Caroline Hunt-Matthes in front of the U.N. refugee agency in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)
June 5, 2018
(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.
A testing lab at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado (AN/John Heilprin)
June 4, 2018
(AN) — An international organization working to advance renewable energy sources finds reason for optimism but worry, too. The power sector is rapidly changing, yet not enough is being done to keep Earth from overheating. Renewable power accounted for 70 percent of net additions to global power generating capacity last year.
Vacationers at Egypt's Red Sea resort in Sharm El Sheikh (AN/John Heilprin)
June 1, 2018
(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.
The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AN/John Heilprin)
May 31, 2018
(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.
The entrance to the the Palais des Nations in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)
May 31, 2018
(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.
Workers on laptops and tablets (AN/Rawpixel Ltd.)
May 30, 2018
(AN) — The world’s foremost gathering of labor officials wants to universally define workplace harassment and guarantee workers’ rights against violence. The International Labor Organization called it an important issue before the #MeToo movement emerged last year.
The Palais des Nations in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)
May 29, 2018
(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.
Some companies are investing in electric vehicles (AN/John Heilprin)
May 29, 2018
(AN) — 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. Secretary-General António Guterres at the Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal (AN/Seb Daly)
May 25, 2018
(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.
A boy in Harrar, Ethiopia (AN/Boris Heger)
May 25, 2018
(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.