In Depth

Here you will find stories using data, insight and analysis to shed light on major trends among international organizations.

Domestic abuse rises with virus lockdowns

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating domestic violence as half the world’s population grapples with stay-at-home orders to keep the virus from spreading.

Center says files show 12,000 Nazis’ assets

A global human rights organization revealed files found in Argentina containing the names of 12,000 Nazis from the 1930s, many with Swiss bank accounts.

WHO and Google team fight an ‘infodemic’

Secret cures or vaccines and Chinese biological weapons are some of the bogus social media claims WHO said it was debunking in the coronavirus outbreak.

UNESCO warns “duty to protect” heritage

UNESCO’s chief reminded Washington and Tehran they must protect cultural sites, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to target Iran’s heritage.

U.N. peacekeeping abuses scrutinized

Six nations pushed for more accountability in U.N. peacekeeping at a meeting on progress towards ending mismanagement, sexual abuse and other violence.

Scientists declare global climate emergency

More than 11,000 scientists warned the world must immediately and fundamentally change if it is going to avert “untold suffering due to the climate crisis.”

Possible U.S. exit from Open Skies Treaty

Four senior Democrats in the U.S. Congress warned the Trump administration may withdraw from a treaty for mutual unarmed surveillance over 34 nations.

U.N. calls for peace and justice in Yemen

Top U.N. officials in Yemen demanded accountability after the deadliest Saudi-led attack this year in a four-year war likely killed more than 100 people.

Myanmar’s foreign arms trade fuels abuses

U.N.-sponsored human rights investigators reported Myanmar relied on its arms trade with seven nations to fund a military campaign against Rohingyas.

U.N. confirms Iran breaches nuclear deal

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency confirmed Tehran breached a stockpile limit for low-level enriched uranium under the 2015 nuclear deal.

WMO: Climate services lag in most nations

Just 15 percent of the Paris climate treaty’s 195 signing countries are setting up a national information framework needed to fulfill the 2015 accord.

Humans accelerate 1 million species losses

Human actions are causing Earth’s natural life support systems to reach a breaking point, threatening 1 million plant and animal species with extinction.

Protection areas for night skies multiply

Efforts among international organizations to fend off “light pollution” in pristine night skies have blossomed into a veritable dark sky movement.

Sanctions dispute ends Trump-Kim talks

With talks deadlocked between Washington and Pyongyang, the sticking point is nine U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions in a dozen years.

Big pharma stands behind universal health

The idea that everyone should have affordable, quality health services is backed by international organizations, including the global pharmaceutical industry.

World Bank turnover tests politics of aid

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s surprise departure sets up an unexpected test for an international organization at the crux of international development.

Global health at risk as climate talks open

Propelled by an environmental U.N. chief and nearly all G-20 nations, global climate talks are launching and the public health stakes could not be higher.

U.N. led 76 investigations in past 55 years

Amid calls for the U.N. chief to demand a probe of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, a review by Arete News found just eight previous instances of such an order.

Fear discourages most U.N. whistleblowing

An independent review found nearly half of the U.N.’s staff saw misconduct or wrongdoing in the past five years, but most were too afraid to report it.

Election meddling versus voting assistance

Russians and Americans have a history of election meddling but they are not equivalent, international organizations and democracy proponents say.

Iran nuclear deal widens U.S.-Europe rift

Iran’s economic opening to the West in exchange for curbs on its nuclear ambitions now depends on its European, Russian and Chinese trading partners.