The World of International Organizations

WHO looks at new strategy on polluted air

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

(AN) — With 7 million people a year dying from exposure to polluted air, the World Health Organization is weighing a new strategy to pinpoint the sources and take collective action to reduce risks.

U.N. opens inquiry into Khashoggi killing

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

(AN) — An international team led by the U.N.’s top expert on politically motivated murders 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)

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

Merkel: ‘Misery’ without multilateralism

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

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

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)

(AN) — 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)

(AN) — 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)

(AN) — Growing public debt is a recipe for financial disaster worldwide, making governments vulnerable when credit tightens and interest costs rise. But a top strategist at the International Monetary Fund has a solution: more documentation and transparency.

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