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The World of International Organizations Explained

Alarm as COVID-19 cases surpass 1 million

A medical worker treats a patient for coronavirus infection at Hospital Clínic i Provincial de Barcelona (ARÊTE/Francisco Àvia)

The global coronavirus pandemic reached a harrowing milestone on Thursday as infections surpassed 1 million and deaths exceeded 52,000, prompting governments to put half the world in lockdown amid economic collapse.

World’s ‘greatest test’ delays climate talks

The Eiffel Tower lit up on the eve of the 2015 talks that led to the historic Paris Agreement (Yann Caradec)

The coronavirus pandemic that has caused 47,000 deaths worldwide as of Wednesday represents what officials call humanity’s worst crisis since World War II, upending countless lives and efforts such as the global climate talks.

Virus fears amplify appeals for Syria peace

A UNICEF aid worker carries a child at a shelter in Homs, Syria (ARÊTE/EPA/STR)

Human rights experts warily eyeing the first cases of coronavirus in Syria renewed their long-ignored calls for an end to the war on Saturday, this time in the name of taking urgent health measures to avert further catastrophe.

G-20 pledges $5 trillion over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia's King Salman speaks by video link at a G-20 summit on March 26, 2020 (ARÊTE/Bandar Algaloud)

At a virtual gathering, leaders of the G-20 major economies promised to spend more than $5 trillion on Thursday in an effort to prop up the global economy and hasten people’s recovery from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

U.N. launches $2 billion plan to fight virus

Volunteers set up a COVID-19 pre-triage tent by Italy's Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital (ARÊTE/Italian Civil Protection Department)

The United Nations appealed to governments and private donors on Wednesday to provide $2 billion for a global plan for meeting emergency health needs in the world’s poorest countries coping with the global COVID-19 pandemic.

IOC and Japan postpone Tokyo Olympics

"See you in Tokyo" at the Rio 2016 Summer Games closing ceremony (ARÊTE/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo)

In an unprecedented move, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be postponed until 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee and Japan announced on Tuesday.

Syria’s horrific war marks grim milestone

An Iraqi army soldier training with an M198 155mm howitzer artillery piece (ARÊTE/Horace Murray)

Almost 5 million children in Syria have known nothing but war while another 1 million were born as refugees into a harsh life, UNICEF reported on Sunday to mark the atrocious conflict since early 2011 starting its 10 year.

WHO and foundations launch virus fund

Travelers wearing protective masks at Zurich Airport on March 12, 2020 (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The World Health Organization and two international foundations launched a first-of-its-kind fund on Friday to help nations with vulnerable populations and weak health systems cope with the global coronavirus pandemic.

Global trade services growth weakens

Shipping containers at the Port of Vancouver by night (ARÊTE/Kyle Pearce)

World Trade Organization figures on Wednesday showed that global services trade growth was slowing at the end of 2019 and into 2020, as countries began taking steps to slow the spread of the global coronavirus outbreak.

WHO: World’s first coronavirus pandemic

A New York City transit worker disinfects a train on March 3, 2020, as a precaution against coronavirus (ARÊTE/Marc A. Hermann)

The World Health Organization took the drastic step on Wednesday of declaring COVID-19 as a global pandemic — the worldwide spread of a new disease —  marking the first time a coronavirus has gained that distinction.

The world of international organizations explained.

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