The World of International Organizations

Report: UNDP audit looks into GEF projects

A sign at a GEF-funded project led by UNDP in the Galápagos Islands (AN/Michael Perry)

UNDP said in response to a news article it examined possbible “misuse of funds” affecting almost US$100 million in GEF-funded projects.

U.N. talks open on Syria national governance

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

Syrian representatives, dogged by mistrust from an almost decade-long civil war, began a fourth round of peace talks on a new system of governance.

WHO plugs need for testing even after vaccines

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

Even after COVID-19 vaccines become available, nations must offer widespread testing against infections to end the pandemic, WHO’s chief said.

CERN particle collider to reopen in 2021

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (AN/John Heilprin)

The world’s biggest atom smasher at CERN will restart in May 2021, two months later than planned, and will operate for an extended run until the end of 2024.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 60 million

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

The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections across the world topped 60 million with 1.4 million deaths as drug makers rush to produce new vaccines.

WMO says CO2 levels again at record high

Heavy air pollution from brick kilns serving Bangladesh's rapid development (AN/Bryan Katz)

Atmospheric CO2 levels reached a record high in 2019 and are expected to keep rising this year despite an economic slowdown due to the pandemic.

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)

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as ambassador to the U.N. 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)

G-20 leaders ended a summit promising 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)

After warning of “a full-scale humanitarian crisis” in Ethiopia, United Nations officials said 32,000 people fled Tigray region and 200,000 more may follow.

IFRC finds climate aid not reaching most in need

People take refuge on the roofs of buildings following flooding caused by 2019's Cyclone Idai in Mozambique (AN/World Vision)

None of the 20 nations most vulnerable to climate change were among the top recipients of aid to help adapt to global warming, IFRC reported.