The World of International Organizations

Argentina’s Grossi tapped to lead IAEA

Rafael Mariano Grossi at an October IAEA meeting in Vienna to pick a new director general (AN/Dean Calma)

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Argentina’s ambassador to Austria, will become the sixth head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.

U.K. backs new vote that may decide Brexit

London Bridge (AN/John Heilprin)

Brexit will serve as backdrop to a weary electorate’s choices after lawmakers voted to authorize the first December national election in almost a century.

WADA to review Russian doping data

WADA's Director General Olivier Niggli discusses anti-doping issues at a 2011 conference in Cologne, Germany (AN/Tine Harden)

The World Anti-Doping Agency said it has received responses from Russian authorities to questions raised over data “discrepancies” at an anti-doping center.

World’s largest climate fund refills purse

A project to build climate resilience in Rwanda's Akagera watershed with support from the Green Climate Fund (AN/Rwanda Green Fund)

The world’s biggest climate fund wrapped up a fundraising conference at Paris with US$9.78 billion in pledges raised from 27 mostly European nations.

U.N. chief hears message of mass protests

London protesters call on G-20 nations to help Hong Kong fight for democracy (AN/Etan Liam)

A year of mass street protests exposed an erosion of public trust in political leaders who need to listen more to people’s real problems, the U.N. chief said.

Facebook CEO defends crypto project

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in September (AN/Joiyce Boghosian)

U.S. lawmakers grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his plans to create a global digital currency and international organization to oversee it.

New green tech finance platform launches

NASA engineer Bente Eegholm prepares a new laser instrument, GEDI, to map temperate and tropical forests from the International Space Station (AN/Desiree Stover)

A group of nations responsible for nearly half of all global warming pollutants launched a new finance initiative to oversee investment in climate technologies.

U.N. expert: world ‘failing’ on hate speech

A re:publica 2017 panel in Berlin discusses how to combat online hate speech (AN/Gregor Fischer)

Governments and businesses including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are doing far too little to prevent violence from online hate speech, a U.N. expert said.

Swiss add momentum to Europe’s Greens

The Bundeshaus, or Swiss Parliament Building, towers over the Bundesplatz, or Federal Square, in Bern (AN/John Heilprin)

Voters in Switzerland’s national elections delivered a major boost to left-leaning Greens who back urgent U.N.-led climate action and other ecological causes.

Trump reverses plan to host G-7 at Doral

View from Trump National Doral Miami golf resort towards downtown Miami (AN/Jared Seeger)

Amid a storm of bipartisan criticism, U.S. President Donald Trump rescinded his plan to host the G-7 summit at his own resort in 2020.