The World of International Organizations Explained

Clean energy enters business mainstream

Some companies are investing in electric vehicles (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

An international organization found 8 percent of 2,410 large companies it surveyed last year met at least half their electricity needs from renewable energy sources like wind and water. IRENA said 200 companies reported more than half the electricity they consumed was from renewables.

U.N. chief takes aim at the ‘scourge of war’

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres at the Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal (ARÊTE/Seb Daly)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres led off a major push to cut stockpiles of arms — everything from “grenades to H-bombs” — in an attempt to eliminate warmongering around the world. His campaign for global disarmament began with an appeal to scrap nuclear arsenals and weapons.

Africa’s youth enlisted to fight corruption

A boy in Harrar, Ethiopia (ARÊTE/Boris Heger)

Fighting the endemic corruption that deters Africa’s development is a major focus for some international organizations in 2018 that want to improve governance and business with the support of young people. The African Union’s theme this year builds on an A.U. anti-corruption plank dating to 2006.

Experts propose clean energy global fund

Wind turbines in Southern California (ARÊTE/Moonjazz)

Proponents of clean energy say a new global fund or international organization is needed to accelerate the creation of technology that can help the energy sector fulfill the 2015 Paris Agreement’s goal of halting a rise in global temperatures.

Mideast adds focus on war crimes tribunal

Monument with over 4,500 pairs of shoes for Palestinian lives lost on display in Brussels (ARÊTE/Olivier Matthys/AVAAZ)

A Palestinian request for a full investigation into Israeli settlement policies and alleged crimes brings into focus the nearly 16-year-old International Criminal Court’s role in delivering justice to those responsible for the world’s worst crimes. The world’s court of last resort began operating in 2002.

Harassment and abuse claims on the rise

Handicap International's "Broken Chair" by the Palais des Nations in Geneva (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

A leading insurance provider for international organizations says a major cause of loss and risk is the rise in liability from global harassment and abuse claims. Its survey found 27 percent reported significant losses, while 17 percent said they faced lawsuits or litigation.

The world of international organizations explained.


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