The World of International Organizations

U.N. talks open on Syria national governance

Syria's Aleppo seen from the Citadel (AN/Ed Brambley)

(AN) — Three teams of Syrian representatives, dogged by mistrust from an almost decade-long civil war, began a fourth round of peace talks on Monday focused on how to create a new system of national governance.

WHO plugs need for testing even after vaccines

A Swiss drive-thru coronavirus testing center (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Even after COVID-19 vaccines become available, nations must offer widespread testing against infections to end the pandemic, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 60 million

A coronavirus field investigation in Colombia near the Brazilian border (AN/CDC Global)

(AN) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections across the world topped 60 million with 1.4 million deaths on Wednesday, raising pressure on drug makers to produce new vaccines as the infection rate keeps climbing.

Biden U.N. pick signals U.S. return to alliances

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, then U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, visits Namibia in October 2016 (AN/U.S. Embassy Namibia)

(AN) — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement on Monday that veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as a Cabinet-level U.S. ambassador to the United Nations signals America’s pivot back to multilateralism.

G-20 pledges global access to vaccines

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman speaks at the opening of the G-20 summit (AN/G-20 Saudi Arabia)

(AN) — Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies ended a summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on Sunday with a joint promise to make COVID-19 vaccines affordable and equally accessible for all and to support the U.N. health agency.

UNHCR warns of full blown crisis in Ethiopia

Three women on Adigrat Street in Tigray, Ethiopia (AN/Rod Waddington)

(AN) — After warning of “a full-scale humanitarian crisis” unfolding in Ethiopia, United Nations officials said on Friday about 32,000 people have fled the Tigray region and up to 200,000 more may follow in coming months.

WHO chief says vaccines alone won’t end pandemic

A photo illustration of medicinal syringes used to administer drugs, vaccines and blood transfusions (AN/Jernej Furman)

(AN) — The World Health Organization’s director-general said reports on Monday of Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine provided “encouraging news,” but cautioned that more concerted efforts beyond vaccines will be needed to end the pandemic.

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