WIPO's headquarters in Geneva (Arête News/Eric Bridiers)
May 8, 2020
The World Intellectual Property Organization’s top governing body on Friday appointed Daren Tang, a lawyer from Singapore, to serve as its next chief in a contest reflecting U.S.-China tensions over business technology.
European Council President Charles Michel of Belgium speaks at the Coronavirus Global Response pledging conference on May 4, 2020 (Arête News/European Union)
May 4, 2020
World leaders joined forces for the launch of a European Union-led global pledging “marathon” on Monday that delivered promises of $8 billion for research into COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and medical treatments.
Oil, gas and wind turbines at the U.K.'s Great Yarmouth Outer Harbor port (Arête News/Fernando Butcher)
April 30, 2020
Global carbon emissions are on track to decline by almost 8 percent this year from the COVID-19 pandemic causing the biggest downturn in energy use since World War II, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.
A sign of hope in the Swiss capital this week (Arête News/John Heilprin)
April 30, 2020
Humanitarian organizations offered educational guidelines on Thursday meant to help 1.5 billion students worldwide who face “an unprecedented risk” if the COVID-19 pandemic forces schools to remain closed much longer.
Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee settlement, where 850,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar live near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (Arête News/Russell Watkins)
April 29, 2020
A U.N. human rights investigator urged the world body on Wednesday to “step up its efforts” to protect ethnic and religious minorities from the Myanmar military’s continuing war crimes and crimes against humanity.
A press conference at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin (Arête News/Christoph Wehrer)
April 28, 2020
Some good can come out of the COVID-19 pandemic if world leaders use it to “rebuild our world for the better” by investing in clean energy to slow global warming, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday.
Social messaging by the Broadway Theater in Mount Pleasant, Michigan (Arête News/Dan Gaken)
April 27, 2020
Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 passed the 3 million mark on Monday as New Zealand, several European nations and a few U.S. states took steps to emerge from prolonged lockdowns aimed at slowing transmissions.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Arête News/Michel Temer)
April 23, 2020
China raised its donations for World Health Organization efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic to $50 million on Thursday, just a week after U.S. President Donald Trump halted U.S. funding to the U.N. health agency.
The U.N. General Assembly in New York (Arête News/John Heilprin)
April 20, 2020
The United Nations General Assembly urged all nations on Monday to quickly join forces in ensuring that everyone will have access to medical supplies, drugs, future vaccines and testing to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
A pandemic-related church sign in the Washington region on April 4, 2020 (Arête News/John Heilprin)
April 15, 2020
It took more than three months for global coronavirus infections to surpass the 1 million mark along with 52,000 deaths, and just over two weeks more for the pandemic to add another 1 million confirmed cases and 84,000 deaths.