The World of International Organizations Explained

HRW warns China attacking global rights

Yang Jianli, a U.S.-educated Chinese mathematician and political economist who founded Citizen Power Initiatives for China, addresses the 2015 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy (ARÊTE/Eric Bridiers)

Human Rights Watch cautioned in a report on Tuesday that China is using its growing economic muscle to silence critics at home and increasingly abroad through foreign investment, international organizations and treaties.

Security Council vote squeezes aid to Syria

Russian, Turkish and U.S. generals discuss northern Syria operations in 2017 (ARÊTE/Dominique Pineiro)

The U.N. Security Council voted on Friday to renew a humanitarian operation in Syria but gave in to Russia’s demand that it reduce cross-border aid to only two Turkish crossings, cutting off help to more than 1 million Syrians.

IAEA and FAO help Senegal curb tsetse fly

Cattle farmers in Senegal's Niayes region raised their milk production with help from IAEA and FAO in suppressing the tsetse fly (ARÊTE/USUNVIE)

A nuclear technique developed with the support of two United Nations agencies successfully suppressed the disease-carrying tsetse fly in Senegal without harming other insects, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency said on Friday.

IEA prescribes wholesale power for India

A solar panel promoted in Bangalore's slums by Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise in Australia and India (ARÊTE/Rob Goodier)

India raised living standards for 1.4 billion citizens by expanding access to electricity and cleaner energy sources but must do more to achieve energy security and long-term growth, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.

Bond indicates confidence in organizations

The World Bank, left, and the International Monetary Fund in Washington (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The World Bank’s benchmark bond that supports the financing of sustainable development projects in member countries was set Wednesday at its tightest spread to U.S. treasuries in the international organization’s history.

U.N. leader reproaches world of ‘turmoil’

U.N. Secretary General António Guterres (ARÊTE/Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies)

Iran retaliated against the United States by striking Iraq bases housing U.S. troops on Tuesday, illustrating the United Nations chief’s concerns that geopolitical tensions around the world are at their highest level this century.

Enraged Iran abandons nuclear deal limits

Iran's capital Tehran seen from Qeytariyeh Park (ARÊTE/Ninara)

Iran announced on Sunday it will no longer comply with most of the nonproliferation limits under the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with world powers, angrily reacting to a U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.

New U.S. “Space Force” may test space law

Testing of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 4, a reusable space plane, in 2017 (ARÊTE/USAF)

America’s “Space Force,” signed into law on Friday as the military’s first new branch in more than 70 years, sets up a potential test of international space law that could prompt the United States’ withdrawal from yet another treaty.

World Bank cautions on $55 trillion debt

Shoppers at markets in Cusco, Peru (ARÊTE/David Morris)

Developing nations ran up $55 trillion of debt in 2018, a record amount that is part of an eight-year debt surge that is the largest, fastest and most broad-based in a half-century, the World Bank said on Thursday.

$5 billion fund sought to cut shipping CO2

An oil and chemical tanker anchors in Freeport, Bahamas (ARÊTE/Joe deSousa)

A London-based international trade association on Wednesday proposed creating a non-governmental organization that would oversee a $5 billion research fund to help eliminate carbon emissions from global shipping.

The world of international organizations explained.


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