The World of International Organizations Explained

U.N. proposes pact to fight mass extinction

A courtship display of Eared Grebe at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Klamath Basin, California (ARÊTE/Becky Matsubara)

U.N. officials unveiled a sweeping plan on Monday to avert what scientists fear is shaping up to be Earth’s sixth mass extinction, proposing a global wildlife treaty on the scale of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

Decade of rising attacks on kids in conflicts

A child protection officer from the U.N.'s Pakistani Female Engagement Team comforts children displaced by conflict at Mikenge, Congo (ARÊTE/MONUSCO)

Conflict-fueled attacks on children that authorities could verify tripled worldwide in the past decade to an average of 45 per day due to longer and more lethal wars that disregard humanitarian laws, UNICEF said on Monday.

Poor nations focus of global refugee forum

Children in the play area at the refugee triage center in Boa Vista, Brazil (ARÊTE/Michael Swan)

Six countries and the United Nations opened the first Global Refugee Forum on Monday to help poor nations overwhelmed by taking in people fleeing for safety across international borders.

Davos reboots for ‘stakeholder capitalism’

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (ARÊTE/GCIS)

Ahead of its annual gathering in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, the World Economic Forum released a universal mission statement for 21st century businesses on Monday that elevates the importance of doing good.

Progress and worry as kids’ treaty turns 30

Tajik children selling eggs to travelers along the Karakoram Highway (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

A landmark human rights treaty that turns 30 years old this week has helped make children healthier today but they still face new threats such as climate change and online abuse, UNICEF said in a new study on Monday.

Trump launches U.S. exit from Paris treaty

Anti-Trump protesters in Washington focused on his denial of climate science from his first day in office on Jan. 20, 2017 (ARÊTE/Julia DeSantis)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration wasted no time notifying the United Nations on Monday — the first day possible — that it will withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change a year from now.

U.N. expert: world ‘failing’ on hate speech

A re:publica 2017 panel in Berlin discusses how to combat online hate speech (ARÊTE/Gregor Fischer)

Governments and businesses around the world including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are doing far too little to prevent violence from online hate speech, the U.N.’s top independent expert in the field reported on Monday.

Clean air treaty takes force on 2 continents

A smoke plume from a factory in Denmark bends in a temperature inversion x

An obscure but important agreement to limit black carbon emissions, a particularly strong climate pollutant that accelerates melting of glaciers and sea ice, entered into force on Monday in Europe and North America.

U.N. seeks carbon neutral planet by 2050

A Spanish cement factory outside Barcelona. Cement manufacturers accounts for 8 percent of global CO2 emissions (ARÊTE/Jorge Franganillo)

Forty percent of the United Nations’ 193 member nations committed on Monday to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and nearly the same amount vowed to take greater action to fight global warming by 2020.

UNCTAD stresses climate impacts of trade

Student activists on a climate strike in the Swiss capital Bern (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The main U.N. body dealing with trade, investment and development issues began a weeklong forum on Monday examining ways to solve the climate crisis, particularly sea level rise and other risks to small island nations.

The world of international organizations explained.


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