The World of International Organizations Explained

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.

Landmark U.S.-Russia arms treaty expires

A Russian intermediate-range ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead that was withdrawn from service under the INF Treaty (ARÊTE/Jorge Láscar)

The United States and Russia let the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty lapse on Friday, ending a key plank of Cold War-era nuclear arms control and prompting fears of a new global arms race amid rising geopolitical tensions.

Treaty on violence against women turns 5

The French grassroots movement #NousToutes held nationwide marches to protest violence against women on November 24, 2018 (ARÊTE/Jeanne Menjoulet)

The first legally binding and comprehensive international treaty on fighting violence against women and girls turned five years old, but still lacks participation of more than a quarter of sponsor Council of Europe’s 47 member nations.

U.S. fills long-vacant U.N. ambassadorship

Kelly Knight Craft and her husband Joe host a 4th of July celebration in Ottawa, Canada (ARÊTE/Ashley Fraser)

After a seven-month vacancy in the high-profile job of United States ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. senators on Wednesday officially confirmed Kelly Knight Craft, former U.S. ambassador to Canada, as U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy on multilateralism’s biggest stage.

FIFA mulls exit from Zürich headquarters

Pendants flying outside FIFA's global headquarters in Zürich (ARÊTE/Ben Sutherland)

World football’s governing body is reportedly weighing a plan to relocate its Swiss headquarters to somewhere more conducive to hiring non-Europeans and less renowned for corporate secrecy.

IAAF defends rules on intersex athletes

Caster Semenya after winning an Olympic silver medal in 800 meters in 2012 (ARÊTE/Ghar El Melh)

The governing body of track and field on Wednesday welcomed a decision from Switzerland’s highest court that two-time Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya must follow new rules meant to lower naturally high testosterone levels in female runners with an intersex condition.

U.N. call to stamp out human trafficking

A Gambian Navy training on drug smuggling and human trafficking (ARÊTE/Tamara Vaughn)

U.N. leaders urged an international crackdown against human trafficking on Tuesday, pointing out that most victims are women and girls and the percentage of child victims more than doubled in a dozen years.

U.S. military braces for UPU withdrawal

The U.S. military's Pentagon headquarters near Washington (ARÊTE/Angela Stafford)

Pentagon officials are preparing for the aftermath of a Trump administration decision to proceed with U.S. withdrawal from the 144-year-0ld Universal Postal Union should last-minute talks to salvage their relationship fail.

Weekend Update: Gavi, IMF and Gideons

Medical supplies to fight Ebola arrive at Congo's Beni Airport (ARÊTE/Mamadou Alain Coulibaly)

Gavi’s chief says the Ebola outbreak is a sign of a deeper public health crisis. Egypt signs a structural reform agreement with IMF. Mongolia is now a shipping power. Gideons U.K. adds women, ends its international affiliation.

EIB may ban funding for fossil fuel energy

London's defunct coal-fired Battersea Power Station (ARÊTE/Oliver Mallich)

The European Union’s investment bank and nonprofit lending arm put forward a climate-oriented proposal on Friday that would prevent it from providing any new financing for fossil fuel-based power projects.

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