The World of International Organizations

E.U. vision unveiled in von der Leyen’s address

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, delivers her 2020 State of the Union address to the European Parliament (AN/Etienne Ansotte)

(AN) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered an inaugurual State of the European Union speech on Wednesday that emphasized her vision for health and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and for battling climate change.

UNGA approves pandemic measure on 6-month mark

A medical technician pauses between patients at a U.S. COVID-19 testing site in New Jersey (AN/Matt Hecht)

(AN) — The United Nations General Assembly voted 169-2 to approve its third coronavirus-related resolution despite opposition from the United States and Israel on Friday, exactly six months since the World Health Organization declared the world faces a pandemic.

Belarus opposition seeks U.N. reinforcement

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko meets with then-OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen at Minsk in 2017 (AN/House of Representatives of Belarus)

(AN) — The opposition leader of Belarus appealed to the United Nations for help on Friday in challenging authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.

E.U. and ICC condemn Trump’s sanctions

Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor (AN/U.K. FCDO)

(AN) — The European Union on Thursday demanded that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration rescind its retaliatory economic sanctions on the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor and a top aide.

Envoy says Syrian peace talks restoring trust

The U.N.’s Syria envoy, Geir Pedersen, speaks to reporters in Geneva this month (AN/U.N. Geneva)

(AN) — The U.N. special envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, said three days of peace talks ended on Saturday with “a little bit” more confidence and trust built up among government, opposition and civil society representatives.

IAEA chief negotiates nuclear access with Iran

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi heads to a meeting in Vienna this month with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AN/Dean Calma)

(AN) — Amid rising tensions on the U.N. Security Council over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran announced on Wednesday that Iran will allow inspectors to examine two nuclear sites.

Security Council rejects U.S. demands on Iran

As U.N. Security Council president, Indonesia's U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft (AN/Ron Przysucha)

(AN) — The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday rejected the United States’ attempt to use the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to restore international sanctions against Tehran, further exposing how isolated U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has become from the international community.

WHO calls Pompeo remarks ‘unacceptable’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in London (AN/Ronny Przysucha)

(AN) — World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday denounced the top U.S. diplomat’s allegations that he is subservient to the Chinese government’s demands and has helped to cover up Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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