The World of International Organizations

Climate activism propelled by E.U. voters

Brussels scene during European elections (AN/CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 – Source: EP)

(AN) — Climate concerns have rarely if ever weighed heavily in any major election — until now, with Europe’s Greens gaining influence from voters worried about the planet’s health, according to provisional results on Monday.

WHO classifies gaming disorder as illness

A passenger playing video games on a plane (AN/Carlos Ebert)

(AN) — Playing video games to excess at the expense of work, school or relationships can now be diagnosed as a medical condition if it lasts more than a year, the World Health Organization agreed in a formal vote on Saturday.

Versailles centennial strikes modern nerve

The treaty signing on June 28, 1919 in the Palace of Versailles' Hall of Mirrors (AN/Public Domain)

(AN) — A century ago, a treaty signing on the outskirts of Paris helped end World War I but raised questions about the reliability of American leadership. On Friday, experts at a U.S.-led conference in Paris marking the centennial said many of those same questions remain today.

U.N. orders U.K. to return site of U.S. base

American submarine USS Dallas pulls into the Diego Garcia military base (AN/Caine Storino)

(AN) — The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to demand that Britain cede to Mauritius an Indian Ocean archipelago where the United States maintains an important military base, in an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the two Western powers.

Ebola and reform weigh on WHO assembly

World Health Assembly chambers in Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)

(AN) — Congo’s spreading Ebola outbreak, universal health coverage and questions about spending and reform topped the World Health Assembly’s agenda as its eight-day annual meeting got underway on Monday.

Council of Europe keeps Russia as member

Masked troops equipped with Russian weapons were often present during Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 (AN/Sasha Maksymenko)

(AN) — Council of Europe foreign ministers agreed on Friday to restore Russia’s right to participate in its Parliamentary Assembly “on an equal basis” with other member nations, a move towards resolving the international organization’s conflict over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea five years ago.

Pact against online extremism gains steam

Youth demonstrators in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square react to the Christchurch, New Zealand massacre (AN/Michael Swan)

(AN) — Proponents gained momentum for a new global accord aimed at keeping internet platforms from being used by online extremists to organize and spread hatred and violence.

U.N. chief warns of climate security threats

A narrow road in Tuvalu, an island nation on global warming's front lines (AN/Michael Coghlan)

(AN) — Drought linked to global warming is a security threat to the African continent and Mediterranean region including Europe, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday.

U.N.: 1 million in Gaza may go hungry

An UNRWA school in Gaza (AN/ISM Palestine)

(AN) — More than 1 million people in Gaza are at risk of running out of food less than a year after the United States announced it would no longer contribute aid to Palestinians, the U.N. relief agency for Palestinian refugees said on Monday.

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