The World of International Organizations

Global energy demand and CO2 plummet

Oil, gas and wind turbines at the U.K.'s Great Yarmouth Outer Harbor port (AN/Fernando Butcher)

Global CO2 emissions are on track to decline by almost 8 percent this year from the pandemic causing the biggest downturn in energy use since World War II.

Coalition offers schools reopening advice

A sign of hope in the Swiss capital this week (AN/John Heilprin)

Humanitarian organizations offered guidelines to help 1.5 billion students who face “an unprecedented risk” if the pandemic keeps schools closed for long.

U.N. expert: Myanmar atrocities continue

Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee settlement, where 850,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar live near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (AN/Russell Watkins)

A U.N. human rights investigator urged the world body to “step up its efforts” to protect ethnic and religious minorities from the Myanmar military.

Using the pandemic to ‘rebuild our world’

A press conference at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin (AN/Christoph Wehrer)

Some good can come out from the pandemic if world leaders use it to “rebuild our world for the better” by investing in clean energy, the U.N. chief said.

Global COVID-19 cases exceed 3 million

Social messaging by the Broadway Theater in Mount Pleasant, Michigan (AN/Dan Gaken)

Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 passed 3 million as New Zealand, several European nations and a few U.S. states took steps to ease lockdowns.

U.N. finds abuses with some lockdowns

Residents lined up for COVID-19 relief services in Sohra, India (AN/Ramakrishna Math and Mission)

The U.N. human rights chief warned some governments are abusing emergency powers to fight the pandemic by resorting to police brutality and other tactics.

WHO aid is latest U.S.-China battleground

Chinese President Xi Jinping (AN/Michel Temer)

China raised its donations for the WHO’s pandemic efforts to US$50 million a week after U.S. President Donald Trump halted the U.N. agency’s U.S. funding.

U.N. resolution calls for global virus effort

The U.N. General Assembly in New York (AN/John Heilprin)

The U.N. General Assembly urged all nations to join in ensuring universal access to medical supplies, drugs, future vaccines and testing for the pandemic.

IRENA says renewable energy boosts GDP

A planned $1 billion Crescent Dunes solar plant in Nevada failed in 2019 (AN/BLM Nevada)

Governments could use energy transformations to create jobs, meet climate targets and produce GDP gains of US$98 trillion by 2050, according to a new report.

Global COVID-19 cases soar past 2 million

A pandemic-related church sign in the Washington region on April 4, 2020 (AN/John Heilprin)

It took more than three months for global coronavirus infections to surpass the 1 million mark, and just over two weeks more to add another 1 million cases.