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.

Ebola and reform weigh on WHO assembly

Congo’s spreading Ebola outbreak, universal health coverage and questions about spending and reform topped the World Health Assembly’s agenda.

U.N. rights chief warns on Libyan dangers

The U.N.’s top human rights official expressed grave concern that thousands of lives were at risk in Libya’s capital, where civilians have been trapped.

Red Cross pleads for info on missing staff

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

Global carbon emissions hit record high

Global energy-related carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018 as worldwide energy demand and coal use surged mostly from power plants in Asia.

Web turns 30 as inventor urges ethical 2.0

An international organization that gave rise to the World Wide Web marked its 30th anniversary with celebrations and calls to reboot its basic principles.

U.S. isolation rapped at Munich summit

European and Asian leaders in Munich criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s enmity for international organizations and multilateral solutions.

WHO looks at new strategy on polluted air

With 7 million people a year dying from exposure to polluted air, WHO is weighing a new strategy to pinpoint the sources and take action to reduce risks.

UNAIDS and Global Fund plan big scaleup

Two international health organizations called for a 23 percent increase in global funding to fight AIDS and other diseases in less developed nations.

Japanese pullout marks return to whaling

Japan announced that it will resume commercial whaling by withdrawing from an international organization set up under a treaty signed 72 years ago.

Anti-corruption bets on ‘people’s pressure’

One in four people said they had to pay a bribe for public services in the past year, Transparency International said on International Anti-Corruption Day.

U.S. midterms revise international outlook

America’s foreign policy, including its financial support for international organizations, is an emerging battleground in the newly divided U.S. Congress.

Move over tobacco, air pollution is next

Tobacco’s stigma has a new rival — air pollution — as the World Health Organization called attention to 7 million deaths a year from simply breathing.

Space station at crux of science diplomacy

For two decades, the space station has been a hub for living and experimenting — and example of how science can help nations rise above political rivalries.

Nuclear power in the age of climate change

The IAEA released two reports this month that together capture nuclear power’s incongruity: its uncertain economic appeal but relative climate advantages.

Postal system grapples with tech and costs

For only the second time in its 144-year history, the international postal organization held an “Extraordinary Congress,” this time under U.S. pressure.

Faster eco-improvement urged despite cuts

The world’s foremost international organization for financing environmental change sent up smoke signals warning faster action is needed on many fronts.

Threats to press pose danger to democracy

Hatred of journalism fueled by autocrats and wars threatens democracies, international organizations said in calling for more anti-hate efforts.