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)

(AN) — The World Health Organization declared it considers the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency on Thursday, after the epidemic first detected in China spread to 7,800 confirmed 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)

(AN) — The United Nations refugee agency said it was suspending operations at a migrant transit center in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday due to safety concerns as violence between two main warring factions 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)

(AN) — The U.N. human rights office acknowledged on Wednesday it had suffered a sophisticated cyberattack on its computers last year, but sought to assure the public that none of its sensitive data or confidential information were accessed.

China to let WHO send in experts on virus

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

(AN) — Chinese officials agreed on Tuesday to allow international experts from the United Nations health agency to enter the country as soon as possible and join in efforts 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)

(AN) — Renewed fighting ended a fragile ceasefire in Libya as U.N. officials cited arms embargo violations and urged warring parties on Monday to investigate the deadly 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)

(AN) — The United Nations’ migration agency said on Friday it was providing humanitarian aid and arranging the return home of more than 140 migrants who arrived in Guatemala from Honduras while trying to reach the United States.

ICJ orders Myanmar to prevent genocide

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

(AN) — The International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar’s government on Thursday to do everything it can to prevent more atrocities and genocide against the nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority of hundreds of thousands of people.

U.N. probe sought of Saudi spyware hack

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

(AN) — U.N. human rights investigators urged a special inquiry on Wednesday into Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’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)

(AN) — Migrant farmworker Ioane Teitiota lost his case against deportation from New Zealand, but in its ruling on Tuesday the U.N. Human Rights Committee said people fleeing the effects of climate change may be entitled to claim asylum.

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