The World of International Organizations Explained

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 (ARÊTE/Jaume Escofet)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Venezuela’s government and opposition will allow it to deliver emergency aid. The decision marks the first time President Nicolás Maduro’s government acknowledged the humanitarian crisis.

Global carbon emissions hit record high

Coal-fired power plants in Singrauli, India (ARÊTE/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, the International Energy Agency reported.

More children die of unsafe water than war

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

Children under the age of five living in conflict-prone nations were far more likely on average to die from illnesses due to unsafe water and sanitation than from war or violence, UNICEF reported.

Ex-Bosnian Serb leader sentenced to life

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

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

U.N. and Israel in clash over human rights

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

The United Nations and Israel plunged into an intense debate over use of deadly force against protesters in Palestinian territory, after a U.N. commission said Israeli security forces had “no justification” to use live ammunition against thousands of people.

CERN finds another piece of physics puzzle

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

Physicists working at the world’s biggest atom smasher detected simultaneous production of three fundamental particles, a rare process that plays a key role in radioactivity and the Sun’s thermonuclear process.

War crimes court rebuffed and threatened

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

The International Criminal Court lost two member nations but gained a new one in the past two years, while fending off snubs and threats from leaders with authoritarian agendas. Now, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has threatened to block the court from investigating Americans.

Students demand climate action worldwide

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

At least 1.5 million students walked out of their classrooms around the world on a Friday to demand that 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 (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

World leaders called for urgent improvement to the planet’s health, echoing findings of a major U.N. report released at a meeting in Nairobi for the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.

Web turns 30 as inventor urges ethical 2.0

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web (ARÊTE/Belinda Lawley)

An international organization that gave rise to the World Wide Web marked the 30th anniversary of a globe-spanning invention with celebrations and calls to reboot its basic principles.

The world of international organizations explained.


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