The World of International Organizations Explained

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.

Carbon emissions projected at record high

Truck carrying coal in smoky, hazy Beijing (ARÊTE/Han Jun Zeng)

Scientists projected that global emissions of carbon dioxide will hit another record high in 2018, highlighting the urgency of international climate talks underway in Poland.

An ‘instaplomacy’ worth 1,000 missives

Swiss President Alain Berset's selfie with Sumo wrestlers in Japan (ARÊTE/Alain Berset)

Instagram is the fast becoming the go-to social media for leaders, international organizations and governments.

Slowing growth hits global patent filings

WIPO's headquarters in Geneva (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Inventors filed almost 3.17 million patents worldwide in 2017, reflecting a steady rise in patent filings but a slowdown in the growth rate from the previous year.

Qatar quits OPEC to boost gas production

Doha, Qatar's futuristic skyline by night (ARÊTE/Jimmy Baikovicius)

OPEC is poised to lose the world’s largest exporter of liquified natural gas starting in 2019. Qatar’s energy minister, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, announced his nation will pull out of the oil cartel and expand its liquefied natural gas production.

Global trading galvanizes G-20 leaders

G-20 leaders meet in Buenos Aires (ARÊTE/G-20)

Leaders of G-20 major economies jointly urged reform of global trading rules and greater efforts to fight global warming, in an agreement that showcased U.S. isolationism.

The world of international organizations explained.


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