The World of International Organizations

WHO declares global emergency over virus

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking to a forum at Vienna in September (AN/Dean Calma)

WHO said the coronavirus outbreak is a global health emergency, after the epidemic first detected in China spread to 7,800 cases and 170 deaths worldwide.

UNHCR halts work at Libya migrant center

Irish vessel LÉ James Joyce rescues migrants northwest of Tripoli (AN/Óglaigh na hÉireann)

The U.N. refugee agency said it was suspending operations at a migrant center in the Libyan capital of Tripoli due to safety concerns as violence intensifies.

Report shows hack of U.N. offices last year

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres marks Vienna International Center's 40th anniversary in May 2019 (AN/Dean Calma)

The U.N. human rights office acknowledged it suffered a sophisticated cyberattack last year, but said all of its sensitive and confidential data were safe.

China to let WHO send in experts on virus

Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province, in 2018 (AN/Yohann Agnelot)

Chinese officials agreed to allow WHO’s experts to enter as soon as possible and help to combat a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.

Libya clashes resume despite interventions

Dutch trade minister Sigrid Kaag tours Tripoli, Libya in 2018 (AN/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

Renewed fighting ended a fragile ceasefire in Libya as U.N. officials urged warring parties to investigate airstrikes that killed at least 53 people last July.

IOM assists migrant caravan in Guatemala

An asylum seeker by the U.S. border with Tijuana, Mexico (AN/Daniel Arauz)

The U.N. migration agency was providing aid and arranging the return home of more than 140 migrants in Guatemala from Honduras trying to enter the U.S.

ICJ orders Myanmar to prevent genocide

Rohingya people in shelters near Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's Rakhine State (AN/Mathias Eick)

The International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar’s government to do everything it can to prevent more atrocities and genocide against the Rohingyas.

TI index shows anti-corruption efforts lag

Then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was sacked by President Donald Trump in May 2019, speaks on International Anti-Corruption Day at Kiev's Platforma Art Factory in 2017 (AN/U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine)

Most nations had little to no improvement last year in fighting corruption that was “more pervasive” whenever big money influenced elections or governments.

U.N. probe sought of Saudi spyware hack

Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos in 2010 (AN/Steve Jurvetson)

U.N. investigators urged an inquiry into the Saudi crown prince’s alleged role in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

U.N. panel bolsters climate asylum seekers

Migrant farmworker Ioane Teitiota, whose family fled Kiribati's climate (AN/Timothy McDonald)

Ioane Teitiota lost his case against deportation, but in its ruling the U.N. Human Rights Committee said people fleeing climate change may claim asylum.