The World of International Organizations

Iran begins 20 percent uranium enrichment

A satellite photo in December of Iran’s nuclear facility at Fordo (AN/Maxar Technologies)

(AN) — Iran resumed enrichment of uranium to 20 percent on Monday in a move closer to weapons grade levels and further away from the 2015 nuclear deal, raising pressure on incoming U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration.

E.U. and China reach pact on business investment

European Council President Charles Michel at an E.U.-China leaders' video meeting (AN/E.U.)

(AN) — The European Union on Wednesday moved to clinch a major business investment deal with China that has been seven years in the making, despite concerns from the United States and human rights organizations.

WTO delays IP waiver proposal for pandemic

World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — A proposal by South Africa and India for the World Trade Organization to suspend IP protections of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments is set to die down this month, kicking the crucial issue over to 2021.

WTO subsidy talks to curb overfishing drag on

A fishing boat returns from a long day off the coast of Marbella, Spain (AN/Hernán Piñera)

(AN) — Diplomats failed to meet an end-of-year deadline for a deal aimed at halting government subsidies that contribute to overfishing, several high-ranking World Trade Organization officials confirmed on Monday.

Asia-Pacific nations sign world’s biggest trade pact

ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi of Brunei and other leaders of the 37th ASEAN Summit (AN/ASEAN)

(AN) — Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations including China signed a pact on Sunday to promote regional stability by creating the world’s biggest trading alliance, covering 30 percent of global GDP and a market of 2.2 billion people.

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