The World of International Organizations Explained

CITES meets to enforce wildlife trade rules

A Chilean vicuña, found in the Puna and Andean highlands and highly valued for its fine fibers in knitting (ARÊTE/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo)

Delegates to a 183-nation treaty aimed at protecting endangered plants and animals opened a major summit on Saturday that will weigh 56 government proposals for tightening or easing controls on international trade.

Myanmar’s foreign arms trade fuels abuses

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar trying to survive in Bangladesh (ARÊTE/Netherlands Foreign Ministry)

An independent team of U.N.-sponsored human rights investigators reported on Monday the military-planned campaign of genocide against Myanmar’s Rohingya people relied on its arms trade with seven nations.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies in office

IAEA's Director General Yukiya Amano at a 2014 news conference in Vienna (ARÊTE/Dean Calma)

Yukiya Amano, a veteran diplomat who led the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency and worked to prevent more atomic bombings like those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has died, his agency announced on Monday.

Bachelet condemns U.S. migrant treatment

An immigrant detention and "processing center" in Houston, Texas run by a private contractor to the U.S. government (ARÊTE/Patrick Feller)

The United Nations’ top human rights official said on Monday she was “appalled” at conditions forced on adults and children held in detention after crossing into the United States from its southern border with Mexico.

ILO adopts #MeToo workplace treaty

A #MeToo protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City (ARÊTE/Mario A. Pena)

The International Labor Organization adopted a global treaty on Friday meant to reduce violence and harassment in the workplace, but stopped short of including language that would include LGBTI people.

ILO marks past with look to future work

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa presenting the 10 recommendations of the ILO’s Future of Work Report earlier this year (ARÊTE/Siyabulela Duda)

The International Labor Organization focused on ways of spreading social justice through dignified work while commemorating its 100th anniversary on Monday as the sole survivor of World War I-era institutions set up to help keep peace.

Climate activism propelled by E.U. voters

Brussels scene during European elections (ARÊTE/CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 – Source: EP)

Climate concerns have rarely if ever weighed heavily in any major election — until now, with Europe’s Greens gaining influence from voters worried about the planet’s health, according to provisional results on Monday.

U.N.: 1 million in Gaza may go hungry

An UNRWA school in Gaza (ARÊTE/ISM Palestine)

More than 1 million people in Gaza are at risk of running out of food less than a year after the United States announced it would no longer contribute aid to Palestinians, the U.N. relief agency for Palestinian refugees said on Monday.

China tries to ease ‘Belt and Road’ worries

Malawi's national stadium, built and paid for by China, whose workers lived in a Chinese-style village (ARÊTE/Lars Plougmann)

China pushed back against skeptics of its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, promising a “high quality” $1 trillion global infrastructure program involving more than 150 nations and international organizations.

Red Cross pleads for info on missing staff

Red Cross nurse Louisa Akavi of New Zealand (ARÊTE/ICRC)

Breaking its long-held silence, the International Committee of the Red Cross sought public help in finding three staff abducted by Islamic State militants in Syria in late 2013.

The world of international organizations explained.


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