The World of International Organizations

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

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

U.S. senators confirmed Kelly Craft as President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations, multilateralism’s biggest stage.

FIFA mulls exit from Zürich headquarters

Pendants flying outside FIFA's global headquarters in Zürich (AN/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.

IAAF defends rules on intersex athletes

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

Track and field’s governing body welcomed a decision from Switzerland’s highest court that Caster Semenya must lower naturally high testosterone levels.

U.N. call to stamp out human trafficking

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

The U.N. urged a crackdown on human trafficking; 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 (AN/Angela Stafford)

Pentagon officials are preparing for a decision by the Trump administration to proceed with U.S. withdrawal from the 144-year-old Universal Postal Union.

Weekend Update: Gavi, IMF and Gideons

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

Gavi’s chief says the Ebola outbreak shows a deeper health crisis. Egypt signs an accord with IMF. Mongolia is a shipping power. Gideons U.K. adds women.

Iran and Europe push to save nuclear deal

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

Major powers scrambled to salvage Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of the U.S. decision to withdraw and reimpose sanctions on the Mideast power.

EIB may ban funding for fossil fuel energy

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

The E.U.’s investment bank put forward a climate-oriented proposal that would prevent 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 (AN/Monica Hellem)

Norway’s veteran diplomat Mona Juul won election to lead the U.N.’s top economic and social body on an agenda of seeking more international cooperation.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies in office

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

Yukiya Amano, a veteran diplomat who led the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency and worked to prevent more atomic bombings, has died, his agency said.