The World of International Organizations

Donors pledge €6.9 billion to help Syrians

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at an online pledging conference for Syria (AN/E.U.)

Governments and organizations pledged €6.9 billion in humanitarian aid for people displaced inside Syria and for refugees who fled to neighboring countries.

Pandemic fueled by ‘profound inequalities’

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet addresses the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/OHCHR)

The U.N. human rights chief says the challenge of preventing abuses is rising sharply as racism and social inequalities accelerate the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. rules foreign NGOs lack speech rights

Protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court just before Senate vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation (AN/John Heilprin)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that foreign affiliates of U.S.-based organizations lack free speech rights.

U.S. chided for ‘rapid decline’ in freedoms

A Minneapolis police officer watching a crowd of protesters in late May (AN/Chad Davis)

Crackdowns on protesters and journalists landed the U.S. on a global alliance’s updated watchlist of nations dogged by “serious concerns” for civic freedoms.

Coronavirus infections overtake 10 million

The U.S. Navy's hospital ship deployed at New York City in spring for the pandemic (AN/Joe Nolan)

The world reached two tragic milestones on Sunday — 10 million COVID-19 cases and 500,000 deaths — with 1 million infections added in the past six days.

ASEAN hardens stand on China sea claims

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc hosting ASEAN's summit (AN/Vietnam Foreign Ministry)

ASEAN leaders pushed back at China, asserting a 1982 U.N. treaty should serve as the basis for resolving disputes over claims in the South China Sea.

At 75, U.N. Charter remains a ‘touchstone’

A memorial in Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt and her role in establishing the United Nations (AN/Paul Simpson)

The U.N. Charter, signed 75 years ago at the end of the U.N. Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, remains a global “touchstone.”

Illegal wildlife profits US$7B-$23B a year

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "buyer beware" exhibit at Newark Liberty International Airport (AN/John Heilprin)

The Financial Action Task Force said in it first-ever global report on the illegal wildlife trade that it launders US$7 billion-$23 billion in profits a year.

Kosovo leader faces war crimes indictment

Kosovo's president, Hashim Thaçi, at a U.S. ceremony in 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery (AN/Elizabeth Fraser)

Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaçi, and nine other former separatists were indicted on war crimes charges, three days before talks in the U.S. with Serbia.

IMF forecasts 4.9% drop in world economy

A nearly empty terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport in the U.S. in April (AN/John Heilprin)

The IMF estimated a 4.9 percent drop in global GDP for 2020, sharply revising its earlier prediction of a 3 percent drop due to the pandemic.