ESA raises bar on future space projects

The European Space Agency garnered pledges from 22 member nations to support more ambitious space exploration and research, including on climate.

U.N. warns significant carbon cuts needed

A new U.N. report cautions the world must begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 7.6 percent a year starting in 2020 to meet global targets.

G-20 ministers press for WTO relevance

G-20 foreign ministers agreed WTO reforms are urgently needed to boost its relevance amid an escalating U.S.-China trade war.

ITU deal on 5G worries weather experts

Negotiators announced a deal on new radio frequency standards for 5G technology, despite worries it may negatively impact climate and weather forecasting.

Suu Kyi to confront U.N. genocide probe

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head to the U.N.’s top court next month to challenge its prosecution of an alleged military-led genocide of Rohingyas.

Progress and worry as kids’ treaty turns 30

A human rights treaty that is 30 years old helped make children healthier but they still face threats like climate change and online abuse, UNICEF said.

Paris forum pitches for global governance

The Paris Peace Forum promoted what French President Emmanuel Macron described as a need for “balanced cooperation” among nations.

U.N. envoy amplifies Baghdad protestors

The top U.N. envoy to Iraq assured its parliament their role in hearing Baghdad protestors’ demands is vital to restoring stability and peace.

White Helmets ally found dead in Turkey

James Le Mesurier, whose organization founded and supported White Helmets’ efforts in Syria, was found dead in Istanbul, prompting a police investigation.

France and China advocate multilateralism

France and China urged more global cooperation on climate, biodiversity and trade after the U.S. began withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Scientists declare global climate emergency

More than 11,000 scientists warned the world must immediately and fundamentally change if it is going to avert “untold suffering due to the climate crisis.”

Trump launches U.S. exit from Paris treaty

The Trump administration notified the U.N. on the first day possible that it will withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change a year from now.

ASEAN leads way to trade bloc with China

Ten nations’ leaders agreed as part of ASEAN to promote regional stability by signing the world’s biggest trade bloc with six countries including China in 2020.

U.N. envoy sustains new Syria peace talks

Syria peace talks were held for the first time under the auspices of a new Syrian constitutional committee and were “impressive” enough to last another week.