The World of International Organizations

IFRC gains entry to ease Venezuelan crisis

A food stand in Caracas during the 2008 global financial crisis when inflation reached almost 31 percent, an 11-year high; this year it is expected to reach 10 million percent (AN/Jaume Escofet)

IFRC said Venezuela will allow it to deliver emergency aid, the first time President Nicolás Maduro’s government acknowledged the humanitarian crisis.

Extreme weather impacted 62 million lives

Storm seen from Belfort, France (AN/Thomas Bresson)

Extreme weather affected 62 million people last year in a clear signal that climate-fueled natural hazards are rising, the U.N. weather agency reported.

Global carbon emissions hit record high

Coal-fired power plants in Singrauli, India (AN/IAP)

Global energy-related carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018 as worldwide energy demand and coal use surged mostly from power plants in Asia.

More children die of unsafe water than war

A Nile River boat in Jinja Town, Uganda (AN/John Heilprin)

Children under the age of five were far more likely on average to die from illnesses due to unsafe water and sanitation than from war or violence.

Ex-Bosnian Serb leader sentenced to life

Radovan Karadžić displayed as a hero in Guča, Serbia 15 years ago (AN/Steffen Emrich)

U.N. appeals judges increased former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić’s 40-year sentence to life in prison after upholding his war crimes convictions.

U.N. and Israel in clash over human rights

A watch post in the West Bank city of Hebron (AN/Kyle Taylor)

The United Nations and Israel plunged into an intense debate over the use of deadly force against protesters in Palestinian territory.

CERN finds another piece of physics puzzle

Inside CERN's Large Hadron Collider (AN/John Heilprin)

Physicists working at the world’s biggest atom smasher detected simultaneous production of three fundamental particles, a rare process.

War crimes court rebuffed and threatened

The ICC's flag is flown in London to mark a day for international criminal justice (AN/U.K. FCO)

The International Criminal Court lost two members but gained a new one in the past two years, while fending off threats from authoritarian leaders.

Students demand climate action worldwide

An estimated 4,000 climate protesters took to the streets of the Swiss capital (AN/Clarisa Gaines)

At least 1.5 million students walked out of their classrooms on a Friday to demand their governments take meaningful and swift action to fight climate change.

A ‘dire’ health checkup for Earth and us all

Nupla Peak above Nepal's Lukla village airport, gateway for Everest trekkers (AN/John Heilprin)

Leaders called for urgent improvement to the planet’s health, echoing findings of a U.N. report for the highest-level decision-making body on the environment.