The World of International Organizations

Study finds most large dams obsolete by 2050

The 116-year-old Craig Goch Dam in Wales supplies water to Birmingham (AN/Ben Salter)

Most of the world’s population by mid-century will face risks living downstream from tens of thousands of aging concrete dams, says a U.N. University report.

Nuclear weapons ban enters into force

ICAN campaigners dress as nuclear bombs in 2016 (AN/Tim Wright)

Advocates of world peace celebrated “EntryIntoForceDay” as the first legally binding treaty to ban nuclear weapons finally became international law.

Biden favors renewal of U.S.-Russia nuke accord

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (AN/White House)

U.S. President Joe Biden proposed seeking an extension to the last major U.S.-Russia nuclear accord, which the Trump administration decided to let lapse.

WHO welcomes U.S. back to the ‘family’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, and WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesuscases at a virtual meeting (AN/WHO)

WHO basked in renewed U.S. cooperation as President Biden sent Dr. Anthony Fauci to repair damage from the Trump administration’s withdrawal.

U.S. reversals on global health and climate policy

The White House in Washington last week (AN/Joyce Boghosian)

Moves to rejoin WHO and the Paris climate treaty were among a burst of immediate directives issued by U.S. President Joe Biden upon taking office.

Panel cites ‘early failings’ in virus response

Medical workers with coronavirus patients in Wuhan, China on February 6, 2020 (AN/China Daily)

An expert panel faulted WHO along with China and other nations in a report that found numerous “lost opportunities” to try to head off the pandemic.

Forum approves path to Libyan elections

Libyans at Tripoli's old city and Red Castle in February 2020 (AN/Ziad Fhema)

A U.N.-backed Libyan forum voted to authorize a new way of choosing a transitional government that will hold nationwide elections in late December.

WHO chief angered at rich grip on vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. administered to Virginia National Guard personnel in December (AN/Cotton Puryear)

The WHO chief expressed moral outrage at rich nations’ young, healthy adults getting vaccinated ahead of poor nations’ elderly and health care workers.

Russia to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking with his Security Council by video link (AN/Kremlin)

Russia announced plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, two months after U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration abandoned it.

ILO concerned for pandemic homeworkers

A home office in Copenhagen (AN/PeS-Photo)

ILO reported the number of home-based workers soared with the pandemic, prompting the need for more employment protections.

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