The World of International Organizations

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 (AN/John Heilprin)

Reflecting a world of instability and conflict, the ILO head set a somber tone opening a summit on the importance of decent jobs in building world peace.

Global foreign investment at 3-year low

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

Business investments across national borders or overseas plunged almost a quarter in 2017, and trade tensions may cause more setbacks, UNCTAD said.

Safety concerns over return of Rohingya

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

Myanmar and two U.N. agencies have agreed to return some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims home to Myanmar, despite serious safety concerns.

U.N. says Trump violates children’s rights

National Guard troops provide security along the U.S.-Mexico border (AN/Aimee Fujikawa)

The U.N. human rights office said the Trump administration is violating children’s rights under international law by breaking up families from Mexico.

Longest U.N. whistleblower case settled

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

The U.N. settled a long-running case of retaliation against a former investigator, acknowledging it caused her professional and personal hardships.

Energy transition lags behind climate goals

A testing lab at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado (AN/John Heilprin)

An international organization that advances renewable energy sources finds the power sector is not changing fast enough to keep Earth from overheating.

WHO panel stops short of sugary tax

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

WHO called on governments to do more to reduce premature deaths from neglected chronic diseases, but stopped short of endorsing a sugary drinks tax.

African migration seen as economic boost

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

African migration could trigger big new economic benefits for origin and destination countries, UNCTAD reported. Most migrants move within the continent.

Case made for top-down U.N. reforms

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

The U.N. is weighing proposals to add two departments and revamp its 44,000 staff — a third the size of Microsoft or Apple — in a management shakeup.

#MeToo arrives at top labor forum

Workers on laptops and tablets (AN/Rawpixel Ltd.)

The world’s foremost gathering of labor officials wants to universally define workplace harassment and guarantee workers’ rights against violence.