The World of International Organizations

Resuscitating the League of Nations’ legacy

Palais Wilson in Geneva, original headquarters of the League of Nations and now home to the U.N. human rights office (AN/Eric Bridiers

Ten million pages scanned, five million more to go. The project to digitize the former League of Nations’ entire archives by 2022 has hit the two-thirds mark.

Summit marks U.S. re-entry to climate fight

John Kerry, the new U.S. presidential envoy, addresses the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (AN/CAS 2021)

A global summit’s mood was perhaps best reflected in the U.N. chief beaming at the new U.S. climate envoy’s pledge to restore American climate leadership.

U.S. and U.N. roles at odds in Western Sahara

A 2019 SADC conference for self-determination in Western Sahara co-hosted by South Africa and Namibia (AN/S.A.)

Pro-independence leaders in Western Sahara want the Biden administration to resolve a contradiction: U.S. policy runs counter to U.N.-led peace efforts.

Tug-of-war over pulled WHO Italy report

WHO officials Francesco Zambon, right, and Piroska Östlin at a 2017 reception in Malta (AN/WHO Europe)

A suppressed WHO report on Italy’s pandemic response says hospitals were “chaotic,” dangers to elderly went unrecognized, and training was haphazard.

New U.N. ‘day’ to aid efforts against epidemics

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres opens a special session of the General Assembly on the pandemic (AN/U.N. Web TV)

After holding its first high-level session on the pandemic, the U.N. General Assembly created a new “international day” to prevent health crises like COVID-19.

Asia-Pacific nations sign world’s biggest trade pact

ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi of Brunei and other leaders of the 37th ASEAN Summit (AN/ASEAN)

Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations including China signed a pact to create the world’s biggest trading alliance, covering 30 percent of global GDP.

IPBES ties pandemic risks to nature crisis

A heavily polluted portion of the Tietê River in São Paulo, Brazil (AN/Diego Torres Silvestre)

Pandemics will become more frequent, faster-spreading and deadlier than COVID-19 if Earth’s natural life support systems are not restored, IPBES reported.

WTO to be led by woman from Nigeria or S. Korea

WTO director-general candidates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea (AN/WTO)

The final phase of a race to become WTO’s next director-general began with two well-qualified women from Nigeria and South Korea vying for the top post.

Trump pushes New START before election

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation shake hands at Helsinki, Finland in July 2018 (AN/Shealah Craighead)

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to be pushing for a foreign policy win before Election Day, seeking to renew a nuclear arms control deal with Russia.

U.S. unilaterally restores U.N. sanctions on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press briefing in Washington earlier this week (AN/Ron Przysucha)

The U.S. followed through on its threat to unilaterally restore sanctions against Iran, defying widespread international criticism.