The World of International Organizations Explained

Swiss clamor for U.N.-led climate action

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

Up to 100,000 people turned out on Saturday for Switzerland’s largest-ever climate demonstration to insist on fulfilling the United Nations-brokered goals for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, organizers said.

Pakistan and India take rivalry to the U.N.

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

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan took his nation’s bitter dispute over Jammu and Kashmir to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, accusing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of cruelty towards Muslims and 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 (ARÊTE/Cristal Montanez)

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to create a yearlong, independent fact-finding mission on Friday that will 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 (ARÊTE/Frans Berkelaar)

The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development cautioned on Thursday that there is “a clear and present danger” of a global recession in 2020 due to trade tensions, corporate debt and weaker growth among both industrialized and developing nations.

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

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

The United States said it will remain in the U.N. postal agency after delegates at an emergency meeting on Wednesday agreed to a compromise plan to change international delivery rates that will add consumer costs.

U.N.: Oceans and frozen regions changing

Icebergs in Antarctica (ARÊTE/Christopher MIchel)

Coastal flooding along with huge losses of ice and snow are becoming more extreme as oceans warm and acidify while frozen parts of the planet melt faster, the Nobel Prize-winning U.N. climate panel reported on Wednesday.

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 (ARÊTE/Shealah Craighead)

The U.N. postal agency opened the third Extraordinary Congress in its nearly 145-year history on Tuesday with a vote to reject a demand by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration 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 (ARÊTE/Shealah Craighead)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres opened the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level gathering on Tuesday with a plea for U.S.-China unity while pushing his top priorities of fighting climate change and preventing more war.

E.U. court restricts internet privacy rules

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

Europe’s top court ruled on Tuesday that E.U.’s digital privacy rules do not require Google and other search engines to honor people’s requests to delete links to outdated or embarrassing information 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 (ARÊTE/Emmanuel Keller)

The African Development Bank Group announced on Monday that due to climate concerns it will no longer support “19th century technologies like coal and heavy fuel oil” and will instead help create the world’s largest “solar zone” in the Sahel region.

The world of international organizations explained.

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