The World of International Organizations Explained

U.S. fills long-vacant U.N. ambassadorship

Kelly Craft and husband Joe host a July 4th celebration in Ottawa, Canada (ARÊTE/Ashley Fraser)

After a seven-month vacancy in the post of United States ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. senators on Wednesday confirmed Kelly Craft, America’s ambassador to Canada, as U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy on multilateralism’s biggest stage.

FIFA mulls exit from Zürich headquarters

Pendants flying outside FIFA's global headquarters in Zürich (ARÊTE/Ben Sutherland)

World football’s governing body is reportedly weighing a plan to relocate its Swiss headquarters to somewhere more conducive to hiring non-Europeans and less renowned for corporate secrecy.

IAAF defends rules on intersex athletes

Caster Semenya after winning an Olympic silver medal in 800 meters in 2012 (ARÊTE/Ghar El Melh)

The governing body of track and field said on Wednesday it welcomed a decision from Switzerland’s highest court that two-time Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya must follow new rules meant to lower naturally high testosterone levels in female runners with an intersex condition.

U.N. call to stamp out human trafficking

A Gambian Navy training on drug smuggling and human trafficking (ARÊTE/Tamara Vaughn)

U.N. leaders urged an international crackdown against human trafficking on Tuesday, pointing out that most victims are women and girls and the percentage of child victims more than doubled in a dozen years.

U.S. military braces for UPU withdrawal

The U.S. military's Pentagon headquarters near Washington (ARÊTE/Angela Stafford)

Pentagon officials are preparing for the aftermath of a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to proceed with U.S. withdrawal from the 144-year-0ld Universal Postal Union should last-minute talks to salvage their relationship fail.

Weekend Update: Gavi, IMF and Gideons

Medical supplies to fight Ebola arrive at Congo's Beni Airport (ARÊTE/Mamadou Alain Coulibaly)

Gavi’s chief says the Ebola outbreak is a sign of a deeper public health crisis. Egypt signs a structural reform agreement with IMF. Mongolia is now a shipping power, according to UNCTAD. Gideons U.K. adds women, ends its international affiliation.

Iran and Europe push to save nuclear deal

A main bridge and parks around downtown Tehran (ARÊTE/Ninara)

Major powers scrambled on Sunday to salvage Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from it and reimpose sanctions on the Mideast regional power.

EIB may ban funding for fossil fuel energy

London's defunct coal-fired Battersea Power Station (ARÊTE/Oliver Mallich)

The European Union’s investment bank and nonprofit lending arm put forward a climate-oriented proposal on Friday that would prevent it from providing any new financing for fossil fuel-based power projects.

Norway’s Juul to lead ECOSOC ‘for all’

Newly elected ECOSOC President and Norway's U.N. Ambassador Mona Juul (ARÊTE/Monica Hellem)

Norway’s veteran diplomat Mona Juul won election on Thursday to lead the United Nations’ top economic and social body based on an agenda of seeking more international cooperation for universal freedoms and human rights.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies in office

IAEA's Director General Yukiya Amano at a 2014 news conference in Vienna (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

Yukiya Amano, a veteran diplomat who led the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency and worked to prevent more atomic bombings like those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has died, his agency announced on Monday.

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