The World of International Organizations Explained

U.N. urges ceasefire as cases near 400,000

U.S. soldiers check motorists at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site in New York on March 18, 2020 (ARÊTE/Sean Madden)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire on Monday to spare humanity from the COVID-19 pandemic, imploring warring parties to disarm and fight the virus as a “common enemy.”

U.N. reboots 1995 plan for gender equality

French demonstrators carry signs for women's rights at a Paris gathering in March 2017 (ARÊTE/Jeanne Menjoulet)

A U.N.-led global commission on Monday recommitted the world to achieving gender equality, in a relaunch — and update — of a quarter-century old landmark agreement for advancing the rights of women and girls.

U.N. issues ‘call to action’ on human rights

The U.N. Human Rights Council chamber in Geneva, with its dome painted by Miquel Barceló, one of Spain’s leading contemporary artists (ARÊTE/Eric Bridiers)

United Nations leaders challenged nations, businesses and citizens to respond to a “call to action” on Monday for greater efforts around the globe to withstand a rising tide of human rights abuses, violent conflicts and climate change.

A.U. seeks new ways of ‘silencing the guns’

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa talks to reporters before the 33rd A.U. summit (ARÊTE/GCIS)

African Union leaders concluded their annual summit on Monday pledging to devote more resources to mediating an end to regional violence from a surge in civil wars and countries mired in conflicts among warring groups.

Libya clashes resume despite interventions

Dutch trade minister Sigrid Kaag tours Tripoli, Libya in 2018 (ARÊTE/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)

Renewed fighting ended a fragile ceasefire in Libya as U.N. officials cited arms embargo violations and urged warring parties on Monday to investigate the deadly airstrikes that killed at least 53 people last July.

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.

The world of international organizations explained.

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