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WTO clinches trade deals deep into overtime

WTO’s first ministerial conference in four and a half years overcame bitter divisions to reach consensus on an ‘unprecedented’ six-item package deal.

WHO readies monkeypox emergency reponses

The U.N. health agency is seeking global access to vaccines against monkeypox and calling a meeting to decide if the virus outbreak is a global emergency.

WTO tackles food, vaccines, fishing subsidies

Hunger, vaccine patents and fishing subsidies top the agenda as the global trade body holds its first ministerial conference in four and a half years.

Voting rights in international organizations

Proportion of voting rights in international organizations, with only small changes over time to reflect agreement on suspension and negotiated changes.

Share of parties to global environmental treaties

Share of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste and other chemicals that meet their reporting commitments.

Proportion of developing countries in organizations

Share of members of international organizations defined as developing countries.

WHO says virus ‘lab leak’ theory needs more study

After two years of discounting a controversial pandemic theory, WHO released a report urging “further investigations into this and all other possible pathways.”

Bonn talks stoke hopes for U.N. climate summit

Climate negotiators in Bonn, Germany began trying to build momentum for greater ambition at the U.N. climate summit that Egypt will host in November.

Health leaders bow to conservative nations

Nations appeased conservatives with a new strategy for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections that omits a glossary of sexual health terms.

Heftier hurricanes, simmering summers, wilder wildfires

Now here’s a climate change twist: the U.S. weather agency — forecasting lots of Atlantic hurricanes — finds reducing air pollution causes more hurricanes.

NATO poised to expand with Finland, Sweden

NATO welcomed decisions by Finland and Sweden to seek membership in the military alliance as foreign ministers met to discuss fast-tracking an expansion.

Human Rights Council sharpens focus in Ukraine

International investigators were directed to focus their efforts on possible war crimes by Russian soldiers near Ukraine’s capital and other regions.

WHO dramatically raises coronavirus death figures

There have been almost 15 million deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic — more than twice the official death toll — according to new estimates.

Media group warns of ‘fatal danger’ to democracies

Polarization fueled by Fox News-like opinion media, disinformation and propaganda is battering democracies, Reporters Without Borders said.

Groups ferry Ukrainians from Mariupol

Red Cross and U.N. workers rescued civilians from Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol, busing them to safety as part of a negotiated “safe passage” operation.

Nations agree to new scrutiny of U.N. vetos

Prompted by its own paralysis over Syria and Ukraine, the U.N. moved to prevent abuse of power by Russia and other permanent Security Council members.

CERN particle accelerator restarted

The world’s biggest and most powerful atom smasher is once again circulating beams of protons after a shutdown of more than three years for upgrades.

Global confirmed virus cases exceed 500 million

The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 500 million with nearly 6.2 million deaths as a highly contagious Omicron sub-variant surged.

IPCC finds climate options dwindling

Nations have just a few years left to achieve the 2015 Paris Agreement’s goals of limiting global warming to a rise of 1.5 or 2 degrees C., climate experts say.

More than 3 million refugees flee Ukraine

While many Ukrainians stay to fight, several million Ukrainians have fled their country, mostly to Poland, since Russia’s invasion last month.

UNDP warns of poverty risk in Ukraine

If Russia’s invasion of Ukraine becomes a long drawn-out war it would erase almost two decades of prosperty-building, according to UNDP data estimates.