The World of International Organizations

IAEA to get ‘less access’ to Iran nuclear sites

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi speaks to reporters in Vienna after returning from Iran (AN/IAEAvideo)

The head of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency and Iranian top officials announced Tehran will give international inspectors reduced access to nuclear sites.

U.S. welcomed back to Paris climate treaty

San Francisco's City Hall goes green in December 2020 to honor five years of the 2015 Paris Agreement (AN/Dana Brown)

French President Emmanuel Macron led a chorus of world leaders and advocates in celebrating the United States’ official return to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

WWF says deep sea mining risks too high

A Mediterranean seabed near the Balearic Islands archipelago (AN/Andrey Arkhipov)

Allowing mining companies to tap deep sea deposits beneath international waters poses too many underwater risks, a global environmental group reported.

Okonjo-Iweala to head WTO with U.S. backing

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at London's U.K.-Africa Investment Summit in January (AN/DFID)

Nigerian-American Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is poised to become the next head of Geneva-based WTO after clinching the “strong support” of the United States.

U.N. chief taps Bloomberg for key climate role

Michael Bloomberg at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit (AN/Nikki Ritcher)

Michael Bloomberg was reappointed to the role of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ special envoy on climate ambition and solutions.

Top U.N. court to hear Iran’s case against U.S.

Tehran's marbled Azadi (Freedom) Tower, a landmark monument often lit up for national themes (AN/William John Gauthier)

ICJ ruled it has jurisdiction to hear Iran’s case challenging the U.S. economic sanctions reimposed by the former Trump administration in 2018.

WEF delays Singapore summit over pandemic

Singapore's Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel and convention center (AN/Fabio Achilli)

WEF postponed its Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore until mid-August due to what it called “international challenges in containing the pandemic.”

Lockdowns keeping fish off the hook

Fish for sale at a market in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico (AN/Giulian Frisoni)

FAO expects a 1.3 percent decline in global aquaculture production and overall drop in fish supply, consumption and trade revenue for 2020.

ILO: Pandemic dwarfs global financial crisis

Boarded up U.S. shops in Maui, Hawaii during the COVID-19 pandemic (AN/Michael Paul Johnson)

The U.N. labor agency estimated job losses in 2020 due to the pandemic were quadruple those during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.

China overtakes U.S. in new foreign investment

A cargo plane from Shanghai touches down at LAX (AN/Glenn Beltz)

China surpassed the United States as the world’s top recipient of foreign direct investment with inflows of US$163 billion in 2020, new UNCTAD figures show.