The World of International Organizations Explained

UNESCO warns “duty to protect” heritage

Iran's Persepolis, former capital of the Achaemenid Empire dating back to 515 BC, is registered on UNESCO'S World Heritage List (ARÊTE/Ninara)

The head of UNESCO sternly reminded Washington and Tehran on Monday they are bound by international law to protect cultural sites, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to target Iran’s most prized heritage.

E.U. to engage U.K. in major organizations

London Underground's Westminster Station (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The European Union’s top Brexit negotiator says it will rely on other international organizations to “continue to engage positively” once the United Kingdom leaves the soon-to-be 27-nation bloc on January 31, 2020.

UNDP warns inequality drags on progress

Women in East Africa carrying heavy wood piles on a road where men typically walk unencumbered or drive carts (ARÊTE/alchen_x)

Inequalities in education, health and living standards caused a 20 percent loss in global progress towards aspects of needed “human development” last year, the U.N. Development Program reported on Monday.

U.N. warns significant carbon cuts needed

Power lines extend from South African coal-fired power plants (ARÊTE/Clint Mason)

A new United Nations report cautions the world must begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 7.6 percent a year starting in 2020 to meet global targets for avoiding the worst effects of planetary overheating.

Paris forum pitches for global governance

The Wall for Peace, a Paris symbol since 2000 that was designed and built by artist Clara Halter and architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte (ARÊTE/Henry Marion)

The Paris Peace Forum wrapped up three days of meetings on Wednesday promoting a message that French President Emmanuel Macron described as a need for “balanced cooperation” among nations to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges.

WADA to review Russian doping data

WADA's Director General Olivier Niggli discusses anti-doping issues at a 2011 conference in Cologne, Germany (ARÊTE/Tine Harden)

The World Anti-Doping Agency said on Monday it has received responses from Russian authorities to questions raised over data “discrepancies” at an anti-doping center and expects to complete a review by the end of next month.

World Bank and IMF accent island nations

The World Bank and IMF buildings in Washington (ARÊTE/John Heilprin)

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund opened their fall meetings on Monday to survey a global development landscape beset by a slowing world economy, U.S.-China trade war and urgent climate threats spotlighted by the plight of small island nations.

Commission shows digital dangers for kids

A student-run college club helps home-schooled kids on computers (ARÊTE/College of DuPage)

Half the world’s 7.7 billion population uses the internet, including 1.15 billion children who can learn and benefit from it but only if they can safely navigate “a dangerous environment in which to grow up,” an international commission said on Tuesday.

U.N. panel urges Myanmar genocide trials

View of Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh where more than 600,000 people, mainly Rohingya fleeing Myanmar, arrived since 2017 (ARÊTE/Russell Watkins)

A special U.N. fact-finding mission wrapped up two years of investigation urging the international community on Monday to hold Myanmar’s military responsible for “genocidal acts” against the Muslim Rohingya minority.

U.N. calls for peace and justice in Yemen

Rescue workers recover bodies from under the rubble of a Houthi rebel-run detention center destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes (ARÊTE/Felton Davis)

Top U.N. officials in Yemen demanded accountability on Monday after the deadliest Saudi-led attack this year in a four-year war likely killed more than 100 people and injured dozens of others in a Houthi rebel-run prison.

The world of international organizations explained.


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