The World of International Organizations Explained

IEA: Oil supplies plentiful despite attacks

An oil tanker under Singapore's flag leaves Port of Le Havre, France (ARÊTE/Rennett Stowe)

Global oil markets remain well-supplied and companies have enough reserves to meet world demand for more than a month despite attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil production, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday.

UPU drama affects U.S. voting and opioids

U.S. postal workers in San Jose, California (ARÊTE/Travis Wise)

For only a third time in its 144-year history the U.N. postal agency will hold an Extraordinary Congress but this time a potential U.S. withdrawal from the organization rides on the outcome, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.

UNWTO seeks greener, more ethical travel

A zip line across Quebec's Chutes Coulonge, a former logging area-turned-Canadian ecotourism draw (ARÊTE/Michel Rathwell)

The United Nations World Tourism Organization said on Monday that 117 nations have recommitted to making global tourism more sustainable, inclusive and ethical after a five-day annual gathering.

IAEA and ASEAN to work on atomic power

Indonesia, one of the ASEAN nations interested in nuclear power, gets 30 percent of Jakarta's electricity from the Muara Karang Steam Power Plant (ARÊTE)

The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday that it will collaborate with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations on a framework for developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Slow progress getting more kids in classes

Afghan children jn the first school in southern Helmand Province's Garmsir District built by local government with help from coalition forces (ARÊTE/Reece Lodder)

Over the past decade, there has been only slight progress in sending more children to classrooms worldwide and around one-sixth of school-age kids are not getting an education, UNESCO reported on Friday.

Craft fills long-vacant U.S. post to the U.N.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Knight Craft greets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ottawa, Canada (ARÊTE/Ron Przysucha)

Incoming U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft took up her job on Thursday, issuing a terse statement in which she praised both the U.N. secretary-general and her boss while declining to take questions from reporters.

UNESCO-led Mosul project set for 2020

Iraq’s al-Nuri mosque in Mosul before it was blown up by Islamic State militants (ARÊTE/Douglas Fron)

The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced on Wednesday that its $100 million plan to reconstruct the northern Iraqi city of Mosul’s heritage, including its famed al-Nuri mosque destroyed by the Islamic State group, will get underway next year.

Facebook’s Libra pursues Swiss pay license

Facebook's new Libra Association is based in Geneva because of "Switzerland's role as a nucleus for international organizations" (ARÊTE/Jeff Dlouhy)

The Libra Association said on Wednesday that it will apply for a payments license in Switzerland so that Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency can be regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority.

Iran defies nuclear deal with centrifuge use

Cornel Feruță, IAEA's acting director general, briefs reporters at a press conference in Vienna (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog confirmed on Monday that Iran is preparing to use arrays of more advanced centrifuges, marking yet another violation of Tehran’s faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Climate seen as top threat to human rights

A Prague art installation of 34 yellow penguins made from recycled plastic bottles urges climate action (ARÊTE/Keith Dixon)

The U.N.’s top human rights official on Monday named the climate crisis as a top threat and expressed alarm at U.S. detention of migrant children and grave concerns over global violence against religious and ethnic minorities.

The world of international organizations explained.


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