The World of International Organizations Explained

Uprooted 70 million at risk in virus spread

Two young girls at a refugee camp in Iraq (ARÊTE/E.U. DG ECHO)

The global coronavirus pandemic threatens to disproportionately harm more than 70 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced by wars and violent crises, Refugees International said on Monday.

Virus fears amplify appeals for Syria peace

A UNICEF aid worker carries a child at a shelter in Homs, Syria (ARÊTE/EPA/STR)

Human rights experts warily eyeing the first cases of coronavirus in Syria renewed their long-ignored calls for an end to the war on Saturday, this time in the name of taking urgent health measures to avert further catastrophe.

G-20 pledges $5 trillion over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia's King Salman speaks by video link at a G-20 summit on March 26, 2020 (ARÊTE/Bandar Algaloud)

At a virtual gathering, leaders of the G-20 major economies promised to spend more than $5 trillion on Thursday in an effort to prop up the global economy and hasten people’s recovery from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

U.N. launches $2 billion plan to fight virus

Volunteers set up a COVID-19 pre-triage tent by Italy's Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital (ARÊTE/Italian Civil Protection Department)

The United Nations appealed to governments and private donors on Wednesday to provide $2 billion for a global plan for meeting emergency health needs in the world’s poorest countries coping with the global COVID-19 pandemic.

IOC and Japan postpone Tokyo Olympics

"See you in Tokyo" at the Rio 2016 Summer Games closing ceremony (ARÊTE/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo)

In an unprecedented move, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be postponed until 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee and Japan announced on Tuesday.

U.N. urges ceasefire as cases near 400,000

U.S. soldiers check motorists at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site in New York on March 18, 2020 (ARÊTE/Sean Madden)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire on Monday to spare humanity from the COVID-19 pandemic, imploring warring parties to disarm and fight the virus as a “common enemy.”

Europe’s mixed progress toward U.N. goals

Untersberg Mountain above the village of Grödig near Salzburg, Austria (ARÊTE/Giuseppe Milo)

Air pollution levels exceed recommended health limits in all but 10 mainly European countries but most lowered carbon emissions and expanded forest cover in recent years, a U.N. regional commission reported on Tuesday.

Syria’s horrific war marks grim milestone

An Iraqi army soldier training with an M198 155mm howitzer artillery piece (ARÊTE/Horace Murray)

Almost 5 million children in Syria have known nothing but war while another 1 million were born as refugees into a harsh life, UNICEF reported on Sunday to mark the atrocious conflict since early 2011 starting its 10 year.

WHO and foundations launch virus fund

Travelers wearing protective masks at Zurich Airport on March 12, 2020 (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The World Health Organization and two international foundations launched a first-of-its-kind fund on Friday to help nations with vulnerable populations and weak health systems cope with the global coronavirus pandemic.

Global trade services growth weakens

Shipping containers at the Port of Vancouver by night (ARÊTE/Kyle Pearce)

World Trade Organization figures on Wednesday showed that global services trade growth was slowing at the end of 2019 and into 2020, as countries began taking steps to slow the spread of the global coronavirus outbreak.

The world of international organizations explained.

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