The World of International Organizations

Challengers for U.N. chief lack official standing

The United Nations complex overlooking Manhattan's East River (AN/John Gillespie)

The U.N. is considering one candidate for secretary-general in 2022 — incumbent António Guterres — despite the emergence of self-nominated challengers.

Women ‘excluded’ from COVID-19 task forces

In the U.S., registered nurse Deanna Hill manages New York operations for mass COVID-19 vaccinations at Manhattan's Javits Convention Center in January (AN/Sebastian Rothwyn)

Government efforts to fight the pandemic include just one woman for every three men on average, according to UNDP, which urged more gender equality.

Turkey exits ‘human rights convention of women’

Cânân Arın of Istanbul, Turkey receives a Heinrich Böll Foundation award this month for 40 years of campaigning for women's rights and self-determination (AN/Stephan Röhl)

The Turkish president withdrew his nation from Europe’s first legally binding treaty on preventing violence against women and removed the central bank chief.

Mixed progress cited with 1995 gender goals

International Women's Day March in Los Angeles in March 2017 (AN/Molly Adams)

Leaders at a high-level U.N. meeting lamented the world’s slow progress over the past quarter-century for advancing the rights of women and girls.

U.N. virus tracker shows deficit of gender policies

Doctors hold a discussion on COVID-19 in late April with women protected by U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Congo (AN/MONUSCO)

Just 25 nations, or 12 percent of the world, have comprehensive measures in place to protect women against the pandemic, a new U.N. data tracker found.

U.S. rules foreign NGOs lack speech rights

Protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court just before Senate vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation (AN/John Heilprin)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that foreign affiliates of U.S.-based organizations lack free speech rights.

U.N. reboots 1995 plan for gender equality

French demonstrators carry signs for women's rights at a Paris gathering in March 2017 (AN/Jeanne Menjoulet)

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 on violence against women turns 5

The French grassroots movement #NousToutes held nationwide marches to protest violence against women on November 24, 2018 (AN/Jeanne Menjoulet)

The Istanbul Convention, which set legal standards on gender-based violence, is five years old but includes just a quarter of all Council of Europe nations.

IAAF defends rules on intersex athletes

Caster Semenya after winning an Olympic silver medal in 800 meters in 2012 (AN/Ghar El Melh)

Track and field’s governing body welcomed a decision from Switzerland’s highest court that Caster Semenya must lower naturally high testosterone levels.

Weekend Update: Gavi, IMF and Gideons

Medical supplies to fight Ebola arrive at Congo's Beni Airport (AN/Mamadou Alain Coulibaly)

Gavi’s chief says the Ebola outbreak shows a deeper health crisis. Egypt signs an accord with IMF. Mongolia is a shipping power. Gideons U.K. adds women.