Here you will find timely, factual reporting on international organizations and their connections to just about everything.

First WHO listing for one-shot COVID-19 vaccine

WHO approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, adding a fourth shot to the international arsenal of tools against the pandemic.

Pandemic hits anticipated halfway point

One year on, the pandemic has prompted one of the most remarkable scientific efforts — and brought into sharper focus many of the world’s inequities.

U.N. study shows ‘horrifying’ violence against women

About 30 percent of all women worldwide have been subjected to physical or sexual violence at least once during their lives, U.N. agencies found in a survey.

Food waste could circle Earth sevenfold

While one-in-10 people on the planet suffers chronic hunger, the world wastes about 17 percent of all the food that is produced each year, UNEP reported.

Myanmar’s U.N. envoy defies ouster

A week after his nation’s military tried to remove him, Myanmar’s U.N. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun remained in his post, the chief U.N. spokesman said.

UNICEF sounds alarm over global school closures

The pandemic has kept 168 million children from attending schools and for many of them the consequences could be disastrous, UNICEF reported.

U.N. appeal falls short of Yemen’s needs

International donors contributed USD$1.7 billion for people starving in Yemen, an amount that leaders of humanitarian organizations called disappointing.

Analysis finds climate pledges ‘fall far short’

The world’s promised cuts in greenhouse gases come nowhere close to fulfilling the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to a new U.N. analysis.

COVAX starts global vaccine push in Ghana

The COVAX Facility’s global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines finally launched with the delivery of 600,000 doses to Ghana’s capital Accra.

U.S. seeks to rejoin Human Rights Council

The United States will campaign for a seat on the world’s top human rights body, in another reversal of the former Trump administration’s foreign policy.

Biden reasserts primacy of trans-Atlantic ties

U.S. President Biden reconnected with NATO and the G-7 and told the Munich Security Conference “democratic progress is under assault” around the world.

U.S. welcomed back to Paris climate treaty

French President Emmanuel Macron led a chorus of world leaders and advocates in celebrating the United States’ official return to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

UNEP plan seeks way out of nature crisis

In a new major report, the U.N. Environment Program recommended a “scientific blueprint” for governments to tackle three environmental crises at once.

Nations debate call for ‘vaccination cease-fire’

The U.N. Security Council took up a proposed resolution calling for cease-fires in conflict zones that would allow deliveries of coronavirus vaccines.

Airlines to help U.N. spread COVID-19 vaccines

Sixteen airlines joined a UNICEF-led initiative to push for speedier deliveries of coronavirus vaccines and medical supplies among more than 100 nations.

WHO adds vaccines for emergency use

WHO listed two of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccines for emergency use, only the second instance of approvals granted since the pandemic began.

China and U.S. spar over WHO probe

Chinese diplomats pushed back against U.S. skepticism about whether Beijing fully cooperated with WHO scientists investigating the pandemic’s origins.

Human Rights Council ‘deplores’ Myanmar coup

Myanmar’s military coup drew broad criticism by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which demanded Aung San Suu Kyi’s release and civilian rule restored.

WWF says deep sea mining risks too high

Allowing mining companies to tap deep sea deposits beneath international waters poses too many underwater risks, a global environmental group reported.

WHO team focuses on virus from animals

The initial spread of the coronavirus among people most likely originated from an animal and not from a Chinese lab, WHO-led scientists told journalists.

Okonjo-Iweala to head WTO with U.S. backing

Nigerian-American Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is poised to become the next head of Geneva-based WTO after clinching the “strong support” of the United States.