Decade of rising attacks on kids in conflicts

Conflict-fueled attacks on children that authorities could verify tripled worldwide in the past decade to an average of 45 per day, UNICEF said.

E.U. to engage U.K. in major organizations

The E.U.’s top Brexit negotiator said it will rely on other international organizations to “continue to engage positively” once the U.K. exits in 2020.

New U.S. “Space Force” may test space law

America’s “Space Force,” the military’s first new branch in more than 70 years, could breach space law and prompt a U.S. withdrawal from yet another treaty.

World Bank warns of US$55 trillion debt

Developing nations ran up US$55 trillion of debt in 2018 as part of an eight-year debt surge that is the largest in a half-century, the World Bank said.

US$5 billion fund to cut shipping CO2

A London-based trade association proposed creating an organization to run a US$5 billion research fund for eliminating carbon from global shipping.

Poor nations focus of global refugee forum

Six countries and the U.N. opened the first Global Refugee Forum to help poor nations overwhelmed by taking in people fleeing for safety across borders.

Marathon U.N. climate summit falls short

The U.N. climate summit ended in Madrid without resolving how to put a price on carbon and only partial agreement on more ambition in cutting pollutants.

UNAIDS dismisses #MeToo whistleblower

A whistleblower whose sexual assault probe upended UNAIDS was fired over misconduct claims in what she believes is “a blatant act of retaliation.”

Alpinism added to UNESCO heritage list

Alpinism, named for the range where it took root, won UNESCO recognition as a celebrated pursuit with an “intangible” cultural heritage worthy of protecting.

Europe unveils climate-neutral Green Deal

The E.U. plans to create “the first climate-neutral continent by 2050,” a three-decade blueprint to sustainably overhaul Europe’s trade, industry and politics.

Nobel laureate denies Rohingya genocide

Once an icon of democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi went to the International Court of Justice to deny Myanmar’s military committed genocide against Rohingyas.

U.S. forces WTO appeals court shutdown

The global commerce system suffered a serious blow when WTO’s appellate body was brought to a halt by U.S. opposition to refilling judges on its bench.

WADA hands Russia 4-year sporting ban

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee banned Russia from competing at international sports events for the next four years.

UNDP warns inequality drags on progress

Inequalities in education, health and living standards caused a 20 percent loss in global progress towards aspects of needed “human development” last year.

Iran pressured to stick with nuclear deal

Britain, France and Germany demanded that Iran remain in the fraying 2015 nuclear deal, but did not press to reactivate U.N. sanctions against Iran.

U.N. peacekeeping abuses scrutinized

Six nations pushed for more accountability in U.N. peacekeeping at a meeting on progress towards ending mismanagement, sexual abuse and other violence.

Gavi approves new Ebola vaccine stockpile

A public–private global health partnership said it will invest US$178 million to establish an emergency stockpile of 500,000 Ebola vaccine doses worldwide.

Russia offers renewal of New START treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to immediately renew the New START nuclear weapons treaty between his country and the U.S. It expires in 2021.

At NATO, Trump clashes with major allies

U.S. President Donald Trump sowed division with American partners before departing a NATO summit and leaving it to other leaders to put on a united front.

Davos reboots for ‘stakeholder capitalism’

Ahead of its Davos meeting, the World Economic Forum released a mission statement for 21st century businesses to elevate the importance of doing good.