The World of International Organizations Explained

U.N. report identifies vast climate risks

Polar bears in Alaska (ARÊTE/USGS)

The U.N.’s Nobel Prize-winning global warming panel is preparing to report on how Earth will change if it warms past the limit agreed on at Paris in 2015. The report aims to strengthen the world’s actions on climate change, sustainable development and poverty, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said.

U.N. report on Kashmir spreads blame

Near Siachen Glacier (ARÊTE/Wikimedia Commons)

In its first report on the disputed region of Kashmir, the U.N. human rights office pinned blame for violence on both India and Pakistan and called for independent experts to investigate allegations of human rights abuses.

FIFA picks N. America for 2026 World Cup

Man waving a Russian FIFA flag in Moscow (ARÊTE/Marco Verch)

World football’s governing body overwhelmingly selected Canada, Mexico and the United States as 2026 World Cup hosts, the first such major decision in eight years. In a first, the process unfolded transparently. FIFA will increase the quadrennial tournament to 48 teams and 80 matches in 2026.

Watchdogs set for U.S.-North Korea deal

U.S. fighters and bombers in a show of force with allies responding to a North Korean missile launch (ARÊTE/Robert Sullivan)

Two nuclear watchdogs declared themselves prepared to carry out the monitoring and verification North Korea would need to fulfill its renewed vow for denuclearization. The two Vienna-based international organizations offered to dispatch teams of international inspectors and other experts if asked.

Trump tensions make for G-7 minus one

Group of Seven in Canada (ARÊTE/Jesco Denzel)

The Group of Seven, named for its small number of member nations, had more than than an image problem on its hands when U.S. President Donald Trump alienated the other leaders and insulted the current chair, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

U.N. links rights to peace in North Korea

A North Korean soldier patrols the border with China (ARÊTE/William Proby)

A U.N. special investigator argued that human rights should be added to the agenda of the planned U.S.-North Korea nuclear summit on June 12.

Labor leaders see role in peace and justice

James Vibert's "The Human Effort" in Geneva's William Rappard Park outside the World Trade Organization (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Reflecting a world of instability and conflict, International Labor Organization Director-General Guy Ryder set a distinctly somber tone as he opened a one-day summit meant to explore the importance of decent jobs in building world peace, social justice and resilience.

Global foreign investment at 3-year low

A sign of foreign investment on the road in Northern Uganda (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Business investments across national borders or overseas plunged by almost a quarter in 2017, and increased trade tensions between the world’s major economies could lead to more such setbacks, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development reported.

Safety concerns over return of Rohingya

Presidential palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

Myanmar and two United Nations agencies have agreed to return some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to their former homeland in Myanmar, despite many serious concerns about whether they can be repatriated to the area where they fled from military-led violence.

U.N. says Trump violates children’s rights

National Guard troops provide security along the U.S.-Mexico border (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The U.N. human rights office said the Trump administration is violating children’s rights under international law by breaking up families arriving from Mexico. But the American ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley sharply rebuked the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for its criticism.

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