The World of International Organizations

Swiss clamor for U.N.-led climate action

Climate protesters at Bern’s Bundesplatz, or Federal Square, in front of Swiss parliament on Saturday (AN/Clarisa Gaines)

Up to 100,000 people turned out for Switzerland’s largest-ever climate demonstration to insist on fulfilling the U.N.-brokered goals to cut greenhouse gases.

Pakistan and India take rivalry to the U.N.

Imran Khan speaks to a conference at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin (Arête News/Stephan Röhl)

Pakistan’s prime minister took his nation’s dispute over Jammu and Kashmir to the U.N. General Assembly, warning of a potential “bloodbath” in the region.

U.N. mission to probe rights in Venezuela

Venezuelan migrant children at a shelter in Pamplona, Colombia (AN/Cristal Montanez)

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to create a mission to investigate cases of suspected human rights abuses in Venezuela over the past five years.

UNCTAD warns of 2020 global recession

A container ship in The Netherlands' Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe (AN/Frans Berkelaar)

UNCTAD cautioned there is “a clear and present danger” of a global recession in 2020 due to trade tensions, corporate debt and weaker growth worldwide.

Deal will keep U.S. in U.N. postal agency

American postal customers at Union Station in Washington, D.C. (AN/Elvert Barnes)

The U.S. said it will remain in the U.N. postal agency after delegates agreed to change international delivery rates that will add consumer costs.

U.N.: Oceans and frozen regions changing

Icebergs in Antarctica (AN/Christopher MIchel)

Coastal flooding with huge ice and snow losses are getting more extreme as oceans warm and acidify while frozen parts of the planet melt faster, IPCC said.

UPU delegates reject Trump mail demand

Trump trade envoy Peter Navarro, seated far right, leader of a U.S. delegation to the UPU in Geneva this week, at the White House in late June (AN/Shealah Craighead)

The U.N. postal agency opened its Extraordinary Congress with a vote to reject the Trump administration’s demand that it overhaul international delivery rates.

U.N. chief fears U.S.-China ‘great fracture’

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, center, speaking with U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at U.N. headquarters on Tuesday (AN/Shealah Craighead)

The U.N. chief opened the U.N. General Assembly with a plea for U.S.-China unity while pushing his top priorities of fighting climate change and more war.

E.U. court restricts internet privacy rules

Euranet Plus and Latvijas Radio host a debate on E.U. citizens' digital rights (AN/Euranet Plus)

Europe’s top court ruled E.U.’s digital privacy rules do not require Google to delete links to outdated or embarrassing info outside its 28-nation bloc.

AfDB to end financing for fossil fuel energy

South Africa's coal-fired Rooiwal Power Station, built between 1962 and 1970 (AN/Emmanuel Keller)

The African Development Bank Group will no longer support “19th century technologies” like coal and oil and will help create the world’s largest “solar zone.”