Under The Radar

Here you will find stories about some of the vital but less-obvious developments involving international organizations.

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.

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.

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.