U.N. envoy pans Syrian talks stalemate

Five days of discussions in Geneva ended with no progress. More Syria peace talks “can’t continue like this,” the U.N. special envoy to Syria told reporters.

Watchdog ties corruption to virus response

Transparency International found nations doing the most to combat corruption had better health care systems in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poll finds wide agreement on ‘climate emergency’

A U.N. survey found 64 percent of 1.2 million people polled in 50 nations — all of them video gamers — called climate change a global emergency.

Global COVID-19 cases exceed 100 million

Confirmed cases of coronavirus surged past 100 million people — one of every four cases in the United States alone — with 2.1 million deaths worldwide.

Summit marks U.S. re-entry to climate fight

A global summit’s mood was perhaps best reflected in the U.N. chief beaming at the new U.S. climate envoy’s pledge to restore American climate leadership.

ILO: Pandemic dwarfs global financial crisis

The U.N. labor agency estimated job losses in 2020 due to the pandemic were quadruple those during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.

China overtakes U.S. in new foreign investment

China surpassed the United States as the world’s top recipient of foreign direct investment with inflows of US$163 billion in 2020, new UNCTAD figures show.

Study finds most large dams obsolete by 2050

Most of the world’s population by mid-century will face risks living downstream from tens of thousands of aging concrete dams, says a U.N. University report.

Nuclear weapons ban enters into force

Advocates of world peace celebrated “EntryIntoForceDay” as the first legally binding treaty to ban nuclear weapons finally became international law.

Biden favors renewal of U.S.-Russia nuke accord

U.S. President Joe Biden proposed seeking an extension to the last major U.S.-Russia nuclear accord, which the Trump administration decided to let lapse.

WHO welcomes U.S. back to the ‘family’

WHO basked in renewed U.S. cooperation as President Biden sent Dr. Anthony Fauci to repair damage from the Trump administration’s withdrawal.

U.S. reversals on global health and climate policy

Moves to rejoin WHO and the Paris climate treaty were among a burst of immediate directives issued by U.S. President Joe Biden upon taking office.

Panel cites ‘early failings’ in virus response

An expert panel faulted WHO along with China and other nations in a report that found numerous “lost opportunities” to try to head off the pandemic.

Forum approves path to Libyan elections

A U.N.-backed Libyan forum voted to authorize a new way of choosing a transitional government that will hold nationwide elections in late December.

WHO chief angered at rich grip on vaccines

The WHO chief expressed moral outrage at rich nations’ young, healthy adults getting vaccinated ahead of poor nations’ elderly and health care workers.

Virtual Davos targets pandemic-era mistrust

Thousands normally descend on Davos this time of year. But with the pandemic still raging, WEF will meet virtually to take on mistrust and division.

Russia to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Russia announced plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, two months after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration abandoned it.

ILO concerned for pandemic homeworkers

ILO reported the number of home-based workers soared with the pandemic, prompting the need for more employment protections.

U.N. warns pandemic used to fuel extremism

A top counterrorism official advised the U.N. Security Council that terrorists are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to fuel violent extremism.

Leaders stoke ambitions to reverse nature crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.N. and World Bank leaders hosted a virtual summit to improve the planet’s health and save biological resources.

WHO virus team to enter China this week

China announced it is “ready to receive” World Health Organization experts this week on an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.