The World of International Organizations

United Nations faces severe cash shortage

U.N. headquarters in New York (AN/Julien Chatelain)

(AN) — The United Nations could run out of money by the end of this month in the worst budget crisis that the world body has faced in at least a decade, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned member nations on Tuesday.

Aid sought for 10 million stateless people

The U.N. refugee agency's executive committee meets in Geneva to end statelessness (AN/Eric Bridiers)

(AN) — The U.N. refugee agency’s chief Filippo Grandi and its goodwill ambassador, Cate Blanchett, appealed to governments on Monday to set aside nationalism and end statelessness for around 10 million people worldwide.

Georgieva starts in new post as IMF chief

Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF's new managing director, has long experience with the World Bank and European Commission (AN/Friends of Europe)

(AN) — Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva took over as managing director of the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, signaling her five-year term will champion issues such as empowering women and fighting climate change.

Swiss clamor for U.N.-led climate action

Climate protesters at Bern’s Bundesplatz, or Federal Square, in front of Swiss parliament on Saturday (AN/Clarisa Gaines)

(AN) — Up to 100,000 people turned out on Saturday for Switzerland’s largest-ever climate demonstration to insist on fulfilling the United Nations-brokered goals for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, organizers said.

Pakistan and India take rivalry to the U.N.

Imran Khan speaks to a conference at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin (Arête News/Stephan Röhl)

(AN) — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan took his nation’s bitter dispute over Jammu and Kashmir to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, accusing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of cruelty towards Muslims and warning of a potential “bloodbath” in the region.

U.N. mission to probe rights in Venezuela

Venezuelan migrant children at a shelter in Pamplona, Colombia (AN/Cristal Montanez)

(AN) — The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to create a yearlong, independent fact-finding mission on Friday that will investigate cases of suspected human rights abuses in Venezuela over the past five years.

UNCTAD warns of 2020 global recession

A container ship in The Netherlands' Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe (AN/Frans Berkelaar)

(AN) — The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development cautioned on Thursday that there is “a clear and present danger” of a global recession in 2020 due to trade tensions, corporate debt and weaker growth among both industrialized and developing nations.

Deal will keep U.S. in U.N. postal agency

American postal customers at Union Station in Washington, D.C. (AN/Elvert Barnes)

(AN) — The United States said it will remain in the U.N. postal agency after delegates at an emergency meeting on Wednesday agreed to a compromise plan to change international delivery rates that will add consumer costs.

U.N.: Oceans and frozen regions changing

Icebergs in Antarctica (AN/Christopher MIchel)

(AN) — Coastal flooding along with huge losses of ice and snow are becoming more extreme as oceans warm and acidify while frozen parts of the planet melt faster, the Nobel Prize-winning U.N. climate panel reported on Wednesday.

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