How It Works

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

Iran threatens to exceed nuclear deal limits

One week after a warning from IAEA, Iran said it will soon increase its low-level enriched uranium stockpile above a limit in the 2015 nuclear deal.

Climate activism propelled by E.U. voters

Climate concerns have rarely if ever weighed heavily in any major election — until now, with Europe’s Greens gaining influence from worried voters.

U.N.: 1 million in Gaza may go hungry

More than 1 million people in Gaza risk running out of food less than a year after the U.S. announced a cutoff in aid to Palestinians, UNRWA said.

WHO tests world’s first malaria vaccine

WHO 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

Research from a Swiss-based network found that due to global warming, the world’s glaciers were melting five times as fast as they were in mid-20th century.

U.N. and Israel in clash over human rights

The United Nations and Israel plunged into an intense debate over the use of deadly force against protesters in Palestinian territory.

Human rights agenda seen ‘losing ground’

The world’s foremost body for encouraging human rights got a dismal message: U.N. leaders see a rise in hatred and a retreat in progress globally.

Globalization tops populism in WEF poll

Globalization and international cooperation have more staying power than populist nationalism, the World Economic Forum found in a global survey.

A ‘stress test’ of world conflicts and climate

Foreign meddling in conflicts, U.S.-China trade tensions and global warming topped the concerns of leading international organizations at the end of 2018.

Global ‘new deal’ approved for refugees

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a new global treaty that spreads responsibility for those helping refugees flee from war and persecution.

IFC case is a challenge to immunity rules

A U.S. Supreme Court case could weaken immunity rules for international organizations in the nation that offers them the most financial support.

Rights and children’s issues lead retweets

Among international organizations on social media, the U.N.’s new human rights chief and UNICEF were the Twitterverse’s undisputed champions.

Corruption and the impact on democracy

Corruption erodes governance. But the fight against it can bring unintended consequences. Both were dark themes an anti-corruption conference explored.

Experts dash false hopes on climate change

The Nobel Prize-winning U.N. panel on climate change said it’s life or death for much of the planet as soon as 2040.

High seas treaty a step closer to reality

Diplomats, experts and international organizations are rushing to protect the rich biodiversity of open oceans against commercial pressures.

Counting the uncounted death toll in Syria

The brutality of Syria’s war has made it difficult to ensure accountability — a basic requirement of peace — such as keeping an accurate death toll.

Space force may flout international treaty

More than a half-century after the world agreed to keep the peace in outer space, U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans could violate international space law.

A quiet force for civilian and political rights

Three times a year, a little-known expert panel gathers in Geneva and New York with a monumental task: upholding people’s civil and political rights.

Twiplomacy finds ‘all the world’s atwitter’

The U.N. and UNICEF are the most popular organizations on Twitter, where U.S. President Donald Trump overtook Pope Francis in the most-followed ranking.

U.N. holds first 21st century space summit

The U.N. is convening its first outer space conference in almost two decades, the celestial counterpart to its Earth-bound mission to prevent more wars.

Refugee crises push the limits of capacity

Conflicts around the world forced more than 65 million people to leave their homes. On average, 28,300 people a day flee conflict or persecution.