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)

(AN) — Rafael Mariano Grossi, Argentina’s ambassador to Austria, will become the sixth head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog announced on Wednesday.

U.K. backs new vote that may decide Brexit

London Bridge (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Britain’s pending divorce from the European Union will serve as backdrop to a weary electorate’s choices after lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday 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)

(AN) — The World Anti-Doping Agency said on Monday it has received responses from Russian authorities to questions raised over data “discrepancies” at an anti-doping center and expects to complete a review by the end of next month.

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)

(AN) — The world’s biggest climate fund wrapped up a fundraising conference at Paris on Friday with US$9.78 billion in pledges raised from 27 mostly European nations, which was less than what donors promised to compensate for the U.S. absence.

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)

(AN) — A year of mass street protests against governments around the world exposed an erosion of public trust in political leaders who need to listen more to people’s real problems, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday.

Facebook CEO defends crypto project

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

(AN) — U.S. lawmakers raised a raft of concerns over privacy and public trust on Wednesday while grilling 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)

(AN) — A group of nations responsible for nearly half of all global warming pollutants said on Monday it has launched a new finance initiative to oversee massive investment in climate technologies that can help fulfill the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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)

(AN) — Governments and businesses around the world including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are doing far too little to prevent violence from online hate speech, the U.N.’s top independent expert in the field reported on Monday.

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)

(AN) — Voters in Switzerland’s national elections on Sunday delivered a major boost to left-leaning Greens who support urgent U.N.-led climate action and other environmental causes in parliament over the next four years.

Trump reverses plan to host G-7 at Doral

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

(AN) — Amid a storm of bipartisan criticism, U.S. President Donald Trump reacted quickly on Sunday by rescinding his plan to host the G-7 summit at his own resort in 2020 and promising to immediately begin searching for another site.

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