The World of International Organizations Explained

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.

G-7 allies in turmoil over trade and climate

G-7 leaders meet over dinner at the lighthouse in Biarritz, France (ARÊTE/Shealah Craighead)

Leaders of the Group of Seven rich democracies wrapped up a three-day summit on Monday with little progress in resolving tensions over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies, a troubled world economy, the climate crisis and fraying Iranian nuclear deal.

Geneva Conventions at 70 are a call to duty

Statues of refugees outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

International observers marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions on Monday examining their relevance and limits — and ways to boost enforcement of their bedrock international humanitarian laws.

Iran and Europe push to save nuclear deal

A main bridge and parks around downtown Tehran (ARÊTE/Ninara)

Major powers scrambled on Sunday to salvage Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from it and reimpose sanctions on the Mideast regional power.

Protests challenge international telescope

Activists protest the 2014 groundbreaking for the Thirty Meter Telescope (ARÊTE/Occupy Hilo)

After years of planning, an international organization faced off against hundreds of protesters as it tried to start building a billion-dollar telescope on Monday atop sacred Hawaii’s sacred Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano.

The world of international organizations explained.


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