The World of International Organizations Explained

WHO declares global emergency over virus

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking to a forum at Vienna in September (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

The World Health Organization declared it considers the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency on Thursday, after the epidemic first detected in China spread to 7,800 confirmed cases and 170 deaths worldwide.

UNHCR halts work at Libya migrant center

Irish vessel LÉ James Joyce rescues migrants northwest of Tripoli (ARÊTE/Óglaigh na hÉireann)

The United Nations refugee agency said it was suspending operations at a migrant transit center in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday due to safety concerns as violence between two main warring factions intensifies.

Report shows hack of U.N. offices last year

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres marks Vienna International Center's 40th anniversary in May 2019 (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

The U.N. human rights office acknowledged on Wednesday it had suffered a sophisticated cyberattack on its computers last year, but sought to assure the public that none of its sensitive data or confidential information was accessed.

China to let WHO send in experts on virus

Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province, in 2018 (ARÊTE/Yohann Agnelot)

Chinese officials agreed on Tuesday to allow international experts from the United Nations health agency to enter the country as soon as possible and join in efforts to combat a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.

IOM assists migrant caravan in Guatemala

An asylum seeker by the U.S. border with Tijuana, Mexico (ARÊTE/Daniel Arauz)

The United Nations’ migration agency said on Friday it was providing humanitarian aid and arranging the return home of more than 140 migrants who arrived in Guatemala from Honduras while trying to reach the United States.

ICJ orders Myanmar to prevent genocide

Rohingya people in shelters near Sittwe, capital of Myanmar's Rakhine State (ARÊTE/Mathias Eick)

The International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar’s government on Thursday to do everything it can to prevent more atrocities and genocide against the nation’s Rohingya Muslim minority of hundreds of thousands of people.

TI index shows anti-corruption efforts lag

Then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was sacked by President Donald Trump in May 2019, speaks on International Anti-Corruption Day at Kiev's Platforma Art Factory in 2017 (ARÊTE/U.S. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine)

Most nations had little to no improvement last year in fighting corruption that was “more pervasive” whenever big money influenced elections or governments, Transparency International’s annual rankings showed on Thursday.

U.N. probe sought of Saudi spyware hack

Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos in 2010 (ARÊTE/Steve Jurvetson)

U.N. human rights investigators urged a special inquiry on Wednesday into Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alleged role in hacking the phone of Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

Worlds collide: Trump, Thunberg at Davos

World Economic Forum participants watching U.S. President Donald J. Trump speak on Jan. 21, 2020 (ARÊTE/Benedikt Von Loebell)

U.S. President Donald Trump and 17-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg seemed to be talking about two entirely different planets on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort town of Davos.

IAEA cites improvements since Fukushima

IAEA experts at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station to examine the fuel assembly removal process in a 2013 visit (ARÊTE/Greg Webb)

Japan has strengthened inspections as part of efforts to improve regulation of nuclear and radiation safety in the wake of the Fukushima Daichi accident in 2011, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Tuesday.

The world of international organizations explained.

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