The World of International Organizations

Global coronavirus cases top 6 million

A hand washing station in downtown Minneapolis (AN/Chad Davis)

(AN) —Cases of COVID-19 surpassed 6 million worldwide on Sunday accompanied by 367,000 deaths including an increasing toll in Latin America, according to Johns Hopkins University and Google data trackers.

SpaceX Crew Dragon flies to Space Station

The launch site of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the Crew Dragon spacecraft (AN/Andrea Hanks)

(AN) — Two NASA astronauts arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station aboard their Crew Dragon capsule, a day after SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made the first American crewed launch in nearly a decade.

Trump postpones ‘outdated’ G-7 summit

A G-7 working lunch on Inequality hosted at Biarritz, France in 2019 (AN/Shealah Craighead)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters he will delay the annual G-7 summit until fall, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declined an invitation to travel to Washington in late June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTBTO urges no restart in nuclear testing

The view towards the closed town of Mercury, Nevada, a former staging ground for the Nevada Test Site (AN/Mike McBey)

(AN) — Prominent members of the international watchdog that monitors nuclear testing warned on Friday that any U.S. return to conducting a demonstration nuclear test explosion would imperil global peace and security.

Trump to end U.S. involvement with WHO

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Capitol Hill on May 19, 2020 (AN/Tia Dufour)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday he will withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization, attempting to deflect blame for the health and economic crisis onto U.N. officials and China.

U.N. climate summit delayed until 2021

Youth climate campaigners with the Fridays for Future movement at the 2019 U.N. climate summit in Madrid (AN/John Englart)

(AN) — The United Nations’ annual climate summit planned for November will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two co-hosts, Britain and Italy, and the world body announced on Thursday.

ILO warns of high job losses among youth

Young workers wheeling goods through Cairo's streets (AN/Francisco Anzola)

(AN) — At least one of every six young workers has been idled during the COVID-19 pandemic and their long-term unemployment could create a “lockdown generation,” the U.N. labor agency warned on Wednesday.

E.U. leaders pitch huge recovery package

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (AN/CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2020 – Source: EP)

(AN) — European Union leaders unveiled a €750 billion coronavirus recovery plan on Wednesday that would help its continental members navigate the prospect of its deepest recession in more than a quarter-century.

WHO warns pandemic’s first wave not over

A Swiss vending machine now offers hand disinfection gel (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — As nations ease coronavirus lockdowns, World Health Organization officials cautioned the first wave of the pandemic has not ended and a “second peak” may occur with global infections and deaths still increasing.

U.N. expert: Saudi case a ‘parody of justice’

U.N. human rights expert Agnès Callamard speaks on the 1-year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder (AN/April Brady)

(AN) — The head of the U.N. human rights team that investigated Jamal Khashoggi’s death called for an international inquiry on Friday while dismissing pardons that could allow Saudi authorities to release his killers.

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