The World of International Organizations

Racism flagged in reviews of U.S. rights

A homeless person across from a federal courthouse on Constitution Avenue in downtown Washington (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Dozens of nations repeatedly urged the United States to eradicate its systemic racism and police brutality — and U.S. officials vowed to make changes — but there have been few such improvements, according to two comprehensive U.N. human rights reviews. The third review is aptly slated for November.

E.U. raises €7.4 billion for anti-virus effort

European Council President Charles Michel of Belgium speaks at the Coronavirus Global Response pledging conference on May 4, 2020 (AN/European Union)

(AN) — World leaders joined forces for the launch of a European Union-led global pledging “marathon” on Monday that delivered promises of €7.4 billion for research into COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and medical treatments.

Domestic abuse rises with virus lockdowns

Residents at a domestic violence shelter in El Paso, Texas well before the COVID-19 crisis (AN/Bread for the World)

(AN) — The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating domestic violence around the globe as half the world’s population grapples with stay-at-home orders to keep the virus from spreading, U.N. and public health officials said on Monday.

WHO and Google team fight an ‘infodemic’

World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)

(AN) — Secret cures and vaccines. Chinese biological weapons. These have been some of the bogus social media claims the World Health Organization said on Monday it was pushing back against in the global coronavirus outbreak.

UNESCO warns “duty to protect” heritage

Iran's Persepolis, former capital of the Achaemenid Empire dating back to 515 BC, is registered on UNESCO'S World Heritage List (AN/Ninara)

(AN) — The head of UNESCO sternly reminded Washington and Tehran on Monday they are bound by international law to protect cultural sites, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to target Iran’s most prized heritage.

U.N. peacekeeping abuses scrutinized

Philippine Marines train in a U.N. peacekeeping exercise in Bangladesh involving more than 30 nations (AN/Adam Montera)

(AN) — Six nations including the United States pushed for more accountability in U.N. peacekeeping operations on Friday at a high-level gathering to review progress on eliminating mismanagement, sexual abuse and other violence.

Possible U.S. exit from Open Skies Treaty

Canadian fighter jets fly over Iceland as part of NATO surveillance (AN/Pierre Habib)

(AN) — Four senior Democrats in the U.S. Congress warned on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s administration may withdraw from a 2002 treaty that permits mutual unarmed surveillance flights over 34 nations including Russia and the United States.

U.N. calls for peace and justice in Yemen

Rescue workers recover bodies from under the rubble of a Houthi rebel-run detention center destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes (AN/Felton Davis)

(AN) — Top U.N. officials in Yemen demanded accountability on Monday after the deadliest Saudi-led attack this year in a four-year war likely killed more than 100 people and injured dozens of others in a Houthi rebel-run prison.

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