The World of International Organizations

UNICEF says lead poisons up to 800 million kids

Lead paint removal from a home in New Orleans (AN/Bart Everson)

A third of the world’s children have elevated levels of lead in their blood that could lead to irreversible harm, UNICEF and Pure Earth reported.

Groups find authorities prey on African migrants

Muslim students on a field trip in Uganda (AN/John Heilprin)

A new report found government officials inflicted almost half the violence suffered by people risking grave dangers to transit through North Africa for Europe.

COVID-19 ‘most severe’ health emergency

An instructional sign in Zermatt, Switzerland (AN/John Heilprin)

The coronavirus pandemic is the worst global public health emergency to be declared under a 13-year-old international law for deadly disease outbreaks.

WHO calls Pompeo remarks ‘unacceptable’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in London (AN/Ronny Przysucha)

WHO’s chief denounced U.S. allegations he is subservient to the Chinese government and helped cover up Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

World surpasses 15 million coronavirus cases

London grocery shoppers wearing face masks (AN/Nickolay Romensky)

The world reached another tragic milestone as it exceeded 15 million COVID-19 cases among more than 200 nations — a quarter of them in the U.S.

Virus and climate shape €1.8 trillion E.U. budget

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel at the E.U. budget and rescue summit (AN/E.U.)

European Union leaders sent a €1.8 trillion seven-year budget plan to European Parliament that includes a proposed €750 billion coronavirus recovery fund.

Organizations call on G-20 to cancel debts

A home factory in Angola's main port and capital Luanda (AN/Beth Balboni)

Four anti-poverty international organizations called on G-20 finance ministers to cancel debts in poor nations so they can deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

E.U. court finds data vulnerable to U.S. spying

The E.U.’s top court ruled to invalidate an E.U.-U.S. data privacy shield on grounds it does not adequately protect against U.S. intelligence snooping.

WHO warns ‘normal’ is still a long ways off

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (AN/WHO)

WHO warned there will be “no return to the ‘old normal’ for the foreseeable future” as COVID-19 spreads and too many governments fail to act effectively.

Chronic hunger threatens 130 million more

A young man prepares roasted maize atop a World Food Program carton in Yemen (AN/H. Veit)

The number of people not getting enough nutrition rose by 60 million since 2014 — and the pandemic may add up to 132 million more this year.