The World of International Organizations

U.S. seeks to rejoin Human Rights Council

Then-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Esther Brimmer at the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2009 (AN/Jess Hoffman)

The United States will campaign for a seat on the world’s top human rights body, in another reversal of the former Trump administration’s foreign policy.

Biden reasserts primacy of trans-Atlantic ties

U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the Munich Security Summit (AN/MSC/Müller)

U.S. President Biden reconnected with NATO and the G-7 and told the Munich Security Conference “democratic progress is under assault” around the world.

Resuscitating the League of Nations’ legacy

Palais Wilson in Geneva, original headquarters of the League of Nations and now home to the U.N. human rights office (AN/Eric Bridiers

Ten million pages scanned, five million more to go. The project to digitize the former League of Nations’ entire archives by 2022 has hit the two-thirds mark.

U.S. to ‘re-engage’ with Human Rights Council

Diplomats meet below Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barceló's ceiling painting in the U.N. Human Rights Council's chamber at Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)

The Biden-Harris administration will seek U.S. ‘observer’ status with the U.N. Human Rights Council at Geneva in a reversal of former Trump-era policy.

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. launches election procedure for next chief

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres marks the 40th anniversary of the Vienna International Center (AN/Dean Calma)

The U.N. began its process of re-electing or replacing Secretary-General António Guterres with a formal request for nations to propose any challengers.

UNSC, G-7 and ASEAN warn over Myanmar

Protesters against the coup in Myanmar (AN/Mizzima)

The U.N. Security Council expressed ‘deep concern’ but did not condemn Myanmar’s military coup while urging Aung San Suu Kyi’s immediate release.

Myanmar coup raises stakes for investigations

Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist stupa in Myanmar (AN/John Heilprin)

A military coup toppling Myanmar’s democratically elected government adds urgency to human rights investigations into generals’ long history of brutal rule.

Watchdog ties corruption to virus response

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, and other anti-corruption protesters at a march in Moscow in memory of slain politician Boris Nemtsov (AN/Michał Siergiejevicz)

Transparency International found nations doing the most to combat corruption had better health care systems in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summit marks U.S. re-entry to climate fight

John Kerry, the new U.S. presidential envoy, addresses the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (AN/CAS 2021)

A global summit’s mood was perhaps best reflected in the U.N. chief beaming at the new U.S. climate envoy’s pledge to restore American climate leadership.