Under The Radar

Here you will find stories about some of the vital but less-obvious developments involving international organizations along with links to background and sourcing.

Candidates vie to become next WTO chief

The embattled WTO shifted to selecting a new director-general in an expected race between candidates from Mexico, Africa and Europe.

U.S.-China feud dominates WHO assembly

Under U.S. pressure, the World Health Assembly unanimously approved a resolution calling for a review of WHO’s pandemic response.

U.N. finds abuses with some lockdowns

The U.N. human rights chief warned some governments are abusing emergency powers to fight the pandemic by resorting to police brutality and other tactics.

UNESCO battles COVID-19 ‘disinfodemic’

False information campaigns about the coronavirus pandemic are a “grave danger” to many people’s lives around the world, UNESCO warned.

U.N. urges ceasefire as cases near 400,000

The U.N. chief called for a global ceasefire to help vanquish the pandemic, imploring warring parties to disarm and fight the virus as a “common enemy.”

U.N. reboots 1995 plan for gender equality

A U.N.-led global commission recommitted the world to achieving gender equality, in a relaunch and update of a quarter-century old landmark agreement.

Treaty talks to save more migratory species

Delegates from 111 nations at a U.N. conference in India met to protect migratory species and their habitats at a time when nature is nearing a breaking point.

Libya clashes resume despite interventions

Renewed fighting ended a fragile ceasefire in Libya as U.N. officials urged warring parties to investigate airstrikes that killed at least 53 people last July.

U.N. proposes pact to fight mass extinction

U.N. officials unveiled a sweeping plan to avert Earth’s sixth mass extinction, proposing a global wildlife treaty on the scale of the Paris climate accord.

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

The E.U.’s top Brexit negotiator said it will rely on other international organizations to “continue to engage positively” once the U.K. exits in 2020.

UNDP warns inequality drags on progress

Inequalities in education, health and living standards caused a 20 percent loss in global progress towards aspects of needed “human development” last year.

Progress and worry as kids’ treaty turns 30

A human rights treaty that is 30 years old helped make children healthier but they still face threats like climate change and online abuse, UNICEF said.

WADA to review Russian doping data

The World Anti-Doping Agency said it has received responses from Russian authorities to questions raised over data “discrepancies” at an anti-doping center.

World Bank and IMF accent island nations

The World Bank and IMF opened fall meetings to survey a slowing world economy, U.S.-China trade war and urgent climate threats to small island nations.

Counterterrorism forum goes independent

A global task force to fight online extremism announced it will become an independent watchdog organization led by an executive director and a board.

UNCTAD stresses climate impacts of trade

UNCTAD began a weeklong forum examining ways to solve the climate crisis, particularly sea level rise and other risks to small island nations.

World leaders urged to adopt ocean treaty

The U.N. leaned on star power in a renewed push for a legally binding global treaty in 2020 to promote conservation and sustainable uses of high seas.

Iran and Europe push to save nuclear deal

Major powers scrambled to salvage Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of the U.S. decision to withdraw and reimpose sanctions on the Mideast power.

Protests challenge international telescope

An international organization faced off against protesters as it tried to start building a billion-dollar telescope atop sacred Hawaii’s sacred Mauna Kea.

U.N. Security Council urges calm in Gulf

The U.N. Security Council called for “maximum restraint” in the tense Gulf region to avoid military escalation, but Iran rejected holding talks with the U.S.

ILO marks past with look to future work

The International Labor Organization focused on ways of spreading social justice through dignified work while commemorating its 100th anniversary.