The World of International Organizations Explained

Interpol picks South Korean for president

Interpol headquarters (ARÊTE/Interpol)

Interpol’s general assembly, defying expectations and bowing to international pressure, rejected a Russian frontrunner and instead chose its interim chief, South Korean police officer Kim Jong Yang, to serve as its next president. The world’s largest international police organization voted after protests went up abroad.

U.N. environment chief resigns after audit

Erik Solheim (ARÊTE/UNIDO)

U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim resigned after an internal audit found he spent almost a half-million dollars on nearly constant world travel.

Russian tipped to take helm of Interpol

Interpol headquarters (ARÊTE/Fred Romero)

A senior official in Russia’s interior ministry was poised to assume the presidency of the world’s largest international police organization, setting off alarms that Russian President Vladimir Putin stands to gain a dangerous tool to hunt his critics. Interpol’s general assembly was expected to select Alexander Prokopchuk.

Rights and children’s issues lead retweets

Social media options (ARÊTE/Ian Clark)

Among international organizations, the United Nations’ new human rights chief and its seven-decades-old children’s agency were the Twitterverse’s undisputed champions.

Experts bid to keep U.S.-Russia arms pact

Cold War-era Soviet nuclear missile silo in Saryozek, Kazakhstan where the first four SS-12 missiles were destroyed under the U.S.-Soviet INF Treaty (ARÊTE/Martin Trolle Mikkelsen)

Arms control experts called on U.S. President Donald Trump to keep the United States in a Cold War-era treaty that has led to the destruction of almost 2,700 missiles and their launchers.

Pressure on China over ethnic minorities

Kashgar open air bazaar in China's Xinjiang Province (ARÊTE/UC Berkeley, Geography Department)

The U.N. Human Rights Council put China’s record under a microscope, pressuring the powerful Asian nation to respect ethnic minorities and allow citizens more basic freedoms.

Scientists find Earth’s ozone on the mend

Ozone hole over Antarctica reaches its annual maximum (ARÊTE/NOAA)

A nearly three decade-old international treaty appears to be paying off: Earth’s protective ozone layer has been slowly mending.

Saudi review tainted by journalist’s murder

U.N. Human Rights Council chamber at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (ARÊTE/HRC Secretariat)

Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s apparent murder hung over a review of Saudi Arabia’s troubled human rights record, with nations repeatedly calling for a proper investigation.

Scientists narrow the hunt for dark matter

Spiral galaxy PGC 54493, studied by astronomers for a phenomenon caused in part by dark matter (ARÊTE/ESA/NASA/Judy Schmidt)

This Halloween, scientists celebrate a cosmic riddle of mysterious material known as “dark matter” they believe makes up most of the universe and holds it all together. Along with pumpkin-carving and trick-or-treating, it’s “Dark Matter Day” around the world.

Postal union scrambles over U.S. criticism

The Universal Postal Union in Bern, Switzerland (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The Universal Postal Union said it has begun taking steps to fix the shipping policies that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration asserted undercut American businesses.

The world of international organizations explained.


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