The World of International Organizations

WHO chief angered at rich grip on vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. administered to Virginia National Guard personnel in December (AN/Cotton Puryear)

(Arête News) — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed moral outrage on Monday at the glaring inequity of rich nations’ young, healthy adults getting vaccinated for the coronavirus ahead of poor nations’ elderly and health care workers.

Russia to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking with his Security Council by video link (AN/Kremlin)

(AN) — Russia announced plans on Friday to withdraw from an international treaty that permits mutual unarmed surveillance flights over 34 nations, two months after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration abandoned it.

U.N. warns pandemic used to fuel extremism

Lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001 from the Brooklyn Promenade (AN/Jeffrey Bary)

(Arête News) — A top counterrorism official advised the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to fuel “racially, ethnically and politically motivated” violent extremism.

Leaders stoke ambitions to reverse nature crisis

Trunk Bay, part of Virgin Islands National Park on the Caribbean island of St. John (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — French President Emmanuel Macron and leaders of the United Nations and World Bank hosted a virtual summit on Monday dedicated to improving the health of the planet and saving its biological resources from harmful impacts by people and climate change.

WHO virus team to enter China this week

The World Health Organization's logo (AN/U.S. Mission Geneva)

(AN) — China’s National Health Commission announced on Monday the government is “ready to receive” World Health Organization experts this week and work together on an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. and U.N. roles at odds in Western Sahara

A 2019 SADC conference for self-determination in Western Sahara co-hosted by South Africa and Namibia (AN/S.A.)

(AN) — Pro-independence leaders in Western Sahara want U.S. President-elect Joe’s Biden incoming administration to resolve an apparent contradiction: shifting U.S. foreign policy runs counter to U.N.-led peace efforts in the disputed region.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 90 million

Mannequins with face masks in a Swiss shop (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Confirmed COVID-19 infections exceeded 90 million — two-thirds in the Americas and Europe, where most new vaccines are being rolled out — with 1.93 million deaths and 49.8 million recoveries worldwide on Sunday.

WHO urges end to bilateral vaccine deals

The first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine arrive at the U.S. Naval Medical Center San Diego in mid-December (AN/Erwin Jacob Miciano)

(AN) — The head of the U.N. health agency asked wealthy countries to stop hoarding most of the world’s COVID-19 vaccine supply, telling reporters on Friday it is impeding multilateral efforts to ensure all nations have equal access.

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