forum)

Plans to establish new global rules for electronic commerce through the World Trade Organization are on again for the European Union and 47 nations.

Leaders urge global oversight of tech sector

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Davos (AN/World Economic Forum)

The tech sector came under pressure for more regulation with the Japanese prime minister’s promise to lead creation of a new system for data oversight.

Merkel: ‘Misery’ without multilateralism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos (AN/World Economic Forum)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back at the rise of populist authoritarians, saying the world must keep a “clear commitment” to multilateralism.

Nature in focus amid Davos extravagance

Prince William and Sir David Attenborough discuss environmental issues at Davos (AN/World Economic Forum)

Never mind their jets, hotels and parties. Some of the world’s most powerful, famous and wealthy people said the natural world is a paramount concern.

IMF: Global growth to slow to 3.5 percent

The 95-story Shard, a supertall skyscraper owned by Qatar, towers over London and its financial district (AN/John Heilprin)

The pace of economic growth globally will likely slow to 3.5 percent due to rising trade tensions and U.S. interest rates, the International Monetary Fund said.

Globalization tops populism in WEF poll

A procession for Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro after taking the oath of office (AN/Geraldo Magela)

Globalization and international cooperation have more staying power than populist nationalism, the World Economic Forum found in a global survey.

IMF wary of governments piling up debt

The International Monetary Fund in Washington (AN/John Heilprin)

Growing public debt can be a financial disaster, making governments vulnerable. A top strategist at IMF has a solution: more documentation and transparency.

U.N. chief lays out 5 priorities for 2019

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres at the Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal (AN/Seb Daly)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres cited armed conflict, poverty, hunger, inequality and climate change as his chief concerns for 2019.