The World of International Organizations

Trump starts U.S. withdrawal from WHO

The U.S. president delivering remarks at a South Dakota fireworks rally (AN/Tia Dufour)

(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump delivered notice to the United Nations on Tuesday triggering a 1-year withdrawal process from the World Health Organization due to political grievances surrounding an accelerating coronavirus pandemic.

New evidence of Syrian war crimes found

A school for children displaced by war in Idlib, Syria (AN/Charles Lawley)

(AN) — U.N. human rights experts on Tuesday unveiled fresh evidence of Syrian war crimes and possible crimes against humanity involving people trapped in civilian areas of the opposition-held Idlib province since November.

Updated WHO timeline flags controversy

U.S. sailor Joyce Sim treats a patient aboard a hospital ship supporting the nation's COVID-19 response effort (AN/Ryan Breeden)

(AN) — A day after the world surged past 10 million COVID-19 cases and 500,000 deaths, the World Health Organization quietly updated its pandemic timeline to reflect that China did not directly notify global authorities of the first “viral pneumonia” cases in Wuhan.

Global tourism may lose US$3.3 trillion

Tourists visit London's Trafalgar Square in pre-COVID-19 pandemic days (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The global coronavirus outbreak could cause as much as US$3.3 trillion in losses to the global tourism industry if the pandemic lasts a year, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development reported on Wednesday.

Security Council backs COVID-19 ceasefire

The U.N. Security Council's virtual meeting calling for a global ceasefire (AN/U.N. Web TV)

(AN) — The U.N. Security Council overcame U.S. resistance to unanimously approve a resolution on Wednesday calling for immediate ceasefires worldwide so that everyone can focus their efforts on ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic fueled by ‘profound inequalities’

U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet addresses the opening of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (AN/OHCHR)

(AN) — The challenge of preventing abuses worldwide is rising sharply as racism, discrimination and social inequalities accelerate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus infections overtake 10 million

The U.S. Navy's hospital ship deployed at New York City in spring for the pandemic (AN/Joe Nolan)

(AN) — The world reached two tragic milestones on Sunday — 10 million COVID-19 cases and 500,000 deaths — with 1 million infections added in the past six days even as nations eased lockdowns and focused on economic recovery.

At 75, U.N. Charter remains a ‘touchstone’

A memorial in Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt and her role in establishing the United Nations (AN/Paul Simpson)

(AN) — The Charter of the United Nations, the landmark treaty signed 75 years ago on Friday at the end of the U.N. Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, remains a global “touchstone” as relevant as ever.

IMF forecasts 4.9% drop in world economy

A nearly empty terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport in the U.S. in April (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — The International Monetary Fund estimated a 4.9 percent drop in global GDP for 2020 on Wednesday, sharply revising its earlier prediction of a 3 percent drop from the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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