The World of International Organizations Explained

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 on Wednesday 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 Trump administration decision 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. 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 at a meeting in Vienna to salvage their nuclear deal with Iran in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw 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, laying out an agenda of international cooperation towards 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.

Moon landing inspired earthly peace effort

The famous "Earthrise" photo as taken by U.S. astronaut William Anders aboard Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968 (ARÊTE/NASA)

The world marked Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the first moon landing as a powerful testament to collective efforts in problem-solving and finding peaceful solutions to seemingly impossible challenges.

The world of international organizations explained.


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