The World of International Organizations

ESA raises bar on future space projects

Part of European Space Agency’s deep-space tracking station at New Norcia, Australia (AN/ESA)

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

Power lines extend from South African coal-fired power plants (AN/Clint Mason)

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

Some of the G-20 leaders and heads of international organizations meeting at Japan in June (AN/South African government)

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

A satellite image of a massive cyclone over the Labrador Sea between Canada’s Labrador Peninsula and Greenland on November 17, 2019 (AN/NOAA)

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

Rohingya people in Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state (AN/DYKT Mohigan)

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

Tajik children selling eggs to travelers along the Karakoram Highway (AN/John Heilprin)

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 Wall for Peace, a Paris symbol since 2000 that was designed and built by artist Clara Halter and architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte (AN/Henry Marion)

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

An Iraqi soldier gets training from an Australian sergeant in how to call for air support (AN/Cole Erickson)

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 near Istanbul's Golden Horn harbor and residential area (AN/White Helmets)

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

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping talk in Shanghai while sampling French wine and beef (AN/Chinese State Media)

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