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Here you will find explanatory journalism and other timely, useful information about how international organizations work along with links to background and sourcing.

U.N. forecasts foreign investments plunge

New business investment globally will likely drop by up to 40 percent this year and 10 percent in 2021 from the COVID-19 pandemic, UNCTAD reported.

WHO warns pandemic’s first wave not over

As nations ease coronavirus lockdowns, WHO officials cautioned the first wave of the pandemic has not ended and a “second peak” may occur.

Irish ‘pay forward’ Choctaws’ 1847 charity

The Navajo Nation thanked Irish people for repaying a 173-year-old favor that was an early use of an international organization to deliver humanitarian aid.

IRENA says renewable energy boosts GDP

Governments could use energy transformations to create jobs, meet climate targets and produce GDP gains of US$98 trillion by 2050, according to a new report.

Uprooted 70 million at risk in virus spread

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to disproportionately harm more than 70 million people who have been forcibly displaced by wars and violent crises.

Europe’s mixed progress toward U.N. goals

Air pollution levels exceed recommended health limits in all but 10 mainly European countries, but most lowered carbon emissions and expanded forest cover.

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

U.N. leaders challenged nations, businesses and citizens to respond to a “call to action” for greater efforts to withstand a rising tide of human rights abuses.

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

A.U. leaders pledged to devote more resources to mediating an end to regional violence from a surge in civil wars and conflicts among warring groups.

U.N. panel bolsters climate asylum seekers

Ioane Teitiota lost his case against deportation, but in its ruling the U.N. Human Rights Committee said people fleeing climate change may claim asylum.

Decade of rising attacks on kids in conflicts

Conflict-fueled attacks on children that authorities could verify tripled worldwide in the past decade to an average of 45 per day, UNICEF said.

Poor nations focus of global refugee forum

Six countries and the U.N. opened the first Global Refugee Forum to help poor nations overwhelmed by taking in people fleeing for safety across borders.

U.N. warns significant carbon cuts needed

A new U.N. report cautions the world must begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 7.6 percent a year starting in 2020 to meet global targets.

Paris forum pitches for global governance

The Paris Peace Forum promoted what French President Emmanuel Macron described as a need for “balanced cooperation” among nations.

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

Governments and businesses including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are doing far too little to prevent violence from online hate speech, a U.N. expert said.

Clean air treaty takes force on 2 continents

An agreement to limit black carbon emissions that accelerate melting of glaciers and sea ice entered into force in Europe and North America.

Commission shows digital dangers for kids

Half the world uses the internet including 1.15 billion children who can benefit from it only if they can safely navigate it, an international commission said.

U.N. panel urges Myanmar genocide trials

A special U.N. fact-finding mission urged the world to hold Myanmar’s military responsible for “genocidal acts” against the Muslim Rohingya minority.

G-7 allies in turmoil over trade and climate

G-7 leaders ended a summit with little progress in resolving tensions over U.S. policies, a troubled world economy, the climate crisis and Iran’s nuclear deal.

Geneva Conventions at 70 are a call to duty

International observers marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions examining their relevance and limits — and ways to boost enforcement.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies in office

Yukiya Amano, a veteran diplomat who led the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency and worked to prevent more atomic bombings, has died, his agency said.

Bachelet condemns U.S. migrant treatment

The United Nations’ top human rights official said she was “appalled” at conditions forced on people in detention after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.