The World of International Organizations

Head of IPI resigns over Epstein funding

Former Norwegian diplomat and politician Terje Rød Larsen (AN/IPI)

Terje Rød Larsen resigned as head of International Peace Institute due to his “failed judgment” in taking money from Jeffrey Epstein, IPI’s board announced.

IPBES ties pandemic risks to nature crisis

A heavily polluted portion of the Tietê River in São Paulo, Brazil (AN/Diego Torres Silvestre)

Pandemics will become more frequent, faster-spreading and deadlier than COVID-19 if Earth’s natural life support systems are not restored, IPBES reported.

U.S. rejection upsets WTO leadership race

The World Trade Organization's main entrance in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

The U.S. upended WTO’s selection of its next director-general as the sole nation to back South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee over Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

UNCTAD shows 49% foreign investments drop

Australia's most populous city, Sydney, has a high concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations (AN/Jorge Láscar)

Global foreign direct investment plummeted by 49 percent during the first half of 2020 compared with a year ago due to the pandemic, UNCTAD reported.

Rwandan suspect in 1994 genocide sent to IRMCT

IRMCT's headshot of Rwandan fugitive Félicien Kabuga arrested in the 1994 genocide (AN/IRMCT)

French authorities made a high-profile genocide trial possible by transferring a long-sought fugitive in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to a U.N. criminal court.

U.N. nuclear treaty ban to enter into force

An abandoned nuclear weapons depot in northern Germany (AN/Jan Bommes)

Fifty nations ratified a treaty to ban nuclear weapons that will enter into force in 90 days, the U.N. confirmed on the same day it was founded 75 years ago.

Libya reaches ceasefire deal at Geneva talks

Factions of Libya’s conflict sign a permanent ceasefire deal at the United Nations in Geneva (AN/U.N. Geneva)

Libya’s two main warring sides signed a U.N.-brokered ceasefire deal that also requires military pullouts by Russia, Turkey and other regional powers.

OSCE ‘grave concerns’ at Trump election ploys

For the first time in a U.S. election, New Jersey Army National Guard members help at polls due to the pandemic (AN/Mark Olsen)

OSCE election observers reported widespread concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to uncercut voter confidence in the presidential election.

Russian hackers accused in Olympic cyber plots

An American diplomatic security agent scouts a location in Gangneung, South Korea, during the 2018 Winter Olympics (AN/DSS)

Russia vehemently denied accusations and charges by British and American authorities that its agents planned or carried out hacks of Olympic Games.

Report shows cocoa industry pledge to ILO failed

Cacao fruits growing on a tree in Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa producer (AN/SOCODEVI)

A new report finds the $100 billion chocolate industry’s promise to ILO to eliminate child slavery not only remains unfulfilled — things have gotten worse.