The World of International Organizations

Longest U.N. whistleblower case settled

Caroline Hunt-Matthes in front of the U.N. refugee agency in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The United Nations settled a long-running case of retaliation against a former U.N. investigator, acknowledging it caused her professional and personal hardships. A joint statement from the U.N. refugee agency and the whistleblowing former U.N. investigator said it was time to put the 15-year case to rest.

WHO panel stops short of sugary tax

Vacationers at Egypt's Red Sea resort in Sharm El Sheikh (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The World Health Organization called on governments to do more to reduce premature deaths from neglected chronic diseases, but it stopped short of endorsing a sugary drinks tax or holding businesses accountable for unhealthy substances.

African migration seen as economic boost

The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — African migration could trigger big new economic benefits for origin and destination countries, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development reported. It finds most African migrants move within the continent, which is also a destination for 5.5 million migrants from outside Africa.

Case made for top-down U.N. reforms

The entrance to the the Palais des Nations in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The United Nations is weighing proposals to add two new departments and revamp its 44,000 staff — about a third the size of Microsoft or Apple — in a broader effort to radically shake up management.

Syria takes helm of disarmament forum

The Palais des Nations in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Chemical weapons have killed hundreds of people in its seven-year civil war, yet Syria is taking on a new role of presiding over the United Nations Conference on Disarmament that negotiated the 21-year-old Chemical Weapons Convention.

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

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

(AN) — 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 (AN/Boris Heger)

(AN) — 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.

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