The World of International Organizations Explained

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 at a meeting in Vienna to salvage their nuclear deal with Iran in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw 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.

U.N. confirms Iran breaches nuclear deal

IAEA's Director General Yukiya Amano, second from right, meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in 2014 (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency confirmed on Monday that Tehran has breached a stockpile limit for low-level enriched uranium allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Iran threatens to exceed nuclear deal limits

Iran's historic mountain village of Abyaneh, close to nuclear facilities (ARÊTE/Blondinrikard Fröberg)

One week after a warning from the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, Iran said on Monday amid escalating Mideast tensions that it will soon increase its low-level enriched uranium stockpile above a limit in the 2015 nuclear deal.

WMO: Climate services lag in most nations

World Meteorological Organization in Geneva (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Just 15 percent of the Paris climate treaty’s 195 signing countries are setting up a National Framework for Climate Services to provide accurate information needed to fulfill the 2015 accord, according to a new U.N. report to the 18th Meteorological World Congress that opened on Monday.

Ebola and reform weigh on WHO assembly

World Health Assembly chambers in Geneva (ARÊTE/Eric Bridiers)

Congo’s spreading Ebola outbreak, universal health coverage and questions about spending and reform topped the World Health Assembly’s agenda as its eight-day annual meeting got underway on Monday.

Extreme weather impacted 62 million lives

Storm seen from Belfort, France (ARÊTE/Thomas Bresson)

Extreme weather affected 62 million people worldwide last year in a clear signal that climate crisis-fueled natural hazards are rising, the United Nations’ weather agency reported on Monday as a major cyclone unleashed the southern hemisphere’s worst weather-related disaster.

WHO tests world’s first malaria vaccine

Children in Mbabzi, Malawi (ARÊTE/Lars Plougmann)

The World Health Organization began testing the world’s first malaria vaccine in Malawi, one of three African nations where it is being used to immunize children up to two years old.

Scientists find melting glaciers accelerating

Grindelwald is home to two of Switzerland’s largest glaciers, the Upper and Lower Grindelwald Glaciers (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Research from a Swiss-based global monitoring network found that due to global warming, the world’s glaciers were melting five times as fast as they were in mid-20th century, especially in Central Europe, the Caucasus, much of North America and New Zealand.

The world of international organizations explained.

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