The World of International Organizations Explained

World Bank turnover tests politics of aid

The World Bank in Washington (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s surprise departure at the start of February sets up an unexpected test for an international organization at the crux of international development.

UNESCO is latest to lose U.S. membership

Alexander Calder's Spirale mobile at UNESCO's main entrance in Paris (ARÊTE/Jean-Pierre Dalbéra)

As 2019 dawned the United States and Israel withdrew from UNESCO, expanding the number of international organizations, treaties and laws that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has parted ways with in its rejection of multilateralism.

Japanese pullout marks return to whaling

Japanese whaling ship (ARÊTE/Australian Border Force)

Japan announced that it will resume commercial whaling by withdrawing from an international organization set up under a treaty signed in the U.S. capital 72 years ago.

Fridays for Future climate protests escalate

Student climate demonstrators in front of the Federal Palace at Bern (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The world is on fire. Adults failed to stop it, so they should get out of the way and let children lead. A protest movement of youth who feel betrayed by adult inaction on climate change has been taking wing, spreading that message worldwide.

World’s first global migration pact adopted

Migrant workers in California (ARÊTE/U.S. State Department)

A global migration pact won approval in the United Nations General Assembly, setting up a universal system for ensuring the humane movement of people.

Populist hate stirs deadliest year for press

Demonstration in Slovakia for murdered journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová (ARÊTE/Peter Tkac)

Journalists faced an “unprecedented level of hostility” in 2018 due to populist hatred whipped up by “unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen,” Reporters Without Borders said in a new report.

Nations agree to Paris climate rulebook

School kids demonstrate on the last day of U.N. climate talks in Poland (ARÊTE/David Tong)

Almost 200 nations adopted a rulebook for the Paris Agreement that sets out how nations must report their carbon emissions and pay for climate action.

Instant UNAIDS reform but not at top

Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS, right, with UNIDO's LI Yong.(ARÊTE/UNIDO)

UNAIDS said it will take “immediate” steps to recover from a sexual harassment scandal but allow its embattled leader Michel Sidibé to remain until June.

Appeals for unity at polarized climate talks

Leaders at U.N. climate talks in Poland (ARÊTE/Krystian Maj)

At risk of ending without agreement, the U.N. climate conference was jolted towards a potential compromise by urgent appeals for unity from the U.N. secretary-general and Fiji’s prime minister.

Experts find ‘failed’ leadership at UNAIDS

U.N. AIDS workers in Goma, Congo (ARÊTE/MONUSCO)

The U.N. agency battling HIV and AIDS is essentially run as an old boys’ club that suffers from “failed” leadership and a “broken” work culture, an independent panel of experts found in an investigation of the agency’s handling of serious sexual harassment allegations.

The world of international organizations explained.


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