The World of International Organizations Explained

Swiss add momentum to Europe’s Greens

The Bundeshaus, or Swiss Parliament Building, towers over the Bundesplatz, or Federal Square, in Bern (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Voters in Switzerland’s national elections on Sunday delivered a major boost to left-leaning Greens who support urgent U.N.-led climate action and other environmental causes in parliament over the next four years.

Trump reverses plan to host G-7 at Doral

View from Trump National Doral Miami golf resort towards downtown Miami (ARÊTE/Jared Seeger)

Amid a storm of bipartisan criticism, U.S. President Donald Trump reacted quickly on Sunday by rescinding his plan to host the G-7 summit at his own resort in 2020 and promising to immediately begin searching for another site.

Top U.S. envoy for multilateralism resigns

Kevin Moley, U.S. assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, front right, listens to the World Health Assembly at Geneva in May (ARÊTE/Eric Bridiers)

The top U.S. diplomat to international organizations announced on Friday he will resign in late November, three months after a government watchdog report documented allegations he retaliated against career diplomats.

World Bank and IMF caution on slowdown

A new Airbus A350-941 at France's Toulouse–Blagnac Airport awaits delivery to China's Hainan Airlines (ARÊTE/Mike McBey)

World Bank and International Monetary Fund leaders called on 189 member nations on Friday for help in easing trade and geopolitical tensions that are rattling a slowing global economy and undercutting anti-poverty efforts.

Trump awards G-7 summit to his resort

White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney at a press briefing on Thursday (ARÊTE/Joyce Boghosia)

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to host next year’s gathering of the Group of Seven rich democracies at his private golf resort in Florida, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday.

E.U. and U.K. reach tentative Brexit deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at a Brexit debate of European Parliament in September (ARÊTE/CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019–Source: EP)

European Union leaders unanimously approved a tentative Brexit agreement with the United Kingdom on Thursday, laying out “the framework for the future relationship” with Britain if it leaves the 28-nation bloc in November.

Chamber reports drop in maritime piracy

British Royal Marines patrol the Arabian Gulf (ARÊTE/Will Haigh)

Maritime piracy and armed robbery dropped by 24 percent in the first nine months of 2019 compared to a similar timeframe last year but Africa’s Gulf of Guinea remains a “high risk area,” the International Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday.

U.N. chief urges Syrian civilian protections

Demonstrators at a September rally in Lyon, France denounce civilian losses in Syria (ARÊTE/Jeanne Menjoulet)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres expressed grave concern over the fighting in northeast Syria on Monday and called for “maximum restraint” as Turkey’s military advanced on former U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters newly allied with Syrian forces.

IMF report says global carbon tax needed

Along the coast of Kulusuk, Greenland (ARÊTE/Markus Trienke)

The International Monetary Fund recommended on Thursday that the world adopt a steep global tax on carbon emissions within a decade as the most effective way to reduce heat-trapping gases and slow global warming.

Possible U.S. exit from Open Skies Treaty

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

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.

The world of international organizations explained.


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