The World of International Organizations Explained

New accord to protect defenders of nature

A march for the environment and climate action in Melbourne, Australia (ARÊTE/John Englart)

Leaders of the United Nations’ environment and human rights agencies teamed up by signing a new agreement on Friday intended to protect people and their families who push for environmental protections around the world.

UNSC takes up Kashmir after half-century

Indian Army troops in Pahalgam, among the Indian-administered portions of Jammu and Kashmi (ARÊTE/Bombman)

The United Nations Security Council met to formally discuss Jammu and Kashmir on Friday for the first time in almost a half-century, signaling the intense stakes as protests and clashes with police intensified.

Winnie Byanyima named to lead UNAIDS

Winnie Byanyima, the new executive director of UNAIDS (ARÊTE/OXFAM International)

Winnie Byanyima, a mechanical engineer and Uganda politician who heads Oxfam International, was appointed on Wednesday to serve as executive director of the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS.

Weekend Update: TIO, USAID and CTBTO

Some of the 13 telescopes already atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island (ARÊTE/Steve Cadman)

A $1.4 billion telescope project in Hawaii is looking at an alternative spot in Spain. Opponents fear Trump administration cuts to international aid. A nonproliferation official sees opportunity amid nuclear tensions.

WFP to quadruple food aid in 4 countries

Crops irrigated during drought-affected Nicaragua's dry season through use of special rain-fed reservoirs (ARÊTE/Neil Palmer)

The World Food Program announced plans on Friday to almost quadruple the number of people it aids in four drought-affected nations of Central America, hoping to ease migration pressures among hungry inhabitants.

Youth climate movement decides strategy

Hundreds of young climate activists at a "die-in" demonstration in Lausanne (ARÊTE/Paloma Gude)

The Fridays For Future youth climate movement wrapped up its first major European summit on Friday with agreement on three core demands of world leaders to prevent more planetary overheating.

Climate report urges change in human diet

A field of wheat in Germany (ARÊTE/Dmitry Kalinin)

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Thursday recommended sweeping changes globally in how people eat and ways that land is used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the planet to overheat.

Pakistan to counter India at U.N. venues

Vegetable vendors negotiate sales at dawn on Dal Lake in Srinagar, the main city in Jammu and Kashmir (ARÊTE/Kandukuru Nagarjun)

Pakistan’s government decided on Wednesday to seek support from the United Nations for pressuring India into restoring autonomy among Indian-administered portions of Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir.

Experts: U.S. racism complicit in shootings

An elephant, symbol of the U.S. Republican Party, is paraded as a sign of protest in Washington, D.C. (ARÊTE/Mobilus In Mobili)

After three high-profile shootings across the United States in a week, United Nations experts on Wednesday linked the violence to American leaders’ increasing use of “divisive language” and “attempts to marginalize” minorities.

Weekend Update: UNSC, AI and U.N. chief

Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, before its destruction by the IS militant group (ARÊTE/Drouyn Cambridge)

A U.N. report cautioned a relative pause in Islamist terror attacks may end. Amnesty International said it is divesting from fossil fuel companies. The U.N. chief called for cooperation to end violence in the wake of U.S. mass shootings.

The world of international organizations explained.

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