The World of International Organizations Explained

At NATO, Trump clashes with major allies

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron, right, mask their conflicts with U.S. President Donald Trump while posing for a photo in between meetings in London on Dec. 3, 2019 (ARÊTE/Shealah Craighead)

U.S. President Donald Trump picked fights with traditional American partners at NATO’s 70th anniversary on Tuesday, calling French President Emmanuel Macron “very, very nasty” and Canadian President Justin Trudeau’s government “slightly delinquent” in military spending.

ESA raises bar on future space projects

Part of European Space Agency’s deep-space tracking station at New Norcia, Australia (ARÊTE/ESA)

The European Space Agency wrapped up two days of high level meetings on Thursday with pledges from 22 member nations to support more ambitious space exploration and research projects, including monitoring of climate change.

G-20 ministers press for WTO relevance

Some of the G-20 leaders and heads of international organizations meeting at Japan in June (ARÊTE/South African government)

Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 major economies agreed World Trade Organization reforms are urgently needed to boost its relevance amid an escalating U.S.-China trade war, Japan’s foreign minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, said on Saturday.

ITU deal on 5G worries weather experts

A satellite image of a massive cyclone over the Labrador Sea between Canada’s Labrador Peninsula and Greenland on Nov. 17, 2019 (ARÊTE/NOAA)

Negotiators at a U.N.-sponsored telecommunication conference announced a deal on Friday to launch new radio frequency standards for 5G technology, despite concerns it could negatively impact climate and weather forecasting.

Suu Kyi to confront U.N. genocide probe

Rohingya people in Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state (ARÊTE/DYKT Mohigan)

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head a delegation to the United Nations’ top court next month to challenge its prosecution of an alleged military-led genocide targeting Rohingya Muslims, her government said on Wednesday.

U.N. envoy amplifies Baghdad protestors

An Iraqi soldier gets training from an Australian sergeant in how to call for air support (ARÊTE/Cole Erickson)

The United Nations’ top envoy to Iraq assured members of its parliament on Wednesday that their role in hearing Baghdad protestors’ demands is vital to restoring stability and peace in a nation riven by war and corruption.

White Helmets ally found dead in Turkey

James Le Mesurier near Istanbul's Golden Horn harbor and residential area (ARÊTE/White Helmets)

James Le Mesurier, whose Mayday Rescue organization founded and supported White Helmets’ rescue efforts in Syria, was found dead near his home in Istanbul on Monday, prompting a wide-ranging police investigation.

France and China advocate multilateralism

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping talk in Shanghai while sampling French wine and beef (ARÊTE/Chinese State Media)

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping called for more global cooperation on climate change, biodiversity and trade on Wednesday, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump began the process of withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Scientists declare global climate emergency

Some of the more than 100,000 climate demonstrators in Melbourne, Australia on Sep 20, 2019 (ARÊTE/John Englart)

More than 11,000 scientists issued a dire warning on Tuesday that the world must take immediate action to fundamentally alter a range of human activities if it is going to avert “untold suffering due to the climate crisis.”

ASEAN leads way to trade bloc with China

An AirAsia Airbus A320 proclaims "Truly ASEAN" to celebrate its sustainability partnership with ASEAN nations (ARÊTE/George Tan)

Ten nations’ leaders agreed on Sunday as part a prominent Southeast Asian intergovernmental organization to promote regional stability by signing the world’s biggest trade bloc with six other countries including China in 2020.

The world of international organizations explained.


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